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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Summer Sunrise 5K Series @ Highlands Hammock State Park

Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 7:00am EDT to Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 7:00am EDT

The entry fee cost for the Summer Sunrise Series is $40.  Participants may run races individually at a cost of $15 per race.  Fees increase race day to $15 or $60 for the series.  Please see Additional Information for awards information and participation requirements.

More Information:
Call the Ranger Station at 863-386-6094.

Located in the Southwest region at:
Highlands Hammock State Park
5931 Hammock Road
Sebring , FL 33872

Highlands Hammock is off and running!  Running enthusiasts may join the Central Florida Striders in the 3rd Annual Summer Sunrise 5K Series.  The series of four races is set to begin Saturday morning, June 4, 2016.  The remaining three races are scheduled for June 25, July 9, and July 30.  The start time for all races is 7:00 a.m.

Additional Information:

Series awards will be based on the top three cumulative times for all four races.  There will be no awards or shirts for individual races.  For more information, please contact Chet Brojek at 863-385-4736 or via email at cbrojek@comcast.net.  Entry forms will be available at the Ranger Station in advance of June 4.  For information about participation requirements, please see EEC 5K RUNS.

Guided Paddling Tour @ Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 9:45am to 12:00pm EDT

Park entry fees apply.

Canoe $17 for 2 hours, $5 each additional hour

Kayak $15 for 2 hours, $6 each additional hour

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

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:

Contact the Kimbell Education Center for more information. 

Nature Walk @ Little Talbot Island State Park

Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am EDT

No reservations are necessary and the program is free.

 

More Information:
Ranger Station, 904-251-2320

Located in the Northeast region at:
Little Talbot Island State Park
12157 Heckscher Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32226

Join a Park Ranger for a leisurely paced hike to discover the island’s natural communities.

Additional Information:

 

Participants are encouraged to bring bug spray and bottled water.   This program will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park.

 

Participation Requirements

Guided Wagon Tour @ Ravine Gardens State Park

Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:30am EDT

The tours are free with park entry and for annual pass holders. Park entry fees are $5.00 per vehicle for 2 - 8 people, $4.00 for single occupant vehicles, and $2.00 for pedestrians and bicyclists.

More Information:
(386) 329-3721

Located in the Central region at:
Ravine Gardens State Park
1600 Twigg Street
Palatka, FL 32177

Ravine Gardens State Park is excited to bring back the famous Ranger led Wagon Tours on Saturday, July 30th!

Take a family-friendly wagon tour guided by knowledgeable park rangers around the beautiful ravine at Ravine Gardens State Park. Learn about the history of the ravine and the park, as well as the plants, animals, and the ecosystems which make Ravine Gardens a diverse place to visit.

There will be two tours, departing at 10:00 a.m., and 11:00 a.m. Tours last approximately 30 minutes and will start from the front of the Roy E. Campbell Civic Center.

Additional Information:

Each tour is limited to 20 participants.

Nature Walk @ Fort George Island Cultural State Park

Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 10:00am EDT

No reservations are necessary and the program is free.

More Information:
Ranger Station, 904-251-2320

Located in the Northeast region at:
Fort George Island Cultural State Park
11241 Fort George Road
Jacksonville, FL 32226

oin a Park Ranger for a leisurely paced hike to discover the island’s natural communities. Participants are encouraged to bring bug spray and bottled water.  

Additional Information:

This program will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park.

 

Participation Requirements

Critter Crafts for Kids @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, July 30, 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 30, 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 30, 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.

Topsail Under the Stars @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm CDT

The standard state park entry fee will apply however there is no additional participation fee.  There is no fee for registered campers. Donations to the Citizen Support Organization, Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park to help defray the cost of consumable supplies are appreciated and accepted.

More Information:
Ranger Station 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 the Northwest Florida Astronomy Association for Topsail Under the Stars.  Come to Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and visit with local astronomers to learn about the stars and constellations above Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. 

Additional Information:

Participant Requirements

Guests must arrive before 7:00 pm and check in at the Ranger Station to receive directions to the location of the event.

Ranger Guided Sea Turtle Walk @ Sebastian Inlet State Park

Saturday, July 30, 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