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Saturday, September 24, 2016

National Public Lands Day Service Project @

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 8:00am to 1:00pm EDT

This event is free to service project volunteers!

More Information:
doug.t.rogers@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the region at:
, FL

The National Public Lands Day at Savannas Preserve State Park is a Community Service Project focusing on invasive exotic plant species that are problematic in park.  Participants will enjoy a free breakfast, learn about exotic plant species identification, and then head out into the park to hand pull as many problem plants as possible.  While out on the trails, participants will get a chance to stop by various learning stations to engage in activities and games. 

Additional Information:

Participants should wear long pants and closed-toe shoes.  Sunscreen, water and a hat are also recommended.  The park will have a limited supply of work gloves available as well as water stations along the service project route.

National Public Lands Day - Invasive ID hike and pull @ Lake Kissimmee State Park

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 8:00am to 12:00pm EDT

FREE

More Information:
Park Service Specialist Andi Henry , 863-696-1112 , Andrea.Henry@dep.state.fl.us

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

Join Lake Kissimmee State Park to celebrate National Public Lands Day. Florida Conservation Corp members will lead an invasive plant identification hike followed by removing invasive Cesar weed from around the park’s famous 1876 Cow Camp. It is recommended to bring gloves, insect repellant and a refillable water bottle.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

 

 

National Public Lands Day Coastal Clean Up @ Sebastian Inlet State Park

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 8:00am to 10:00am 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

National Public Lands Day, Saturday, September 24th from 8 to 10 AM     

As part of the statewide Florida Coastal Clean Up and National Public Lands Day, Sebastian Inlet State Park is looking for volunteers to help keep our beautiful beaches clean, on Saturday, September 24, from 8 to 10 AM.  Volunteers from all over Florida will unite to pick up litter and help keep our beaches clean.   The volunteer sign in station will be under the bridge on the Indian River County side of the park.  Enjoy a morning stroll down the beach while lending a hand. For more information on all events: www.floridastateparks.org/sebastianinlet/default.asp or call 772-388-2750 or 321-984-4852.    

National Public Lands Day at Okeechobee Battlefield Historic State Park @ Okeechobee Battlefield Historic State Park

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 8:00am to 1:00pm EDT

Free

More Information:
(863) 462-5360

Located in the Central region at:
Okeechobee Battlefield Historic State Park
3500 SE 38th Ave.
Okeechobee, FL 34974

Join us at the Okeechobee Battlefield for National Public Lands Day to learn about the negative impacts of exotic invasive plants and help us in our efforts to remove them from our state parks! Water will be provided.  The event will be held at 3500 SE 38th Ave, Okeechobee, FL 34974.

Additional Information:

To RSVP or for more information please contact Shayna Jacques: (863)462-5360

Seeking Volunteers for National Public Lands Day Project @ Crystal River Preserve State Park

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 8:30am to 12:00pm EDT

 There are no fees for this project. The Friends of Crystal River State Parks, Inc. will provide lunch to all registered participants.

More Information:
Marla.L.Chancey@dep.state.fl.us 352-228-6024

Located in the Northeast region at:
Crystal River Preserve State Park
3266 N. Sailboat Avenue
Crystal River, FL 34428

Work hand in hand with park staff to make a difference in your community and your state park. 

The Crystal River Preserve State Park is seeking volunteers to assist with the Churchhouse Hammock Trailhead improvement project. Lend a hand and have fun at the same time by bringing your family, friends, classmates, students, or coworkers to make a difference in your community.  Help ensure our public lands continue to be beautiful places for residents and visitors to enjoy. 

Volunteers are asked to register in advance by calling or sending an email.

 

Additional Information:

Individuals or groups should arrive at Churchhouse Hammock Trailhead located on US Hwy 19, directly across from the Crystal River Mall.

Participation Requirement

National Public Lands Day @ Highlands Hammock State Park

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 8:30am to 12:00pm EDT

The regular park entry fees of $4.00 per single occupant vehicle and $6.00 per vehicle (up to eight people) are waived for National Public Lands Day volunteers. 

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 National Public Lands Day by offering three service projects on Saturday morning as listed below.  Please see Additional Information for participation requirements and other pertinent information. 

1) Historic Jackson Trail Restoration will involve volunteers in clearing overgrown vegetation, downed branches, and removing exotic, invasive Caesar Weed from this trail or in patches alongside of it.  Abandoned in the early 1940s, this remnant trail off of Ancient Hammock is one mile in length emerging on to the back side of the Loop Road.  Volunteers will use brush cutters, loppers, and clippers to trim back the trail and hand pull to remove and bag Caesar Weed.  The goal of this project is to restore this trail so it may be offered as an “off the beaten path” trek led by park rangers. Trail restoration requires moderate exertion. 

2) Exotic Plant Removal will involve volunteers in removing exotic plants which may include species such as Caesar Weed and Coral Ardisia.  Volunteers will clear exotic, invasive vegetation by hand pulling, cutting with loppers and clippers, and bagging flowering or fruiting plants.  Exotic removal is ongoing resource management on the trails and areas around the Loop Road where the natural wildlife habitat has been degraded.  Removing exotic vegetation requires light to moderate exertion.

3) Trail Maintenance will involve volunteers in maintaining park trails.  Volunteers will use loppers and clippers to trim back protruding cabbage palm fronds and overhanging vines around the Loop Road and designated hiking trails.  Volunteers will clear large downed fronds, small limbs and other tripping hazards from the trail paths.  The goal of this activity is to prep the trails for increased visitation in the fall and winter.  Trail maintenance requires light to moderate exertion. 

Additionally a fourth service project will be offered on Sunday morning, September 25, 2016. 4) Cache In -Trash Out will involve volunteers in a litter pickup along County Road 634 and South Hammock Road which run on the west side of the park.  CITO is held in conjunction with the Fourth Annual Hike and Seek Geocaching Event scheduled for Saturday, September 24, 2016.  For more information, visit www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC6A7ZE_hike-seek-4-0-fl-coast-shipwrecks . 

