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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Nature Walks @ Little Manatee River State Park

Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 9:00am EDT

Park entrance fees apply.  $5.00/ vehicle (2-8 people), $4.00/ vehicle (1 occupant)

More Information:
kathryn.smithson@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Southwest region at:
Little Manatee River State Park
215 Lightfoot Rd.
Wimauma, FL 33598

Searching high, searching low, along the Oxbow we will go!  Join a Ranger for a guided Nature Walk on the Oxbow Trail, where we'll take a look at the rare and unique upland and wetland communities found in the park. 

Additional Information:

Florida State Parks are in various stages of accessibility.  If you have questions regarding your ability to participate in this program please see the Essential Eligibility Criteria (EEC Nature Walk) or call the Ranger Station at (813) 671-5005 for more information.  If you need accommodations to make your full participation possible, please call the Ranger Station at least 2 weeks in advance. 

Kids Fishing Clinic @ Lake Griffin State Park

Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EDT

Park admission is $5.00/vehicle with up to 8 people in the vehicle. There is no extra fee for the fishing clinic.

More Information:
Daniel Osborn 352-360-6760

Located in the Central region at:
Lake Griffin State Park
3089 U.S. Highway 441-27
Fruitland Park, FL 34731

Lake Griffin State Park will host its tenth annual Free Kids’ Fishing Clinic on Saturday March 19, at 9:00 a.m. This event will introduce children ages 4 to 14 to the world of freshwater angling through educational programming and hands on experience.

The clinic will teach basic fishing skills, knot tying, casting, safety and fishing ethics to the participants attending as well as their families. All activities start at 9:00 a.m. and will take place at the park’s picnic area and boat dock. The support of many sponsors has made it possible for us to supply each registered participant with their own rod and reel combo to use at the event and take home, as well as a free hot dog lunch in the park! For parents, guardians and other non-participants lunches will be available for a donation. There is only room for 60 children to participate and all participants must be pre-registered.

Pre-registration begins on March 1, 2016. Park admission is $5 per vehicle (with up to 8 people) and the event is free of charge.

Parents and/or guardians who are interested in registering their children for the fishing clinic are asked to contact the park at 352-360-6760. A parent and/or guardian must be present with the child during the fish clinic at all times.

The clinic is a great opportunity for families to learn how to fish while enjoying …the Real Florida!

 

Econfina River Trail Ride @ Econfina River State Park

Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 9:00am to 2:00pm EDT

The registration fee is $15 per rider or $10 per rider for a family with a minimum of three riders. Lunch will be provided on site. All proceeds from the ride go directly to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

More Information:
Terri Messler, Park Services Specialist at 850-925-6216.

Located in the Northwest region at:
Econfina River State Park
4741 Econfina River Road
Lamont, FL 32336

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Econfina River State Park invites you to join the Taylor County Trail Club as together they host the Econfina River Trail Ride!  The event is a 10-mile trail ride to benefit St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. Starting at the main entrance to the park, near the boat ramp, horses and riders will enjoy the beautiful marked wooded trails of Econfina River State Park. Registration is from 9 - 10 a.m. with equestrians riding out at 10 a.m. Proof of Negative Coggins test required. Children 16 and under are required to wear a helmet.

Additional Information:

Proof of Negative Coggins Test required for all horses. Children 16 and under are required to wear a helmet.

Participation Requirements

Morning Nature Walk @ Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 9:00am to 10:30am EDT

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
PSS Jeff Hugo, 850-561-7286

Located in the Northwest region at:
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park
465 Wakulla Park Drive
Wakulla Springs, FL 32327

Join a ranger-led trek through Wakulla Springs State Park’s varying forest communities.  Leaves are budding, dogwood's are blooming, and life is awakening in the park's forests. The habitat beckons.  Let your guide make the most of your visit as he points out nature's nuances.  Arrive early and fuel up with breakfast in the historic Wakulla Springs Lodge prior to the walk.

Additional Information:

Meet in the lobby of the Lodge at Wakulla Springs.

