Wildlife Ranger Camp (10, 11, and 12 year olds) @ Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State ParkMonday, July 11, 2016 - 9:00am EDT to Friday, July 15, 2016 - 2:00pm EDT
$75.00 registration fee includes regular park admission, a t-shirt and supplies.
Rene Poppe, Park Services Specialist: (352) 628-5445, ext. 1004
The Wildlife Ranger Camp program is held at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. Camp topics include learning about Florida's wildlife, preserving natural resources, and wildlife habitats. Indoor and outdoor activities are included. The program is limited to 20 campers. The June Wildlife Ranger Camp is for children ages 10, 11, and 12 year olds. The camp hours are from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm each day.
The Wildlife Ranger Camp takes place in the Wildlife Park. The June camp is for 8 and 9 year olds.
In order to participate in this program, one:
* Must have the ability to follow verbal and/or visual instruction independently or with the assistance of a companion
* Must have the ability to board and disembark from the tram independently or with the assistance of a companion
* Must have the ability to withstand exposure to the outdoors (including Florida's climate extremes) for a period of at least 2 hours per day
* Must have the ability to withstand periods of full exposure to the sun
* Must have the ability to withstand exposure to very high humidity for extended periods of time
* Must have the ability to move quickly to a place of shelter if necessary either independently or with the assistance of a companion
* Must be able to traverse uneven grassy terrain either independently or with the assistance of a companion
Guided Paddling tour @ Jonathan Dickinson State ParkFriday, July 15, 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.
Kimbell Education Center (561) 745-5551
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.
For more information contact the Kimbell Education Center at (561) 745-5551.
Art in the Park @ Topsail Hill Preserve State ParkFriday, July 15, 2016 - 9:00am to 11:30am CDT
At this time the standard park entrance/admission fees are being paid by the Walton County, Tourist Development Council. There is a $35.00 fee payable to the Citizen Support Organization, Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park at their website or at the camp store for program participation, supplies and training.
For additional information you can contact the camp store at 850-267-8332.
Please visit Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for an Art in the Park activity. On Friday, July 15th from 9 to 11:30am a local artisan, Carol Dickson, will be teaching a basket weaving class at The Clubhouse. Supplies will be provided and you will be able to take away a hand made creation to remember your visit. Classes have a minimum of 5 participants and a maximum of 10 participants. Pre- registration can be made at the camp store in person, by calling 850-267-8332 between 8am and 5pm or by going to the website of www.topsailparkfriends.org . There is a $35.00 fee for the activity.
When you enter the park, advise the staff at the Ranger Station that you are here for the Art in the Park, basket weaving activity and they will direct you to The Clubhouse.
Florida Manatee talk @ Lovers Key State ParkFriday, July 15, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:30am EDT
Free with regular park admission
Ranger Station, 239-463-4588
Join a park ranger for an interesting and informative talk about the Florida Manatee. Learn about Florida’s gentle giants and the threats they face. Due to limited space, reservations are required.
Sea Turtle Talk and Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State ParkFriday, July 15, 2016 - 8:00pm to 11:45pm EDT
$10.00 per person
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 ParkFriday, July 15, 2016 - 9:00pm to 11:45pm EDT
Free; donations are welcomed.
Ranger Terry O'Toole, 772-388-2750
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.
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.