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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Introduction to Snorkeling @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 11:00am EDT to Saturday, June 18, 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. 

Coffee with a Ranger @ Fort George Island Cultural State Park

Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 6:15am 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

Bring your coffee and camera with you and join a park ranger to watch the sun rise over the Fort George River, get answers about park resources and get some amazing photos.

Additional Information:

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

Participation Requirements

Coffee with a Ranger @ Little Talbot Island State Park

Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 6:15am to 7:15am 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

Bring your coffee and camera with you and join a park ranger to watch the sun rise over the Fort George River, get answers about park resources and get some amazing photos.

Additional Information:

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

Participation Requirements

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day @ Oleta River State Park

Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 8:00am to 4:00pm EDT

All visitors will pay the park entrance fee.

More Information:


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

The Friends of Oleta River State Park would like to invite you to take a kid mountain biking day!!  This is a great experience for you to pass on your passion of peddling to your kids!  We will meet at the Manatee Pavilion at 8:00am!

Guided Butterfly Garden Walk @ Rainbow Springs State Park

Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 9:30am to 10:15am EDT

Free with regular $2 per person park admission

More Information:
352-465-8555

Located in the Northeast region at:
Rainbow Springs State Park
19158 SW 81st Place Road
Dunnellon, FL 34432

Stroll among the flowers in our peaceful wildlife habitat butterfly garden. Learn from a garden Volunteer about the importance of the variety of host and nectar plants and discover the caterpillars, chrysalises, birds, butterflies and pollinators living among the blooms.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Please allow yourself at least 15 minutes to walk from the main park entrance back to the butterfly garden. Be prepared to walk uneven, sloping, paved and unpaved walkways. Participants should bring water and wear comfortable clothing and closed toed shoes. Bug repellant and sunscreen is recommended. There are no restroom facilities near the butterfly garden. Well behaved pets on a leash are welcome. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Battle of Bloody Mose 2016 @ Fort Mose Historic State Park

Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 10:00am to 6:30pm EDT

This outdoor event is free.

Visitors six years of age and older wishing to enter the museum will incur a fee of $2.00.

More Information:
Vicki Tiseth, 904 823-2232, vicki.tiseth@dep.state.fl.us

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

The Florida Park Service along with Florida Living History, Inc., and the Fort Mose Historical Society, will host the seventh annual Battle of Bloody Mose Commemoration. This award-winning 276th-anniversary Battle of Bloody Mose historical reenactment will take place June 18, 2016 from 10AM to 6:30PM at Fort Mose Historic State Park (15 Fort Mose Trail, St. Augustine, Florida 32084). Multi-cultural reenactors and volunteers from across the Southeastern United States will participate in this heritage event, presenting living-history demonstrations and interpretations.

We suggest visitors arrive early before each battle reenactment to secure a good viewing spot. Bring your lawn chairs and cool off under our shade trees. Enjoy an ice cold cup of Lindsay Willis' famous lemonade! Mr. Willis is the food and snack vendor for this event. Fort Mose Historic State Park is a great place to enjoy lunch or an early dinner during this popular event.

Re-enactments of this significant battle that took place during the War of Jenkin's Ear will occur at 2pm and 6pm. In addition, a wide variety of scheduled activities will occur throughout the day. Meet and talk with 18th-century living-historians throughout the Event. Period artillery and musket demonstrations will take place regularly during the historical re-enactment and demonstrations of colonial Florida crafts will take place. 

Authentic 18th century sutlers will be present for your shopping pleasure. Free children’s activities will also be offered during the course of the day.

Schedule of Events

10:00AM: The Battle of Bloody Mose Commemoration 2016 begins. Join us in stepping back in time to June 25, 1740 in the British-occupied Fort Mose and Spanish San Agustín, the day before the fateful battle.  Spanish and British soldiers, militia, and auxiliaries will fire a musket and cannon volley to open the event.  The Color Guard will be presented by United States Armed Forces Veterans from the American Legion Post 194.

10:00-6:00PM - Period craft and skills demonstration stations may include Mr. Ben Roger's of Tinker's Forge Blacksmithing, 18th Century Foods by Emma Gilger and Andrew and Cindy Batten, The Laughing Woman Trading Co., Finger Weaving by Mary Randi, Susan Barry -pine needle basket weaving and many others to be announced.

10:30-11:00AM: Native American Culture and Traditions program presented by Muskogee-Creek Jim Sawgrass of Deep Forest Historical Native American Group.

11:00-11:30AM: British Military Life on the Frontier program presented by Fort Loudon and Fort Frederica reenactors.

11:30-12:00PM: Spanish Military Life in Saint Augustine program presented by Spanish Soldiers and Militia reenactors.

12:00-12:30 PM: El Retablo de las Maravillas (Where Only the Pure See Miracles) theatrical performance by Theatre With a Mission.

12:30-1:00PM: Native American Culture and Traditions program presented by Muskogee-Creek Jim Sawgrass of Deep Forest Historical Native American Group.

1:00-1:45PM: Spanish La FLorida Governor Montiano and British General Oglethorpe meet the press for an 18th century political debate.

2:00-2:30PM: Battle of Bloody Mose reenactment. Following the battle re-enactment, living-historians will answer visitors’ questions about this significant episode in Florida’s and America’s history and pose for photographs. 

2:30 - 3:00PM: Native American Culture and Traditions program presented by Muskogee-Creek Jim Sawgrass of Deep Forest Historical Native American Group.

3:00-3:30PM: British Military Life on the Frontier program presented by Fort Loudon and Fort Frederica reenactors.

3:30-4:00PM: Spanish Military Life in Saint Augustine program presented by Spanish Soldiers and Militia reenactors.

