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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

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

Wednesday, May 18, 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 18, 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.

International Museum Day @ Highlands Hammock State Park

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm EDT

Museum Day is free with no additional costs.  Park entry fees of $6.00 per vehicle (up to 8 people per car) and $4.00 per single occupant vehicle apply.  Please see Additional Information for information about participation requirements. 

More Information:
Call the Ranger Station at 863-386-6094 for more information.

Located in the Southwest region at:
Highlands Hammock State Park
5931 Hammock Road
Sebring , FL 33872

Highlands Hammock is home to the State of Florida Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Museum.  On May 18, 2016, the CCC Museum will celebrate International Museum Day, mark the importance of natural and cultural heritage preserved by museums, and serve as a reminder that museums are living institutions that create bonds between visitors, generations and cultures from all over the world.   Volunteer docents will greet visitors, conduct tours, and show CCC film documentaries throughout the day.  CCC Museum curator David Schmidt will make a special presentation at 10:30 a.m. on “The Forgotten Legacy of the New Deal” which examines President Franklin Roosevelt’s programs to put “CCC Boys” and others back to work during the Great Depression.  In the afternoon, former Ranger and CCC Museum curator Darrel Smith will present “The Best of Times, Worst of Times” in which he reflects on those “another day, another dollar” times of the 1930s in a first person portrayal of CCC alumnus Velmar Mack.  Smith’s portrayal is based on in-depth conversations and the oral history interviews of Mack with whom Smith developed a close friendship.  This living history interpretation honoring the life of Velmar Mack and the legacy of the CCC is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.  Families, children, and young people may participate in a CCC History Detectives Scavenger Hunt and share history, stories and wisdom across generations.  The CCC Museum will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Additional Information:

For information about participation requirements, please see EEC INDOOR TALKS PRESENTATIONS.

 

Yoga on the Beach @ Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

Wednesday, May 18, 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

Sensational Sharks! @ Lovers Key State Park

Wednesday, May 18, 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 fun talk about Sharks. Discover why sharks are often feared, but are an incredible group of animals which are commonly misunderstood. Explore why they’re important and how you can help protect them. Due to limited space, reservations are required.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

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

Wednesday, May 18, 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 18, 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.