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Friday, July 1, 2016

Swamp Stomp Outdoor Adventure Camp @

Monday, June 27, 2016 - 9:00am EDT to Friday, July 1, 2016 - 3:00pm EDT

Swamp Stomp camp fee is $100.00 per child.

More Information:
Elizabeth.underwood@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the region at:
, FL

Nature and fun go hand-in-hand in the recreational-based camp. Campers will explore nature while discovering and honing life-ling hobbies including kayaking, geocaching, birding, archery and fishing. Swamp Stomp camp also emphasizes stewardship and Leave No Trace techniques. The camp is open to children entering grades 3 through 6.

Additional Information:

For more information, please contact the Savannas Education Center at (772) 398-2779 or by emailing Wren Underwood at Elizabeth.underwood@dep.state.fl.us.

MOTE Marine Lab Coral Transplanting @ Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

Friday, July 1, 2016 - 8:00am EDT to Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 8:00pm EDT

Regular park admission applies.

More Information:
Kevin Bowes kevin.bowes@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Southeast region at:
Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park
601 Howard England Way
Key West, FL 33040

Come and see history in the making.  Mote Marine Laboratory is transplanting 5,500 pieces of coral just offshore from Fort Zachary Taylor beach. "The goal is to build interest in coral reefs and have people understand why they are so important and what role they play in the marine ecosystem." Mote has partnered with the state Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary in this exciting project.  Visitors can volunteer at the Mote tent on the beach to assist with the transplanting.  Mote will plant 5,000 boulder and brain corals and 500 staghorn corals.  Mote plans on putting a sign in the park to detail the importance of coral reefs and to show where it is located so visitors can explore their work.  Work continues weather permitting.  Call park or Mote Marine Labs for more information.

Guided Paddling tour @ Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Friday, July 1, 2016 - 9:45am to 12:00pm EDT

Park entry fees apply.

Canoe rental $17 for 2 hours, each additional hour is $5.

Single Kayak $15 for 2 hours, each additional hour is $6. 

Double Kayak $20 for 2 hours, each additional hour is $6. 

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

Explore the natural wonders of the Loxahatchee River. Rent a canoe or kayak at the park's River Store or bring your own and join us for a fun and leisurely paddle. Registration is required. 

Additional Information:

For more information contact the Kimbell Education Center at (561) 745-5551.

First Friday Garden Walks @ Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

Friday, July 1, 2016 - 10:00am EDT to Friday, December 30, 2016 - 11:00am EST

Program included with park entry.  

More Information:
386-446-6783

Located in the Central region at:
Washington Oaks Gardens State Park
6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd.
Palm Coast, FL, FL 32137

Join us the First Friday of each month for a ranger led Garden and History Tour of Washington Oaks Gardens State Park.  Visitors will meet in the Garden parking lot and the walk will begin at 10am.  Wear comfortable shoes for this 45min-1 hour walking tour.  Program included with park entry.  

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements 

Black Island Kayak tour @ Lovers Key State Park

Friday, July 1, 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 a relaxing 1½ mile kayak tour. Learn the history of Black Island and experience some of the wildlife that call the waterways of Lovers Key home. Bring your own kayak or rent one from the park concession.  Due to limited space, reservations are required. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Sea Turtle Talk and Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Friday, July 1, 2016 - 8:00pm to 11:45pm EDT

$10.00 per person

More Information:
(561) 624-6950

Located in the Southeast region at:
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive
North Palm Beach, FL 33408

Each June and July MacArthur Beach State Park offers evening turtle walks so that visitors can have a chance at viewing loggerhead sea turtles laying their eggs. This ancient ritual is a sight not to be missed! Turtle Walks fill up quickly so be sure to register early.  Registration will be on-line and sold as "tickets" through www.macarthurbeach.org.  Price is $10.00 per ticket, non-refundable unless the event is cancelled by Park staff.  Registration launches on May 31 at 9am (It will fill up quickly).  Walk Schedule starts on June 6 runs through July 29 (M, W & F with the exception of July 4).

Ranger Guided Sea Turtle Walk @ Sebastian Inlet State Park

Friday, July 1, 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

Legendary Sirens Perform @ Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

Saturday, July 2, 2016 (All day) to Monday, July 4, 2016 (All day)

Included with the price of admission.

More Information:
352.592.5656

Located in the Southwest region at:
Weeki Wachee Springs State Park
6131 Commercial Way
Weeki Wachee, FL 34606

This nostalgic show will take you back to the early years of Weeki Wachee Springs by the ladies who created the magic.  The former mermaid show includes performers representing the decades from the 50's to the 70's.  Don't miss this magical performance by this special group of ladies. Show time is 12 PM & 2 PM.