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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Gator March 5k Run/Walk @ Big Lagoon State Park

Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 6:00am to 9:00am CDT

Park entry fees are waived for participants of the event. 

More Information:
http://www.active.com/pensacola-fl/running/distance-running-races/gator-march-5k-run-walk-2016

Located in the Northwest region at:
Big Lagoon State Park
12301 Gulf Beach Highway
Pensacola , FL 32507

5k run/walk at Big Lagoon State Park. Proceeds benefit the Escambia High Marching Band. "The Pride".

Race starts at 7:00 a.m. at the Governor's Pavillion at Big Lagoon State Park. 

Registration and t-shirt pick up at the Escambia High Band Room at 1310 North 65th Avenue on Friday, April 22nd. from 5 to 7 pm. and at the Governor's Pavillion on Saturday April 23rd from 6:00 to 6:30 a.m.

Limited parking is available at the Governor's Pavillion.  Additional parking is within walking distance of the Governor's Pavillion.

The 5k loop course starts and finishes at the Governors Pavillion.  The course is flat and suitable for strollers and wheelchairs.

Post race party at Governor's Pavillion from 8:00 to 9:00 am

Dade Bird and Wildlife Earth Day Celebration @ Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 8:00am to 2:00pm EDT

$3/vehicle park entrance fee, $2 bicyclist or walk-in. 

More Information:
(352)793-4781

Located in the Southwest region at:
Dade Battlefield Historic State Park
7200 CR 603
Bushnell, FL 33513

Bird walks, wildlife games and activities, bird house building, two live wildlife programs (Bats by Francine Prager and a wildlife program by Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park), recycled crafts hour and refreshments. 

Additional Information:

Celebration takes place at Dade Lodge and adjacent pavilions and trails. 

Great American Cleanup @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 8:00am to 12:00pm EDT

Free park entry for participants.

More Information:
(561) 776-7449, ext. 109

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

Come join us for one of the nation’s largest events, the Great American Beach Clean-up!  Show that you care about the marine environment by helping to keep it free of litter.  Participants will a free t-shirt, while supplies last, trash bags and gloves will be provided.  Community service hours will also be given to school aged participants.  For more information call Park Specialist Art at (561) 776-7449, ext. 109.

Guided Bird Walk @ Rainbow Springs State Park

Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 8:00am to 10:00am 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

Join us for the last guided bird walk of the season led by Volunteer and President of Citrus County Audubon, Fred Hileman along with other birding enthusiasts. Meet in the parking lot at 8:00 a.m. at the Headsprings Entrance Parking lot unless otherwise instructed. Beginners are welcome. Bring binoculars or other birding tools, good shoes, and water. A few pairs of binoculars may be available for use.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Hike for Health @ Little Talbot Island State Park

Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 9:00am to 11:00am EDT

No reservations are necessary and the program is free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Ranger Station, 904-251-2320

Located in the Northeast region at:
Little Talbot Island State Park
12157 Heckscher Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32226

Let's knockout 10,000 steps! Walk with a Ranger down our stroller friendly, two mile paved bike path. Turn around at the Ranger Station after the first 2 miles for a total 4 mile loop. Overachievers can continue down the Dune Ridge Trail. This added 2 mile stretch through the woods is sandy and backpack friendly, a total 8 mile loop.

Additional Information:

Please bring water, sunscreen, bug spray and a snack. The program will take start at the South End Bike Pavilion.

Participation Requirements

Earth Day @ Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:30pm EDT

Regular admission applies for entrance into the Wildlife Park. There is no charge to participate in the bird walk on pepper Creek Trail.

More Information:
Susan Strawbridge: (352) 628-5445

Located in the Northeast region at:
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
4150 S. Suncoast Blvd. (US 19)
Homosassa, FL 34446

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will be celebrating Earth Day with special exhibits in the Visitor Center. In addition, park hosts will be set up along the Wildlife Walk with interpretive carts on the many of the park's animals and birds. A bird walk will be led by Citrus County Audubon. Birders may meet at 7:45 am for the bird walk on Pepper Creek Trail.

Additional Information:

 Participation Requirements

Nature Walks @ Little Manatee River State Park

Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 9:00am EDT

Park entrance fees apply.  $5.00/ vehicle (2-8 people), $4.00/ vehicle (1 occupant)

More Information:
kathryn.smithson@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Southwest region at:
Little Manatee River State Park
215 Lightfoot Rd.
Wimauma, FL 33598

Searching high, searching low, along the Oxbow we will go!  Join a Ranger for a guided Nature Walk on the Oxbow Trail, where we'll take a look at the rare and unique upland and wetland communities found in the park. 

