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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Guided Paddle on the Hillsborough River @ Hillsborough River State Park

Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 8:30am to 11:00am EDT

Regular park entrance fees apply.

There are a limited number of kayaks available, courtesy of the Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network, without charge.  For reservation requests, please contact Park Services Specialist, Douglas "Alex" Kinder at:  douglas.kinder@dep.state.fl.us  at least 48 hrs. prior to the paddle.

Canoe rentals and kayak rentals are available the day of through the park's concession:

- Two hours (minimum) for $25.00 per canoe, plus tax
- Three hours for $35.00, plus tax
- Four hours $40.00, plus tax
- All day $50.00, plus tax

- Kayaks - $15.00 an hour, plus tax

More Information:
Park Services Specialist, Alex Kinder: douglas.kinder@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Southwest region at:
Hillsborough River State Park
15402 US 301 N.
Thonotosassa, FL 33592

Take a leisurely 90 minute paddle down the Hillsborough River and learn about the natural history and natural communities that make the Hillsborough River watershed so unique and important. This volunteer-led tour will be enjoyable for individuals, families, and groups.
You can bring your own kayak or canoe, or rent one from the park's concession.
Reservations are recommended! 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

What to bring:  drinking water, snacks, hat, sunscreen, and bug repellent.  No pets or alcoholic beverages allowed.

Guided Kayak Tour @ Lake Kissimmee State Park

Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EDT

Park admission applies

More Information:
Andi Henry 863-696-1112 or Andrea.Henry@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Central region at:
Lake Kissimmee State Park
14248 Camp Mack Rd.
Lake Wales , FL 33898

Take a 90 minute paddle down Zipper Canal that flows through the central part of Lake Kissimmee State Park to Lake Rosalie. This ranger-led tour will give you an appreciation of the flora and fauna found in this area of the state. Tours are limited to six kayaks - bring your own or rent one from the camp store in the park.

Reservations required!

For more information or to make reservations, please call the ranger station at 863-696-1112.

Camp Store - Call to reserve kayak - 863-696-4888

 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Turtle Talk: A Sea Turtle’s Journey @ Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach

Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 9:00am to 10:00am EDT

Program is free with park admission!

More Information:
386-517-2086

Located in the Central region at:
Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach
3100 S. Oceanshore Blvd
Flagler Beach, FL 32136

Sea Turtle Season is Here! Join a park ranger for a glimpse into the intricate world of remarkable sea turtles. Participants will learn about the sea turtles' life cycle as well as their habitat, behavior and the important role they play in "The Real Florida!" Here at the park, we have many nests and are very excited to have you visit and learn how important sea turtles are to our coastal waters. Learn how your actions can help preserve these majestic turtles for generations to come!

All ages are welcome, minors must be accompanied by an adult. This event is subject to cancellation due to weather conditions. We will be meeting at the Beachside Pavilion on the east side of the park.  Please RSVP at Eventbrite.com

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Ocala Plein Air Painters - Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 9:00am to 11:30am EDT

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Concession Gift shop, 352-236-7148 ext. 2

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

The Ocala Plein Air Painters meet the second Saturday of each month to capture the beauty of Silver Springs State Park. Come out and watch a canvas come to life. Some pieces are available for purchase in the art gallery and gift shop.

Additional Information:

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

 For more information about Plein Air groups in Florida, click here.

Participation requirements.

Beach Cleanup @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 9:00am to 11:00am EDT

Free entry to those that participate

More Information:
(561) 776-7449, ext. 109

Located in the Southeast region at:
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive
North Palm Beach, FL 33408

Join us for a few hours of sun and surf and help keep MacArthur Beach State Park clean.  Beach clean-ups help remove trash which might otherwise end up endangering sea turtles or shorebirds.  Participants will receive gloves and trash bags.  Please bring a reusable water bottle, hat and sunscreen.  Community service hours will be given upon request.  Free entry into the Park if assisting with the event.  For more information contact (561) 776-7449 ext. 109

Guided Wagon Tours @ Ravine Gardens State Park

Saturday, August 13, 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!

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.

Breakfast with a Ranger @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Saturday, August 13, 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. To cover the cost of food and beverages, the C.S.O. is requesting a $5.00 donation which goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park to enhance the park. 

More Information:
For additional 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

The Citizen Support Organization, Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, invites you and your family to Breakfast with a Ranger.  The breakfast is scrambled eggs, pancakes, biscuits and sausage gravy. Join a Ranger to learn about the park and its history and to ask them all the questions you have about the park, its activities, the wildlife that calls Topsail Hill Preserve State Park home and everything in-between.  This program is ideal for the whole family to enjoy.  To cover the cost of food and beverages, the C.S.O. is requesting a $5.00 donation which goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park to enhance the park.  Enter the park through the main gate and park staff will direct you to the clubhouse.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Critter Crafts for Kids @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, August 13, 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

Shark Teeth @ Fort George Island Cultural State Park

Saturday, August 13, 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:
Fort George Island Cultural State Park
11241 Fort George Road
Jacksonville, FL 32226

Why are we fascinated with the monsters and the mysterious? They creep into our dreams and thought; we seek out souvenirs and keep eyes on the horizon for a glimpse of them. Come learn about these mysterious creatures of the deep with a park ranger. Join a park ranger for a discussion on the different types of shark teeth that can be found on the area's beaches. The program will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Shark Teeth @ Little Talbot Island State Park

Saturday, August 13, 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

Why are we fascinated with the monsters and the mysterious? They creep into our dreams and thought; we seek out souvenirs and keep eyes on the horizon for a glimpse of them. Come learn about these mysterious creatures of the deep with a park ranger. Join a park ranger for a discussion on the different types of shark teeth that can be found on the area's beaches. The program will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Ranger Program - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, August 13, 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.

Owl Prowl @ Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm EDT

The program is free with park admission.

More Information:
Teri Graves, Park Ranger (386) 397-4331

Located in the Northeast region at:
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
11016 Lillian Saunders Drive/ US HWY 41 or Mailing address: P.O. Drawer G
White Springs, FL 32096

Learn about the Super Power like adaptations of Owls! Join a ranger at the River Gazebo to learn about the special adaptations of owl’s that give them super power. After the presentation there will be a short stroll down a brick road and around the parking lot to experience owls in their natural habitat. 

Additional Information:

We have a limited number of flash lights available that can be shared. If you would prefer to have your own, you are welcomed to bring your own. Biting insects are usually active at this time of day, so feel free to bring insect repellant.

Participation Requirements