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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Ranger Guided Hike @ Rainbow Springs State Park

Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 9:00am to 11:00am EDT

Free with regular $2 per person park admission

More Information:
Amanda Marek, 352-465-8555

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

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.

 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Please note that once hikers leave the veranda area, there are no restroom facilities available.

Beach Combing @ Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 9:30am to 10:30am EDT

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Ranger Station 239-597-6196

Located in the Southwest region at:
Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park
11135 Gulfshore Drive
Naples, FL 34108

Join a Volunteer for a talk about beach treasures. Learn about sea shells, sea creatures and tidal movement. This is a great interactive event!

Additional Information:

Beach Combing Participation Requirements

Cow Camp @ Lake Kissimmee State Park

Sunday, April 17, 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

Guided Bike Tour @ Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 10:00am to 12:00pm 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. 

Get to Know Colt Creek @ Colt Creek State Park

Sunday, 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

$2.00 Pedestrians

More Information:


Located in the Central region at:
Colt Creek State Park
16000 SR 471
Lakeland, FL 33809

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

 

Additional Information:

 Participation Requirements

Birding at MacArthur Beach @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm EDT

Free with park admission.

More Information:
(561) 624-6952

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

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 Park

Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 1:00pm EDT

Free with paid park admission.

More Information:
Ranger Station, (352) 236-7148 ext. 4

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

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!

Additional Information:

Enter the park through the main entrance located at 5656 East Silver Springs Blvd. (SR 40).

Participation requirements.

Ranger Program: Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 2:00pm EDT

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Ranger station, 352-236-7148 ext.4

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

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.

Additional Information:

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

Participation requirements.

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

Monday, April 18, 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.