Space is limited. Please call 850-561-7286 to register.

Participation Requirements

Confederate Garrison Weekend @ Fort Clinch State Park

Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm EDT

Park Entrance Fee applies in addition to a $2.00 per person Fort Entrance Fee.

More Information:
Fort Clinch State Park, (904) 277-7274

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

Living Historians recreate life at Fort Clinch during the War between the States. Activities include artillery demonstrations and soldier drills. Soldiers and Civilians take up duty in the laundry, infirmary, kitchen, barracks, quartermaster and carpenter shop. 

Additional Information:

 Participation Requirements

Confederate Garrison Weekend @ Fort Clinch State Park

Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm EDT

Park Entrance Fee applies in addition to a $2.00 per person Fort Entrance Fee.

More Information:
Fort Clinch State Park, (904) 277-7274

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

Living Historians recreate life at Fort Clinch during the War between the States. Activities include artillery demonstrations and soldier drills. Soldiers and Civilians take up duty in the laundry, infirmary, kitchen, barracks, quartermaster and carpenter shop. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Cow Camp @ Lake Kissimmee State Park

Saturday, March 19, 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

Vuelta a Sebastian Inlet @ Sebastian Inlet State Park

Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 9:30am to 12:00pm EDT

$22.50 in advance and $25.00 day of Vuelta a Sebastian Inlet

More Information:
Sebastian Inlet Surf & Sport at 321-574-0600 or www.sebastianinletsurfshop.com

Located in the Central region at:
Sebastian Inlet State Park
9700 South Highway A.1.A.
Melbourne Beach, FL 32951

Vuelta a Sebastian Inlet  This is a bicycle tour designed to show the “Hidden Trails of Sebastian Inlet.” The tour starts and ends at Sebastian Inlet Surf & Sport, 8898 S. Highway A1A (2 miles north of the Sebastian Inlet bridge). There are three routes for riders of all ability levels that visit both Sebastian Inlet State Park and the Indian River Lagoon. The ride ends with a rider’s social with food, beverages and music. For more information, call Sebastian Inlet Surf & Sport at 321-574-0600 or www.sebastianinletsurfshop.com

Additional Information:

Participant requirements: EEC Vuelta a Sebastian Inlet

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

Saturday, March 19, 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.

Third Annual Commemoration of the Founding of Fort Mose @ Fort Mose Historic State Park

Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 10:00am to 3:00pm EDT

This event is free!

Visitor Center admission is $2.00 per person; children 5 and under enjoy free admission.

More Information:
Vicki Tiseth, 904 823-2232, vicki.tiseth@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Central region at:
Fort Mose Historic State Park
15 Fort Mose Trail
St. Augustine, FL 32084

Join Fort Mose in the celebration of 278 years of freedom! Living history specialists and reenactors commemorate the founding of the first legally sanctioned free black community in the United States of America. There will be children's activities as well as speakers including Darcie A. MacMahon's presentation of "The Discovery and Public Impact of Fort Mose".

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Spring Festival @ De Leon Springs State Park

Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 10:00am to 2:00pm EDT

Regular park entrance fees apply: $6.00 for 2-8 people per vehicle; $4.00 for one person; $2.00 for pedestrians and bicyclists.

More Information:
Park's Ranger Station at 386-985-4212

Located in the Central region at:
De Leon Springs State Park
601 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
De Leon Springs, FL 32130

Join the Friends of De Leon Springs State Park and park staff for our Spring Festival on March 19, 2016. We have many fun activities planned, including Custom Cars, Hot-Rods, Classic and Antique Cars, plus Live Bluegrass Music. Have breakfast at the Old Spanish Sugar Mill restaurant. Take a boat ride with Capt. Frank on the Fountain of Youth Eco/History Tour. Go swimming, rent a canoe, paddleboat or kayak the Spring Run! For more information please call 386-985-4212. The event is sponsored by the Friends of De Leon Springs State Park, Inc. The park's goal is to provide for people of all abilities. If you have special needs, please contact the park before arrival.