Additional Information:

Volunteers interested in participating are requested to sign up on or before Tuesday, September 20 by contacting Carla Kappmeyer-Sherwin, Park Services Specialist via email carla.kappmeyer-sherwin@dep.state.fl.us or phone at (863) 471-5324 to better assist staff preparation.  Equipment will be provided, but additional loppers and brush cutters from home are helpful.  Volunteers are advised to wear sturdy shoes and protective clothing.  Bring work gloves, a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, water, cold drinks, and snacks.  Please review the following participation requirement by clicking on the link EEC NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY.  An hour or two of your time is greatly appreciated.

Estero River Clean-Up @ Koreshan State Park

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EDT

FREE with registration.

More Information:
The College of Life Foundation 239-992-2184

Located in the Southwest region at:
Koreshan State Park
3800 Corkscrew Road
Estero, FL 33928

Koreshan State Historic Site and the College of Life Foundation are pleased to announce participation in the National Public Lands Day.  On Saturday - September 24th, we will host an Estero River Clean-Up.  We will launch at Koreshan State Historic Site for clean-up of the the entire river (east and west of the launch). 

 

All equipment will be provided (canoe, paddle, PFD) along with trash bags, gloves, etc. Park entrance fees for volunteers will be waived, so there is no cost associated with participating, Advance registration to volunteer is required.  Please contact Peg or Brandy at 239-992-2184 to register.  

 

Service Learning Hours will be granted to students who provide the appropriate forms.  Come join the fun and help protect our beautiful nature resource!

National Public Lands Day @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 9:00am to 11:00am EDT

Free entry for those who 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
As part of National Public Lands Day, John D. MacArthur Beach State Park will be renovating and making improvements to the park’s butterfly garden and Ranger Station garden.  Volunteers will assist staff in mulching, trimming, planting.  Please bring a water bottle, hat, sunscreen and bug spray. Afterward there will be a guided butterfly walk for any who want to participate.

Additional Information:

Please bring a hat, sunscreen, gloves, clothes that can get dirty and a water bottle.

National Public Lands Day @ Colt Creek State Park

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EDT

Participants receive free admission into the park.

More Information:
863-815-6761

Located in the Central region at:
Colt Creek State Park
16000 SR 471
Lakeland, FL 33809

The Friends of Colt Creek State Park invite you to come out and participate in this special national volunteer effort towards the preservation of our public lands. This year's project will be beautification of native flower beds around the park's Great Blue Heron Pavilion.

If you wish to volunteer or need additional information please call the park's ranger station at 863-815-6761.

Additional Information:

 

Participation Requirements

 

National Public Lands Day @ Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EDT

The event is free with advance registration.

More Information:
Park Services Specialist Jackie Turner, 850-561-7281

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

Wakulla Springs State Park will have a special event to improve and protect our public lands. Volunteers are needed.  Space is limited and registration is required.  Following lunch, registered participants will be welcomed to take a guided river boat tour of the Wakulla River.

Additional Information:

Work clothes and shoes are required.  Work gloves and a water bottle are suggested.  Participants are asked to bring their own lunches.

Participation Requirements

National Public Lands Day Cleanup @ Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EDT

The event is free for those who participate in the cleanup.

More Information:
For more information, contact the park office at 850-487-7989 or email terri.messler@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Northwest region at:
Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park
7502 Natural Bridge Rd.
Tallahassee, FL 32305

Join us for the National Public Lands Day cleanup event at Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park. The day begins with a short guided tour of the park covering the history of the Battle of Natural Bridge as well as the unique natural resources found at the site, followed by cleanup of the grounds and springs. What a perfect way for students and boy and girl scout groups to earn community service hours. Remember to dress appropriately and bring gloves, sunscreen, and bug spray. Long pants, closed-toed shoes, and hats are recommended. Water and garbage bags will be provided. Bring your lunch and finish the day enjoying this tranquil park with your friends!

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Day in the Lake @ Lake Louisa State Park

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EDT

Free entry for participants.

More Information:
Jenny Kehlenbeck 352-394-3969

Located in the Central region at:
Lake Louisa State Park
7305 U.S. Highway 27
Clermont, FL 34714

Let us all celebrate our public lands by coming out to Lake Louisa State Park and participate in an important and fun project involving lake access and health. Our goal is to remove exotic plants, not native to Florida, and increase accessibility by clearing vegetation away from our canoe/kayak launch areas. As a volunteer, you will not only get free entry for the day, you will also have a fun time with fellow nature enthusiasts and receive the rangers’ gratitude.

Let us get together and make a difference by giving back to our lands that give us so many beautiful moments.

Volunteers should wear clothes and footwear that can be submerged in the lake. Hat, sunblock and insect repellant are recommended. Make sure to bring plenty of refreshments to stay hydrated and nourished.

Call to sign up and for more information at 352-394-3969.

 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

National Public Lands Day Workday @ Lovers Key State Park

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EDT

Free

More Information:
For additional information please contact Katie Moses at (239) 463-4588 or email catherine.moses@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Southwest region at:
Lovers Key State Park
8700 Estero Blvd.
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

Consider that one-third of the land in America is ours- public land where we can all hike, bike, climb, swim, explore, picnic or just plain relax. There’s a special joy in getting our hands dirty when it helps keep our land beautiful. National Public Lands Day is an opportunity to spruce up these lands while helping us get back to some of the places we love.

Lovers Key State Park will be hosting a Public Lands Workday on Saturday September 24th from 9am -12pm. Join Lovers Key State Park Rangers and Volunteers to help maintain the park's trails, remove exotic invasive species of plants, and pick up litter along the trails to help ensure Lovers Key is a wonderful place to visit and remains excellent habitat for the diversity of wildlife which inhabits the park. Volunteers must wear closed toed shoes. Refillable water bottles, sunscreen, hats, gloves and bug repellent are highly recommended. Pre-registration for this event is required. To register, please contact the Ranger Station at (239) 463-4588.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Volunteers must wear closed toed shoes. Refillable water bottles, sunscreen, hats, gloves and bug repellent are highly recommended. Pre-registration for this event is required. To register, please contact the Ranger Station at (239) 463-4588.

8th Annual Florida Wildflower Symposium @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, September 24, 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, info@flawildflower.org 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.

National Public Lands Day @ Fort Pierce Inlet State Park

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 9:00am to 11:00am EDT

Anyone registered with the Rangers Station receives free entry.

