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Sunday, March 20, 2016

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

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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

Eagle Viewing @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Sunday, March 20, 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.

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Confederate Garrison Weekend @ Fort Clinch State Park

Sunday, March 20, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm 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:

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Trail Maintenance Day @ Oleta River State Park

Sunday, March 20, 2016 - 9:00am to 2:00pm EDT

Free for volunteers!

More Information:


Located in the Southeast region at:
Oleta River State Park
3400 NE 163rd Street
North Miami Beach, FL 33160

Trail Maintenance Day!  The Friends of Oleta River State Park and the Oleta Trail Blazers would like to invite you to a day of volunteering and working on the mountain bike trails.  Lets keep the great energy and keep this rolling!  We will be meeting between parking lots 1 and 2.  We need as much help as possible to clear out overgrown trails and start some projects.

Beach Combing @ Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

Sunday, March 20, 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

Friends of Oleta Butterfly-Biodiversity-Boost Kickoff event @ Oleta River State Park

Sunday, March 20, 2016 - 9:30am to 1:00pm EDT

Free for volunteers!

More Information:


Located in the Southeast region at:
Oleta River State Park
3400 NE 163rd Street
North Miami Beach, FL 33160

Where: Oleta Butterfly Garden - please head west from parking lot 6, over the first bridge, and you will find us working in the garden areas on the left.

Please join us for an exciting day of volunteering led by the Friends of Oleta Butterfly Ambassadors and Sunny Isles Beach Girl Scouts. We will be revamping and revitalizing Oleta's Butterfly Garden on this kickoff day - the first step of many to come! The entrance area gardens will be enriched and redesigned with new native plants and paths.

Starbucks will be providing their delicious coffee for volunteers so we can dive into this ambitious project full of energy...

Please email us for more details at oletaspfriends@gmail.com or visit our website: friendsofoletariverstatepark.org

Cow Camp @ Lake Kissimmee State Park

Sunday, March 20, 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:

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

Sunday, March 20, 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.

Guided Bike Tour @ Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Sunday, March 20, 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. 

Birding at MacArthur Beach @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Sunday, March 20, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm 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

Bird lovers can join a Ranger-led, educational walk identifying the many species of birds that make their home in our Park.  Participants should bring binoculars or may rent them in the Gift Shop. Reservations recommended; program is free with Park admission.  For more information and reservations, call the Nature Center at (561) 624-6952.

Additional Information:

Wear comfortable shoes, sunscreen and bring water.

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

Monday, March 21, 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.