Additional Information:

Participant Requirements

Mound Builders of Lake Jackson @ Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park

Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 10:00am to 12:00pm EDT

The event is free with paid park admission of $3.00 per vehicle.

More Information:
850-922-6007 or terri.messler@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Northwest region at:
Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park
3600 Indian Mounds Rd.
Tallahassee, FL 32303

Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park and the Florida Department of State's Bureau of Archaeological Resources invite you to celebrate Florida Archaeology Month! On Saturday, March 19, 2016, Dr. Dan Seinfeld, Archaeology Conservation and Collections Supervisor, will talk about his recent research at Lake Jackson and Letchworth-Love Mounds Archaeological State Parks. Some artifacts that were found at these two sites will be displayed during the program. Bring a picnic lunch and learn about archaeology!

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Discovery Hour in the Park @ Wekiwa Springs State Park

Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 10:00am EDT

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
(407) 884-2009

Located in the Central region at:
Wekiwa Springs State Park
1800 Wekiwa Circle
Apopka, FL 32712

Join us on Saturday mornings in the park's Interpretative Pavilion above the springs. The programs are presented by volunteers and park rangers on a wide range of topics suitable for people of all ages.

Schedule below is subject to change without notice.          

Oct 3                           Florida’s critters. Come and meet some live animals.

Oct 10                         Florida’s raptors.

Oct 17                         Protecting Florida’s waterways and water resources.

Oct 24                         The sounds of nature.

Oct 31                         Successful wildlife photography—tips from an expert.

Nov 7                           Wekiwa Springs history.

Nov 14                         Florida’s fascinating fossils.

Nov 21                         Edible Florida.

Nov 28                         Florida’s threatened wildlife.

Dec 5                           Prescribed burns explained.

Dec 12                         Florida’s Extinct critters.

Dec 19                         The sounds of nature.

Dec 26                         Basic survival techniques.

Jan 2                            Florida Black Bears.

Jan 9                            Turpentining in Wekiwa.

Jan 16                           Florida’s critters.

Jan 23                           Edible Florida and Basic Survival Techniques.

Jan 30                           Successful wildlife photography-tips from an expert.

Feb 6                            Florida’s Springs and the Wekiwa Watershed.

Feb 13                          Successful composting.

Feb 20                          Florida’s threatened wildlife.

Feb 27                          Prescribed burns explained.

Mar 5                            Walking Wekiva. How to get the most out of the trails.*

Mar 12                          Edible Florida.

Mar 19                          Protecting Florida’s waterways and water resources.

 

*Requires some walking

All activities are held at the Interpretive Pavilion and are suitable for everyone.

Additional Information:

Donations support the Wekiwa Wilderness Trust and are graciously accepted.

Participation Requirements

Washington County Heritage Festival @ Falling Waters State Park

Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 9:00am CDT to Sunday, March 20, 2016 - 4:00pm CDT

The normal $5 entrance fee will apply for up to eight people in a vehicle.

More Information:
Contact Falling Waters State Park at (850) 638-6130)

Located in the Northwest region at:
Falling Waters State Park
1130 State Park Road
Chipley, FL 32428

Come experience and enjoy an eclectic mix of treasure hunting, live music, wild animals, antique camper & cars, Indian encampment, civil war re-enactors and much more all to the back drop of one of the panhandles hidden gem. There will be many artists from a blacksmith, chainsaw wood carver to flint knappers and soap makers with a variety of homemade crafts, artwork and jewelry for sale. Geocahing games for the adventurous type will be played on Saturday and a Cash In Cash Out (CITO) event on Sunday. Plenty of great food, drinks and good old fashion fun for the whole family. Come see the park enjoy the natural wonders that make Falling Waters so unique.

Additional Information:

This event will be presented at all use areas within the park, including the picnic area, campgrounds, lakes and primitive area. Wearing sunscreen, comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing for weather conditions is recommended.

