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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Introduction to Snorkeling @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 11:00am EDT to Saturday, June 11, 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. 

Morning Nature Walk @ Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Saturday, June 11, 2016 - 8:00am to 9:30am 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 perfume of magnolia blossoms may still linger in the air.  Glean tidbits of park history and observe the nuances of nature with the aid of your guide.  Arrive early and fuel up with breakfast 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

Guided Kayak Tour @ Lake Kissimmee State Park

Saturday, June 11, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EDT

Park admission applies

More Information:
Andi 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

Take a 90 minute paddle down Zipper Canal that flows through the central part of Lake Kissimmee State Park to Lake Rosalie. This ranger-led tour will give you an appreciation of the flora and fauna found in this area of the state. Tours are limited to six kayaks - bring your own or rent one from the camp store in the park.

Reservations required!

For more information or to make reservations, please call the ranger station at 863-696-1112.

Camp Store - Call to reserve kayak - 863-696-4888

 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Ocala Plein Air Painters - Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, June 11, 2016 - 9:00am to 11:30am EDT

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Concession Gift shop, 352-236-7148 ext. 2

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

The Ocala Plein Air Painters meet the second Saturday of each month to capture the beauty of Silver Springs State Park. Come out and watch a canvas come to life. Some pieces are available for purchase in the art gallery and gift shop.

Additional Information:

Enter the park through the main entrance located at 5656 East Silver Springs Boulevard (State Road 40).

 For more information about Plein Air groups in Florida, click here.

Participation requirements.

Ardisia Hand Pull @ Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

Saturday, June 11, 2016 - 9:00am to 11:00am EDT

There are no fees if you are participating.

More Information:
Ranger Station: 850-487-4556

Located in the Northwest region at:
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
3540 Thomasville Road
Tallahassee, FL 32309

Join our park staff to learn about Ardisia crenata and why it is a threat to native flora and fauna. This program will include hand pulling on site.

Additional Information:

 

Please bring water, sunscreen, gloves and insect repellent.  Wear long pants and closed toed shoes.

Participation Requirements:

Beach Cleanup @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, June 11, 2016 - 9:00am to 11:00am EDT

Free entry to those that participate

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

Join us for a few hours of sun and surf and help keep MacArthur Beach State Park clean.  Beach clean-ups help remove trash which might otherwise end up endangering sea turtles or shorebirds.  Participants will receive gloves and trash bags.  Please bring a reusable water bottle, hat and sunscreen.  Community service hours will be given upon request.  Free entry into the Park if assisting with the event.  For more information contact (561) 776-7449 ext. 109

Annual Free Kid's Fishing Clinic @ Fort Clinch State Park

Saturday, June 11, 2016 - 9:00am to 1:00pm EDT

FREE Event

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

Due to unfavorably forecasted weather conditions and chances of lightning through Saturday evening, the Fort Clinch State Park Fishing Clinic originally scheduled for this Saturday May 21st from 9am-noon has been rescheduled to Saturday June 11th from 9am-1pm.  According to Park Manager, Ben Faure “this decision was made to ensure the safety of the participants, volunteers and staff”. The rescheduled event will include all activities originally planned.   

 

-Event provides an opportunity for children to learn about Florida’s marine ecosystems-

 

FERNANDINA BEACH – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Fort Clinch State Park is partnering with Fish Florida, The Friends of Fort Clinch, Inc., and Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission to conduct a Kids’ Fishing Clinic on Saturday, June 11, 2016 to teach lessons on knot tying, fishing ethics, tackle, habitat, casting and more. 

 

The clinic is open to children ages 5-15 and will be held on the Atlantic Fishing Pier at Fort Clinch State Park. The first 400 kids will take home their own rod and reel combo provided by Fish Florida through their sailfish license plate funding. A free hot dog lunch will be provided to every participant. Bring your family to enjoy a fun day of saltwater fishing.

 

For additional information, please contact the park at (904) 277-7274 or visit

www.floridastateparks.org

 

The event will take place:

 

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Fort Clinch State Park

2601 Atlantic Avenue

Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Critter Crafts for Kids @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, June 11, 2016 - 10:00am EDT

There is no cost to participate other than normal park entrance fees for day-use visitors.

More Information:
Ranger Station 941-483-5956

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

This weekly program features different arts and craft opportunities for kids.  A Volunteer will be on-hand in the Nature Center to instruct and provide the materials but parents are asked to remain with their child throughout the program; parents are welcome to participate as well.  Supplies and seating is limited, so participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Summer Surf Fishing @ Sebastian Inlet State Park

Saturday, June 11, 2016 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm EDT

Free with normal park admission fees

More Information:
772-388-2750

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

A two hour workshop designed to inform anglers of the challenges of Summer Time Surf Fishing.  Anglers will learn the best tides to fish, surf conditions for best results, keeping your baits on the hooks, times to fish, rods/reels and fishing tackle to use during the summer months.  Anglers should bring a pen/pencil and something to write on.  Meet at the Sebastian Fishing Museum. 

Additional Information:

Summer Surf Fishing Workshop EEC

Turtles of Talbot @ Fort George Island Cultural State Park

Saturday, June 11, 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 ranger for an engaging program about the different species of turtles that call Talbot Islands their home. From gopher tortoises to sea turtles, learn about all things shelled under the sun.

Additional Information:

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

Participation Requirements

Turtles of Talbot @ Little Talbot Island State Park

Saturday, June 11, 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 ranger for an engaging program about the different species of turtles that call Talbot Islands their home. From gopher tortoises to sea turtles, learn about all things shelled under the sun.

Additional Information:

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

Participation Requirements

Ranger Program - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, June 11, 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.

Ranger Guided Sea Turtle Walk @ Sebastian Inlet State Park

Saturday, June 11, 2016 - 9:00pm to 11:45pm EDT

Free; donations are welcomed.

More Information:
Ranger Terry O'Toole, 772-388-2750

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

Learn about Florida's endangered sea turtles and then take a nighttime walk on the beach to witness a mother loggerhead sea turtle lay her eggs in the warm beach sands of Sebastian Inlet State Park.

Additional Information:

A maximum of 6 reservations can be made per family. There are no group reservations. The program beach is an isolated area; once the beachwalk portion begins, individuals within the group are committed to stay together until the end of the program.

NO flash photography, flashlights or cell phone lights are allowed on the beach. There are no water or restroom facilities once on the beach.

Wear comfortable walking shoes or sneakers. Bring insect repellent. Wear dark-colored long pants and long sleeves if you are not tolerant of mosquitoes and no-see-ums.

This program may require an up-to three-mile walk on the beach.

Sebastian Inlet State Park will start taking sea turtle walk reservations on May 15, at 10:30 a.m. for June’s Turtle Walk programs. Sebastian Inlet State Park will start taking sea turtle walk reservations on June 15, at 10:30 a.m. for July’s Turtle Walk programs. The tours have limited space available. Reservations can be made between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Participants with reservations will meet on their scheduled night at the Sebastian Inlet Fishing Museum, 14251 North Highway A1A, Vero Beach, FL 32963. The program starts promptly at 9 pm.

Participation Requirements