More Information:


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

CALENDAR ANNOUNCEMENT: Immediate

CONTACT: Frank Reichert (772) 468-3985

 

FORT PIERCE INLET STATE PARK CELEBRATES NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY

-- Helping Hands for Americas Lands--

 

 

FORT PIERCE:  The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Fort Pierce Inlet State Park will be hosting a volunteer event in honor of National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 24, 2016. Volunteers are needed to help maintain the park’s Coastal Hammock and Red Bay Run trail system. Work together with park staff to remove litter, establish trail markers and trim overgrown vegetation. Work clothes and closed-toed shoes are required. Suggested items to bring with you include sunscreen, bottled water, insect repellent, trash grabbers, lopping shears and work gloves.

 

If you are interested in participating in this event, please phone the Ranger Station at (772) 468-3985 to register.

 

This event will take place:

 

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

September 24, 2016

Fort Pierce Inlet State Park

905 Shorewinds Drive

Fort Pierce, Florida

National Public Lands Day @ Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EDT

Free for participants.

More Information:
Ranger Station: (850)487-4556

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

Each year, we ask Americans to set aside one day - the fourth Saturday in September - to celebrate and give back to the lands that give us so much.  One third of America's land is in public hands, and it's our duty to steward and preserve it, and educate the next generation - the future stewards of the earth.  National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands.

Come out and give back.  We will divide into three groups, one to work in the gardens, one to work on the trails and one to work on invasives.

Lunch will be provided by the Friends of Maclay.

Additional Information:

Pre-Registration is strongly encouraged.

Call:(850)487-4556 to register.

Meet at the Garden Parking lot to register.

Bring work gloves, insect repellant, sunscreen and water bottle.

Please wear long pants and closed toe shoes.

Participation Requirements

 

 

 

 

National Public Lands Day @ North Peninsula State Park

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 9:00am EDT

There are no fees for this event!

More Information:
386-517-2086

Located in the Central region at:
North Peninsula State Park
40 Highbridge Rd
Ormond by the Sea, FL 32176

We are looking for volunteers to help with a grass planting at our North Peninsula State Park restoration site. This is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. Meet us at Smith Creek Landing off Highbridge Road. Hats, rubber boots and shorts highly recommended! RSVP at Eventbrite.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Morning Nature Walk @ Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 9:00am to 10:30am 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

Wakulla Springs State Park will host a ranger-led early morning trek through its varying forest communities.  Be on the alert for fall-blooming ground orchids and beech drops.  For those early rising guests in the magnificent Wakulla Springs Lodge, those wishing to burn a few calories after or in preparation for breakfast in the dining room, or for those who are simply curious; this walk through the woods in the early morning light may hold a surprise or two.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Meet in the lobby of the Lodge at Wakulla Springs.

Space is limited.  Please call (850) 561-7286 to make your reservation.

National Public Lands Day @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 9:00am to 2:00pm EDT

Free park entry

$5 fee for tram tour

More Information:
Park Service Specialist 941-483-5957

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

Come learn about all the great volunteer opportunities we have in the park and the surrounding community! There will be local vendors with booths introducing you to all the ways you can give back to the community! There will also be live music, tram tours, a work project to give back to the environment, all age fun activities and demonstrations.

Free lunch provided to registered work project participants.

National Public Lands Day @ Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 9:00am to 3:00pm EDT

Free

More Information:
Forest Service 386-752-2577

Located in the Northeast region at:
Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park
5815 Battlefield Trail Road
Olustee, FL 32087

Join the Osceola National Forest, The Florida Park Service and partners in a leave no trace family fun day at the Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park. Guest will enjoy wildlife displays and interpretive walks! We will meet at the battlefield and divide into groups to pick up trash in the forest then return to the Battlefield at Noon for lunch and fun activities. Bring your own Lunch, Sunscreen, Gloves, Boots and a Smile.

 

 

Additional Information:

Visit the Forest Service website for more info

Participation Requirements

Ichetucknee Time Machine Tour @ Ichetucknee Springs State Park

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EDT

Park Entrance Fee

$6 per vehicle, 2-8 people

$4 per vehicle with an individual

More Information:
Park Office 386-497-4690

Located in the Northeast region at:
Ichetucknee Springs State Park
12087 SW U.S. Highway 27
Fort White, FL 32038

Take a fascinating journey by van into the Ichetucknee forest, to the site of the 17th Century Mission de San Martin de Timucua.  Learn all about the ancient Timucuan capital of Aquacalyquen.  This special interpretive program is space-limited, and reservations are recommended.  The tour will begin at the Head Spring parking lot, at the North Entrance off Elim Church Road (County Road 238).

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

National Public Lands Day Exotic Awareness Workday and Coastal Clean-up @ Little Manatee River State Park

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:30pm EDT

Workday participants enter park for free.  Lend a hand for a couple hours in the morning, and stay and play in the park for the rest of the day!

More Information:
Ranger Station 813-671-5005

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

In Celebration of National Public Lands Day, in conjunction with Coastal Clean-up and Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, join us for an Exotics Awareness Program and River Workday.  Following a presentation on invasive exotic species, we'll have a workday to remove trash and invasive plants from the river and connected wetlands in the park.  In Florida, invasive species are the leading cause of habitat loss on public lands, second only to development in their destructive impact on natural areas statewide.  Learn to identify the most invasive species found here and the many ways YOU can make a difference!  Our public lands are amazing natural treasures we all share.  Come join in the effort to preserve them! 

Additional Information:

Register for workday projects by calling the Ranger Station at 813-671-5005.  Participants will be welcome up to the time of the work project, but pre-registration is strongly encouraged.  Space in park canoes and kayaks is limited.  Participants able to bring a personal canoe or kayak are encouraged to do so.

Meet at Pavilion 1 in the main picnic area at 9am for an Exotics presentation with fun games.  Workday projects will begin following the presentation.  Project sites include locations on the river, wetland tributaries, and land. 

Workday participants should wear comfortable, sturdy, close-toed shoes and clothing that may get dirty.  The following items are also recommended:  sunscreen and/or hat, insect repellant, refillable water bottle or canteen, work gloves, snacks and any other personal items needed for your comfort in the field.  The park will provide cold drinking water, work gloves, and items needed for work project. 

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.  For detailed participation requirements, please see the EEC Exotics Awareness Workday and the EEC River Clean-up for workday sites on the river.  Our goal is to make this workday accessible to all who wish to participate.  Alternative locations may be arranged with advanced notification.  Please call the Ranger Station or email Kathryn.smithson@dep.state.fl.us

National Public Lands Day - Waterlettuce Removal Volunteer Workday @ Ichetucknee Springs State Park

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 9:00am to 2:00pm EDT

Free entrance with volunteer event participation.

