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Friday, April 22, 2016

Earth Day Work Day @ T. H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 9:00am to 11:00am EDT

Park entrance fees will apply.

More Information:
Lindsay Sartory (850) 227-1327

Located in the Northwest region at:
T. H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park
8899 Cape San Blas Road
Port St. Joe, FL 32456

Come out to St. Joseph Peninsula State Park on Earth Day for a beach and bay clean-up.  Trash bags and gloves will be provided to participants. Wear appropriate clothing and shoes.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Guided Paddling tour @ Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 9:45am to 12:00pm EDT

Park entry fees apply.

Canoe rental $17 for 2 hours, each additional hour is $5.

Single Kayak $15 for 2 hours, each additional hour is $6. 

Double Kayak $20 for 2 hours, each additional hour is $6. 

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

Explore the natural wonders of the Loxahatchee River. Rent a canoe or kayak at the park's River Store or bring your own and join us for a fun and leisurely paddle. Registration is required. 

Additional Information:

For more information contact the Kimbell Education Center at (561) 745-5551.

The Art of the Calusa @ Lovers Key State Park

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:30am EDT

Free with regular park admission

More Information:
Ranger Station, 239-463-4588

Located in the Southwest region at:
Lovers Key State Park
8700 Estero Blvd.
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

Join a Park Ranger for an interesting and informative talk about the art of the Calusa, a tribe of Native Americans that ruled this area hundreds of years ago. Due to limited space, reservations are required.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

North American River Otters-a PowerPoint program @ T. H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm EDT

Park entrance fees apply

More Information:
Lindsay Sartory (850) 227-1327

Located in the Northwest region at:
T. H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park
8899 Cape San Blas Road
Port St. Joe, FL 32456

Park ranger Lindsay invites you to learn about the North American River Otter.  A PowerPoint presentation will be presented explaining the characteristics and behavior, as well as the impact that people are having on the North American river otter.

Additional Information:

The program will be presented at the park's Bay View picnic area group pavilion.

Participation Requirements

Earth Day Walk into Wildlife Beach Hike @ St. Andrews State Park

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm CDT

Program is free with regular park entrances fees.

More Information:
St. Andrews State Park, 850-233-5140

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

Celebrate Earth Day by joining a Park Ranger for a one mile guided beach hike from Grand Lagoon to new sea wall near the Jetty.

Talk with a Ranger and learn about some of the parks native wildlife.

Additional Information:

Meet at the restrooms located near the boat ramp. Don't forget to bring your water, walking shoes and sun screen.

Participation Requirements

Night Sounds Concert Series featuring St. John's Wood @ Sebastian Inlet State Park

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm EDT

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Ranger Terry O'Toole, 772-388-2750

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

Bring a chair or towel and enjoy the music while surrounded by water and nature. Night Sounds concerts are planned on the weekend nearest the full moon each month from September through May.

Additional Information:

Meet at the Coconut Point Pavilions on the south side of Sebastian Inlet State Park.

Participation Requirements

Earth Day: Night-Time Kayak Tour! @ Lake Griffin State Park

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:30pm EDT

Cost is $20 per person(cash only). Park Admission is $5 per vehicle.

Reservations in advance are required. Space is limited so call today and reserve your adventure!

More Information:
Lake Griffin State Park, Ranger Station: 352-360-6760.

Located in the Central region at:
Lake Griffin State Park
3089 U.S. Highway 441-27
Fruitland Park, FL 34731

Lake Griffin State Park is celebrating Earth Day with a Guided Night Time Kayak Tour on Friday April 22nd!

This guided eco-tour of the river that leads to Lake Griffin will be filled with the sights and sounds of the park's abundant wildlife. The pristine river and the surrounding marsh provide excellent opportunities for relaxing & wildlife observation... especially at night!

Kayaking at night is a unique, and often unforgettable experience that can be both peaceful and exciting. If you are an experienced kayaker looking for a new adventure... look no further!

The tour will last 1.5 hours and is about 2 miles of paddling roundtrip. The tour departs prior to sunset (between 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.) Participants are asked to arrive no later than 7 p.m. on the day of the tour because there is a safety briefing prior to launch.

Additional Information:

Reservations in advance are required. Space is limited and participants must use the park's rental kayaks, no personal vessels are allowed. Cost is $20 per person(cash only). Park Admission is $5 per vehicle.

Some paddling experience is essential and participants should expect to get wet. Also, we recommend that participants bring insect repellent and wear clothing appropriate for the weather conditions.

Included in the tour fee is a kayak rental, life jacket and other safety gear, paddle, water, headlamps and navigation aides.

For more info or to make a reservation please call the ranger station at 352-360-6760.

Please see the Essential Eligibility Criteria for "Guided Paddle Trips" at the link below for more information about participating in this event.

https://www.floridastateparks.org/park-documents/lake-griffin/participation-requirement

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

Saturday, April 23, 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.