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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Life as the St. Andrews Hermit @ St. Andrews State Park

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 2:00am to 3:00pm CDT

Program is free with regular park entrance fees.

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

Norwegian sailor Theodore Tollofson found himself shipwrecked on the St. Andrews peninsula after a hurricane in 1929.  Theodore, better known as "Teddy", never left the remnants of his ship and lived on the sandy peninsula for over 25 years. Join us by Bath House 3 in the campground to learn how this sailor survived and how he became known as "Teddy the Hermit."

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Scrub-Jay Walk @ Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 8:30am to 9:30am 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

First and third Wednesday of each month, 8:30 a.m.; learn about the globally imperiled sand pine scrub ecosystem and its inhabitants. Meet at the Camp Murphy Bicycle Trailhead parking lot located between the front entrance and Pine Grove Campground. 

Walk through the globally imperiled Florida scrub and learn about this unique ecosystem and the wildlife that depend on it to survive. Jonathan Dickinson contains one of the largest tracts of scrub remaining in Florida and is home to the endangered Florida scrub-jay, which is often seen in the park. The challenge of scrub land management will be discussed while looking for the endangered Florida scrub jay and other wild scrub inhabitants.

The walk will last approximately one hour and takes place on an old paved road and some sandy roads.

Park entry fee applies. Comfortable shoes, water, sun protection, and binoculars are recommended. For details, contact Kimbell Center, 561-745-5551, or email libby.reinert@dep.state.fl.us.

Yoga on the Beach @ Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 9:00am to 10:00am EDT

Class fee is $5 plus regular park admission.

More Information:
Green Monkey Yoga Studio at 239-598-1938

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

Join yoga instructors from Green Monkey Yoga in the morning for an all-levels gentle yoga class.

Additional Information:

Bring your yoga mat, water, a towel, and bug spray! To make a reservation and payment please call the yoga studio at 239-598-1938 or visit their website: www.greenmonkey.com.

Yoga on the Beach Participation Requirements

Ranger Guided Kayak Tour @ Sebastian Inlet State Park

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 10:00am to 12:00pm EDT

Rental FEES for kayaks. Personal watercraft pay launch fee.  Please call the Inlet Marina 321-724-5424 for reservations, rentals and program status. 

More Information:
Inlet Marina @ 321-724-5424

Located in the Central region at:
Sebastian Inlet State Park
9700 South Highway A.1.A.
Melbourne Beach, FL 32951

Enjoy paddling a kayak on a park ranger tour of the Indian River Lagoon.   Rental FEES for kayaks. Personal watercraft pay launch fee.  Meet at the Inlet Marina located 1 mile north of Sebastian Inlet, turn west at large brown state park marina sign, follow dirt road to Inlet Marina.  This program is weather dependent; please call the Inlet Marina 321-724-5424 for reservations, rentals and program status. 

Additional Information:

kayak tour EEC - Sebastian Inlet

Ribbon Cutting at Visitor Center @ Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 10:00am to 12:00pm EDT

Free with park entry.

More Information:
Call (352) 466-3397

Located in the Northeast region at:
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
100 Savannah Blvd
Micanopy, FL 32667

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Park Service will conduct a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the re-opening of the renovated Visitor Center at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park.

An addition to the building will house exhibits about the natural and cultural resources found at the park. The renovation includes updates to the reception area, auditorium and restrooms. The final exhibits are not yet on display. At the ceremony, visitors will find temporary poster versions of the intended exhibits.

Beach Fishing Program @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 9:00am to 10:00am CDT

Standard park entrance/admission fees will apply.

More Information:
Should you have any questions or to register in advance, please 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 to learn how to fish from the beach here at Topsail Hill Preserve. Fishing is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, have some fun, and catch a tasty meal. Many people first learned to fish by having an experienced angler take them fishing. Unfortunately not every person that would like to try fishing knows someone that can teach them the basics. Regardless of how much help a fisherman was given everyone had to start from the beginning – as a beginner. Join an experienced and knowledgeable Ranger for a "how to" beginner’s lesson on surf fishing.  Participants must have a valid Florida Fishing License or be exempt from the license requirement. Licenses cannot be purchased at the park, however, they are available from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, a local bait and tackle shop or through some area retailers. Enter the park through the main gate and park staff will direct you to the designated meeting area. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirement

Fishing gear will be available at the park, free of charge, for those participants who do not have their own equipment. Their is a limit of 10 persons so pre-registration is strongly recommended. Proper apparel and footwear based upon weather conditions and terrain. Sunscreen, insect repellent and drinking water is recommended.

Native Plants as Food and Medicine @ St. Andrews State Park

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am CDT

Program is free with regular park entrance fees.

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

The program is facilitated by a local volunteer and focuses on the natural hisotry and cultural significance of many plants native to St. Andrews State Park and the northwest region of Florida. This program consists of a one-hour, 0.5 mile hike along the park's Gator Lake Trail, which meanders through a well-shaded maritime hammock that is situated on an ancient sand dune system.

Additional Information:

It is recommended that participants bring a camera, binoculars, sunscreen, insect repellant, and drinking water. Limited parking is available at the Gator Lake parking lot.  Additional parking is available at the gravel overflow parking lot, which is across from the Camp Store.

Participation Requirements

Guided Bike Tour @ Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm 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. 

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

Thursday, April 21, 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.