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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

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

Wednesday, May 4, 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, May 4, 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, May 4, 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

Scat and Track ID Hike @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 9:00am to 10:00am CDT

Standard state park entry fees will apply.

More Information:
Ranger Station 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 enjoy an informational program about the wildlife we share the park with.  Have you ever come across an animal print or group of prints in the mud of a trail and wondered “Who left it? A dog? Coyote? Raccoon? Squirrel?” Join a Topsail Hill Preserve Park Ranger and learn about prints and tracks, then go on a nature hike to fine tune your track identifying skills.

Additional Information:

 Participant Requirements

Enter the park through the main gate and park staff will direct you to Tram Stop 2.  If weather is bad the program will be held in the clubhouse. For additional information you can come by the Ranger Station/entrance or call the park at 850-267-8330.

ranger guided kayak tour @ Sebastian Inlet State Park

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 10:00am to 12:00pm EDT

Participants can bring their own kayak or reserve one from the Inlet Marina for a rental fee of $20.00/2-hours. For a single or double watercraft, life jacket(s) and paddles included.  Personal watercraft pay a launch fee of $3.00. 

More Information:
321-724-5424

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

Join knowledgeable rangers for a guided kayak tour from Campbell’s Cove near the Sebastian Inlet.  Learn about the Indian River Lagoon and the plants and animals that call it home.  Participants can bring their own kayak or reserve one from the Inlet Marina for a rental fee of $20.00/2-hours. For a single or double watercraft, life jacket(s) and paddles included.  Personal watercraft pay a launch fee of $3.00.  Meet 1-mile north of Sebastian Inlet, turn west at large brown state park sign and follow dirt road to the Inlet Marina.  Program status is dependent on weather conditions so please call ahead to verify status at 321-724-5424.

Additional Information:

kayak tour EEC - Sebastian Inlet

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

Wednesday, May 4, 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, May 4, 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.