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Friday, March 18, 2016

Guided Hike & Bike @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Friday, March 18, 2016 - 9:00am EDT

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

($2.00 for pedestrians/bicyclists entering the park from the Legacy Trail; cost for vehicles varies based on occupancy.)

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 two-part program is conducted by a Ranger or Volunteer. Hike time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00a.m. Bike time: 10:30 a.m. to noon. The guide will take you on an informative walk along one of the six trails in the park.  If you’re interested in taking your journey a step further, stay for the second portion of the program which includes a leisurely bike ride along the Green Trail and a portion of the Legacy Trail. The bike ride is about 12 miles round-trip. Participants must provide their own bikes; road and trail bikes are ok. Children under 16 years of age must wear a helmet while bicycling. Both portions of the program begin at the Nature Center. Remember to bring plenty of drinking water.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Lovers Key Nautical Flea Market @ Lovers Key State Park

Friday, March 18, 2016 - 9:00am EDT to Sunday, March 20, 2016 - 5:00pm EDT

Suggested $5.00 donation

More Information:
For more information, please contact Lovers Key Ranger Station: (239) 463-4588

Located in the Southwest region at:
Lovers Key State Park
8700 Estero Blvd.
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

Join us and participate in SWFL’s first and only Nautical Flea Market and Boat Show!!! The Lovers Key Nautical Flea Market and Boat Show will be sponsored by The Friends of Lovers Key and the Rotary Club of Bonita Springs.

Dozens of exhibitors with everything from fishing gear to art work and the latest beach and go fashions. Need gear? – It’ll be here. And local offerings from our areas finest boat dealers. And don’t forget to stop by Fitzgerald’s for the best in burgers, fish and Rotary Beer Garden. Be a part of a new annual tradition – help a worthy cause and have terrific fun! Proceeds from the event will benefit Lovers Key State Park, and the Bonita Springs Rotary Club.

For additional information or to register for vendor space, visit our website at www.loverskeynauticalmarket.com

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Guided Paddling tour @ Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Friday, March 18, 2016 - 9:45am to 12:00pm EDT

Park entry fees apply.

Canoe rental $17 for 2 hours, each additional hour is $5.

Single Kayak $15 for 2 hours, each additional hour is $6. 

Double Kayak $20 for 2 hours, each additional hour is $6. 

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

Explore the natural wonders of the Loxahatchee River. Rent a canoe or kayak at the park's River Store or bring your own and join us for a fun and leisurely paddle. Registration is required. 

Additional Information:

For more information contact the Kimbell Education Center at (561) 745-5551.

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

Friday, March 18, 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.

Sensational Sharks! talk @ Lovers Key State Park

Friday, March 18, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:30am EDT

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Ranger Station, 239-463-4588

Located in the Southwest region at:
Lovers Key State Park
8700 Estero Blvd.
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

Join a park ranger for an interesting and fun talk about sharks. Discover why sharks are often feared, but are an incredible group of animals which are commonly misunderstood. Explore why they’re important and how you can help protect them. Due to limited space, reservations are required.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Great Birds of Prey @ Myakka River State Park

Friday, March 18, 2016 - 10:00am to 12:00pm 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:


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 if you need directions.

Children’s Discovery Hike @ Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach

Friday, March 18, 2016 - 11:00am to 12:00pm EDT

Program is free with park admission.

More Information:
386-517-2086

Located in the Central region at:
Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach
3100 S. Oceanshore Blvd
Flagler Beach, FL 32136

Accompany a Park Ranger for this great children’s program! Parents, please plan to join your children (12 years and under) for this guided Discovery Hike on the beautiful Joe Kenner Nature Trail. Please bring water and wear appropriate shoes. This event is subject to cancellation due to weather conditions. We will be meeting at the Butterfly Garden. Please RSVP for this program at Eventbrite.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Interpretive Walks and Presentations Schedule for Hugh Taylor Birch State Park @ Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

Friday, March 18, 2016 - 2:00pm EDT

Only park entrance fees apply.

