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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Guided Paddle on the Hillsborough River @ Hillsborough River State Park

Saturday, July 9, 2016 - 8:30am to 11:00am EDT

Regular park entrance fees apply.

There are a limited number of kayaks available, courtesy of the Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network, without charge.  For reservation requests, please contact Park Services Specialist, Douglas "Alex" Kinder at:  douglas.kinder@dep.state.fl.us  at least 48 hrs. prior to the paddle.

Canoe rentals and kayak rentals are available the day of through the park's concession:

- Two hours (minimum) for $25.00 per canoe, plus tax
- Three hours for $35.00, plus tax
- Four hours $40.00, plus tax
- All day $50.00, plus tax

- Kayaks - $15.00 an hour, plus tax

More Information:
Park Services Specialist, Alex Kinder: douglas.kinder@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Southwest region at:
Hillsborough River State Park
15402 US 301 N.
Thonotosassa, FL 33592

Take a leisurely 90 minute paddle down the Hillsborough River and learn about the natural history and natural communities that make the Hillsborough River watershed so unique and important. This volunteer-led tour will be enjoyable for individuals, families, and groups.
You can bring your own kayak or canoe, or rent one from the park's concession.
Reservations are recommended! 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

What to bring:  drinking water, snacks, hat, sunscreen, and bug repellent.  No pets or alcoholic beverages allowed.

Guided Kayak Tour @ Lake Kissimmee State Park

Saturday, July 9, 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

Wild Foods Foraging Class @ Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

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

Cost is $3/vehicle park entrance, $2 bicyclist or walk-in, activity fee $5/person, 12 and under free. 

More Information:
kristin.n.wood@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Southwest region at:
Dade Battlefield Historic State Park
7200 CR 603
Bushnell, FL 33513

Wild Foods foraging walk on the trails of Dade Battlefield where we will collect, prepare and sample wild foods. 

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

Saturday, July 9, 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.

Beach Cleanup @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, July 9, 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

Critter Crafts for Kids @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, July 9, 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

Ranger Program - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, July 9, 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.

Summer Concert Series @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, July 9, 2016 - 7:00pm to 11:00pm EDT

All concerts are $25.00 plus taxes and fees for general admission. Tickets are $40.00 for V.I.P. and include a chair as well as a meet & greet with the musicians before the show.

More Information:
Call Silver Springs Concessions, 352-261-5840

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

Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy a music-filled evening in a beautiful park setting. Performances will use the newly renovated Twin Oaks Mansion Stage at the headwaters of the Silver River.

All concerts will be held on Saturday evenings. Gates open at 7:00 p.m.

July 2nd: All My Rowdy Friends, a tribute to Hank Williams, Jr., and Cowboy, a tribute to Kid Rock. (Buy tickets here)

July 9th: Let it Be, a tribute to the Beatles. (Buy tickets here) Concert postponed for a date yet to be determined.

July 30th: The Shane Wooten Band. (Buy tickets here)

September 3rd: 7 Bridges, a tribute to the Eagles. (Buy tickets here) Concert postponed for a date yet to be determined.

Additional Information:

Please note: The main entrance of the park will CLOSE at 5:00 p.m. and re-open at 7:00 p.m. All visitors must leave and re-enter. The camping & museum entrance will remain open until the regular park closing time of 8:30 p.m. for visitors who wish to use the trails or picnic area.

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

For more information about concessions, glass bottom boats, rentals, and more, visit www.silversprings.com

Participation requirements.

Ranger Guided Sea Turtle Walk @ Sebastian Inlet State Park

Saturday, July 9, 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