 

 

More Information:
Please call the park administrative office at 386-497-4690 or 386-344-2593 to reserve a space and for additional details.

Located in the Northeast region at:
Ichetucknee Springs State Park
12087 SW U.S. Highway 27
Fort White, FL 32038

This special workday is in coordination with National Public Lands Day, a celebration nationwide focusing on the tremendous contributions of volunteers to the conservation and preservation of our valuable protected lands!  Workday volunteers will participate in an ongoing maintenance project involving the manual removal of waterlettuce (Pistia stratiotes), an invading aquatic plant on the Ichetucknee River.  We will meet in front of the Environmental Education Center, off the South Entrance (U.S. Hwy 27).  Participants will be using park canoes, removing waterlettuce plants from the water’s surface and depositing them at a high bank location.  Transportation will be available to bring all participants back to the Education Center parking area.

Because of canoe space limitations, pre-registration is required.  Please call the park administrative office at 386-497-4690 or 386-344-2593 to reserve a space and for additional details.

Additional Information:

 

Please note the following for this event:

1. The park will provide a limited number of canoes, paddles, and PFD’s;

2. Personal canoes are welcome, but participants must provide their own paddles and PFD’s;
please contact the park prior to the event to make arrangements; kayaks are not recommended for this activity;

3. Participants should bring lunch, beverages, etc., in non-disposable storage containers: the workday will not conclude until the early afternoon;

4. Participants should wear comfortable river clothes that may get very wet and muddy;

5. Closed-toe, water-sturdy shoes, such as river shoes, are strongly recommended;

6. Work gloves will be good to bring along (a small number will be provided);

7. Insect repellent is recommended;

8. Sun screen or sun-block is strongly recommended, as participants will frequently be out in the open sun.

Participation Requirements

Bluffs Beach Clean Up - National Public Lands Day 2016 @ Big Talbot Island State Park

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EDT

No participation fee is required.

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

Come join your friends and neighbors for a morning of service surrounded by the scenic beauty of Boneyard Beach for National Public Lands Day this year. Participants will assist park staff in cleaning out debris and litter from this epic State Park shoreline and learn about the natural and cultural history of the area.

Additional Information:

Meet at the Bluffs Parking and Pavilion area at 9am for service project orientation. Please wear sturdy shoes and comfortable attire and bring sunscreen, bug spray, bottled water and a snack. Gloves and trash bags will be provided.  

Participation Requirements

Bluffs Beach Clean Up - National Public Lands Day 2016 @ Little Talbot Island State Park

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EDT

No participation fee is required.

More Information:
Ranger Station, 904-251-2320

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

Come join your friends and neighbors for a morning of service surrounded by the scenic beauty of Boneyard Beach for National Public Lands Day this year. Participants will assist park staff in cleaning out debris and litter from this epic State Park shoreline and learn about the natural and cultural history of the area.

Additional Information:

Meet at the Bluffs Parking and Pavilion area for service project orientation. Please wear sturdy shoes and comfortable attire and bring sunscreen, bug spray, bottled water and a snack. Gloves and trash bags will be provided.

Participation Requirements

2016 National Public Lands Day @ Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 9:00am to 1:00pm EDT

Entrance fees will be waived for participants.

More Information:
Joshua Hodson (850) 927-2111 Joshua.Hodson@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Northwest region at:
Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park
1900 E. Gulf Beach Drive
St. George Island, FL 32328

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park will host a coastal cleanup for National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 24, 2016.  The National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest single day event for public lands.  It is aimed at educating the public on environmental issues and proper stewarship.  Participants will help to pick up litter along the bayside of St George Island State Park.  This will be a great day to bring the family to the park for a rewarding experience. 

Additional Information:

We will be meeting at the Entrance Station.  Participants should bring sunscreen, bug spray and protective clothing and shoes. 

Participation Requirements

National Public Lands Day Trail Maintenance @ O'Leno State Park

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 9:00am to 2:00pm EDT

Free entry for participants.

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

National Public Lands Day is the largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands. Our goals is to connect people to public lands in their community, inspire environmental stewardship and encourage use of public lands for education, recreation and general health. Lend a hand and have fun at the same time by brining your family, friends, classmates, students or coworkers of any age or ability to spend the day outdoors celebrating public lands through volunteering.

Our work project will focus on River Rise Preserve, where we will begin the day with an educational session on volunteering. followed by a trail clean-up and ending with an appreciation luncheon provided free to registered work project participants.

The event will be hosted by O'Leno State Park and the Friends of O'Leno State Park. Participants are asked to meet at the USHWY 27 entrance of River Rise Preserve State Park (horse barn and equestrian camp).

Lunch will be provided for all pre-registered volunteers. Participants can pre-register by emailing JoAnna.Lemmon@dep.state.fl.us or calling 386-454-0723. Pre-registration is not mandatory for individuals to participate in the service project, however it is greatly appreciated. Pre-registration for groups is required.

Please wear closed toed shoes, appropriate attire for working outdoors, work gloves and bring insect repellant, sunscreen and water.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

National Public Lands Day - Cherokee Sink Landscaping @ Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EDT

The event is free with advance registration.

More Information:
PSS Jackie Turner, 850-561-7281

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

Wakulla Springs State Park will be hosting a landscaping event at Cherokee Sink for National Public Lands Day. Volunteers are needed to help plant vegetation to reduce erosion and to improve habitat. Space is limited and registration is required.  Following lunch, registered participants will be welcomed to take a guided river boat tour of the Wakulla River.

Additional Information:

Work clothes and shoes are required.  Work gloves and a water bottle are suggested.  Participants are asked to bring their own lunches.

Participation Requirements

National Public Lands Day Trail Maintenance Work Day @ De Leon Springs State Park

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:00pm EDT

Entry fees are waived for those participating and you are welcome to stay until the park closes.

