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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Eagle Viewing @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Sunday, March 13, 2016 - 9:00am EDT

There is no cost to participate other than normal park entrance fees for day-use visitors.

More Information:
Ranger Station 941-483-5956

Located in the Southwest region at:
Oscar Scherer State Park
1843 South Tamiami Trail
Osprey, FL 34229

This weekly program is offered during bald eagle nesting season. Two nests are located in the park but the easiest to access is on the Green Trail. Once nest construction has begun, part of the trails are roped off per federal law. To view the eagles from a safe distance, a Volunteer will be manning a viewing station. A high-powered spotting scope to view the nest will be provided. The 20-minute walk to the eagle viewing station on the Green Trail from the Nature Center or campground is self-guided and trail maps can be obtained at the Ranger Station and Nature Center.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Fort Cooper Days @ Fort Cooper State Park

Sunday, March 13, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:00pm EDT

Adult thru 13 years old $6.00  – 12 years old and under free admission. 

More Information:
For more information, call 352-726-0315.

Located in the Northeast region at:
Fort Cooper State Park
3100 S. Old Floral City Rd.
Inverness, FL 34450

Come and experience Florida history at Fort Cooper State Park during Fort Cooper Days.  Mark your calendar for March 12th and 13th from 9:00AM to 4:00PM and come join us.  Second Seminole war re-enactments depicting the events that took place during the construction of the Fort held twice daily at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM.  Visit 1836 period Military and Seminole encampments.  1830 – 1840 era Living History demonstrations held through out the day.  There will be period arts & crafts, exhibits, demonstrations, entertainment, great food and refreshments.

 

Additional Information:

This event is hosted by The Friends of Fort Cooper.

Participation Requirements

Beach Combing @ Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

Sunday, March 13, 2016 - 9:30am to 10:30am EDT

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Ranger Station 239-597-6196

Located in the Southwest region at:
Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park
11135 Gulfshore Drive
Naples, FL 34108

Join a Volunteer for a talk about beach treasures. Learn about sea shells, sea creatures and tidal movement. This is a great interactive event!

Additional Information:

Beach Combing Participation Requirements

Cow Camp @ Lake Kissimmee State Park

Sunday, March 13, 2016 - 9:30am to 4:30pm EDT

Free with regular park admission

More Information:
Park Service Specialist Andrea Henry 863-696-1112 or andrea.Henry@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Central region at:
Lake Kissimmee State Park
14248 Camp Mack Rd.
Lake Wales , FL 33898

As you meander down the trail to the cow camp, you will travel back in time to 1876.

At the end of the trail you will find a Florida Cow Hunter in a frontier camp along the route of a cattle drive. He will be cooking, making coffee, tending to the cattle or just resting up until the next round up or drive. The cow hunter will be happy to share stories about what his life is like and the challenges he faces.

Available upon request for groups of 15 or more.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Daytime Astronomy @ Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park

Sunday, March 13, 2016 - 10:00am to 5:30pm EDT

Program is free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Melody Brennan (850) 927-2111 Melody.Brennan@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Northwest region at:
Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park
1900 E. Gulf Beach Drive
St. George Island, FL 32328

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Dr. Julian G. Bruce St George Island State Park along with astronomer Bill Nigg will be hosting a daily telescope observation program about sunspots, weather permitting.  Participants will use a high powered telescope equipped with solar filters to safely observe the sun. The focus will be on the movement, quantity, and development of sunspots over the course of a month. Through these observations we will gain a better understanding of the power of the Earth’s most stable energy supplier.

Additional Information:

Participation requirements

Program will be held at Volunteer Campsite #3 in the campground.

Art in the Park @ Rainbow Springs State Park

Sunday, March 13, 2016 - 10:00am to 4:00pm EDT

Regular $2 per person park admission

More Information:
Amanda Marek, 352-465-8555

Located in the Northeast region at:
Rainbow Springs State Park
19158 SW 81st Place Road
Dunnellon, FL 34432

Come to Rainbow Springs State Park to enjoy the wonderful display of paintings and other art forms by the Florida Artists Gallery and the Ocala Art Group. Watch the artists at work and take advantage of the opportunity to look for items to purchase for yourself or for gifts. A portion of all art sales will benefit the Friends of Rainbow Springs State Park, a volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Rainbow Springs State Park.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

To learn more about the Friends of Rainbow Springs or to become a member, go to Friends of Rainbow Springs.

Guided Bike Tour @ Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Sunday, March 13, 2016 - 10:00am to 12:00pm EDT

Park entry fee applies. 

More Information:
Kimbell Education Center (561) 745-5551

Located in the Southeast region at:
Jonathan Dickinson State Park
16450 S.E. Federal Highway
Hobe Sound, FL 33455

Join staff along paved trails and roads, learning about the park's unique natural and cultural history. The tour is approximately 2 hours long and may be too long or vigorous for young children or persons who are not able to handle cycling about 5-6 miles. 

