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Saturday, May 7, 2016

May Day Sunrise Canoe Tour @ Ichetucknee Springs State Park

Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 6:00am to 9:00am EDT

Please note change in fee for this event:   $15.00 per person (includes park admission).

Fee required at registration due to waiting list for this event.  Fee is non-refundable for cancellations within 24 hours of the event.

More Information:
Call the Park Services Specialist office at 386-497-1216 to reserve a space and for additional details.

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

Experience the incredible wildlife of the Ichetucknee River on a beautiful spring morning!  This special interpretive program is space-limited and by reservation only.  Participants do not need to bring personal canoes or kayaks, as all equipment and PFDs will be provided.  The tour will meet at the North Entrance, off Elim Church Road (County Road 238).  Launch time will be as close to 6:20 a.m. as possible (sunrise is at 6:43 a.m.).  The tour will end at the Last Take-Out at the South End of the park, and transportation will be provided back to the North Entrance.  Participants should dress according to the weather.  Flashlights during the launching time are recommended.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Beginning Birdwatching @ Ichetucknee Springs State Park

Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 8:00am to 11:00am EDT

All park entrance fees apply: $6.00 per vehicle, maximum 8 people; $4.00 for single occupants in a vehicle; $2.00 each for extra passengers/walk-ins.

More Information:
Call the park administrative office at 386-497-4690 or Park Biologist Sam Cole at 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

Springtime is in full gear at Ichetucknee Springs State Park! The annual spring bird migration is nearing its end, and some birds have already set up housekeeping for the breeding season!   The park boasts a bird list of 180 species, and many of these are observed easily this time of year.  If you are trying to put names to some of these feathered, fantastic creatures, and understand how they use natural areas, this program is for you! Join Park Biologist Sam Cole on a hike through the diverse sandhill of the Discovery Trail and the shaded river hammock communities along Dampier’s Trail. We are going to see how many different bird species we can find, along with handy tips on how to identify them. Some loaner binoculars will be available, but participants are also encouraged to bring their own equipment. Walking areas are easy-difficulty on dirt and paved nature trails. Sturdy hiking shoes and long pants are highly recommended.  Water and insect repellent will be useful to bring along.  We will meet in front of the Environmental Education Center at the South Entrance of the park, off U.S. Highway 27.  This special program is open for all ages and levels of experience. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

First Saturday Militia Muster and Training at Fort Mose @ Fort Mose Historic State Park

Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 9:00am to 11:30pm EDT

This is a free outdoor program.

Entrance into the Visitor Center is $2.00 per person; children up to age 5 enter free.

More Information:
Carl P. Marchand, 904 823-2232, carl.marchand@dep.state.fl.us

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

Visit Fort Mose on the first Saturday morning of each month and become immersed into the 18th century. The members of the Fort Mose Militia come together to practice firing drills and teach new Militiia members historic weapon use and safety. Visitors will experience historic weapon demonstrations including musket firing drills. Children of all ages will have the opportunity to participate in the children's militia training, using wooden toy muskets and authentic uniform accessories. This experience will provide a wonderful photo opportunity and a one of a kind experience, in a Florida State Park! 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

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

First Weekend Union Garrison @ Fort Clinch State Park

Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm EDT

$2.50 Fort Admission in addition to regular park admission.

More Information:
Fort Clinch State Park, 904-277-7274

Located in the Northeast region at:
Fort Clinch State Park
2601 Atlantic Ave
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

This program will allow visitors to interact with living historians to experience life in the fort as it was in 1864. The grounds will be bustling with soldiers in period costumes involved in firing demonstrations, marching drills, cooking and daily activities. Ladies in their dresses, sutlers displaying their wares, fife players and drummer boys bring every part of the civil war era to life. Come join in this unique, family friendly event.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Morning Nature Walk @ Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 9:00am to 10:30am EDT

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
PSS Jeff Hugo, 850-561-7286

Located in the Northwest region at:
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park
465 Wakulla Park Drive
Wakulla Springs, FL 32327

Join a ranger-led trek through Wakulla Springs State Park’s varying forest communities.  Enjoy the habitat before the heat of the day sets in.  The songbirds have returned with their melodies of spring.  Let your guide make the most of your visit as he points out nature's nuances.  Arrive early and fuel up with breakfast prior to the walk in the historic Wakulla Springs Lodge.

Additional Information:

Meet in the lobby of the Lodge at Wakulla Springs.

Space is limited. Please call 850-561-7286 to register.

Participation Requirements

Lake Louisa Nature Fest 2016 @ Lake Louisa State Park

Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 10:00am to 2:00pm EDT

Regular Park Admission Fee of $5.00 per vehicle with up to 8 occupants or $4.00 for single occupant vehicles.

More Information:
naturefest@llsp.org

Located in the Central region at:
Lake Louisa State Park
7305 U.S. Highway 27
Clermont, FL 34714

Nature Fest is sponsored by the Friends of Lake Louisa State Park, Inc. and features environmentally themed exhibits including wildlife exhibits, living history exhibits, children's activities, guided hikes, tram tours and much more. So be sure to come out and enjoy all that Nature Fest has to offer. The event is free, regular admission fees apply. 

Additional Information:

For information about the Friends of Lake Louisa State Park, Inc. please visit  http://llsp.org

 

 

Introduction to Snorkeling @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 11:00am EDT to Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 1:00pm 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

Saturdays in May, learn the basics of snorkeling including proper fin and mask selection/fitting, how to clean your mask, snorkeling safety, diving techniques and more.  This is a land based course and is free with Park admission.  Reservations required, space is limited, call for information at (561) 624-6952. 

Introduction to Snorkeling @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 11:00am to 1:00pm 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

Saturdays in May, learn the basics of snorkeling including proper fin and mask selection/fitting, how to clean your mask, snorkeling safety, diving techniques and more. This is a land based course and is free with Park admission.  Reservations required, space is limited, call for information at (561) 624-6952.

Nature Hike @ Fort George Island Cultural State Park

Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT

 No reservations are necessary and the program is free.

More Information:
Ranger Station, 904-251-2320

Located in the Northeast region at:
Fort George Island Cultural State Park
11241 Fort George Road
Jacksonville, FL 32226

Join a Park Ranger for a leisurely paced hike to discover the island’s natural communities. 

Additional Information:

This program will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park.  Participants are encouraged to bring bug spray and bottled water. 

Participation Requirements

Nature Hike @ Little Talbot Island State Park

Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm 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 for a leisurely paced hike to discover the island’s natural communities. 

Additional Information:

This program will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park.  Participants are encouraged to bring bug spray and bottled water. 

Participation Requirements

Ranger Program - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, May 7, 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.