Additional Information:

Florida State Parks are in various stages of accessibility.  If you have questions regarding your ability to participate in this program please see the Essential Eligibility Criteria (EEC Nature Walk) or call the Ranger Station at (813) 671-5005 for more information.  If you need accommodations to make your full participation possible, please call the Ranger Station at least 2 weeks in advance. 

Earth Day: One Plant, Two Plants - Bad Plant Good Plants @ Hillsborough River State Park

Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EDT

There is no charge if you are volunteering for the event.  An individual volunteer application may be downloaded, completed, and sent to: douglas.kinder@dep.state.fl.us

If not volunteering, regular admission applies:

$6.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.

$4.00 Single Occupant Vehicle.

More Information:
Park Services Specialist, Douglas "Alex" Kinder: douglas.kinder@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Southwest region at:
Hillsborough River State Park
15402 US 301 N.
Thonotosassa, FL 33592

In celebration of Earth Day, Hillsborough River State Park is joining the worldwide effort to raise awareness of how trees make a "significant and measurable impact on the Earth and will serve as the foundation of a cleaner, healthier and more sustainable planet for all."

Come learn about the invasive and/or exotic species of plants that the park is trying to remove and the native species of plants and trees that are beneficial to the park and perhaps your home landscape.  You will be given the opportunity to take a short hike and assist with the removal of one of the park's invasive exotic species.

 

 

Additional Information:

Please bring water, insect repellent, and comfortable shoes.

Participation Requirements

The Ichetucknee Time Machine @ Ichetucknee Springs State Park

Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EDT

All park entrance fees apply:  $6.00 per vehicle (up to 8 people).

More Information:
Call the park administrative office at 386-497-4690 or 386-497-1216 for additional details.

Located in the Northeast region at:
Ichetucknee Springs State Park
12087 SW U.S. Highway 27
Fort White, FL 32038

Take a fascinating journey by van into the Ichetucknee forest, to the site of the 17th Century Mission de San Martin de Timucua.  Learn all about the ancient Timucuan capital of Aquacalyquen.  This special interpretive program is space-limited, and reservations are recommended.  The tour will begin at the Head Spring parking lot, at the North Entrance off Elim Church Road (County Road 238).  Some portions of the tour include walking, so long pants, sturdy shoes, and insect repellent are highly recommended.

Additional Information:

Participant Requirements

Earth Day Beach Clean-up @ Fort Pierce Inlet State Park

Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 9:00am to 11:00am EDT

Entrance Fee is waived for all participants.

More Information:


Located in the Southeast region at:
Fort Pierce Inlet State Park
905 Shorewinds Drive
Fort Pierce, FL 34949

Fort Pierce Inlet State Park

EARTH DAY BEACH CLEANUP

Saturday, April 23, 2016

9:00 am to 11:00 am

 

 Celebrate Earth Day at Fort Pierce Inlet State Park by volunteering! Earth day aims to inspire the appreciation of the Earth’s environment. Each year around 14 million pounds of trash goes into the ocean and finds its way to shore. Our beaches need our help to stay clean and beautiful. Show that you care about our marine environment by volunteering for our Earth Day Beach Cleanup. Free Entry for All Earth Day Participants and get another free entry to any State Park by bringing your collected trash to Park Service Specialist Frank Reichert who will be stationed at Boardwalk #1 beachside south.

 

Bring a water bottle, gloves, sun protection, bug repellant and comfortable walking shoes. Garbage bags and disposable gloves will be provided. Community service and scout groups are welcome to attend. For additional information please contact the park office at (772) 468-3985. 

 

Earth Day River Tour @ Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 9:00am to 1:00pm EDT

Free with regular park admission of $5.00 per vehicle (up to 8 people)

 

More Information:
Park Service Specialist, Teri Graves (386) 397-2733

Located in the Northeast region at:
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
11016 Lillian Saunders Drive/ US HWY 41 or Mailing address: P.O. Drawer G
White Springs, FL 32096

Come enjoy the magnificent Suwannee River, while learning about the Earth and nature around it. This will be a Ranger led paddle starting at the Stephen Foster canoe launch and ending at the Swift Creek Tract, roughly 5 miles or 2 hours. Please feel free to bring a picnic for after the paddle as there are many great places for a picnic at Stephen Foster.

