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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Yoga on the Beach @ Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 9:00am to 10:00am 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 in the morning for an all-levels gentle yoga class.

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: www.greenmonkey.com.

Yoga on the Beach Participation Requirements

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

Wednesday, March 30, 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

Wednesday, March 30, 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 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

Exotic Plant Hike and Pull @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 9:00am to 10:00am CDT

Standard park entry fees will apply. However, there is no fee for program participation.

More Information:
For further information you can call the Ranger Station at 850-267-8330 and ask to speak with Park Services Specialist's Clayton Iron Wolf or Christina Saidak.

Located in the Northwest region at:
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park invites you to enjoy a guided, informational hike and invasive plant pull with a Park Ranger.  Visitors will learn about some of the invasive plant species here at the park.  These plants are all truly invasive and carry with them, few, if any, of the natural controls that keep them in check in their native ranges. As a result, their uninhibited growth carries the potential for great harm to wildlife habitat as well as to the recreational uses of lakes and rivers.  Once established, the cost for management of these plants is very high.  Enter the park through the main gate and mention that you are coming for the Exotic Plant Hike and Pull, park staff at the Ranger Station will direct you to the meeting location. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirement

As this event will be outside in the park, please dress appropriately for the weather ensuring that you have appropriate closed toed shoes. Please make sure that you bring sunscreen, insect repellent and adequate drinking water.

Guided Bike Tour @ Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm 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. 

Game Night @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 6:30pm EDT

This after hour program is open to registered campers only and free to participate.

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 a great way to unwind after a long day while meeting new friends.  Located in the Nature Center, various individual and group based games are available for general use and campers are welcome to bring their own.  Available games include: Checkers, Chess, Dominos, Trivial Pursuit, Yahtzee, Stratego, Farkle, a variety of card games, and many, many more.

The 25th Annual Delicate Balance of Nature Lecture Series @ John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm EDT

Free

More Information:
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Visitor Center, 305-451-9570

Located in the Southeast region at:
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
Mile Marker 102.5 Overseas Highway
Key Largo, FL 33037-0487

Sponsored by Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park. Wednesday evenings from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Visitor Center and Aquarium Building. Doors open at 7 p.m. Speakers cover a variety of topics. Click here for agenda.

Additional Information:

Seating is limited. Bring a cushion for your added seating comfort. Please help us to accommodate those who are chemically sensitive by not wearing fragrances and other scented products. Essential Eligibility Criteria: 1) Must have the ability to follow visual and/or verbal instruction independently or with the assistance of a companion. (Adaptive listening devices available), 2) Must have the ability to stand or sit independently or with the assistance of a companion for 1 hour. We recommend that visitors bring a seat cushion for the pew-like benches.(Wheelchair accessible), 3) Must have the ability to withstand fluctuations in temperature due to air conditioning. We recommend visitors bring a sweater.

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

Thursday, March 31, 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.