More Information:
Donna Collins or Jack MacDougall: (386) 985-4212

Located in the Central region at:
De Leon Springs State Park
601 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
De Leon Springs, FL 32130

De Leon Springs is hosting a trail maintenance/improvement event for National Public Lands Day on September 24th. We are being joined by the Stetson Environmental Club and welcome any other volunteers who wish to join us on the 4.2 mile Persimmon Trail! We will meet at the Visitor’s Center at 9:00 am, divide into groups, and work until 4:00 pm at the latest. Entry fees are waived for those participating and you are welcome to stay until the park closes.  Projects include; mowing/clearing, trimming, checking/upgrading markers and blazes, and maintenance/cleaning of water crossings. If you would like to participate, please bring gloves, sunscreen, insect repellant, water, and lunch/snacks. A hat, long sleeved light colored shirt, long pants and closed shoes are recommended. For more information or questions please call Donna Collins or Jack MacDougall at (386) 985-4212.

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National Public Lands Day Event @ Seabranch Preserve State Park

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 9:00am EDT

No fee required

More Information:
Park office: (772) 219-1880

Located in the Southeast region at:
Seabranch Preserve State Park
Trailhead - 6093 SE Dixie Highway, Stuart, Florida
Stuart, FL 34997

Come celebrate National Public Lands Day at Seabranch Preserve State Park! There will be a guided native plant walk followed by a planting of various native plants in our park butterfly garden. Other activities will include hand pulling of exotic plants and installation of a short path through the butterfly garden. This event is open to volunteers of all ages. Please call the park office for additional information or to register for the event.

Additional Information:

Please wear clothes that can get dirty as well as closed toe shoes. Water will be provided, please bring a drinking container. Items you may want to bring include: sunscreen, bug spray and a snack.

National Public Lands Volunteer Workday @ Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 9:00am to 1:00pm EDT

Free entry for all volunteers.

More Information:
(954) 924-3859

Located in the Southeast region at:
Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park
6503 North Ocean Drive
Dania Beach, FL 33004

Join the Florida Park Service in celebrating National Public Lands Day with a Volunteer Service Day. Work projects to include exotic plant removal, planting of native plants, trail maintenance, and a beach cleanup.  Please be sure to bring a hat, wear closed toe shoes, work gloves, and a refillable water bottle.

Additional Information:

Brighter Future Foundation will be fundraising at the event by selling trays of 18 native plants for a $25.00 donation.

Bike Your Park Day @ Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 9:00am to 2:00pm EDT

There are no fees to participate in this event.

More Information:
Bre Ximenes 352-236-7143

Located in the Central region at:
Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway
8282 SE Highway 314
Ocala, FL 33470

The Cross Florida Greenway along with OMBA Bike Patrol have organized a ride from Santos trailhead on September 24th, to encourage people throughout Florida to explore State Parks and public lands by bicycle.  This first annual event will introduce people of all ages and backgrounds to the joy of bicycling in the great outdoors.

Participants will be meeting at the Santos Trailhead 3080 SE 80th St. Ocala, FL 34491 at 9am. There will be different levels of trail to ride (easy, moderate and hard) based upon experience.  There will be maps available so if you want to do up to 100 miles of trail you can ride at your own pace.  These are natural surface bike trails and traverse through the woods so expect roots, rocks, sand and leaves.  You can make your trip as easy or as hard as you like and all of them are fun!  These trails are along the “canal diggings” where the 1930’s depression era sea-level Cross Florida ship Canal was going to cut across the state.  The area has remnants of the canal that are reforested resemble small scale valleys.  In some areas the trails can be challenging but are very rewarding and beautiful.  At the trail head you can enjoy the skills park and try the wooden/rock features to see the types of things you may encounter out on the trails.  If you are not comfortable with these you can ride around them while out on the trails.  The park and the event is free! OMBA will be hosting a trail work day and would love to have you help build a new trail out in Pruitt!!! Please go to https://volunteers.floridastateparks.org and fill out a volunteer form to participate and check out OMBA’s Facebook page for more information!

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

National Public Lands Day @ Ravine Gardens State Park

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EDT

Park entrance fees will be waived for volunteers participating in the cleanup.

More Information:
For more information contact Chanell Guillaume at 386-329-3721 or chanell.guillaume@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Central region at:
Ravine Gardens State Park
1600 Twigg Street
Palatka, FL 32177

Join the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands by volunteering at Ravine Gardens State Park for National Public Lands Day 2016! Bring your family, friends, students, or coworkers to spend the day outdoors giving back to your community by pulling invasive species, maintaining trails, picking up trash, and more. Participants receive free entry into the park for the entire day, an educational program to prepare for service, and a guided wagon tour of the park. Following service, participants can enjoy an appreciation lunch provided by the Friends of Ravine Gardens, Inc! Your work will help ensure our public lands stay a beautiful place for us all to enjoy!

Additional Information:

No experience required. Equipment will be provided by the park. We recommend bringing a water bottle, sun protection, bug protection, and wearing closed-toe shoes. Volunteers may be individuals or organized groups. Please RSVP by contacting Park Services Specialist, Chanell Guillaume, at 386-329-3721 or chanell.guillaume@dep.state.fl.us.

Participation Requirements

National Public Lands Day @ Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 9:00am to 3:00pm EDT

THIS ACTIVITY IS A FREE ENTRY DAY FOR PATRONS PARTICIPATING IN NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY!

More Information:
mark.foley@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Southeast region at:
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
3109 East Sunrise Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

https://www.neefusa.org/site-event/npld-hugh-taylor-birch-state-park

NPLD at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park will be participating in the internationally-renowned day of conservation and environmental education, National Public Lands Day, Saturday, September 24, 2016. We are proud to offer an exciting array of opportunities for folks attending this event which will engage them directly with conservation and education. Saturday, September 24th will kick off at 9 a.m. and officially last until 3 p.m.

The day will be full of engaging activities for public participants seeking to get involved with direct conservation, preservation, operations of recreation and parks and will also be provided an array of educational components.

Some projects will include exotic removal of invasive species and therefore the enhancement of native, Florida coastal ecosystems in this small State Park through reforestation efforts, possible projects for basic recreational maintenance of parks for public use and overviews followed by delicate manicuring of both sensitive habitats and butterfly gardens.

Educational Programs will excite participants by including informative ranger guided walks and live animal exhibitions. Several conservation agencies have expressed interest in tabling at this event. Such groups as the Florida Master Naturalists, the Native Plant Society and the North American Butterfly Association, FL Fish and Wildlife, amongst others will be in company and thus offering their expertise to the day.

