Ranger Guided Hike @ Rainbow Springs State ParkSunday, April 17, 2016 - 9:00am to 11:00am EDT
Free with regular $2 per person park admission
Amanda Marek, 352-465-8555
Join a Park Ranger for good exercise and some good stories about the unique history of Rainbow Springs and the surrounding area and how it has changed over the years as you stroll past old cisterns, phosphate pits, waterfalls and pine forests.
The hike will be approximately 2.5 miles long beginning at the veranda along the paved walkways through the historic waterfall gardens and then into the dirt paths of the hiking trails. Hikers should be well prepared to walk over sloping, uneven, paved and unpaved terrain and come dressed for the elements. Bug repellant, sunscreen, closed toed shoes, and water are highly recommended. Well-behaved pets on a leash are welcome to join the hike.
Please note that once hikers leave the veranda area, there are no restroom facilities available.
Beach Combing @ Delnor-Wiggins Pass State ParkSunday, April 17, 2016 - 9:30am to 10:30am EDT
Free with regular park admission.
Ranger Station 239-597-6196
Join a Volunteer for a talk about beach treasures. Learn about sea shells, sea creatures and tidal movement. This is a great interactive event!
Beach Combing Participation Requirements
Cow Camp @ Lake Kissimmee State ParkSunday, April 17, 2016 - 9:30am to 4:30pm EDT
Free with regular park admission
Park Service Specialist Andrea Henry 863-696-1112 or andrea.Henry@dep.state.fl.us
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.
Guided Bike Tour @ Jonathan Dickinson State ParkSunday, April 17, 2016 - 10:00am to 12:00pm EDT
Park entry fee applies.
Kimbell Education Center (561) 745-5551
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.
Get to Know Colt Creek @ Colt Creek State ParkSunday, April 17, 2016 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm EDT
Standard Park Entry Fee Apply
$4.00 Vehicle with 2-8 people
$3.00 Single-occupant vehicle
A Family Event sponsored by The Friends of Colt Creek State Park will be held at Colt Creek State Park on the 17th of April from12:00 - 4:00 p.m. All Activities start at the Pavilion. Please see the complete Schedule below!
Tram Tours will be offered every hour beginning at 12:15 p.m.
12:30 p.m. – Swamp Girl Adventures Lecture
1:30 – 3:00 p.m. – Guided Horseback Rides by the Florida Sport Horse Club
2:00 p.m. – Photography Hike
1:30 p.m. – Geocaching
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. – Ranger-led Guided Hikes
12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Enjoy a BBQ lunch sponsored by Mosaic Co. while relaxing and listening to the music on the lawn.
The below activities will also be offered during the event:
Butterfly Display & Education
Fishing & Instruction provided by FFWCC
Natural High Adventures Fishing Club Youth Contest
Canoeing & Kayaking
Polk County Waste & Recycling Education
Florida Forest Service Fire Fighting Helicopter & Smokey The Bear
K-9 Unit Demo-Polk County Sheriff’s Office
Polk County Sherriff's Office Children’s Crime Prevention Unit
Hiking, Biking & Horseback Trails on your own with Park Map
Birding at MacArthur Beach @ John D. MacArthur Beach State ParkSunday, April 17, 2016 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm EDT
Free with park admission.
Bird lovers can join a Ranger-led, educational walk identifying the many species of birds that make their home in our Park. Participants should bring binoculars or may rent them in the Gift Shop. Reservations recommended; program is free with Park admission. For more information and reservations, call the Nature Center at (561) 624-6952.
Pickin' in the Park - Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State ParkSunday, April 17, 2016 - 1:00pm EDT
Free with paid park admission.
Ranger Station, (352) 236-7148 ext. 4
Come enjoy local and visiting musicians perform acoustic music in a scenic area near the springs. Instruments usually include a banjo, guitar, fiddle, upright bass, and accordion. They may vary from month to month. Feel free to bring your own instrument and join in or just listen and enjoy. Hand claps and foot taps welcome!
Enter the park through the main entrance located at 5656 East Silver Springs Blvd. (SR 40).
Ranger Program: Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State ParkSunday, April 17, 2016 - 2:00pm EDT
Free with regular park admission.
Ranger station, 352-236-7148 ext.4
Take part in a park ranger program, which occurs every Sunday. Topics vary, with each program offering an opportunity to learn something new about Silver Springs State Park and Florida’s unique environment.
Enter the park through the main entrance located at 5656 East Silver Springs Boulevard (State Road 40).
Paradise Park Remembered - Photographs by Bruce Mozert and Others @ Silver Springs State ParkMonday, April 18, 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.