More Information:
(954) 564-4521

Located in the Southeast region at:
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
3109 East Sunrise Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Interpretive Walks and Presentations Schedule for Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
3109 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 – (954) 564-4521

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is proud to offer the following Interpretive Ranger-guided walks and programs each Friday and Saturday of the month. Please see the walks and programs explanations and their regularly-scheduled rotations. Park entry fees apply $2 per pedestrian, $4 single person in a vehicle, $6 two or more persons in a vehicle. Guided walks are Free. Donations are appreciated and will be given directly to the Friends of Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, a 501c3 Citizen’s Support Organization:

 

Every Friday & Saturday
Live Animal Presentation | 1:00pm

A Live Animal Presentation will be held in front of the Terramar Visitors Center – Park Rangers will offer a Live Animal Presentation with our park’s very own resident critters, including the highly Threatened Eastern Indigo Snake, a variation of Florida Rat Snakes as well as variations between Florida-native Corn Snakes. Occasionally the presentation will include native turtle species as well. Rangers will explain the intrinsic value of these wonderful creatures, describe their preferred habits and behaviors and habitats, and allow for direct interaction with guests.

 

First Friday of each month:
Mangrove Habitat Walk | 10:30am

This 1.5 mile walk will commence at the Ranger Station (front entrance) of the park and guide guests past the famous Gopher Tortoise habitat, through Pavilion 1 & 2 area and into the park’s extensive mangrove habitat. Guests will receive a historical overview of Hugh Taylor Birch State Park and an introduction to Mangrove habitats as well as the primary species of plants and animals that populate the area. The walk will conclude along the Intracoastal waterway and wrap back around toward the park’s main entrance. The walk will take approximately 1.5 hours. Please wear comfortable walking shoes for the outdoors. Please bring water and any other protective gear dependent upon the season.

 

Second Friday of each month:
Mid-Trail Walk | 10:30am

This 2 mile walk will commence at the Ranger Station (front entrance) of the park and guide guests past the famous Gopher Tortoise habitat. The trail walk will commence approximately half a mile up the main loop drive along what used to be called the “Exotic Trail.” Here, Mr. Birch had planted an assortment of exotic plants including Mango, Citrus, Almond and more. The Mid Trail now features an assortment of Native and non-Native plants. Guests will receive a broad historical overview of the park and hear about the importance of balanced ecosystems in South Florida. A large bee hive is featured along this trail for everyone’s education. Please be advised. The walk will eventually emerge at the north end of the park where guests can take a leisurely walk back to the south end.

 

Third Friday of each month:
Coastal Dune/Residual Slough and Historical Homes Lake Walk | 10:30am

This 1 mile walk will commence at the Ranger Station (front entrance) of the park and guide guests past the famous Gopher Tortoise habitat. The walk will take guests past one of the park’s unique fresh-water ecosystems, the Coastal Dune Lake, and give guests explanations about the formation and evolution of Barrier Island systems. The walk will also incorporate a broad historical overview of the Terramar Estate (Mr. Birch’s home, exterior only) and the Caretaker’s Home, which were commissioned by Mr. Birch in 1940. The walk will continue outside of the Beach Gate entrance and touch on the Endangered Beach habitat that outlines the park’s eastern boundary, touch on protected plant and animal species such as sea oats and sea turtles.

 

Fourth Friday of each month:
Beach Hammock Trail & Sensitive Habitats Walk | 10:30am

This 1 mile walk will commence at the Ranger Station and take guests into one of the last residual Tropical Hardwood Hammock (Maritime Forest) habitats in Broward County. Guests will be explained the unique features that constitute our sub-tropical wooded areas as well as our small, residual Coastal Dune Lake systems. Guests will be given an introduction to the primary plant and animal species that populate these areas. A general overview of the original inhabitants to this part of Florida will be offered as well as historical relations between the first settlers. In addition, guests will be shown the highly endangered Beach Jacquemontia sensitive habitat area and be given an explanation of preservation efforts that are underway.