We are are eager to accept reservations today if you, your family or your business, group or agency would like to participate on this exciting day. If interested in participating, please visit:

This is a great community day of interaction. Come learn about our environment, about stewardship, conservation and many avenues of getting involved. The more we engage with these crucial topics, the Richer we all become together, and the reward is not just an enhancement of the ecosystem but an often re-discovered connection that links purpose with life enhancing action.

Please join us at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park on September 24th 2016 for the national public lands day.

Date and Time: 
Saturday, September 24, 2016 -
9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 
 
Contact Info: 

National Public Lands Day and International Coastal Cleanup @ Honeymoon Island State Park

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EDT

Admission to Honeymoon Island State Park is $8.00 per carload of up to 8 people, $4.00 per single occupant vehicle, $2.00 per pedestrian and bicyclist. Volunteers admission fee is waived.

More Information:
Brooke Freeberg 727-462-6187

Located in the Southwest region at:
Honeymoon Island State Park
#1 Causeway Blvd.
Dunedin, FL 34698

Come out to beautiful Honeymoon Island State Park to help us keep our beaches as pristine as possible, providing for great recreation space and clean habitat for our coastal critters. In honor of the National Environmental Education Foundation's National Public Lands Day and the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup we will be hosting a cleanup from 9:00am to 12:00pm on Saturday September 24th. Reusable water bottle, closed toe shoes, hat, sunscreen, and insect repellant are all highly recommended to bring with you.

If you'd like to participate please contact Park Services Specialist Brooke Freeberg to confirm your attendance at brooke.freeberg@dep.state.fl.us or 727-462-6187. We look forward to working with you to make this event a success!

Additional Information:

Essential Eligibility Criteria

In order to participate in this program, one:

  • Arrive at check-in tent in the main parking lot early enough to be ready and on time for cleanup instructions

  • Come to the cleanup prepared for the weather and conditions of the day, including dressing for the elements and being able to provide personal sun/rain protection, insect repellant, and hydration/snacks

  • Be able to manage personal care such as dressing, toileting, eating and drinking independently or with the assistance of a companion (friend, PCA, family member) who accompanies individual and serves as caretaker

  • Be able to follow verbal and/or visual directions independently or withthe assistance of a companion, caretaker or interpreter

  • Be able to alert staff to your needs/discomforts independently or with theassistance of a companion, caretaker or interpreter

  • Be able to traverse sandy or paved terrain independently or with the use of an assistive device

Safer 5K Healthy Heart/Healthy Community Run/Walk @ Blackwater Heritage State Trail

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 8:30am to 1:30pm CDT

Registration Fee Required, See Registration Information Link.

More Information:
For more information contact Daniel Hahn at 983-4606 or Sandra Park-O’Hara at 983-5200 ext. 108

Located in the Northwest region at:
Blackwater Heritage State Trail
5533 Alabama Street
Milton, FL 32570

The Florida Department of Health in conjunction with The Florida Department of Environmental Protection - Division of Recreation and Parks, will be hosting a 5K Run/Walk race for National Public Lands Day at Blackwater Heritage State Trail in Milton, Florida.  The race will begin at 8:30 am on Saturday, September 24, 2016, the starting line will be at SunTrust Bank in Milton.  This event will be self-timed and a registration fee is required.  This event is sponsored by Baptist Healthcare, Santa Rosa Medical Center, AlertSantaRosa, The Healthy Start Coalition of Santa Rosa County, Safe Communities of America, Anytime Fitness Milton, and Tobacco Free Florida.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

 

National Public Lands Day at Dudley Farm @ Dudley Farm Historic State Park

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 9:30am to 12:30pm EDT

Free admission to participants and volunteers for the event.

More Information:
Sandra Cashes, (352) 472-1142; sandra.cashes@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Northeast region at:
Dudley Farm Historic State Park
18730 W. Newberry Road
Newberry, FL 32669

National Public Lands Day

-Visitors are invited to join in our National Public Lands Day-

 

Dudley Farm Historic State Park will host a volunteer day on September 24, 2016. National Public Lands Day is the nations largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve America’s public lands.  Join us as we remove exotic coral ardisia and air yam from the park, and work in our Visitor Center butterfly garden.  Groups, families and individuals are welcome.  Please meet at the Visitors Center; bring loppers, bug spray, and water.  Dress appropriately, wear closed toe shoes, and bring work gloves.  A day to give a lifetime to enjoy.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Guided Paddling Tour @ Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 9:45am to 12:00pm EDT

Park entry fees apply.

Canoe $17 for 2 hours, $5 each additional hour

Kayak $15 for 2 hours, $6 each additional hour

Double Kayak $20 for 2 hours, $6 each additional hour

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:

Contact the Kimbell Education Center for more information. 

National Public Lands Day @ Troy Spring State Park

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 10:00am to 12:00pm EDT

Free to participants with PRE REGISTRATION.

More Information:
Tina.Miller@dep.state.fl.us (386) 688-3488

Located in the Northeast region at:
Troy Spring State Park
674 NE Troy Springs Road
Branford, FL 32008

Celebrate National Public Lands Day by helping out at the park.  Join us as we trim the nature trail and fire breaks to improve visitor enjoyment and continue to improve gopher tortoise habitat at the park.  After the work is done, grill a hot dog and have a dip in the spring!!   Pre-registration only so we know how many.  Please call 386-688-3488 if you have any questions and to register.             

Additional Information:

Insect repellant, sun protection and sturdy shoes are recommended.

Participation Requirements

Junior Birders Club @ Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 10:00am to 12:00pm EDT

Regular park admission applies.

More Information:
Kevin Bowes kevin.bowes@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Southeast region at:
Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park
601 Howard England Way
Key West, FL 33040

Ranger Robyn Mayer has started a Junior Birders Club.  The club is open to kids ages 6-12 and is held on the last Saturday of each month. Birders explore the park, observe birds and other wildlife in the park, play games and participate in hands-on activities. Robyn is our resident bird expert, constantly editing and updating the list of winged friends that frequent our park.  As a part of the Great Florida Birding Trail, we have a wonderful assortment of all types of birds passing through. Birders at the inaugural meeting in the park observed a Common Gallinule in the Fort moat and other participants dissected owl pellets to learn about what birds of prey eat and how they process their food.  Held on the last Saturday of each month, meet Robyn at the Strangler Fig tree next to the fort parking lot.