Additional Information:

There are only 15 slots for this program, so please reserve your spot by emailing Teri.l.graves@dep.state.fl.us.

You can bring your own canoe/ kayak, or rent one from the gift shop by calling (386) 397-1920.

Participation Requirements

Cow Camp @ Lake Kissimmee State Park

Saturday, April 23, 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

Earth Day @ Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 10:00am to 4:00pm EDT

Regular park entry fees apply, $5.00 per vehicle up to 8 people, $4.00 for single occupants.  

More Information:
386-446-6783

Located in the Central region at:
Washington Oaks Gardens State Park
6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd.
Palm Coast, FL, FL 32137

The Friends of Washington Oaks will sponsor their 27th annual Earth Day festival on April 23rd, 2016!  Join us for live music, environmental exhibits and vendors, educational walks, children's section, food, chance drawings and much more! 

Additional Information:

Participation requirements 

Pack Walk @ St. Andrews State Park

Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm CDT

Regular park admission fees apply, but are waived to those donating an item from the Bay County Animal Control wish list.

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

St. Andrews State Park and Bay County Animal Control invite you to make the difference in the life of a shelter animal.  Join St. Andrews State Park Rangers for a guided hike on the Heron Pond Trail and “adopt” a dog to accompany you.  Walk an adoptable dog or bring your own four legged friend.

Additional Information:

Well behaved pets only please.  All dogs must be on a 6 foot leash and are not permitted in the buildings or on beaches.   Meet at picnic area by the Boat Ramp. 

Participation Requirements

Eco Guided Tour @ Oleta River State Park

Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am EDT

$35.00 per person

More Information:


Located in the Southeast region at:
Oleta River State Park
3400 NE 163rd Street
North Miami Beach, FL 33160

Learn about the native plants and animals of South Florida during our Eco-guided tour. Your knowledgeable tour guide will be happy to answer questions about the fish and wildlife you will encounter during your journey.

Coffee at the Cabin @ Troy Spring State Park

Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am EDT

This event is free with park admission of $5 per vehicle (up to 8 people).

More Information:
Tina Miller tina.miller@dep.state.fl.us 386-688-3488

Located in the Northeast region at:
Troy Spring State Park
674 NE Troy Springs Road
Branford, FL 32008

Enjoy your morning coffee or cocoa with the park staff and volunteers while enjoying the picturesque, bird's eye view of the spring from the old log cabin.  Chat with park staff and ask any questions on your mind, or enjoy the peaceful nature views in good company.  Hot beverages are provided, but you are welcome to bring your favorite coffee mug.

Also, please contact us to request a special coffee time for your friends, family or other group.

Additional Information:

Program Requirements

Please feel free to contact the park with any special accommodation requests to make your visit the best that it can be.

27th Annual Earth Day Celebration @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 10:00am to 5:00pm EDT

Cost:  FREE

Park entrance fees will be waived for event attendees.

More Information:
Ranger Station (941) 483-5956

Located in the Southwest region at:
Oscar Scherer State Park
1843 South Tamiami Trail
Osprey, FL 34229

Come celebrate Earth Day at Oscar Scherer State Park with live music, fun-filled activities for kids, environmental and informational booths, and more!

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Earth Day @

Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 10:00am to 2:00pm EDT
More Information:
(305) 872 2353

Located in the region at:
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Bahia Honda State Parks 21st Earth Day Celebration!

Join us on April 23,2016 for our annual Earth Day celebration. The global theme for Earth Day this year is Trees for Earth. This theme is based on a long term goal to plant 7.8 billion trees worldwide by the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, one for every person on earth. To honor this theme we will have a native plant and tree give away, encouraging more native species planting in the community. Bahia Honda's Earth Day celebration will be a fun filled learning experience with hands on crafts, music, food, informational vendors, a sandcastle contest and much more. Please come celebrate, relax and learn how you can help our wonderful planet!

4th Satuday Tours @ Dudley Farm Historic State Park

Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am EDT

Regular park entrance fee $5.00 per vehicle (honor box-cash only).

