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Friday, September 23, 2016

8th Annual Florida Wildflower Symposium @ Silver Springs State Park

Friday, September 23, 2016 - 9:00am EDT

Symposium registration fees are $35 for Florida Wildflower Foundation (FWF) members and $45 for non-members.

The Friday night social will be $25 for FWF members and $35 for non-members.

Friday morning field trips and excursions range from $10 to $60.

Lunch on Saturday will be $10.

More Information:
Florida Wildflower Foundation, or 407-622-1606

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

The Florida Wildflower Symposium is the Florida Wildflower Foundation’s signature annual event. It's the only educational gathering of its kind, focusing exclusively on Florida’s native wildflowers and the wildlife that depends on them.

The eighth annual symposium will offer field trips to local natural areas, hands-on workshops, and educational presentations by experts on planting and growing native wildflowers, creating habitat for pollinators, and much more. Join us for this fun and informative event at the historic Silver Springs, one of Florida's first tourist areas, with its beautiful botanical gardens, expansive natural areas, and crystal blue artesian springs.

Additional Information:

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

For registration information and the full list of field trips, excursions, presentations, and workshops, visit the Symposium website.

Guided Paddling tour @ Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Friday, September 23, 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.

Inter-Tribal Native American Holiday Powwow @ Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

Friday, September 23, 2016 - 10:00am to 9:00pm EDT

Cost is $5/person. 

More Information:
Howard Oxendine @352-793-5154

Located in the Southwest region at:
Dade Battlefield Historic State Park
7200 CR 603
Bushnell, FL 33513

Inter-tribal Native American Holiday Powwow that includes native crafts, demonstrations, singing, story telling, native food, and dancing competition. 

Black Island Bike Tour @ Lovers Key State Park

Friday, September 23, 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

Join a park ranger for a three-mile adventure down our Black Island Trail. Learn a little park history and experience some of the wildlife that call this maritime hammock home. Bring your own bike or rent one from the park concession. Due to limited space, reservations are required.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

National Public Lands Day @ Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Saturday, September 24, 2016 (All day)

Park admission is $13 for adults (age 13 and over); $5 for children ages 6 through 12; with children ages 5 and under admitted free.

More Information:
Susan Strawbridge, Park Services Specialist; (352) 628-5445, ext. 1002

Located in the Northeast region at:
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
4150 S. Suncoast Blvd. (US 19)
Homosassa, FL 34446

Park volunteers will have interpretive carts out all along the Wildlife Walk with additional information on the Park's wildlife including Black Bears, Florida Panthers, Red wolves and more. See our native Florida wildlife in natural habitats and learn about them. Educational programs are featured throughout the day with Manatee programs at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, and at 3:30 pm;  Wildlife encounters at 120:30 am and at 2;30 pm; and an Alligator/Hippopotamus program at 12:30 pm.

Additional Information:

 Participation Requirements


Fourth Annual Hike & Seek Geocaching Event @ Highlands Hammock State Park

Saturday, September 24, 2016 (All day)

Park entry fees of $4.00 per single occupant vehicle and $6.00 per vehicle (up to eight people) apply.  Park entry fees will be waived for volunteers who participate in the Cache In - Trash Out litter pickup in conjunction with National Public Lands Day on Sunday, September 25, 2016.  Meal tickets for the geocache dinner are $5.00 per person and may be purchased at registration.   

More Information:
Contact the Ranger Station at 863-386-6094.

Located in the Southwest region at:
Highlands Hammock State Park
5931 Hammock Road
Sebring , FL 33872

Shipwrecks Off The Coast Of Florida Geocaching Event will begin Saturday morning with registration opening at 8:00 am at the park Recreation Hall. Geocaching will be ongoing throughout the day.  Other activities include the Amazing Race, a competitive event with a number of organized teams providing administrative and resource management assistance to the park through brochure folding races and exotic plant removal races. The Amazing Race is scheduled from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.  A dinner will be held from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the Recreation Hall followed by presentations and prize drawings from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  For more information, visit, or contact event chair Ruth Fletcher via email at  Cache In -Trash Out is scheduled in conjunction with the geocaching event and National Public Lands Day on Sunday morning, September 25, 2016 from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm.  Volunteers will pick up litter along County Road 634 and South Hammock Road which run on the west side of the park.  Volunteers will meet in the Picnic Area in proximity to the CCC Museum at 8:30 am.   

Please see Additional Information for participation requirements and other pertinent information. 

Additional Information:

Please review the following participation requirement by clicking on the link EEC GEOCACHING EVENTS and the link EEC NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY if participating in the Cache In - Trash Out litter pick up.  Trash bags will be provided. Volunteers are advised to wear sturdy shoes and protective clothing.  Bring work gloves, a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, water, cold drinks, and snacks.  


National Public Lands Day @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Saturday, September 24, 2016 (All day)

Make sure that you let the park staff at the Ranger Station know that you are participating in the National Public Lands Day/Cache in Trash Out activity and the entrance fee will be waived for the day.

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

In recognition of the 23rd annual National Public Lands Day event, Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is hosting a geocaching, Cache In Trash Out, event. National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. This effort works to connect people to public lands in their community, inspire environmental stewardship, and encourage use of public lands for education, recreation and general health.

Join us for our Cache In Trash Out event at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. This will be a great time to clean the park trails, swap stories and hunt for geocaches. Geocachers are teaming up to remove trash on our park and along the trails. Help us show the Florida State Parks how much we care about our environment and preserving the parks and beauty.

Meet new geocachers and/or reconnect with ones you're already friends with. Trade caching stories or discuss puzzle caches all while cleaning the park. These gatherings are always fun and enjoyable while hunting for the caches that are hidden in the park!

Make sure that you advise the park staff at the Ranger Station that you are here for the National Public Lands Day/Cache In Trash Out activity so that you can receive free entry and a trash bag.

To participate in this activity you will need a handheld G.P.S. device or have a GPS app loaded on your smartphone.

You can learn more about National Public Lands Day by going to the website

You can learn more about Geocaching and the geocaches located at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park by going to the website

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Insure that you are dressed appropriately for the weather conditions with proper hiking footwear, with adequate drinking water, sunscreen and insect repellent.