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Monday, March 28, 2016

Yoga in the Park @ Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

Monday, March 7, 2016 - 9:00am EST to Monday, March 28, 2016 - 10:30am EDT

$75.00 per participant, includes park entry.  Limited spaces! 

More Information:

Located in the Central region at:
Washington Oaks Gardens State Park
6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd.
Palm Coast, FL, FL 32137

Join us for Yoga in the Park, Mondays in March from 9am-10:30am.  Instructor Jillian Davis will guide you through a gentle yoga practice each Monday morning for 4 weeks in the beautiful setting of Washington Oaks.  The class is for all levels, no experience needed.  Classes will take place in varying locations around the park, incorporating meditation, breathing exercises, and gentle movements.  Pre-registration is required by calling 386-446-6783.  

Additional Information:

Participation requirements 

Monday Morning Nature Walks @ Highlands Hammock State Park

Monday, March 28, 2016 - 9:00am to 10:30am EDT

Park entry fees of $6.00 per vehicle (up to 8 people per car), $4.00 per single occupant vehicle, and $2.00 for bicyclists and people walking on foot apply.

More Information:
Call the Ranger Station at 863-386-6094 for more information.

Located in the Southwest region at:
Highlands Hammock State Park
5931 Hammock Road
Sebring , FL 33872

Take a leisurely walk with volunteer trail guides Brian and Susan Woodworth as they explore park nature trails, observe birds, and discover what’s blooming.  These two self-taught naturalists actively scout trails in advance of their hikes and keep track of the areas where birds and other wildlife are likely to be found.  Woodpeckers, red-shouldered hawks and Florida water birds are common. Swallow-tailed kites will be arriving for the summer breeding season, and spring migratory songbirds may be sighted in the park on their way north.   Alligators, snakes, turtles, otters and deer are sometimes spotted.  Walks are currently held every Monday and will conclude for the season on April 11.  The March series of Monday Morning Nature Walks begins at the Ancient Hammock Trail on March 7 followed by Hickory Trail/March 14, Fern Garden Trail/March 21, and Cypress Swamp Trail/March 28 and April 11.  The April 4 walk will be held at Lake June-in-Winter Scrub State Park in Lake Placid.  Hammock trails are noteworthy for their very old and grand trees, abundance of air plants and ferns.  Each trail is unique and visitors will explore the ecology of hammocks and swamps and learn about their associated flora and fauna.  The degree of difficulty of the walks ranges from easy to moderate.  All of the preceding trails are located on the Loop Road.  Meet at the parking areas of trailheads shortly before 9:00 a.m.  The hike will take approximately one hour to 90 minutes.  Please dress for the weather and wear hiking boots or sturdy shoes, long pants and protective clothing.  Visitors are advised to bring a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, water and snacks.  Walking sticks can be helpful and binoculars, field guides and cameras are welcome.  See Additional Information.  

Additional Information:

Scheduled walks are subject to change depending on conditions.  Visitors are advised to check at the Ranger Station before preceding to the trails. There are no restroom facilities along the Loop Road, so visitors are advised to stop at the restroom in the picnic area prior to the hike.  Florida State Parks are in various stages of accessibility.  To learn more about the participation requirements for this activity, please EEC RANGER - LED NATURE WALKS .

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

Monday, March 28, 2016 - 10:00am to 5:30pm EDT

Program is free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Melody Brennan (850) 927-2111

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.

Florida's Sea Turtles @ Fort George Island Cultural State Park

Monday, March 28, 2016 - 1:00pm 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

Join a park ranger and learn about the lifecycle of the sea turtle and the importance of these creatures.

Additional Information:

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

Participation Requirements

Sunset Yoga @ Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

Monday, March 28, 2016 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm EDT

Class fee is $5 plus regular park admission.

More Information:
Green Monkey Yoga Studio at 239-598-1938

Located in the Southwest region at:
Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park
11135 Gulfshore Drive
Naples, FL 34108

Join yoga instructors from Green Monkey Yoga for an all-levels gentle yoga class while the sun prepares to set. Then stay to soak in and celebrate the closing rays of the day over the Gulf.

Additional Information:

Bring your yoga mat, water, a towel, and bug spray! To make a reservation and payment please call the yoga studio at 239-598-1938 or visit their website:

Sunset Yoga Participation Requirements

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

Tuesday, March 29, 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,

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.