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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Guided Paddle on the Hillsborough River @ Hillsborough River State Park

Saturday, September 10, 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, September 10, 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

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

Saturday, September 10, 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.

Story Time in the Gardens @ Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EDT

Admission is free with a library card, a library book or a donation of a gently used book.

 

More Information:
Linda Trice (850) 487-4556

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

Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park invites you to Story Time in the Gardens. This is an annual Literacy Day event that is fun for the entire family. As participants stroll through the historic gardens they will be greeted by Park staff reading various children's books.  The event will conclude in the Children's cottage where we will serve refreshments. Come out and enjoy a peaceful stroll through the historic gardens, a few good stories and lasting family memories.

Additional Information:

Dress appropriately for a stroll in the Gardens.

Participation Requirements

Picnic in the Park @ Ponce de Leon Springs State Park

Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 8:00am to 2:00pm CDT

Fees will be waived for the event.

More Information:
Fred Provost 850-836-4281

Located in the Northwest region at:
Ponce de Leon Springs State Park
2860 State Park Road.
Ponce de Leon Springs, FL 32455

The Department of Environmental Protection's Ponce de Leon Springs State Park in cooperation with Teen Court, Ponce de Leon High School's FBLA-PBL, Holmes County District  School Board, and the Holmes County Sheriff's Department will be having the annual Picnic in the Park event to say thanks to the community that has supported us by waiving fees for the day as well as having free hotdogs, hamburgers, chips and drinks. 

The event will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. On September 10th, 2016, at Ponce de Leon Springs State Park, 2860 Ponce de Leon Springs Road, Ponce de Leon, Florida 32455

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

2016 Bay County Heart Walk @ St. Andrews State Park

Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 8:00am to 12:00pm CDT

Park entrance fees are waived for participants.

More Information:
Jennifer Johnson, 800-257-6941 x6087

Located in the Northwest region at:
St. Andrews State Park
4607 State Park Lane
Panama City Beach, FL 32408

St. Andrews State Park is hosting the American Heart Association's 2016 Bay County Heart Walk. The 3.1 mile walk route will encompass the 2-mile loop of State Park Lane and State Park Circle, as well as the Campground. The walk will begin at the Jetty Parking Lot at 8:00 am (CST), with pre-registration beginning at 6:30am (CST).  Join or start a Heart Walk team and help those affected by heart disease experience more of life's precious moments.

Additional Information:

For additional information and to register for the event visit www.bayheartwalk.org.

Participation Requirements

Guided Butterfly Garden Walk @ Rainbow Springs State Park

Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 9:30am to 10:15am EDT

Free with regular $2 per person park admission

More Information:
352-465-8555

Located in the Northeast region at:
Rainbow Springs State Park
19158 SW 81st Place Road
Dunnellon, FL 34432

Stroll among the flowers in our peaceful wildlife habitat butterfly garden. Learn from a garden Volunteer about the importance of the variety of host and nectar plants and discover the caterpillars, chrysalises, birds, butterflies and pollinators living among the blooms.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Please allow yourself at least 15 minutes to walk from the main park entrance back to the butterfly garden. Be prepared to walk uneven, sloping, paved and unpaved walkways. Participants should bring water and wear comfortable clothing and closed toed shoes. Bug repellant and sunscreen is recommended. There are no restroom facilities near the butterfly garden. Well behaved pets on a leash are welcome. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Breakfast with a Ranger @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 9:00am to 10:00am CDT

The standard park entrance/admission fee will apply. The is no required fee for program participation. However, the Citizen Support Organization does request a donation to cover the cost for the food and beverage served.

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 includes scrambled eggs, pancakes, biscuits and sausage gravy. Join a Ranger to learn about the park and to ask all the questions you have about the park, its activities and the wildlife that calls Topsail Hill Preserve State Park home.  This program is ideal for the whole family to enjoy.  To cover the cost of food and beverages, the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is requesting a $5.00 donation which helps the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park enhance the park.  Check in at the Ranger Station.

You can learn more about the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park by going to their website.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

International Literacy Day @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 10:00am to 2:00pm EDT

FREE park entry with donation of gently used book OR presentation of a library card. Otherwise paid park entry required.

