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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Summer Sunrise 5K Series @ Highlands Hammock State Park

Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 7:00am EDT to Saturday, August 6, 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 information about awards 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 16, and August  6.  The start time for all races is 7:00 a.m. 

Additional Information:

Series awards are based on the top three cumulative times for all four races.  There are no awards or shirts for individual races.  For more information, contact Chet Brojek at 863-385-4736 or via email at cbrojek@comcast.net.  For information about participation requirements, please see EEC 5K RUNS.

Operation One Voice Fallen Heroes 5K @ Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

Saturday, August 6, 2016 - 8:30am to 12:00pm EDT
More Information:


Located in the Northwest region at:
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
3540 Thomasville Road
Tallahassee, FL 32309

This is a 5K and 1 mile fun run.  Operation One Voice Florida provides immediate support to families of fallen and injured Special Operations Soldiers.

First Saturday Militia Muster and Training at Fort Mose @ Fort Mose Historic State Park

Saturday, August 6, 2016 - 9:00am to 11:30pm EDT

This is a free outdoor program.

Entrance into the Visitor Center is $2.00 per person; children up to age 5 enter free.

More Information:
Carl P. Marchand, 904 823-2232, carl.marchand@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Central region at:
Fort Mose Historic State Park
15 Fort Mose Trail
St. Augustine, FL 32084

Visit Fort Mose on the first Saturday morning of each month and become immersed into the 18th century. The members of the Fort Mose Militia come together to practice firing drills and teach new Militiia members historic weapon use and safety. Visitors will experience historic weapon demonstrations including musket firing drills. Children of all ages will have the opportunity to participate in the children's militia training, using wooden toy muskets and authentic uniform accessories. This experience will provide a wonderful photo opportunity and a one of a kind experience, in a Florida State Park! 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

The Park opens at 9:00 a.m. and closes at 5:00 p.m.

First Weekend Union Garrison @ Fort Clinch State Park

Saturday, August 6, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm EDT

$2.50 Fort Admission in addition to regular park admission.

More Information:
Fort Clinch State Park, 904-277-7274

Located in the Northeast region at:
Fort Clinch State Park
2601 Atlantic Ave
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

This program will allow visitors to interact with living historians to experience life in the fort as it was in 1864. The grounds will be bustling with soldiers in period costumes involved in firing demonstrations, marching drills, cooking and daily activities. Ladies in their dresses, sutlers displaying their wares, fife players and drummer boys bring every part of the civil war era to life. Come join in this unique, family friendly event.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Critter Crafts for Kids @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, August 6, 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

Nature Photography @ Big Talbot Island State Park

Saturday, August 6, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am EDT

No reservations are necessary and the program is free with $3 vehicle entrance fee.

More Information:
Ranger Station, 904-251-2320

Located in the Northeast region at:
Big Talbot Island State Park
State Road A1A North
Jacksonville, FL, FL 32226

Ever dreamed of getting the perfect shot of a great blue heron in flight or a bumble bee nested on a flower? Join a photographer and nature enthusiast for a leisurely stroll on the Shoreline Trail and learn techniques to help capture the beauty of the maritime forest and driftwood of Boneyard Beach on film.

Additional Information:

Please bring your own camera and photography supplies, sturdy shoes, bug spray, sunscreen and water. This program will take place at the Bluffs pavilion on Big Talbot Island.

Participation Requirements

Nature Photography @ Little Talbot Island State Park

Saturday, August 6, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am EDT

No reservations are necessary and the program is free with $3 vehicle entrance fee.

More Information:
Ranger Station, 904-251-2320

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

Ever dreamed of getting the perfect sot of a great blue heron in flight or a bumble bee nestled on a flower?  Join a photographer and nature enthusiast for a leisurely stroll on the Shoreline Trail and learn techniques to help capture the beauty of the maritime forest and driftwood of Boneyard Beach.

Additional Information:

Please bring your own camera and photography supplies, sturdy shoes, bug spray, sunscreen and water.  This program will take place at the Bluffs pavilion on Big Talbot Island.

Participation Requirements

Renaming Ceremony @ John U. Lloyd Beach State Park

Saturday, August 6, 2016 - 2:00pm to 8:00pm EDT

Free entrance to event attendees and their families after 2 pm.

More Information:


Located in the Southeast region at:
John U. Lloyd Beach State Park
6503 North Ocean Drive
Dania Beach, FL 33004

Join us Saturday August 6 at 2 pm for the Renaming Ceremony of John U. Lloyd Beach State Park to Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park where we will be celebrating this historic event with live entertainment and activities. Official Program will begin at 4 pm. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and blankets for seating during the events.

Ranger Program - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, August 6, 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.