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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Oscar's Grill Pancake Breakast @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 8:00am EDT

The cost is $4.00/person kids 12 years and younger is $2.00/person.

More Information:
Ranger Station 941-483-5956

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

What better way to start your day than with a hearty, home-cooked breakfast.  This winter family-friendly program is fully prepared by park Volunteers for both day-use visitors and campers.  The breakfast includes your choice of plain or blueberry pancakes with syrup (regular or sugar-free), sausage, and your choice of juice, coffee (regular or decaf), or tea.  A great way to meet other park guests.

Natural Communities of a Barrier Island @ Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

Thursday, March 17, 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 Ranger and explore our barrier island. Learn about the Maritime Hammock plants, how they protect us, and what we can do to protect them. Exciting discoveries are made along the beach, across the dunes and through cool, shaded hammock areas. 

Additional Information:

We suggest wearing comfortable clothes and bringing a water bottle, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Reservations recommended.

Natural Communities of a Barrier Island Participation Requirements

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

Thursday, March 17, 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.

Education Series for the Curious Adult @ Rainbow Springs State Park

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am EDT

Free with regular $2 per person park admission

More Information:
Amanda Marek, 352-465-8520

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

On the third Thursday of January to April, Rainbow Springs State Park and the Friends of Rainbow Springs welcome you to interesting and educational presentations on various topics for the curious adult. Presentation topics can include such things as native bees and pollinators, azalea care, the springs of Florida and how to protect them, butterflies, wildlife and more. The programs are presented by park staff, volunteers and guest speakers from a myriad of professional backgrounds in an open-aired ADA accessible pavilion at the Headsprings. Programs begin at 10am, please come at least 15 minutes early to enjoy the refreshments provided by the Friends of Rainbow Springs State Park. Check back each month to find out what interesting presentation will be given next!

This month, join us for a program on Bats in your Backyard. Florida is home to a few different species of bats which not only help control pests and mosquitoes but also make for good entertainment in the evenings. Learn how you can attract more bats to your backyard and some very interesting facts about these furry flying mammals at Rainbow Springs State Park on March 17th.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Kids Club @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:30am CDT

Standard entrance/admission fees for will apply for day use visitors. For campers that are staying here at Topsail there is no fee. There is no additional program participation fee. Donations to the Citizen Support Organization, Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park to help defray the cost of consumable supplies are appreciated and accepted.

More Information:
For additional information you can come by the Ranger Station/entrance or call the park at 850-267-8330.

Located in the Northwest region at:
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Make learning fun for the children that are visiting the park by participating in a variety of environmental, educational arts and crafts projects and games. Some of the craft projects will include the use of hot glue guns. Children will learn about wildlife, park history, beach, bike safety and other topics... Children under 8 years of age must be accompanied by a parent. The program has a maximum capacity of 25, sign up at the Camp Store. The program will take place inside the Clubhouse.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Great Birds of Prey @ Myakka River State Park

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm EDT

No admittance fee.

For a small $5 donation attendees will be able to interact with the birds and take lots of pictures.

There will be books, tee shirts and jewelry for sale, as well.

More Information:
Ranger Station, 941-361-6511

Located in the Southwest region at:
Myakka River State Park
13208 State Road 72
Sarasota, FL 34241

Come learn about the Great Birds of Prey. Doris Mager, a.k.a. "The Eagle Lady" will be showcasing her great horned owl and screech owl for the last time at Myakka. Along with a flying demonstration, Doris will be giving information about raptors and their importance in our ecosystem. Ms. Mager, who began rehabilitating birds of prey more than 50 years ago through Florida Audubon society, will also have available a book she has written about her years caring for an American Bald Eagle, R.J., along with T-shirts and jewelry.

Limited seating. First come, first served.

Additional Information:

The presentation will be held at Stop Camp which is located across the street from the Main Entrance - Check with the ranger station for directions.

Park Music Jam @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 3:00pm 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

Enjoy watching and listening to musicians jamming out to various music tunes.  Anyone with an instrument that would like to join in is welcome and encouraged.  This family-friendly program is sure to be full of toe-stomping fun located at the Nature Center.  Audience members are welcome to bring snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.

 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Americana Under the Stars @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm CDT

$5.00 donation to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park includes regular park admission.

More Information:
George Royal or Clayton Iron Wolf, 850-267-8332

Located in the Northwest region at:
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Presenting original Americana music, including folk, jazz, blues and more by musicians from Florida and other states. The concerts take place at our newly refurbished and upgraded amphitheater, unless bad weather conditions are present. If bad weather, the concert will be held inside our clubhouse. 

Additional Information:

A regularly updated schedule of artists and dates can be found at  http://www.luckymudmusic.com

Participation Requirements

Ranger's Choice Program @ Rainbow Springs State Park

Friday, March 18, 2016 (All day)

Free with 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

From wildflowers to birds, Timucuan Indians to the days of the private Rainbow Springs attraction, join a Ranger for a fun, interesting and educational program on a variety of historic, cultural and natural resources related topics. On the 1st and 3rd Friday of March and April.

Check back here or call the park at 352-465-8555 closer to time for details on the March 18th program including location, time, and program topic.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Details TBA

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

Friday, March 18, 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.