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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Cool Summer 5K Series @ St. Andrews State Park

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 6:30am to 9:30am CDT

Park entrance fees are waived for participants.

More Information:
St. Andrews State Park, 850-233-5164

Located in the Northwest region at:
St. Andrews State Park
4607 State Park Lane
Panama City Beach, FL 32408

The 3rd annual Cool Summer 5K Series is a celebration of summertime. Summer is the season that we work hard for and anticipate so we can spend time with our loved ones and create precious memories. The Cool Summer 5K Series is a run/walk course through beautiful St. Andrews State Park, helping to benefit the Friends of St. Andrews State Park. The Cool Summer 5K Series is every Wednesday beginning June 22 – July 27 at 7:30 a.m. (excluding Wednesday, July 6th). Every participant will receive the 2016 Cool Summer 5K t-shirt, swag bag filled with local goodness, bib and finisher medal.

Additional Information:

Pre-race registration is open at 6:30 a.m. Entry fee is $30, helping to benefit the Friends of St. Andrews State Park. Register at

Participation Requirements

Hypertufa Workshop @ Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 8:00am to 11:00am EDT

Advance registration and payment of $45.00 fee or $40.00 for Friends members is required as class size is limited.

All materials are furnished.

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

Maclay Gardens and Friends of Maclay Inc. invite you to attend a workshop and create your own hypertufa planter for your home garden.  This fun and creative class will be instructed by experienced staff members.

Additional Information:

Please wear clothes that your don't mind getting dirty.  All materials for furnished.

Participation Requirements

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Jay Watch @ Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 8:00am to 12:00pm EDT


More Information:
Christopher Camargo (352) 214-8633

Located in the Northeast region at:
Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve
29.204539, -82.987923
Cedar Key, FL 32625

Come volunteer for our annual Scrub Jay survey at the Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve!  For three days (07/20/2016, 07/21/2016, 07/22/2016), we will be surveying 15 different sites at the CKSSR for Scrub Jays. This is an exciting opportunity for volunteers to  assist in the survey of this endangered species which can only found in Florida.  Although the population of Scrub Jays at CKSSR has dwindled to just a few individuals, more volunteers assisting during the Jay Watch increases our chances of spotting them.

Additional Information:

It is not required to volunteer for all three days. Each day will start at 8am at the Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve parking lot located on SR-24.  The length of time we will be surveying will depend on the number of participants, but it could be as long as 4 hours.  To sign up to help please call (352) 214-8633 with which dates you'd like to volunteer. To help with the survey please bring a pair of binoculars. We also recommend you bring a hat and sunscreen.  Participants should also bring snacks and drinking water, and be prepared for it to get HOT.  Participants should also be prepared to deal with bugs. We will be moving from location to location in park pick-up trucks so participants should be prepared for climbing in and out of the trucks. 


Yoga on the Beach @ Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 9:00am to 10:00am EDT

Class fee is $5 plus regular park admission.

More Information:
Greenmonkey Yoga Studio 239-598-1938

Located in the Southwest region at:
Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park
11135 Gulfshore Drive
Naples, FL 34108

Join yoga instructors from Green Monkey Yoga in the morning for an all-levels gentle yoga class.

Additional Information:

Bring your yoga mat, water, a towel, and bug spray! To make a reservation and payment please call the yoga studio at 239-598-1938 or visit

Yoga on the Beach Participation Requirements

Kayaking 101 @ Dunns Creek State Park

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EDT

$25 per person

More Information:

Located in the Central region at:
Dunns Creek State Park
320 Sisco Road
Pomona Park, FL 32181

The Friends of Dunns Creek State Park are excited to host their Kayaking 101 program!  This program is designed for anyone interested in kayaking, particularly beginners.  An instructor certified by the American Canoe Association will teach you the basics of kayaking during this three hour session.  You will learn kayak safety, boarding kayaks, paddling strokes, and basic paddling maneuvers.

The training is limited to 6 participants and is $25 per person.  Kayak, paddle, and Personal Flotation Device (PFD) rentals are included in the training fee.  No children under 14 years of age please.  Children 14-17 are able to participate ONLY with a registered parent/guardian accompanying them.  Kayaking is a water sport so expect to get wet and dress accordingly.  There are no refunds available for the training, unless another participant can fill the spot.

Directions:  The training will be held on Lake Broward at the Lake Broward Recreation Area on N. Broward Avenue in Pomona Park near Dunns Creek State Park.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. To register, purchase tickets, or find more information, please visit,

Pollinators @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 9:00am to 10:00am CDT

At this time the standard park entrance/admission fees are being paid by the Walton County, Tourist Development Council. There are no additional fees required for program participation.

More Information:
For further information contact the Ranger Station at 850-267-8330

Located in the Northwest region at:
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Join a Park Ranger at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for an informative program about the important work done by insects, birds and animals as they go about their business. These hard-working animals help pollinate over 75% of our flowering plants, and nearly 75% of our crops. Often we may not notice the hummingbirds, bats, bees, beetles, butterflies, and flies that carry pollen from one plant to another as they collect nectar. Yet without them, wildlife would have fewer nutritious berries and seeds, and we would miss many fruits, vegetables, and nuts, like blueberries, squash, and almonds . . . not to mention chocolate and coffee…all of which depend on pollinators. The program will be taking place inside The Clubhouse. Upon arrival at the Ranger Station advise parks staff that you are attending the Pollinator program and they will provide you with additional information/directions.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirement

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

Wednesday, July 20, 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  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).