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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Gopher Tortoises @ Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

Thursday, April 21, 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

Learn about the park’s shy, shelled, terrestrial friends, their habitats and why they are referred to as a “keystone species.”  Learn how they protect their neighbors and how you can protect them.

Additional Information:

Reservations recommended.

Gopher Tortoises Participation Requirements

Education Series for the Curious Adult @ Rainbow Springs State Park

Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am EDT

Free with regular $2 per person park admission

More Information:
Amanda Marek, 352-465-8520

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

On the third Thursday of January to April, Rainbow Springs State Park and the Friends of Rainbow Springs welcome you to interesting and educational presentations on various topics for the curious adult. Presentation topics can include such things as native bees and pollinators, azalea care, the springs of Florida and how to protect them, butterflies, wildlife and more. The programs are presented by park staff, volunteers and guest speakers from a myriad of professional backgrounds in an open-aired ADA accessible pavilion at the Headsprings. Programs begin at 10am, please come at least 15 minutes early to enjoy the refreshments provided by the Friends of Rainbow Springs State Park. Check back each month to find out what interesting presentation will be given next!

This month, join us for a program on Gardening for Butterflies. Would you like to attract more of these colorfully beautiful pollinators to your yard? Then come to Rainbow Springs State Park on April 21st to learn how to create a garden that butterflies can't resist.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Kids Club @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:30am CDT

Standard entrance/admission fees for will apply for day use visitors. For campers that are staying here at Topsail there is no fee. There is no additional program participation fee. Donations to the Citizen Support Organization, Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park to help defray the cost of consumable supplies are appreciated and accepted.

More Information:
For additional information you can come by the Ranger Station/entrance or call the park at 850-267-8330.

Located in the Northwest region at:
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
7525 W County Hwy 30A
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Make learning fun for the children that are visiting the park by participating in a variety of environmental, educational arts and crafts projects and games. Some of the craft projects will include the use of hot glue guns. Children will learn about wildlife, park history, beach, bike safety and other topics... Children under 8 years of age must be accompanied by a parent. The program has a maximum capacity of 25, sign up at the Camp Store. The program will take place inside the Clubhouse.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Americana Under the Stars @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm CDT

$5.00 donation to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park includes regular park admission.

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 County Hwy 30A
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Presenting original Americana music, including folk, jazz, blues and more by musicians from Florida and other states. The concerts take place at our newly refurbished and upgraded amphitheater, unless bad weather conditions are present. If bad weather, the concert will be held inside our clubhouse. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

 A regularly updated schedule of artists and dates can be found at; http://www.luckymudmusic.com

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

Friday, April 22, 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.