More Information:
Visitor Center, (352) 472-1142

Located in the Northeast region at:
Dudley Farm Historic State Park
18730 W. Newberry Road
Newberry, FL 32669

Take a walk with a ranger or volunteer docent around the farmstead. Learn about pioneer family life and the workings of a historic farm. We provide a public tour on the fourth Saturday of each month October - May. Tour begins at the Visitor Center.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Guided Kayak Tour @ St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park

Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 11:00am EDT

Free with park entry fee of $2.00

Kayak rentals:  $26.50 for single, $37.10 for double

More Information:
Park office: (772) 219-1880

Located in the Southeast region at:
St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park
Offshore Island
Port Salerno, FL 34997

Experience St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park by way of kayak.  This is a unique opportunity to visit one of Florida's magnificent barrier islands.  You will paddle through mangrove lined creeks, and the tour will visit a pristine, undeveloped beach.  Your guide will point out various plant and animal species, including some that are rare or endangered,  as well as providing insight into the management activities used at the park.  Visitors of all ages and skill levels are welcome.  Tour is approximately 3 hours long.   

Additional Information:

Reservations are required please contact park office.

What to bring: drinking water, snacks, sunscreen and bug repellent.  No pets or alcoholic beverages are allowed.

Earth Day Celebration @ Florida Caverns State Park

Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 10:00am to 2:00pm CDT
More Information:


Located in the Northwest region at:
Florida Caverns State Park
3345 Caverns Road
Marianna, FL 32446

Florida Caverns State Park will be hosting an “Earth Day Celebration”. Join us for a day of exploration and environmental awareness with displays and activities to include: reptile interpretation, wildflower walks, native animal exhibit, and interpretive hikes featuring native flora and fauna. This event will host an array of activities for the whole family in the beautiful natural setting of Florida Caverns State Park.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Choctawhatchee Estuary Family Festival @ Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park

Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 11:00am to 4:00pm EDT

 There is no park entrance fee.  All activities and entertainment are free of charge!

More Information:
Mattie M. Kelly Cultural & Environmental Institute at 850-729-6469.

Located in the Northwest region at:
Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park
4281 S.R.20
Niceville, FL, FL 32578

The Choctawhatchee Estuary Family Festival features activities for the whole family including fish printing on t-shirts, explore the deep ocean and learn about critters that glow-in-the-dark, learn how to kayak in the bayou, view wildlife displays, learn about our local environment and more.

The event will also include displays by the Okaloosa County Health Department, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge, Audubon Society, Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance and others.

Additional Information:

The event is hosted by the Mattie M. Kelly Cultural & Environmental Institute at Northwest Florida State College, with support from the Friends of the Emerald Coast State Parks.  Families are encouraged to pack a picnic lunch and come learn about the local waters of our estuary and the people living and working there.

Participation Requirements

Earth Day 2016 @ Big Lagoon State Park

Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 10:00am to 2:00pm CDT

This event is free, with regular park entrance fees

More Information:
Kiersten.L.Wilson@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Northwest region at:
Big Lagoon State Park
12301 Gulf Beach Highway
Pensacola , FL 32507

Big Lagoon State Park, along with the Friends of Pensacola State Parks, Inc. is proud to announce an upcoming event - Earth Day! 

Join us at the Amphitheater at Big Lagoon Saturday, April 23rd for Ranger-guided programs, crafts, and various nature-related demonstrators and vendors. 

Hamburgers, hotdogs, and pulled pork sandwiches will be available for purchase from the Friends of Pensacola State Parks, Inc..

Additional Information:

Vendor/Demonstrator spaces still available! Contact Kiersten.l.Wilson@dep.state.fl.us to request a registration packet. 

Participation Requirements

Earth Day Event @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 11:00am to 4:00pm CDT

Standard entrance/admission fees will be waived for the day.

More Information:
Should you have any questions please contact 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

The Community Service Organization, Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park invite you to come take part in the activities in recognition of Earth Day at Topsail.

A Ranger led hike is scheduled through the diverse natural plant communities found at Topsail. A variety of environmental, educational and interpretive programs and activities are scheduled.

Representatives from various organizations and agencies will be on hand to educate and entertain visitors.

Tram rides to the beach, paddle boarding demonstrations, children' activities, games, live music being performed by the local band "Flash Flood", food service provided by "The Big Red Food Truck" and more. Compassionate Animal Rescue Team will be onsite with at risk animals available for adoption.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirement

Please dress accordingly based upon weather conditions, appropriate footwear is recommended and bring sunscreen, insect repellent and drinking water. Refreshments for purchase will be available and water stations will be located throughout the park on the improved trails. 

