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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Springtime Sunrise Canoe Tour @ Ichetucknee Springs State Park

Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 6:15am to 9:30am EDT

Please note change in fee for this event:   $15.00 per person (includes park admission).

Fee required at registration due to waiting list for this event.  Fee is non-refundable for cancellations within 24 hours of this event.

More Information:
Call the Park Services Specialist office at 386-497-1216 to reserve a space and for additional details.

Located in the Northeast region at:
Ichetucknee Springs State Park
12087 SW U.S. Highway 27
Fort White, FL 32038

Experience the incredible wildlife of the Ichetucknee River on a beautiful spring morning!  This special interpretive program is space-limited and by reservation only.  Participants do not need to bring personal canoes or kayaks, as all equipment and PFDs will be provided.  The tour will meet at the North Entrance, off Elim Church Road (County Road 238).  Launch time will be as close to 6:45 a.m. as possible (sunrise is at 7:10 a.m.).  The tour will end at the Last Take-Out at the South End of the park, and transportation will be provided back to the North Entrance.  Participants should dress according to the weather, as early April mornings can sometimes be chilly.  Flashlights during the launching time are recommended.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Coach Post 5K/10K Run @ St. Andrews State Park

Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 6:00am to 12:00pm CDT

Park entrance fees are waived for participants.

More Information:
Melissa Shoemaker, 850-233-5164

Located in the Northwest region at:
St. Andrews State Park
4607 State Park Lane
Panama City Beach, FL 32408

Run Like A Legend and join us for our third annual Coach Post 5K/10K & 1 mile Fun Run - a family friendly road race at St. Andrews State Park! Our flat and fast course is surrounded by sugary white beaches and the emerald waters of the Gulf. Walkers and runners of all levels are welcome on this USA Track & Field certified course. All participants will receive a high quality Coach Post Run T-shirt. An after race party with hot catered food will follow the race along with the awards ceremony and prize drawings. 

 

Additional Information:

For registration information please visit http://www.active.com/panama-city-beach-fl/running/distance-running-races/coach-post-5k-10k-and-fun-run-2016?int .

Participation Requirements

2016 Red Hills Triathlon @ Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 7:30am to 2:00pm EDT

Park entrance fees waived to participants.

More Information:
Ranger Station (850) 487-4556

Located in the Northwest region at:
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
3540 Thomasville Road
Tallahassee, FL 32309

Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park and The Friends of Maclay Gardens, Inc. invites the public to attend the Red Hills Triathlon. The course starts off with a 1/3 mile swim in the chilly spring fed Lake Hall. Then, the 16 mile run on the Red Hills begins, traveling up and over some of Tallahassee’s most challenging hills. A short distance into the run, you will leave pavement and hit the trails for a 3.1 mile push for the finish. When you complete this event, you will soon realize why this is the Toughest Sprint in Florida.

Additional Information:

 

Participants Requirements

For more information, visit www.redhillstriathlon.org.

River-N-Rapids 10K and Fun Run @ Hillsborough River State Park

Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 8:00am to 12:00pm EDT

$55.00, per registrant for the 10K

$10.00, per registrant for the Fun Run

Park admission included with registration.  To register, click here.

More Information:
Endeavor Racing, Kip Koelsch: kip@endeavorracing.com

Located in the Southwest region at:
Hillsborough River State Park
15402 US 301 N.
Thonotosassa, FL 33592

Endeavor Racing's challenging and scenic trail 10k and fun run are back for their fifth year!

The 2016 River-N-Rapids 10K will have participants running along the high banks of the Hillsborough River, above the rapids, through a variety of habitats, past some huge oak trees and near the historic Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) suspension bridge (currently not open due to needed repair/renovation). The River-N-Rapids Fun Run will take participants approximately two miles on the park's Rapids Trail--a scenic incentive to get your body moving!

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Earth Day: Native Plant Day @ John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 9:00am to 1:30pm EDT
More Information:
Elena Muratori (305) 451-1202

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

Native Plant Giveaway to Florida Keys Residents, Plant Identification, Talk on "Alternatives to Non-native Plants in Our Gardens," Nature Walks, Children's Activities, and more! Sponsored by Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park and John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

Earth Day: Native Plant Day @ Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park

Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 9:00am to 1:00pm EDT
More Information:
Elena Muratori (305) 451-1202

Located in the Southeast region at:
Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park
County Road 905, Mile Marker 106
Key Largo, FL 33037

Native Plant Giveaway to Florida Keys Residents, Plant Identification, Talk on "Alternatives to Non-native Plants in Our Gardens," Nature Walks, Children's Activities, and more! Sponsored by Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park and John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. Event located at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, MM 102.5 Oceanside.

Nature Walks @ Little Manatee River State Park

Saturday, April 9, 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. 