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

Saturday, September 24, 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 foods and dancing competition. 

National Public Lands Day clean-up & CITO event @

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 10:00am to 1:00pm EDT

Entry is free with registration

If you are not registered normal entry fees apply.

RSVP to  Park Services Specialist Keely Final at (305) 872 9807

Monday-Friday between 10:00am-4:00pm

or Keely.Kesslerfinal@dep.state.fl.us

REGISTRATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY SEPTEMBER 21

Space is limited.

 

More Information:
Keely Kessler-Final (305) 872 9807

Located in the region at:
, FL

National Public Lands Day clean-up at Bahia Honda State Park.

(also a CITO (cache in trash out) geocache event.

36850 Overseas Highway, Big Pine Key, FL (MM 37)

Bahia Honda’s shoreline is a place for family fun and relaxation, it also provides a haven for shorebirds and sea turtles. Clean beaches promote healthy marine life, so let’s join together to help protect and preserve one of the most treasured beaches in the Keys. 

Water and a light snack will be provided for all registered volunteers

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR FREE ENTRY

Please contact Park Services Specialist Keely Final at (305) 872 9807

Monday-Friday between 10:00am-4:00pm

or Keely.Kesslerfinal@dep.state.fl.us REGISTRATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY SEPTEMBER 21

If you need assistance please contact the park 10 days in advance.

Additional Information:

NOTE: Participants are recommended to bring sunscreen, insect repellent, closed-toed shoes for walking in water, and drinking water.

Essential Eligibility Criteria

Bahia Honda State Park

National Public Lands Day clean-up

In order to participate in this program, one:

  • Must have the ability to follow visual and/or verbal instructions independently or with the assistance of a companion.
  • Must have the ability to withstand exposure to the outdoors for a period of 2 ½ hours.
  • Must have the ability to traverse wet, sandy, and uneven terrain independently or with the assistance of a companion.
  • Must have the ability to enter and exit the beach by ascending 3 steps, independently or with the assistance of a companion.
  • NOTE: Participants are recommended to bring sunscreen, insect repellent, closed-toed shoes for walking in water, and water.

A Day in Old Florida @ Faver-Dykes State Park

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 10:00am to 3:00pm EDT

$5.00 per vehicle, up to 8 guests. 

More Information:
386-446-6783

Located in the Central region at:
Faver-Dykes State Park
1000 Faver-Dykes Road
St. Augustine, FL 32086

Take a walk back in time and join us for "A Day in Old Florida" featuring live music, children's activities, Living History Demonstrations, old time skills, crafts and more!  The event is included with park entry. 

Additional Information:

Participation requirements

Hiking Trail Maintenance Day @ Hontoon Island State Park

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 10:00am to 12:00pm EDT

No entry fee

More Information:


Located in the Central region at:
Hontoon Island State Park
2309 River Ridge Rd
DeLand, FL 32720

Join us at Hontoon Island to celebrate National Public Lands Day! We will be hosting a trail maintenance and clean-up from 10 am - 12 pm. Please meet in front of the Ranger Station. Wear closed toed shoes and we recommend you bring a water bottle, gloves and sunglasses.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

River Clean Up for National Public Lands Day @ Fanning Springs State Park

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am EDT

Waived

More Information:
Kirk Marhefka 352-463-3420

Located in the Northeast region at:
Fanning Springs State Park
18020 N.W. HWY 19
Fanning Springs, FL 32693

Come join your friends and neighbors for a morning of service surrounded by the historic Suwannee River for this year’s National Public Lands Day.  Participants will assist park staff in cleaning out debris and litter from this epic State Park riverbank and learn about the natural and cultural history of the area.

 

 

 

Additional Information:

Meet at Fanning Springs State Park Ranger Station at 10am for service project orientation.  Please wear sturdy shoes and comfortable attire and bring sunscreen, bug spray, bottled water and a snack.  Gloves and trash bags will be provided.

Participation Requirements

National Public Land Day Beach and Bay Cleanup @ T. H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 10:00am to 12:00pm EDT

Park entrance fees will be collected, but reimbursed after the event with receipt.

 

 

More Information:
Park office (850) 227-1327

Located in the Northwest region at:
T. H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park
8899 Cape San Blas Road
Port St. Joe, FL 32456

T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park welcomes all who wish to participate in our annual National Public Lands Day event.  Volunteers can help us in picking up litter along our gulf beach and St. Joe Bay.  The park will supply garbage bags and gloves, and after the event we will have snacks and drinks for volunteers.  The gathering point for the event will be at our Eagle Harbor Pavilion.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Additional Information:

Bring Sunscreen, bug repellent and water. Be prepared for inclement weather.

Participation Requirements

 

Celebrate National Public Lands Day at Tomoka- Photo Scavenger Hunt and Park Clean-Up @ Tomoka State Park

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 10:00am to 12:30pm EDT

Park admission fees are waived for individuals/groups coming to support this clean-up effort. 

More Information:
386-676-4050 for more information

Located in the Central region at:
Tomoka State Park
2099 North Beach Street
Ormond Beach, FL 32174

Do you like scavenger hunts? Do you want to help improve your state parks? How about doing both? Be a part of the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort this year on National Public Lands Day. Join us at Tomoka on Saturday, September 24th from 10am-12:30pm for some exercise and fresh air. The 2 hour photo scavenger hunt will start at the recreation hall (sign-in starts at 9:45am) inside the park (across from the park store). While you hunt your photos you can help clean-up areas of the park (litter pick-up and/or trail trimming) and help spruce it up for others to enjoy. 

We highly recommend you dress for the weather conditions. Please wear closed toed shoes. Bring sunscreen, a hat, water, bug repellent and of course a camera for the hunt! Nitrile gloves and trash bags will be provided or bring your own gloves. You can come just for the park clean-up and don't have to participate in the photo hunt. There will be several areas chosen inside the park for both activities. Plan to stay, explore and enjoy the park after the activity. Visit our parkstore, Tomoka Outpost, for snacks, beverages (beer and wine served), souvenirs, canoe/kayak, fishing equipment rentals, board games and more along the beautiful riverfront. So bring your family, friends, co-workers and come support this national day of improving and beautifying our public lands. You can make a difference while having some fun. See you there!