There will be a tram available for transportation during the event between the picnic area and the campground.

ADA bathroom facilities are available at the Lake and Picnic area.

Participation Requirements

Dune to Lagoon - Cross Barrier Island Plant Identification Stroll @ Sebastian Inlet State Park

Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm EDT

This event is free with paid park admission.

More Information:
Terry O'Toole 772-388-2750

Located in the Central region at:
Sebastian Inlet State Park
9700 South Highway A.1.A.
Melbourne Beach, FL 32951

Join us for a leisurely stroll and learn about our sub-tropical, coastal plants.  Find out which plants are edible, have medical uses and are attractive for landscaping.  Meet at the hammock trail one mile north of the bridge in the parking lot on the west side of A1A.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Kayak 101 & Paddling Tour @ Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm EDT

Sit-on-top kayaks provided at no charge by Florida Youth Conservation Center Network.  Reservations are required even if you bring your own kayak.   

 Free with paid park admission.

More Information:
Ranger Station (850) 487-4556

Located in the Northwest region at:
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
3540 Thomasville Road
Tallahassee, FL 32309

 

Bring your own kayak and gear or use a sit-on-top kayak provided.  Learn basic paddling skills and enjoy a short nature tour launching at Lake Hall.  This event is perfect for beginners. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Children 12 and older must be accompanied by an adult.

Reservations are required to save your spot, even if you bring your own kayak. 

Please wear quick-dry clothing (no jeans or cotton), closed-toe shoes and bring sunhat, sunscreen, sunglasses and water.

  

Saturday Wagon Tours @ Ravine Gardens State Park

Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm EDT

Free with regular park admission.  Donations to the Friends of Ravine Gardens are accepted.

More Information:
Park Office, 386-329-3721

Located in the Central region at:
Ravine Gardens State Park
1600 Twigg Street
Palatka, FL 32177

Take a guided wagon tour around the beautiful ravine at Ravine Gardens State Park and see our azaleas in bloom!  Learn about the history of the ravine and the park, as well as the plants, animals, and ecosystems that make Ravine Gardens a diverse place to visit.

Tours will leave every half hour, departing at 1 pm, 1:30 pm, 2 pm, and 2:30 pm. Tours last approximately 25 minutes and will start from the front of the Roy E. Campbell Civic Center. Each tour is limited to 20 participants.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Wildlife Puppeteers Present "What Animal Am I?" @ Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm EDT

Regular park admission applies.

More Information:
Susan Strawbridge: (352) 628-5445, ext. 1002

Located in the Northeast region at:
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
4150 S. Suncoast Blvd. (US 19)
Homosassa, FL 34446

The Wildlife Puppeteers present their new play "What Animal Am I?" in the park's Discovery Center. Learn about the park's wildlife as the puppets provides clues to their identity.  

 

 

Additional Information:

 Participation Requirements

 

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

Saturday, March 19, 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.

Finding North / Compass Scavenger Hunt @ O'Leno State Park

Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Cindy Preston (386) 454-0723 Cynthia.F.Preston@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Northeast region at:
O'Leno State Park
410 SE O'Leno Park Road
High Springs, FL 32643

Join park volunteer Larry Ganion to learn many ways to find north when lost in the woods then use your new knowledge for in a Compass Scavenger Hunt.  Find different locations and information within the park, ending with a treasure chest filled with prizes! .  Meet in the picnic area next to the cypress pavilion near the river.

 

Additional Information:

Participant Requirements

What Slithers? @ Fort George Island Cultural State Park

Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT

No reservations are necessary and the program is free.

More Information:
Ranger Station, 904-251-2320

Located in the Northeast region at:
Fort George Island Cultural State Park
11241 Fort George Road
Jacksonville, FL 32226

This interpretive program explores the snakes that are native to Florida and live at the Talbot Islands State Parks.

Additional Information:

This program will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park.

Participation Requirements

What Slithers? @ Little Talbot Island State Park

Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT

No reservations are necessary and the program is free.