More Information:


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

Join us in celebrating International Literacy Day on Saturday, September 10. We will have book readings, a book exchange, and various other reading-related activities for all ages to enjoy!

Dune to Lagoon - Cross Barrier Island Plant Identification Stroll @ Sebastian Inlet State Park

Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 10:00am to 12:00pm EDT

Free

More Information:
Terry O'Toole 772-388-2750 or 321-984-4852

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

Join us for a leisurely stroll and learn about our sub-tropical, coastal plants.  Find out which plants are edible, have medical uses and are attractive for landscaping.  Please meet at the hammock trail one mile north of bridge at parking lot on west side of A1A.

Hispanic Heritage and Literacy Day Celebration @ Highlands Hammock State Park

Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 10:00am to 12:00pm EDT

Park entry fees of $4.00 per single occupant vehicle and $6.00 per vehicle (up to eight people) apply. There will be FREE ADMISSION to Highlands Hammock on Saturday, September 10 OR Sunday, September 11, 2016 for day visitors who present a library card, library book or donate a new or gently used, family appropriate book to the park.   

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 celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month and International Literacy Month by offering three activities for this Special Event beginning with a story hour on Saturday morning from 10:00 am to 11:00 am.  Join us for readings of stories, poems, rhymes and folk songs in Spanish and English that will surprise and delight adults as well as children.  Readings will include selections from Sol a Sol, a sweet, lyrical collection of bilingual poems that begins with the sunrise and ends with the setting sun and a starlit sky, the traditional Cuban folk tale, The Bossy Rooster, and others.  Following the story hour, children may take a short nature hike with a park ranger which may also be credited as one Junior Ranger activity.  At the end of the hike, the ranger will present the Junior Ranger Program to young people and their parents and guide them through the booklet. The combined nature activity and Junior Ranger Program are scheduled from 11:00 am to approximately 12:00 pm.  Children who complete the program will receive the Junior Ranger booklet, a certificate, membership card, and passport.  The passport may then be used to work on additional park activities.  The Junior Ranger Program is recommended for youngsters aged 6 to 12 years.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Please see Additional Information for participation requirements.

Additional Information:

To review the participation requirements for the Hispanic Heritage and Literacy Day Celebration, please click on the following links: EEC LITERACY DAY STORY HOUR, EEC LITERACY DAY NATURE ACTIVITY, and EEC JUNIOR RANGER PROGRAM

"Where Tales Meet Trails" Book Fair @ O'Leno State Park

Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 10:00am to 2:00pm EDT

Admission to the park is free by showing a library card or donating a family friendly book.

More Information:
JoAnna Lemmon, (386) 454-0723, joanna.lemmon@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Northeast region at:
O'Leno State Park
410 SE O'Leno Park Road
High Springs, FL 32643

O’Leno State Park will be hosting the park's annual Literacy Day event “Where Tales Meet Trails” Book Fair.  Stop by the many booths and listen to stories read by local authors and guest readers. Talk with book illustrators.  There will also be an arts and crafts area, games, refreshments, and lots of books to be given away!

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Critter Crafts for Kids @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, September 10, 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, September 10, 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.

Swift Night Out @ Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Saturday, September 10, 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

During Swift Night Out people all over the country stand beneath chimneys to watch and count chimney swifts enter their roost.  The Lodge at Wakulla Springs has a large flock that roosts in one of its inactive chimneys.  Come to witness the “flying cigar” shaped birds perform their swirling aerial dance prior to their descent into the chimney.  Be part of a nationwide program to estimate their numbers.  Enjoy this unusual ranger-led program to see firsthand one of nature’s amazing spectacles. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Meet outside the main entrance to the Lodge at Wakulla Springs.

Swift Night Out @ Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm EDT

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
PSS 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

During Swift Night Out people all over the country stand beneath chimneys to watch and count chimney swifts enter their roost.  The Lodge at Wakulla Springs has a large flock that roosts in one of its inactive chimneys.  Come to witness the “flying cigar” shaped birds perform their swirling aerial dance prior to their descent into the chimney.  Be part of a nationwide program to estimate their numbers.  Enjoy this unusual ranger-led program to see firsthand one of nature’s amazing spectacles. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Meet outside the main entrance to the Lodge at Wakulla Springs.

Please call 561-7286 to let us know you are planning to attend.