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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk Tour @ Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 9:00am EST to Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 9:00am EDT

Boardwalk Tour = $20.00/person

More Information:
Reservations: 239-695-1023

Located in the Southwest region at:
Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park
137 Coastline Drive
Copeland , FL 34137

Take a walk on our 2,220 ft boardwalk while listening in on a two-way headset to an experienced naturalist. Our boardwalk features one of the last remaining stands of virgin cypress trees in Florida, an active bald eagle nest, and a few resident alligators. Bring your camera and binoculars!

Additional Information:

Please visit the Friend's of Fakahatchee Strand's website for more details and reservations: http://www.orchidswamp.org

Oscar's Grill Pancake Breakast @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Thursday, March 24, 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.

Cast Netting @ Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

Thursday, March 24, 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

Become a self-sufficient fisherman or woman by catching your own bait!  Learn the basic techniques of cast netting from a Ranger. Come get your feet wet. It’s fun for the whole family.

Additional Information:

Bring sunscreen and a willingness to participate. Reservations required.

Cast Netting Participation Requirements

Wading Adventures @ Gasparilla Island State Park

Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 9:30am to 12:00pm EDT

Free to BIPS Members $5 for non-members.  Park entrance fee applies. 

More Information:
941-964-0375

Located in the Southwest region at:
Gasparilla Island State Park
880 Belcher Rd
Boca Grande, FL 33921

The waters surrounding Charlotte Harbor are rich with an abundance of marine life, wade in and get a glimpse of our beautiful estuaries first hand. Collect live specimens with nets and buckets and receive an educational program from our Park Rangers.  Don’t forget sunscreen, bathing suit, water shoes, and a hat! Fun for all ages over 5!

Additional Information:

 Limited spaces available please call for reservations.

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

Thursday, March 24, 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.

Black Island Bike Tour @ Lovers Key State Park

Thursday, March 24, 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 naturalist for a three-mile adventure down our Black Island Trail. Learn a little park history and experience some of the wildlife that call this maritime hammock home. Bring your own bike or rent one from the park concession. Due to limited space, reservations are required.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Beginning Photography at Lovers Key @ Lovers Key State Park

Thursday, March 24, 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 naturalist for a photogenic tour of the different habitats of Lovers Key. Bring your camera to learn where the best places are to snap that perfect photo & learn about the plants and animals that make this ecosystem home. Due to limited space, reservations are required.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Kids Club @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Thursday, March 24, 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

Park Music Jam @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Thursday, March 24, 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 24, 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

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

Friday, March 25, 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.