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Saturday, April 2, 2016

Engine Demonstration @ Koreshan State Park

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 - 11:30am EST to Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 11:30am EDT

FREE with park admission of $4 for one person in a vehicle, $5 for up to 8 persons in a vehicle.

More Information:
Ranger Station (239) 992-0311

Located in the Southwest region at:
Koreshan State Park
3800 Corkscrew Road
Estero, FL 33928

Every Wednesday and Saturday at 11:30 a.m. meet in the Historic Industrial area for demonstrations of early 1900’s engines.

 

Kiwanis Fishathon @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 8:00am to 1:00pm EDT

Park entrance fees will be waived for registered participants.

More Information:
Ranger Station (941) 483-5956

Located in the Southwest region at:
Oscar Scherer State Park
1843 South Tamiami Trail
Osprey, FL 34229

In cooperation with the Kiwanis Club of Venice and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, we invite you to come out and catch some fish with us! Open to the first 50 kids, ages 5 to 12 and their parents. We will provide the poles, bait, tackle and lunch. Prizes will be given in several categories.

Check back for additional information as the date grows nearer.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Nature Walks @ Little Manatee River State Park

Saturday, April 2, 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. 

First Saturday Militia Muster and Training at Fort Mose @ Fort Mose Historic State Park

Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 9:00am to 11:30pm EDT

This is a free outdoor program.

Entrance into the Visitor Center is $2.00 per person; children up to age 5 enter free.

More Information:
Carl P. Marchand, 904 823-2232, carl.marchand@dep.state.fl.us

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

Visit Fort Mose on the first Saturday morning of each month and become immersed into the 18th century. The members of the Fort Mose Militia come together to practice firing drills and teach new Militiia members historic weapon use and safety. Visitors will experience historic weapon demonstrations including musket firing drills. Children of all ages will have the opportunity to participate in the children's militia training, using wooden toy muskets and authentic uniform accessories. This experience will provide a wonderful photo opportunity and a one of a kind experience, in a Florida State Park! 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

The Park opens at 9:00 a.m. and closes at 5:00 p.m.

O'Leno Ole' Chili Cook-Off & Springs Celebration @ O'Leno State Park

Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 9:00am to 3:00pm EDT

Park admission for this event is free with the donation of one can of food per person, to be donated to a local food bank.

More Information:
Harriet Walsh, (386) 454-0723, FriendsofOleno@windstream.net

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

Time: Chili Cook-Off – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Springs Celebration – 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Bring your favorite chili recipe and compete with the best during the CASI sanctioned category of this chili cook off. You do not have to be a member to participate. There will be prizes for 1st – 10th place in the Cook-off, and 1st – 3rd place for Showmanship. CASI rules can be found at www.chili.org.

Or, you can compete in the Open category where anything goes! This year will feature 2 Open categories – Open with Meat and Open Vegetarian. There are trophies for 1st – 3rd place winners, and cash prizes of $50 for 1st place and $25 for 2nd place in each Open category. Contestants must be 18 years or older. For more information please visit Friends of O'Leno or email FriendsofOleno@windstream.net.

At 1:00pm visitors can purchase a sample kit and vote for the winner of the “Peoples’ Choice” Award. A cash prize of $100 will be presented for the “Peoples’ Choice”! Chili will not be available until 1:00pm. A food and drink concession will be available prior to the chili sampling.

Join us for the Springs Celebration while enjoying the chili!
Highlights will include live music, children’s activities, environmental exhibits, interactive water education displays and native plant sales. This event is designed to teach the importance of Florida’s springs.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

The Friends of O'Leno (chili tasting kits) and food concessionaire accept cash only.

First Weekend Union Garrison @ Fort Clinch State Park

Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm EDT

$2.50 Fort Admission in addition to regular park admission.

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

This program will allow visitors to interact with living historians to experience life in the fort as it was in 1864. The grounds will be bustling with soldiers in period costumes involved in firing demonstrations, marching drills, cooking and daily activities. Ladies in their dresses, sutlers displaying their wares, fife players and drummer boys bring every part of the civil war era to life. Come join in this unique, family friendly event.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Ranger Guided Canoe & Kayak Paddle @ Rainbow Springs State Park

Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 9:00am to 10:30am EDT

Free with regular $2 per person park admission. Additional rental prices for a vessel may apply.

More Information:
Amanda Marek, 465-8555

Located in the Northeast region at:
Rainbow Springs State Park
19158 SW 81st Place Road
Dunnellon, FL 34432

Join us for a Ranger guided canoe/kayak paddle to experience paddling and the Rainbow River in a way you may have never experienced! A maximum of 5 vessels can participate. Please call the toll booth at 352-465-8555 to register in advance. Participants may bring their own vessel or rent one from the in-park concessionaire, Nature Quest. Call 352-465-3211 for rental prices and rules.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Paddlers must wear a life jacket at all times and stay within their vessel. No pets allowed. Children must be accompanied by a person 16 years or older. No more than 4 people in a canoe, 2 people in a tandem kayak, and 1 person in a single kayak.

UF/IFAS Marion County Extension Service's "Go Springs & Get Wet" @ Rainbow Springs State Park

Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 9:30am to 3:30pm EDT

Registration fee is $10 per person. $10.00 includes refreshments, lunch, handouts, guided tour, water bottle, and other water conservation and protection kits.  Regular $2 per person park admission is not included in registration fee. Rental fees for the canoe/kayaks to participate in the optional guided paddle are also not included in the registration. Kayak will not be provided, but you can bring your own or rent it at the headsprings.  Children 12 and younger are free.