More Information:
Ranger Station, 904251-2320

Located in the Northeast region at:
Little Talbot Island State Park
12157 Heckscher Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32226

This interpretive program explores the snakes that are native to Florida and live at the Talbot Islands State Parks.

Additional Information:

This program will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park.

Participation Requirements

Dining Under the Stars at Fort Foster @ Fort Foster State Historic Site

Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm EDT

$25.00 per person.

More Information:
Ranger Station: (813) 987-6771

Located in the Southwest region at:
Fort Foster State Historic Site
15402 U.S. 301 N.
Thonotosassa, FL 33592

Dine under the stars like an 1830's military officer and mingle with the troops from inside the walls of Historic Fort Foster.  Although there will be menu items influenced by Florida frontier life, such as heart of palm and gator tail, you will also have the opportunity to enjoy more modern and decadent fare, such as roast pork, kettle beans and other complimenting side dishes, as well as, coffee, tea, and water.  Participants will have the opportunity to view artifacts from the second Seminole Indian war era in our interpretive center.  From here the visitors will start the journey back in time by boarding and enjoy a 15 minute tram ride to the Fort.  Once at the historic site, park staff will lead the group through the grand doors and protective walls of the fort where they will enjoy a candle lit tour of the officers’ quarters, infirmary, and quarter masters' supply room.  Once seated, and with no distractions of the modern world, guests will take in the smell and sight of this gourmet food and will be immersed in Florida history that few experience. 

Ranger Program - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 5:00pm 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

Every Saturday, a ranger will present a program on a different topic at the Silver River Museum & Environmental Education Center. Examples of programs include "Weavers in the woods," "What's that sound?," "Pioneer survival," as well as programs on topics such as fire, gopher tortoises and more. For the specific topic or program for the coming weekend, please contact the ranger station.

Additional Information:

Enter the park through the Camping & Museum Entrance, 1425 NE 58th Avenue, (also known as State Road 35 or Baseline Rd.) to access the Silver River Museum.

For more information about the Silver River Museum visit their website.

Participation requirements.

Night sounds at Sebastian Inlet State Park with the band Quarterbone @ Sebastian Inlet State Park

Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm EDT

Free with park admission.

More Information:
772-388-2750

Located in the Central region at:
Sebastian Inlet State Park
9700 South Highway A.1.A.
Melbourne Beach, FL 32951

Come out and join us for the sounds of the Quarterbones! This fun group is sure to get you up out of your seat and dancing! The Quarterbones, are a three piece band that plays original music and some classics in the style of Crosby, Stills and Nash meets Dave Matthews. 

Additional Information:

Participant requirements: EEC Night Sounds concert

Moonlight Concert @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm EDT

$5.00 per person, children under 10 years of age are free.

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

Join us under the full moon for a magical night of music. This month's concert features local south Florida folk group, Roadside Revue.  This concert series will be held November thru April featuring a different band every month.  Come on out and bring the whole family!  No reservations required and children under age 10 are free.  Admission is $5.00 per person.  For more information, please call the Nature Center at (561) 624-6952 .

Additional Information:

Friends of MacArthur Beach members free with a guest.

Night Sounds concert at Sebastian Inlet State Park @ Sebastian Inlet State Park

Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm EDT

Free with park admission

More Information:
Terry O'Toole 772-388-2750

Located in the Central region at:
Sebastian Inlet State Park
9700 South Highway A.1.A.
Melbourne Beach, FL 32951

Hosted by the Friends of Sebastian Inlet State Park, the concert will showcase The Quarterbones.  The Quarterbones are a three piece band that plays original music and some classics in the style of Crosby, Stills and Nash meets Dave Matthews.  The positive music that the Quarterbones play get people tapping their feet and dancing in the street.  The concert will take place at the pavilions on Coconut Point, located on the south side of Sebastian Inlet. The concert is free with regular park entry fees. 

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Participant requirements:

EEC Night Sounds concert

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

Sunday, March 20, 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.

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