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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Nature Walks @ Little Manatee River State Park

Saturday, April 30, 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. 

Biodiversity Boost Planting & Observation Day! @ Oleta River State Park

Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:00pm EDT

Park Admission Fees apply.

More Information:
Park Ranger Station (305) 919-1846

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

Come Join the Friends of Oleta River State Park and Girl Scout Troop #460 for a Biodiversity, Planting and Observation Day!

We will be planting new native flowers, weeding, mulching, nutrient boosting (with Starbucks coffee grounds) and taking inventory of our butterfly project by counting butterflies, birds and plant growth!

We are meeting at the Butterfly Garden at 9:00AM and will be working most of the day. Parking is available for this event in Lot #6, head west over the small bridge then left to the Butterfly Garden.

Snacks will be provide by Whole Foods Market North Miami.

The Friends of Oleta River State Park will be fundraising for the Butterfly Garden; accepting plant donations for native wildflowers $6, shrubs $8 and $10 for small trees.

We hope to see you there!!!

Cow Camp @ Lake Kissimmee State Park

Saturday, April 30, 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 Paddling Tour @ Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 9:45am to 12:00pm EDT

Park entry fees apply.

Canoe $17 for 2 hours, $5 each additional hour

Kayak $15 for 2 hours, $6 each additional hour

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

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:

Contact the Kimbell Education Center for more information. 

Nature Photography @ Big Talbot Island State Park

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

No reservations are necessary and the program is free with $3 vehicle entrance fee.

More Information:


Located in the Northeast region at:
Big Talbot Island State Park
State Road A1A North
Jacksonville, FL, FL 32226

Ever dreamed of getting the perfect shot of a great blue heron in flight or a bumble bee nestled on a flower? Join a photographer and nature enthusiast for a leisurely stroll on the Shoreline Trail and learn techniques to help capture the beauty of the maritime forest and driftwood of Boneyard Beach on film.

Additional Information:

Please bring your own camera and photography supplies, sturdy shoes, bug spray, sunscreen and water. The program will take place at the Bluffs pavilion on Big Talbot Island.

Participation Requirements

Nature Photography @ Little Talbot Island State Park

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

No reservations are necessary and the program is free with $3 vehicle entrance fee.

More Information:
Ranger Station, 904-251-2320

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

Ever dreamed of getting the perfect shot of a great blue heron in flight or a bumble bee nestled on a flower? Join a photographer and nature enthusiast for a leisurely stroll on the Shoreline Trail and learn techniques to help capture the beauty of the maritime forest and driftwood of Boneyard Beach on film.

Additional Information:

Please bring your own camera and photography supplies, sturdy shoes, bug spray, sunscreen and water. The program will take place at the Bluffs pavilion on Big Talbot Island.

Participation Requirements

Florida's Sea Turtles @ Little Talbot Island State Park

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

No reservations are necessary and the program is free.

More Information:
Ranger Station, 904-251-2320

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

Join a park ranger and learn about the lifecycle of the sea turtle and the importance of these creatures.

Additional Information:

This program will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park.

Participation Requirements

Earth Day/ Comcast Cares Day Coastal Cleanup @ St. Andrews State Park

Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 9:00am to 1:00pm CDT

Park entrance fees are waived for participants.

More Information:
Melissa Shoemaker, 850-258-8031

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

St. Andrews State Park and the Friends of St. Andrews State Park, Inc. are partnering with Comcast for a Coastal Cleanup. Celebrate Earth Day with volunteers of all ages for this effort to clean our marine environment. Volunteers will assist by cleaning up the Gulf and Bayside beaches. Certified scuba divers are also invited to join the clean up effort underwater. Participants can meet at the Jetties Pavilion area and bring sunscreen, re-usable water bottle, and gloves. 

Additional Information:

Comcast Cares Day is the company's signature day of service and the single largest single day corporate volunteer effort. To sign up to participate, visit www.comcastinthecommunity.com  and search for projects in Panama City Beach.

Participation Requirements

Butterfly Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 11:00am to 12:30pm 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

Join us on a walking tour through one of South Florida’s last remaining hardwood hammocks.  There will be several species of butterflies to identify and observe.  Also, learn which plants attract these winged wonders to your backyard.  Reservations required, visitors should bring binoculars or rent them in the Gift Shop.  For more information and reservations call the Nature Center at (561) 624-6952.  Free with Park admission.

Vintage RV Show @ St. Andrews State Park

Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 11:00am to 2:00pm CDT

Regular park entrance fees apply.

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 is hosting a vintage RV show on April 30, 2016. The Tin Can Tourists will be offering open house tours of their vintage trailers. 

Additional Information:

The Tin Can Tourists is an all make and model vintage trailer and motor coach club.  Their goal is to promote and preserve vintage trailers and motor coaches through gatherings and information exchange. 

For more information, visit http://tincantourists.com/.

Participation Requirements

Ranger Program - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, April 30, 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.