4:00-4:30 PM: El Retablo de las Maravillas (Where Only the Pure See Miracles) theatrical performance by Theatre With a Mission

4:30-5:00PM: Native American Culture and Traditions program presented by Muskogee-Creek Jim Sawgrass of Deep Forest Historical Native American Group.

5:00-5:45PM: Spanish La FLorida Governor Montiano and British General Oglethorpe meet the press for an 18th century political debate.

6:00-6:30PM: Battle of Bloody Mose reenactment. Following the battle re-enactment, living-historians will answer visitors’ questions about this significant episode in Florida’s and America’s history and pose for photographs. 

6:30PM: Event Ends.

7:00PM: Park's Gate Closes.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

While well behaved dogs on a six foot handheld leash are always welcomed at Fort Mose Historic State Park, the artillery and musket demonstrations are quite loud and may scare some pets.

Crabbing Basics: Making it Delicious, Keeping it Sustainable! @ Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach

Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am EDT

Program is free with park admission!

More Information:
386-517-2086

Located in the Central region at:
Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach
3100 S. Oceanshore Blvd
Flagler Beach, FL 32136

The tidal salt marsh of our park is home to the Atlantic Blue Crab, a keystone species of the local ecosystem that can easily be sustainably harvested! Learn to catch these tasty crustaceans during a one hour hands-on program, appropriate for adults and families.

All ages are welcome, minors must be accompanied by an adult. This event is subject to cancellation due to weather conditions. We will be meeting at the Killdeer Pavilion on the west side of the park.  

Please RSVP at Eventbrite.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Tram Tour @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 10:00am EDT

The cost to ride the tram is $5.00/person, plus normal entrance fees. Children under 5 ride free with paid adult.

More Information:
Ranger Station 941-483-5956

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

Join our knowledgeable and enthusiastic Park Rangers on a tram tour through the park to discover the secrets of Oscar Scherer State Park! Parking is available at the Nature Center and participants are asked to meet at the Nature Center promptly at 10am. Seating on the tram is on a first-come, first-served basis, limited to 25 people. Can accommodate 2 wheelchairs and arrive early for the best seat.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Critter Crafts for Kids @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, June 18, 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

Nature Photography @ Fort George Island Cultural State Park

Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 10:00am 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

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 Fairway Loop and learn techniques to help capture the beauty of the maritime forest and salt marsh on film.

Additional Information:

Please bring your own camera and photography supplies, sturdy shoes, bug spray, sunscreen and water. This program will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park. 

Participation Requirements

Nature Photography @ Little Talbot Island State Park

Saturday, June 18, 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

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 Fairway Loop and learn techniques to help capture the beauty of the maritime forest and salt marsh on film.

Additional Information:

Please bring your own camera and photography supplies, sturdy shoes, bug spray, sunscreen and water. This program will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park. 

Participation Requirements

Wildlife Jeopardy Program @ Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 12:00pm to 12:30pm EDT

Regular park admission applies.

More Information:
Susan Strawbridge; (352) 628-5445, ext. 1002

Located in the Northeast region at:
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
4150 S. Suncoast Blvd. (US 19)
Homosassa, FL 34446

A Wildlife Jeopardy program on Black Bears will be held in the Discovery Center on Saturday, June 18, 2016, from 12 Noon until 12:30 pm. Volunteer Barbara Cairns will present the program using a 20-question format and invites visitors of all ages to test their knowledge about Black bears. Handouts will be available.

Additional Information:

  Participation Requirements

 

Kayaking 101 and Paddling Tour @ Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park

Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm EDT

Program is free with regular park admission.

More Information:
(850) 927-2111

Located in the Northwest region at:
Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park
1900 E. Gulf Beach Drive
St. George Island, FL 32328

Come out to St. George Island State Park to learn basic paddling skills and enjoy a short interpretive tour while paddling around the bay.  A limited amount of sit-on-top kayaks are available at no charge by the Florida Youth Conservation Center Network. You may also bring your own kayak and equipment. Event partners also include the Audubon Society.  RESERVATIONS REQUIRED, even if you bring your own kayak.   There is a maximum of 15 participants allowed for this program. Participants must wear a lifejacket.  Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Everyone must wear a lifejacket.  Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Kayak 101 Paddling Tour @ Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 1:30pm to 4:30pm EDT

Free with paid park admission

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

Bring your own kayak and gear or use a sit-on-top kayak provided. Learn basic paddling skills and enjoy a short nature tour at Lake Hall.  This event is perfect for beginners.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements:

Children 12 and older must be accompanied by an adult.

Please wear quick-dry clothing (no jeans or cotton), closed-toe shoes and bring sunhat, sunscreen, sunglasses and water.

Ranger Program - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, June 18, 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.

Guided moonlight hike @ Alafia River State Park

Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 8:15pm to 10:00pm EDT

Free with regular park admission

More Information:
Ranger Station 813-672-5320

Located in the Southwest region at:
Alafia River State Park
14326 S CR 39
Lithia, FL 33547

Hike in the moonlight !!!

The Friends of Alafia and Alafia River State Park will be hosting their inaugural moonlight hike on Saturday night, the 18th of June. There should be plenty of moonlight as this will be two days before the full moon. You are encouraged to bring a flashlight, preferably with a colored lens to protect everyone’s night vision, as well as insect repellent.

We will meet in the campground’s amphitheater (to the right around the traffic circle after entering the park & behind the campground bath house) and plan to head out at 8:15 p.m. for about an hour hike on the Nature Trail.

There will be a short social gathering following the hike.

Ranger Guided Sea Turtle Walk @ Sebastian Inlet State Park

Saturday, June 18, 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