More Information:
Yilin Zhuang, 352-671-8400

Located in the Northeast region at:
Rainbow Springs State Park
19158 SW 81st Place Road
Dunnellon, FL 34432

Enjoy a fun day at Rainbow Springs State Park during the UF/IFAS Marion County Extension Service's "Go Springs & Get Wet" program on April 2nd. Learn about Florida springs, protecting our state's precious water, and underground caves during the first half of the day, then after lunch enjoy a guided hike through the park. Lunch is included with the registration fee. In the afternoon from about 2pm - 3:30pm, participants are welcome to participate in an optional "Get Wet" activity. You may choose to go on a guided canoe/kayak paddle or jump in the water to assist in an algae clean-up project in the headsprings.  

You must register to participate in this program. To register online at Eventbrite, click here or call the Marion County Extension Office at 352-671-8400.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Wading Adventure @

Saturday, April 2, 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 region at:
, FL

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.

Cow Camp @ Lake Kissimmee State Park

Saturday, April 2, 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

Nature Photography @ Little Talbot Island State Park

Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am EDT

No reservations are necessary and the program is free with $3 vehicle entrance fee.

More Information:
Ranger Station, 904-251-2320

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

Ever dreamed of getting the perfect shot of a great blue heron in flight or a bumble bee nestled on a flower? Join a photographer and nature enthusiast for a leisurely stroll on the Shoreline Trail and learn techniques to help capture the beauty of the maritime forest and driftwood of Boneyard Beach on film.

Additional Information:

Please bring your own camera and photography supplies, sturdy shoes, bug spray, sunscreen and water. The program will take place at the Bluffs pavilion on Big Talbot Island.

Participation Requirements

Speaker Series @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am EDT

$5 per person, does not include admission fee.

More Information:
Veronica Frehm, (561) 776-7449, ext. 104

Located in the Southeast region at:
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive
North Palm Beach, FL 33408

We invite you to join us in the Pew Family Natural Science Education Center for great information, exciting insights and fascinating discussion on a broad scope of local topics. This month's speaker is Dr. Lauren Toth and Phil Gravinese, "Love your Mother Earth."  Offered November through April on the first Saturday at 10:00am.  For more information, please call (561) 776-7449, ext. 104.

Additional Information:

Friends of MacArthur Beach members attend free.

Cultural Traditions at Fort Mose @ Fort Mose Historic State Park

Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 10:00am to 3:00pm EDT

This is a free outdoors event.

Admission into the Visitor Center is $2.00 per person. Children 5 and under enter free.

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

Several demonstrators and re-enactors will celebrate a variety of cultures by leading us back through the 1700's, 1800's and 1900's. Visit the park to experience this free outdoor event and enjoy learning from several different time periods and cultures. Cultures represented may include Native American tribes, African, American, Spanish and British.

In addition to a wide variety of ongoing programs that you may visit anytime throughout the event we are also offering the following scheduled demonstrations:

11:00am – Jim Sawgrass Program outdoors

12:00pm -  Roger Smith of Colonial Research Associates presents, in the class room:  Hope of Freedom: Southern Blacks and the American Revolution

1:00pm – Jim Sawgrass Program outdoors

3:00pm - Roger Smith of Colonial Research Associates presents, in the classroom:  Hope of Freedom: Southern Blacks and the American Revolution

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

The park grounds are open from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

Nature Photography @ Big Talbot Island State Park

Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am EDT

No reservations are necessary and the program is free with $3 vehicle entrance fee.

More Information:
Ranger Station, 904-251-2320

Located in the Northeast region at:
Big Talbot Island State Park
State Road A1A North
Jacksonville, FL, FL 32226

Ever dreamed of getting the perfect shot of a great blue heron in flight or a bumble bee nestled on a flower? Join a photographer and nature enthusiast for a leisurely stroll on the Shoreline Trail and learn techniques to help capture the beauty of the maritime forest and driftwood of Boneyard Beach on film.

Additional Information:

 Please bring your own camera and photography supplies, sturdy shoes, bug spray, sunscreen and water. The program will take place at the Bluffs pavilion on Big Talbot Island.

Physical Requirements

Surf Fishing Workshop @ Sebastian Inlet State Park

Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm EDT

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Ranger 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

This workshop is designed to introduce anglers to the basics of surf fishing. Discussions center on equipment needed to enjoy a productive day of surf fishing at the beach. Topics include rod and reel selection, standard pompano rig, choosing bait and more.

Additional Information:

Meet at the Fishing Museum on the south side of Sebastian Inlet State Park, 14251 N Hwy A1A.

Anglers should bring a pen or pencil and something to write on/take notes.

Participation Requirements

Talbot Critters @ Fort George Island Cultural State Park

Saturday, April 2, 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

Join a park ranger to learn about the many common species that inhabit the natural communities of the undeveloped barrier islands of northeast Florida.

Additional Information:

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

Participation Requirements

Talbot Critters @ Little Talbot Island State Park

Saturday, April 2, 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:
Little Talbot Island State Park
12157 Heckscher Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32226

Join a park ranger to learn about the many common species that inhabit the natural communities of the undeveloped barrier islands of northeast Florida.

Additional Information:

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

Participation Requirements

Ranger Program - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, April 2, 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.

Boogie and Blues @ Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm EDT

This event is free with paid park admission. $5 per vehicle up to 8 people.

More Information:
Park Service Specialist, Andrea Thomas (386) 397-4478

Located in the Northeast region at:
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
11016 Lillian Saunders Drive/ US HWY 41 or Mailing address: P.O. Drawer G
White Springs, FL 32096

Join us for a special program after Tractor Show put on by our campground hosts! Mike's Beach, Boogie and Blues Show. Come dance and jam!

Additional Information:

 

Participation Requirements

 

 

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

Sunday, April 3, 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.