 

Fifth Friday of each month (for those months with a fifth Friday):
Beach/Dune Habitat and Coastal Walk  | 10:30am

This near-1 mile walk will commence at the Beach Entrance to the park. Guests will be lead around the beach entrance sensitive habitat areas, demonstrating the residual dune plants still residing on the property opposite A1A. Guests will be lead through the underpass tunnel or across the cross walk (once finalized) to the beach. Here guests will explained the unique features, flora and fauna, that constitute the primary dune on the beach. The tour will leisurely browse the coastline, discussing tidal influences on barrier islands, coastlines and explore the vast variety of species populating the areas between the land and the sea. 

 

Mid Trail Audio Tour – Available at all times.
This 2 mile walk can be taken through your own cell phone without a Ranger guiding you! The trail walk will commence approximately half a mile up the main loop drive. The Mid Trail Audio Tour covers a broad overview of the history of Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, offers an introduction to its ecosystems and also points out particulars along the path. A large bee hive is featured along this trail for everyone’s education. Please be advised. The walk will eventually emerge at the north end of the park where guests can either take the Intracoastal waterway back toward the front of the park, or take the main loop drive’s east side road back to the front of the park. The Audio Tour is free, but donations are welcome. Please inquire at the Ranger Station about this easy-to-use program.

Additional Information:

Our ranger guided walks range from less than a mile to over two miles. Please read the descriptions carefully. Reusable water bottles are recommended for each tour. Bug spray may be needed.

Incredible Wild Edibles @ Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

Friday, March 18, 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm EDT

Cost: $3/vehicle park entrance fee, $2 bicyclist or walk-in, activity fee $5/person, 12 and under free. 

More Information:
Park Visitor Center - 352-793-4781

Located in the Southwest region at:
Dade Battlefield Historic State Park
7200 CR 603
Bushnell, FL 33513

Visitors will enjoy wild plant and game cooking demonstrations and then get to sample many dishes.  Participants are asked to bring a place setting to share in the wild foods. 

Movie Night @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Friday, March 18, 2016 - 6:30pm EDT

Free to registered campers.

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 family-friendly winter program is sure to entertain. Each week features a different theme. Campers can vote for the movie of their choice at the Nature Center, where the movie viewing will take place. Refreshments are provided and campers are welcome to bring their own non-alcoholic beverages and favorite movie theater snacks.

Additional Information:

Located in the Nature Center.

Full Moon Concert featuring Reverend Barry and Funktastic Soul featuring the Hellacious Horns @ Myakka River State Park

Friday, March 18, 2016 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm EDT

$15 for Friends of Myakka members

$20 for non-members

More Information:
Teresa Good, teresa.good@dep.state.fl.us

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

Come join us for our March Full Moon Concert featuring Reverend Barry and Funktastic Soul featuring the Hellacious Horns. Back by popular demand, the band will be performing all those funky dance tunes that wouldn't let us hold still for a second last year. They are by far the best dance band in the area. From young children to adults, there won't be a motionless body in the crowd. Let's top last year by inviting all our fun-loving friends to join us for an outrageously enjoyable night.

Additional Information:

Tickets sold day of event. Park entrance fee is waived for concert if you arrive after 5pm. For more information call 941-361-6511 or 941-316-8139. Bring a chair and a picnic.

Moon Over the Mounds @ Crystal River Archaeological State Park

Friday, March 18, 2016 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm EDT

$5.00 suggested donation to Friends group.

More Information:
Museum: 352-795-3817

Located in the Northeast region at:
Crystal River Archaeological State Park
3400 N. Museum Point
Crystal River, FL 34428

Join Crystal River Archaeological State Park at the next Moon Over the Mounds. The Pre-Columbian site is thousands of years old and is still shrouded in mystery.

Underneath the moonlit sky, join professional guides to learn more about these impressive mounds. Refreshments will be served before the walk and you can tour the museum and gift shop. Donations are welcome and encouraged to sustain future programming. This event is sponsored by the Friends of Crystal River State Parks, Inc.

Additional Information:

Bring your own flashlight as a limited number of loaner flashlights will be available.

Wear comfortable closed toed walking shoes.

Wear long pants.

This program is suitable for all ages.

Please meet at the Crystal River Archaeological State Park Museum Building.

Participation Requirements:

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

Saturday, March 19, 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.