Ocala Plein Air Painters - Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

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

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Concession Gift shop, 352-236-7148 ext. 2

Located in the Central region at:
Silver Springs State Park
1425 NE 58th Avenue
Ocala, FL 34470

The Ocala Plein Air Painters meet the second Saturday of each month to capture the beauty of Silver Springs State Park. Come out and watch a canvas come to life. Some pieces are available for purchase in the art gallery and gift shop.

Additional Information:

Enter the park through the main entrance located at 5656 East Silver Springs Boulevard (State Road 40).

 For more information about Plein Air groups in Florida, click here.

Participation requirements.

Morning Nature Walk @ Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

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

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
PSS Jeff Hugo

Located in the Northwest region at:
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park
465 Wakulla Park Drive
Wakulla Springs, FL 32327

Join a ranger-led trek through Wakulla Springs State Park’s varying forest communities.  Forest wildflowers are blooming.  Migrating songbirds are passing through.  The habitat beckons.  Let your guide make the most of your visit as he points out nature's nuances.  Arrive early and fuel up with breakfast in the Wakulla Springs Lodge prior to the walk.

Additional Information:

Meet in the lobby of the Lodge at Wakulla Springs.

Space is limited. Please call 850-561-7286 to register.

Participation Requirements

Nature Photography Workshop @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 9:00am to 1:00pm EDT

$35.00 per person, does not include park admission.

More Information:
(561) 776-7449, ext. 110

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

Join us each month for technical and artistic instruction by a local professional.  Appropriate for all photographers from beginners to advanced; bring your own camera equipment – point and shoot or SLR.  Wear light clothing, bring sun block and mosquito repellent.  Fee is $35.00 and does not include Park admittance.  For more information visit http://www.macarthurbeach.org/event/

Partake of the Past @ Dudley Farm Historic State Park

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

Regular park entrance fee of $5.00 per vehicle (honor box - cash only).

More Information:
Sandra Cashes, (352) 472-1142, sandra.cashes@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Northeast region at:
Dudley Farm Historic State Park
18730 W. Newberry Road
Newberry, FL 32669

Dudley Farm Historic State Park, and the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council will be working together to recreate a day in an 1880’s farm.  A fun day with:  many period children’s games, hands on crafts, working in the gardens, making dinner in a full working kitchen, collect coins and visit the old general store to buy goodies, participate in washing clothes.  Join us at the Farm, and learn all about a day in the life of a 19th century farm girl as they reenact different chores. Watch, participate, have fun while learning about history. Bring a Picnic - Stay the Day!

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Guided Butterfly Garden Walk @ Rainbow Springs State Park

Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 9:30am to 10:15am EDT

Free with regular $2 per person park admission

More Information:
352-465-8555

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

Stroll among the flowers in our peaceful wildlife habitat butterfly garden. Learn from a garden Volunteer about the importance of the variety of host and nectar plants and discover the caterpillars, chrysalises, birds, butterflies and pollinators living among the blooms.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Please allow yourself at least 15 minutes to walk from the main park entrance back to the butterfly garden. Be prepared to walk uneven, sloping, paved and unpaved walkways. Participants should bring water and wear comfortable clothing and closed toed shoes. Bug repellant and sunscreen is recommended. There are no restroom facilities near the butterfly garden. Well behaved pets on a leash are welcome. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Cow Camp @ Lake Kissimmee State Park

Saturday, April 9, 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

Tomoka Remembers Monthly Program @ Tomoka State Park

Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 10:00am to 3:00pm EDT

Program is included with regular park admission fee.

More Information:
386-676-4050 for monthly program topics and more information.

Located in the Central region at:
Tomoka State Park
2099 North Beach Street
Ormond Beach, FL 32174

Each month Tomoka State Park will host a fun family program such as living history demonstrations, crafting, or an educational program of some type with a hands-on activity (when applicable). Past programs have included Indigo Dye-making, Seminole/Timucuan Indians, Spinning, Rug Weaving, Pine Needle Basketry and more. When a demonstrator is not available we will have on hand Junior Ranger kits, scavenger hunt sheets and other kids activities for our Echo Ranger participants and park guests. To register as an Echo Ranger or find out about the next month's program, please call 386-676-4050.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Eco Guided Tour @ Oleta River State Park

Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am EDT

$35.00 per person

More Information:
BG Outdoor Center

Located in the Southeast region at:
Oleta River State Park
3400 NE 163rd Street
North Miami Beach, FL 33160

Learn about the native plants and animals of South Florida during our Eco-guided tour. Your knowledgeable tour guide will be happy to answer questions about the fish and wildlife you will encounter during your journey.

Coffee at the Cabin @ Troy Spring State Park

Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am EDT

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

More Information:
Tina Miller tina.miller@dep.state.fl.us 386-688-3488

Located in the Northeast region at:
Troy Spring State Park
674 NE Troy Springs Road
Branford, FL 32008

Enjoy your morning coffee or cocoa with the park staff and volunteers while enjoying the picturesque, bird's eye view of the spring from the old log cabin.  Chat with park staff and ask any questions on your mind, or enjoy the peaceful nature views in good company.  Hot beverages are provided, but you are welcome to bring your favorite coffee mug.

