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Friday, August 5, 2016

Volunteer Garden Workdays - Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

Friday, August 5, 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.

Guided Paddling tour @ Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Friday, August 5, 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.

First Friday Garden Walks @ Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

Friday, August 5, 2016 - 10:00am EDT to Friday, February 3, 2017 - 11:00am EST

Program included with park entry.  

More Information:

Located in the Central region at:
Washington Oaks Gardens State Park
6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd.
Palm Coast, FL, FL 32137

Join us the First Friday of each month for a ranger led Garden and History Tour of Washington Oaks Gardens State Park.  Visitors will meet in the Garden parking lot and the walk will begin at 10am.  Wear comfortable shoes for this 45min-1 hour walking tour.  Program included with park entry.  

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements 

A Walk on the Wild Side @ Lovers Key State Park

Friday, August 5, 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

Take a mile-long guided hike along our Black Island Trail with a park ranger to learn about the fascinating vegetation and wildlife that reside in this maritime hammock. Due to limited space, reservations are required.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Stargazing @ Henderson Beach State Park

Friday, August 5, 2016 - 4:30pm to 9:30pm CDT

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Ranger Station: 850-650-5928

Located in the Northwest region at:
Henderson Beach State Park
17000 Emerald Coast Parkway
Destin, FL 32541

Volunteers from the Northwest Florida Astronomy Association will set up several telescopes for public viewing of star clusters, planets, and galaxies, as well as answer questions about the night sky. In addition, the club will set up their solar telescopes for safe viewing of the sun starting at 4:30pm. All ages are invited. The park gates will close at sunset, all those attending the viewing must arrive at the park prior to sunset in order to enter. If bringing a flashlight, it is recommended that it is covered with a red lens. This event is weather permitting.

Additional Information:

Attendees must enter park prior to sunset.

Participation Requirements