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Critter Crafts for Kids @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, September 24, 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

Falling Waters National Public Lands Day @ Falling Waters State Park

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 9:00am to 1:00pm CDT

Fees will be waived for participating volunteers. In order to participate visitors must be registered as a Florida Park Service Volunteer. Contact the park at 850-638-6130 for more information.

 

More Information:
Falling Waters State Park 850-638-6130

Located in the Northwest region at:
Falling Waters State Park
1130 State Park Road
Chipley, FL 32428

Come and enjoy a day of giving back to nature while helping to improve Falling Waters State Park. Participants will assist in trimming trails throughout the park along with other special projects. After the morning’s activities are completed, participants will be treated to an interpretive program sharing the rich history of the park. Contact the park to RSVP.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

A Day in Old Florida @ Faver-Dykes State Park

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 10:00am to 3:00pm EDT

This event is included with park entry, $5.00 per vehicle.  

More Information:
386-446-6783

Located in the Central region at:
Faver-Dykes State Park
1000 Faver-Dykes Road
St. Augustine, FL 32086

Join us for "A Day in Old Florida" featuring Living history demonstrators, old time skills and crafts, children's activities, live music, food, canoe rentals and more!  Take a walk back in time at Faver-Dykes State Park! 

Additional Information:

Participation requirements 

National Public Lands Day - Trail Maintenance @ Blackwater River State Park

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm CDT

Park Entrance Fees will be waived for those participating in the event.

More Information:
Blackwater River State Park, (850)983-5363

Located in the Northwest region at:
Blackwater River State Park
7720 Deaton Bridge Rd
Milton, FL 32564

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Blackwater River State Park would like to invite you to join us for a trail maintenance project celebrating National Public Lands Day. Bring the whole family out to help make a difference at the park. Projects include: hiking trail maintenance on the Juniper Lake Trail.  The park will provide a positive atmosphere, trash bags, direction, and information on the park. Suggested items to bring with you include bottled water, gloves, sunscreen, insect repellant, trash grabbers, comfortable shoes, and a smile. Don’t forget the bathing suit for a cool refreshing swim after the project.  We will meet at the Main Day Use Parking Area behind the Ranger Station.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

National Public Lands Day Guided Nature Walk at Willow Pond @ Fort Clinch State Park

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 10:30am to 12:00pm EDT

Park Entrance Fee $6.00/per vehicle

More Information:
904-277-7274

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

Join us to celebrate National Public Lands Day by participating in a Guided Nature Walk at Fort Clinch State Park.  Take an interactive stroll through coastal hardwood hammock to freshwater ponds at Willow Pond Nature Trail and discuss the local flora and fauna.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Butterfly Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 11:00am to 12:30pm EDT

Free with park admission.

More Information:
(561) 624-6952

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

Listen to an informative PowerPoint presentation and then take a walking tour of one of South Florida's last remaining hardwood hammocks, searching out butterflies to identify and observe and learn which plants attract these winged wonders to your own yard.  Free with park admission, call (561) 624-6952 for reservations or information.  Meet at the Nature Center.

Additional Information:

Bring a water bottle, hat and binoculars.  The guided walk is approximately one mile.

Smokey Bear Literacy Day @ Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm EDT

Program is Free and park admission can be waived with the donation of a children’s book or by showing your library card.

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

Smokey Bear’s  birthday was in August and his story is still poignant and very relative to our hurried, urban society.  Join a park ranger as she reads Smokey’s tale while you and your family picnic together under the Azalea Picnic Shelter.  See the park’s fire engine and discover its use and importance.  Don’t forget your snack or lunch and settle in for some quality one-on-one time with a park ranger and the magic of a story in honor of Smokey and Literacy Month.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Meet at the Azalea Picnic Shelter – the shelter closest to the restrooms.

Participants should bring drinking water, snack, and sunscreen.

Out of the Darkness Walk @ St. Andrews State Park

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 11:00am to 2:00pm CDT

Park entrance fees are waived for participants.

More Information:
Katy Clegg, 850-628-4947

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 Out of the Darkness Walk by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention on September 24, 2016. Every year suicide claims more lives than war, murder, and natural disasters combined. Walk to make a difference. Together we can change the conversation about mental health and put a stop to this tragic loss of life.

When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Walks, you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss. 

Additional Information:

Registration and check-in begins at 11:00 am.  Walk starts at 12:00 pm.  

For additional information and to register for the event visit Out of the Darkness Walks.

Participation Requirements

Ranger Program - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, September 24, 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.

Sunset Bike Ride @ Little Manatee River State Park

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 6:00pm EDT

Park entrance fees apply. 

$5.00/vehicle (with 2-8 persons)

$4.00/ vehicle (with single occupant)

$2.00/ persons entering park on foot or bicycle, or extra persons entering with Individual Annual Pass holders

More Information:
Ranger Station 813-671-5005

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

Join us for an evening bicycle ride in celebration of National Bike Your Park Day and National Public Lands Day.  The ride will begin with a short safety discussion and then follow the park drive as it winds through Little Manatee River State Park.  There will be ample opportunities to see wildlife along the park drive such as White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus), Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus Polyphemus), and the Southern Black Racer (Coluber constrictor priapus).  Stick around after the ride for a chance to see an incredible sunset.  All ages and ability groups are invited. 

Additional Information:

Meet at the Picnic Area parking lot.  From the Ranger Station, the Picnic Area will be the second right turn off the Park Drive.  Maps are available online or at the Ranger Station. 

Participants must provide their own bicycle or tricycle.  Helmets are required for riders under the age of 16 and encouraged for all riders.  Participants are encouraged to bring sunscreen, insect repellant, a water bottle, a bicycle helmet, and a light rain jacket if rain is forecast. 

The course, distance, and speed for the evening bicycle ride will be determined on the day of the program based on road conditions, weather conditions, and group ability.  The bicycle ride will last approximately 1 hour and cover up to 5 miles at a pace of 5-10mph.  The bicycle ride will include short water breaks and a drop-off point for riders who prefer to take a shorter ride.  The ride will take place in sun, light rain or wind.  In cases of severe inclement weather please contact the Ranger Station from 8AM-5PM at 813-671-5005 the day of the program to confirm cancellations.

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.  For detailed participation requirements for this program, please see the EEC Group Bike Ride