Walk and Talk with a Park Ranger @ Crystal River Preserve State Park

Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm EDT

This is a free tour. There is no entrance fee to this park.

More Information:
Park Service Specialist Marla Chancey 352-228-6024

Located in the Northeast region at:
Crystal River Preserve State Park
3266 N. Sailboat Avenue
Crystal River, FL 34428

Celebrate Earth Day weekend and join a Park Ranger for an easy 1.7 mile guided Walk & Talk on the Crystal Cove Trailhead. The tour begins at the Mullet Hole parking lot by the kiosk.

Additional Information:

Be sure to remember your: closed toe shoes, outside weather wear, sunscreen, bug spray and bottle of water.

"Participation Requirements"

Earth Day Marsh Hike @ Fort Mose Historic State Park

Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm EDT

This is a free event.

Entrance into the Visitor Center is $2.00 per person, children 5 and under have no entry fee.

Park opens at 9:00 a.m. and closes at 5:00 p.m.

More Information:
Vicki Tiseth, 904 823-2232, vicki.tiseth@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Central region at:
Fort Mose Historic State Park
15 Fort Mose Trail
St. Augustine, FL 32084

Join Master Naturalist and State Park Volunteer, Arliss Ryan, for an Earth Day Hike! Hikers will travel through the maritime hammock and tidal salt marsh, to the island where remnants of the second Fort Mose were found. This walk will be muddy and wet; closed toe shoes are required, waterproof boots are recommended.

Additional Information:

Reservations are required. Please contact Vicki Tiseth at 904-823-2232 to sign up.

Closed toe shoes are required; waterproof boots are recommended.

Please bring drinking water and be prepared for exposure to full sun, biting insects and heavy vegetation. Hats, long sleeves and long pants are also recommended.

Participation Requirements

Ranger Program - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 5:00pm EDT

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Call the ranger station 352-236-7148 ext. 4

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

Every Saturday, a ranger will present a program on a different topic at the Silver River Museum & Environmental Education Center. Examples of programs include "Weavers in the woods," "What's that sound?," "Pioneer survival," as well as programs on topics such as fire, gopher tortoises and more. For the specific topic or program for the coming weekend, please contact the ranger station.

Additional Information:

Enter the park through the Camping & Museum Entrance, 1425 NE 58th Avenue, (also known as State Road 35 or Baseline Rd.) to access the Silver River Museum.

For more information about the Silver River Museum visit their website.

Participation requirements.

Moonlight Concert @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm EDT

$5.00 per person, children under 10 are free.

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

Join us under the full moon for a magical night of music.  This concert series will be held November thru April featuring a different band every month.  Come on out and bring the whole family!  This month local musician, Sonny Russell, will be performing his island tunes.  No reservations required and children under age 10 are free.  Admission is $5.00 per person.  For more information, please call the Nature Center at (561) 624-6952.

Full Moon Kayak Tour @ Oleta River State Park

Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:30pm EDT

$50.00

adults

$40.00 college student

$35.00 Kids

More Information:
BG Outdoor Center

Located in the Southeast region at:
Oleta River State Park
3400 NE 163rd Street
North Miami Beach, FL 33160

Experience our Full Moon Tour where you can explore the calm waters of Whiskey Creek as you navigate through mangroves by moonlight. Each tour is led by our knowledgeable guides and includes time for s'mores at our private beach bonfire.

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

Sunday, April 24, 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.

Midnight Reading of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" @ The Barnacle Historic State Park

Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 12:00am to 1:30am EDT

Suggested donation $2.00

Chair rental $5.00

More Information:
Ranger Station (305) 442-6866

Located in the Southeast region at:
The Barnacle Historic State Park
3485 Main Highway
Miami, FL 33133

Join Shakespeare Miami at the Barnacle as we celebrate the Bard of Avon's life and legacy with a costumed Staged Reading of his beloved comedy that tells the tale of what happens when the Fairy World encounters the world of humans. This reading is a part of the world-wide celebration – 400 Dreams - spearheaded by the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC. Shakespeare Miami is a Partner Theatre of The Folger Shakespeare Library.

Additional Information:

The gate opens at 11 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, and the performance begins at the stroke of midnight on Sunday, April 24.

Participation Requirements

On-street and off-street paid parking is available throughout Coconut Grove. Visitors with a Disabled Person Parking Permit may call the Ranger Station for additional parking information.

Picnics, blankets, and lawn chairs are welcome. No pets, please.