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Friday, July 22, 2016

Volunteer Garden Workdays - Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

Friday, July 22, 2016 - 8:00am to 10:00am EDT

Visitors that volunteer do not pay park admission but they must fill out an application.

More Information:
Jeff Kneisley, 352-236-7156 or

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

Summer 2016 volunteer workdays will be every Friday in one of the gardens at the Main Entrance.

A water keg will be provided but please bring your own water bottle. Gardening gloves will also be provided.

If this is your first time volunteering at the park, please let the ticket booth know that you are here for the garden workday and they will direct you to the gardens.

Locations for the different workdays will be as follows:
July 22 - Rock Garden
July 29 - Wildflower Garden
Aug 05 - Wildflower Garden
Aug 12 - Camellia Garden
Aug 19 - Osceola Garden
Aug 26 - Crossroads Garden and Mammoth Deck
Sept 02 - Wildflower Garden
Sept 09 - Reflections Garden and Fire & Water Garden
Sept 16 - Rock Garden

Additional Information:

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

Participation requirements.

Jay Watch @ Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve

Friday, July 22, 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. 


Lake Hall Clean Up @ Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

Friday, July 22, 2016 - 8:00am to 10:00am EDT

Park entrance fees will be waived to participants.

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

 The public is invited to join our staff for a fun paddle and clean up of the shoreline of Lake Hall. All Jon boats with electric motors, kayaks and canoes will be allowed to participate.  Help us keep Lake Hall clean. 

Additional Information:

 Any volunteer may use the park kayaks at no charge on a first come basis. Check for availability at the Ranger Station before driving down to the Recreation Area. Life jackets and whistles are required to be on board. This event is suitable for paddlers of all ages and levels. Please bring water, sunscreen and snacks. Plan to enjoy an early morning on the lake.

Participation Requirements

Guided Paddling tour @ Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Friday, July 22, 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.

Estuary Wading Tour @ Lovers Key State Park

Friday, July 22, 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 to learn about the marine species that make the estuary and barrier island environments unique, and explore sea grass flats. Seahorses, shrimp, young fish, and egg casings of all sorts inhabit the grasses, which attract larger fish, mollusks and crustaceans, and manatees, dolphins and rays. Guests will get wet as they venture into the estuary. The Estuary Wading Tour is sponsored by the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program (CHNEP). 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

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

Friday, July 22, 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).

Ranger Guided Sea Turtle Walk @ Sebastian Inlet State Park

Friday, July 22, 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