Guided Bike Tour with a Park Ranger @ Fort Clinch State Park

Sunday, March 13, 2016 - 10:00am to 12:00pm EDT

Park Entrance Fee $6.00 per Vehicle

Bicycle Rental $10.00

More Information:
904-277-7274

Located in the Northeast region at:
Fort Clinch State Park
2601 Atlantic Ave
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Please join us for on March 13, 2016 for a guided bicycle ride through Fort Clinch State Park.  Explore the natural and historical uniqueness while riding leisurely through the scenic canopy drive.  This Park Ranger led tour will begin at 10:00 AM in the Visitor Center Parking lot. Bring your own bicycle, or rent one from the Visitor Center for $10. Space is limited. Please call the Ranger Station at (904) 277-7274 for reservations and more information. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Company's Coming! What's For Dessert? @ Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park

Sunday, March 13, 2016 - 10:00am to 3:00pm EDT

Park entry fee is $3.00 per car, plus house tours are $3.00 per adult and $2.00 per child. 

More Information:
Carrie Todd, Park Ranger (352)466-3672

Located in the Northeast region at:
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park
18700 S. CR 325
Cross Creek, FL 32640

History never tasted so good! Volunteers and staff will demonstrate how Rawlings and her neighbors prepared to entertain company.

Additional Information:

Stefanie Hamblen of Hogtown HomeGrown, Friends of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Farm and park staff will be in the historic house beginning at 10:00 A.M. cooking Ambrosia, Strawberry Shortcake, Date Torte, and Baked Sherried Grapefruit (all recipes from "Cross Creek Cookery",) so you can see the kitchen in action as part of the 10AM, 11AM, and 1PM house tours. At 2PM Stefanie will present our dishes and a bit of culinary history.

Participation Requirements

Garden Tour - Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

Sunday, March 13, 2016 - 1:00pm to 1:45pm EDT

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Call the ranger station 352-236-7148 ext. 4

Located in the Central region at:
Silver Springs State Park
1425 NE 58th Avenue
Ocala, FL 34470

Visit the gardens at Silver Springs State Park, on the 2nd Sunday of each month, for our Garden Tour. Join a park ranger for information about the gardens' history, learn about the different seasonal flowers and blooms, as well as about pollinators like hummingbirds and butterflies. The tour passes through the following gardens: Courtyard Garden, Crossroads Garden, Camellia Garden, Fire & Water Garden, and the tour ends at the Wildflower Garden. After the tour, visitors are free to continue exploring the garden pathways and trails or walk back along the river.

Additional Information:

Enter the park through the main entrance located at 5656 East Silver Springs Boulevard (State Road 40).

Participation requirements.

Bluegrass Music with the Conch Stomp Band @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Sunday, March 13, 2016 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm EDT

Free with park admission

More Information:
(561) 624-6952

Located in the Southeast region at:
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive
North Palm Beach, FL 33408

Come on down to the Park and listen to the Conch Stomp Band play some bluegrass music. Free with Park admission. Call the Nature Center for more information, (561) 624-6952.

Music by firelight @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Sunday, March 13, 2016 - 6:30pm EDT

This program is open to registered campers only and is free of charge.

More Information:
Ranger Station 941-483-5956

Located in the Southwest region at:
Oscar Scherer State Park
1843 South Tamiami Trail
Osprey, FL 34229

Music lovers will enjoy this program held by firelight at the Campfire Circle. If inclement weather will be held in the Nature Center 

Additional Information:

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Paradise Park Remembered - Photographs by Bruce Mozert and Others @ Silver Springs State Park

Monday, March 14, 2016 (All day)

This exhibit is included with the price of regular park admission.

More Information:
Park Services Specialist Craig Littauer, 352-236-7148 ext. 5, craig.littauer@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Central region at:
Silver Springs State Park
1425 NE 58th Avenue
Ocala, FL 34470

Paradise Park was a segregated Florida attraction opened in 1949 by the owners of Silver Springs, the state’s oldest attraction, and operated by an African-American staff until 1969.

In conjunction with the Appleton Museum of Art's exhibit, Silver Springs State Park will host a selection of photographs from Paradise Park in the Education Center. The Education Center is open every day from 8:00 a.m. until sundown.

Also in the Education Center, current Silver Springs and former Paradise Park boat captain David Faison will walk visitors down memory lane every Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. sharing stories from his 58 years of service and taking questions.

Additional Information:

To get to this exhibit at Silver Springs State Park, enter the park through the main entrance located at 5656 East Silver Springs Boulevard (State Road 40).

Paradise Park Remembered was organized by the Appleton Museum of Art and Lu Vickers on behalf of the late Bruce Mozert, in partnership with Silver Springs State Park, Friends of Silver Springs and Marion County Black Archives. The exhibition at the Appleton Museum features approximately 100 photographs taken by Mozert, former Silver Springs staff photographer, as well as snapshots from private collections and Marion County Black Archives.

For more information about the main exhibit, or the Appleton Museum of Art, visit their website.

Participation requirements.