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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Wounded Warriors Surf Day @ Fort Pierce Inlet State Park

Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 8:00am to 2:00pm EDT

Fee's are waived for all Wounded Warriors and Volunteers

More Information:


Located in the Southeast region at:
Fort Pierce Inlet State Park
905 Shorewinds Drive
Fort Pierce, FL 34949

5th Annual Wounded Warriors Surf Day

Hillsborough River Swamp Stomp Mud Run @ Hillsborough River State Park

Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 9:00am to 3:00pm EDT

Tickets start at $35.00 per person

There will be a $10.00 per vehicle parking fee unless you are registered as a camper and an additional insurance fee. 

There will be a gradual price increase so book early, it is anticipated that this event will sell out both days.

For registration, please visit:  Eventbrite registration

 

More Information:
Park Svcs. 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

This 5 mile adventure will take you cross country through several Florida habitats and introduce you to the challenges of the "Real Florida". As you try to conquer the 25+ obstacles, some manmade and some natural, you will be challenged to survive the terrain. You will see mud like never before as you live like the wild animals of the Florida forests. Experience what it is like in a tortoise borough, crawl like a crawfish through thick mud, leap like a frog through the half acre pool, run through the woods like a panther and jump the fire line like a Wildland firefighter. This run will test your fears, push your abilities and give you a true sense of accomplishment as you cross the finish line with your friends.

Additional Information:

We are encouraging you to please car pool due to limited parking.  Camping reservations must be made online the day before you wish to camp (if you wish to camp Friday night, reservations need to made on Thursday). All sites have electric and water. 

For camping reservations, please visit Reserve America

All runners will receive a race shirt, bib and a finishers medal. 

This is a rain or shine event. No rain checks or refunds.

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Micro Hike - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 9:00am to 10:00am EDT

Free with paid park admission.

More Information:
Ranger Station, 352-236-7148 ext. 4

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

Magnify your imagination as we explore a tiny section of the River Trail as though we were only 6 inches tall. Park staff will provide lenses and magnifying glass to look at things on a much smaller scale and see the trail from a whole new angle.

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 River Trail.

Pets will not be permitted at this program.

Participation requirements.

Guided Wagon Tours @ Ravine Gardens State Park

Saturday, August 20, 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.

Tram Tour @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 10:00am EDT

The cost to ride the tram is $5.00/person, plus normal entrance fees. Children under 5 ride free with paid adult.

More Information:
Ranger Station 941-483-5956

Located in the Southwest region at:
Oscar Scherer State Park
1843 South Tamiami Trail
Osprey, FL 34229

Join our knowledgeable and enthusiastic Park Rangers on a tram tour through the park to discover the secrets of Oscar Scherer State Park! Parking is available at the Nature Center and participants are asked to meet at the Nature Center promptly at 10am. Seating on the tram is on a first-come, first-served basis, limited to 25 people. Can accommodate 2 wheelchairs and arrive early for the best seat.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Critter Crafts for Kids @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, August 20, 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 @ Fort George Island Cultural State Park

Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am EDT

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

Ever dreamed of getting the perfect shot 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 Fairway Loop Trail and learn techniques to help capture the beauty of the Salt Marsh on film.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Please bring your own camera and photography supplies, sturdy shoes, bug spray, sunscreen and water.

Surf Fishing for Snook @ Sebastian Inlet State Park

Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm EDT

Free with normal park admission

More Information:
772-388-2750

Located in the Central region at:
Sebastian Inlet State Park
9700 South Highway A.1.A.
Melbourne Beach, FL 32951

A two hour workshop that introduces anglers to the art of Surf Fishing for Snook.  Discussion will center on several tactics for catching snook in the surf with live bait and lures.  Also included will be information on rods/reels, rigging hard, soft plastic lures and live baiting options.  Anglers should bring a pen/pencil and something to write on.  Snook season opens September 1.  Meet at the Sebastian Fishing Museum

Additional Information:

Surf Fishing for Snook Workshop EEC

Ranger Program - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, August 20, 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.

Chimney Chitchat @ Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm EDT

Free with paid park admission.

More Information:
Park Services Specialist Jeff Hugo, 850-561-7286

Located in the Northwest region at:
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park
465 Wakulla Park Drive
Wakulla Springs, FL 32327

Join one of the park's volunteer citizen scientists for an introduction to the amazing chimney swifts, nature's 'flying cigars', as they circle the historic Wakulla Springs Lodge.  The Lodge at Wakulla Springs has a large flock that roosts in one of its inactive chimneys.  Come to learn about the swifts as they perform their swirling aerial dance prior to their descent into the chimney.  Be part of the citizen scientist endeavor as you challenge yourself to count them.  It's great practice for the official count in early September.

Additional Information:

Meet in the Lodge parking lot.

Participation Requirements

Park After Dark Program: Canoe By Moonlight @ Little Manatee River State Park

Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 8:00pm EDT

Park admission fees apply.  Registered campers attend for free.  Registration is required.  Program cost is free.

Vehicle entrance (2-8 people) $5.00

Vehicle entrance (1 person) $4.00

Individuals on foot or bicycle $2.00

Please use the honor system at the Ranger Station to pay park entrance fees after regular operating hours. 

More Information:
Ranger Station 813-671-5005

Located in the Southwest region at:
Little Manatee River State Park
215 Lightfoot Rd.
Wimauma, FL 33598

Paddle along for an adventure on the river under the stars.  Come enjoy the sights and sounds of the river, look for eyes shining in the dark, listen to the night and follow your senses to discover the wildlife hidden beneath the surface... 

The moonlight paddle is the first program in the "Park After Dark" series, programs that celebrate the night!  Join us every 3rd Saturday of the month, August-December, as we explore a different nocturnal theme.  Join us for one, or for all, as we experience the park after dark! 

RSVP with the Ranger Station (813) 671-5005 to reserve space in a park canoe or tandem kayak.  Each vessel must have at least one adult 18 years or older.  

Please use the honor system at the Ranger Station to pay park entrance fees after regular operating hours.  Directions to the program will be posted in the park.

Additional Information:

Please see the EEC Park After Dark: Canoe by Moonlight for more information on the requirements for participation in this program.  Florida State Parks are in various stages of accessibility.  If you need special accommodations to make your full participation possible, please contact the Ranger Station in advance.  Up to 2 weeks may be required to make specific arrangements. 

It is recommended that participants bring: insect repellant, water, and a headlamp (with red lens light preferred).  All phones, cameras, or other sensitive items should be packed in sealable, water-tight bags, or not taken on the river.  Participants should wear fitted footwear that will not slip off in mud or water, and light-weight, comfortable clothing that may also get wet or dirty.

The course for the canoe program will be determined based on river conditions, water level and current, up to the day of the program.  The trip may include some upstream and downstream portions, ranging from easy to moderately strenuous.  It is designed for a range of experience levels, from beginners to experienced paddlers.  It is recommended that first-time paddlers plan a day-time canoe trip and familiarize themselves with the equipment prior to the moonlight paddle.