Monday Morning Nature Walks @ Highlands Hammock State ParkMonday, April 4, 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.
Call the Ranger Station at 863-386-6094 for more information.
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.
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 .
Monday Morning Nature Walks @ Lake June-in-Winter Scrub Preserve State ParkMonday, April 4, 2016 - 9:00am to 11:00am EDT
Park entry fee of $2.00 per vehicle applies and exact change is required for payment in the Iron Ranger deposit box.
Call the Highlands Hammock State Park Ranger Station at 863-386-6094 for more information.
Explore Lake June with volunteer trail guides Brian and Susan Woodworth. This walk is an “off the beaten path” field trip that includes hiking the Tomoka Run Trail through scrubby flatwoods, bayhead, and scrub. Hikers may walk a short distance down a sugar sand trail or along the entrance road to observe Florida Scrub-jays. Woodpeckers, red-shouldered hawks and Florida water birds may be sighted and gopher tortoises are sometimes seen. Visitors may also walk down to the lakeshore to view wading birds. The degree of difficulty of this walk ranges from easy to moderate to difficult. Visitors will drive to the far south end of Daffodil Road in Lake Placid and meet at the main entrance of the park at 9:00 a.m. The walk will take one hour to 90 minutes, and may be extended to two hours depending on bird sightings. Please dress for the weather and wear hiking boots or sturdy shoes, long pants, protective clothing and bring a hat as shade is sparse in scrub habitat. Visitors are advised to bring sunscreen, insect repellent, water and snacks. Water is essential as there are no drinking fountains or other sources of water on site. Walking sticks can be helpful and binoculars, field guides and cameras are welcome. See Additional Information.
Scheduled walks are subject to change depending on conditions. Visitors are advised to call the Ranger Station at Highlands Hammock before proceeding to Lake June for a scheduled walk. Other than a solar outhouse, there are no restroom facilities at Lake June. Water is essential as there are no drinking fountains or other sources of water on site. Florida State Parks are in various stages of accessibility. To learn more about the participation requirements for this activity, please see EEC RANGER - LED NATURE WALKS LAKE JUNE .
Sunset Yoga @ Delnor-Wiggins Pass State ParkMonday, April 4, 2016 - 6:45pm to 7:45pm EDT
Class fee is $5 plus regular park admission.
Green Monkey Yoga Studio at 239-598-1938
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.
Paradise Park Remembered - Photographs by Bruce Mozert and Others @ Silver Springs State ParkTuesday, April 5, 2016 (All day)
This exhibit is included with the price of regular park admission.
Park Services Specialist Craig Littauer, 352-236-7148 ext. 5, email@example.com
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.
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.