Also, please contact us to request a special coffee time for your friends, family or other group.

Additional Information:

Program Requirements

Please feel free to contact the park with any special accommodation requests to make your visit the best that it can be.

Photo Scavenger hunt @ Fanning Springs State Park

Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 10:00am to 12:00pm EDT

Event is free with paid admission to the park.

More Information:
Fanning Springs State Park 352-463-3420

Located in the Northeast region at:
Fanning Springs State Park
18020 N.W. HWY 19
Fanning Springs, FL 32693

Learn about nature as you search for clues.  Fun for the whole family

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Breakfast with a Ranger @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 9:00am to 10:00am CDT

For our day use visitors, the standard entrance/admission fee will apply. For our campers there is no additional fee required. However, for all attending the suggested donation is appreciated.

More Information:
If you should have additional questions please feel free to 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

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park invites you and your family to Breakfast with a Ranger.  Join the Rangers of Topsail Hill to learn about the park, its history and to ask them all the questions you have been dying to ask about wildlife and everything in-between.  This program is ideal for the whole family to enjoy.  Bring your appetite for pancakes, scrambled eggs and biscuits and gravy. To cover the cost of food, please bring a $5.00 donation for the Community Support Organization, Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park to enhance the park.  Enter the park through the main gate and park staff at the Ranger Station will direct you to the clubhouse. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Coffee, Chords, & Campers @ Big Lagoon State Park

Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am CDT

Free for campers at Big Lagoon State Park.   Free with paid park admission for day visitors.

More Information:
Kiersten Wilson, (850) 492-1595

Located in the Northwest region at:
Big Lagoon State Park
12301 Gulf Beach Highway
Pensacola , FL 32507

Enjoy your morning cup of coffee with the park staff and volunteers while enjoying amazing views and relaxing melodies.  The Amphitheater at Big Lagoon sets the stage with picturesque views of the Intracoastal Waterway and Gulf of Mexico.  Chat with park staff and ask any questions you may have about the parks.  Several of the rangers and volunteers play various musical instruments, and highly encourage visitors to bring their own and join in the fun.

All skill levels are welcome. 

Guided Kayak Tour @ St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park

Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 11:45am EDT

Free with park entry fee of $2.00 per kayak

Kayak rentals:  $26.50 for single,  $37.10 for double

More Information:
Park office: (772) 219-1880

Located in the Southeast region at:
St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park
Offshore Island
Port Salerno, FL 34997

Experience St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park by way of kayak.  This is a unique opportunity to visit one of Florida's magnificent barrier islands.  You will paddle through mangrove lined creeks, and the tour will visit a pristine, undeveloped beach.  Your guide will point out various plant and animal species, including some that are rare or endangered,  as well as providing insight into the management activities used at the park.  Visitors of all ages and skill levels are welcome.  Tour is approximately 3 hours long.   

Additional Information:

Reservations are required, please contact park office.

What to bring:  drinking water, snacks, hat, sunscreen, and bug repellent.  No pets or alcoholic beverages allowed.

North Atlantic Right Whales: How you can help! @ Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach

Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm EDT

Program is FREE with park admission!

More Information:
386-517-2086

Located in the Central region at:
Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach
3100 S. Oceanshore Blvd
Flagler Beach, FL 32136

Author and publisher Frank Gromling will present a 45-minute program about one of the world's most endangered large mammals, the North Atlantic right whale. Frank has been a volunteer with the Marineland Right Whale Project since its inception in 2000, and has monitored and photographed these 50-ton animals as they visit the coastal waters off Flagler Beach each winter. Please RSVP for this program at Eventbrite.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Wildlife Jeopardy @ Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 12:00pm to 12:30pm EDT

Regular park admission applies for entrance into the Wildlife Park.

More Information:
Susan Strawbridge; (352) 628-5445, ext. 1002.

Located in the Northeast region at:
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
4150 S. Suncoast Blvd. (US 19)
Homosassa, FL 34446

A Wildlife Jeopardy program will be held in the Discovery Center on Saturday, April 9, 2016, starting at 12:00 pm in the park's Discovery Center. This month's program will focus on Florida's Big and Little Cats and will be presented by Volunteer Barbara Cairns. She uses a 20-question format and invites visitors of all ages to test their knowledge about Florida's Big and Little Cats (Florida Panthers and Bobcats). Handouts will be available.

Additional Information:

  Participation Requirements

 

Nature Hike @ Little Talbot Island State Park

Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm EDT

No reservations are necessary and the program is free with regular park admission.

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 for a leisurely paced hike to discover the island’s natural communities along the 4 mile Dune Ridge Trail loop.

Additional Information:

Participants are encouraged to bring bug spray, sunscreen and bottled water. This program will start at the North Beach Parking area on Little Talbot Island State Park.

Participation Requirements

Ranger Program - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, April 9, 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.

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

Sunday, April 10, 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.