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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Archery Season 2016-2017 @ Rock Springs Run State Reserve

Friday, September 30, 2016 (All day) to Sunday, October 2, 2016 (All day)

$3.00/vehicle

Regular park entry fees apply for non-hunters. 

Permitted hunters are exempt from park admission on the days of the hunt and the preview day before the hunt.  Hunter access at other times requires normal park admission.

More Information:
1.407.884.2009

Located in the Central region at:
Rock Springs Run State Reserve
30601 County Road 433
Sorrento, FL 32776

During this weekend of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission's Rock Spring Wildlife Management Area Archery Hunt, the park is open for normal activities. However, to protect our visitors, some trails will be closed. All hunting areas and trail closures will be clearly posted. For more information about hunting and trail closures, please call Wekiwa Springs State Park at (407) 884-2009 .

Additional Information:

The full hunting brochure with all dates, permit requirements, regulations and participation requirements, can be found on The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission's website (link is external).

3rd Annual SWE 5K Fun Run @ Hillsborough River State Park

Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 7:30am to 12:00pm EDT

Registration fees:  $25.00 pre-registration; $30.00 race day registration; Park admission fees included! 

 

More Information:


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

Come out and start the fall season off on a good foot by supporting a good cause, promoting a healthier lifestyle, and enjoying one of Florida's oldest state parks.
The Society of Women Engineers' 5K is a fundraising fun run that will benefit the Student Section of the Society of Women Engineers at the University of South Florida. The funds raised will help the section continue their mission of promoting women in the engineering field through innovative workshops, national conferences, and superior networking, as well as community outreach that promotes STEM programs to students in middle and high school. A portion of the funds will support a scholarship program which will encourage students to pursue education in a STEM field.
So lace up your sneakers to help the Society of Women Engineers!

Event Schedule:
7:30 am - Check in and packet pick up begins
8:30 am - 5K starts
9:30 am - Awards, Costume Contest, and Raffle

Please Note:  These times may vary.

Registration fees: $25 pre-registration;$30 race day registration; park admission fees included.

For additional information about the USF Society for Women Engineers, please visit their web site.
 

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Equestrian Obstacle Trail Challenge @ Lake Louisa State Park

Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 8:00am to 3:00pm EDT

The event fee is based on the age of the rider:

  • Junior/Youth $25.00 per rider (ages up to 17)
  • All Others $35.00 per rider.
More Information:
352-255-3355

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

Join us for the Annual Equestrian Obstacle Trail Challenge as 10 Fall themed obstacles are placed along 5 miles of beautiful trails for horse and rider to navigate. Prizes awarded for all divisions. Horse and rider costume contest to be held at 2:00 p.m. with prizes awarded for the top three costumes. Pizza and drinks will be available for sale. All proceeds of the event go to the Friends of Lake Louisa State Park, Inc., a 501C3 Non-Profit Organization that supports Lake Louisa State Park. For more information and to register please go to www.LLSP.org or email Marcia Dunn at dunnmaggiemay@aol.com or by phone at 352-255-3355. Current Negative Coggins certificates must be presented at the time of arrival for each horse participating in the event.

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Surf Fishing Class @ Henderson Beach State Park

Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 8:00am to 12:00pm CDT

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Ranger Station, 850-837-7550

Located in the Northwest region at:
Henderson Beach State Park
17000 Emerald Coast Parkway
Destin, FL 32541

Join Bass Pro staff on the beach at Henderson for a surf fishing class. Bait, tackle, and instruction provided. Come learn proper techniques for successful surf fishing, no previous experience required. Space is limited, sign up is required. Participants must have a current Florida saltwater fishing license. Sun protection and a water bottle are recommended. This event is free with park admission, and is weather permitting.

Additional Information:

To sign up, call Bass Pro Destin at 850-269-6200.

Participation Requirements

First Saturday Militia Muster and Training at Fort Mose @ Fort Mose Historic State Park

Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 9:00am to 11:30pm EDT

This is a free outdoor program.

Entrance into the Visitor Center is $2.00 per person; children up to age 5 enter free.

More Information:
Carl P. Marchand, 904 823-2232, carl.marchand@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Central region at:
Fort Mose Historic State Park
15 Fort Mose Trail
St. Augustine, FL 32084

Visit Fort Mose on the first Saturday morning of each month and become immersed into the 18th century. The members of the Fort Mose Militia come together to practice firing drills and teach new Militiia members historic weapon use and safety. Visitors will experience historic weapon demonstrations including musket firing drills. Children of all ages will have the opportunity to participate in the children's militia training, using wooden toy muskets and authentic uniform accessories. This experience will provide a wonderful photo opportunity and a one of a kind experience, in a Florida State Park! 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

The Park opens at 9:00 a.m. and closes at 5:00 p.m.

Kids' Cane Pole Fishing Tournament @ De Leon Springs State Park

Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EDT

Regular park entrance fees apply--$6.00 for 2-8 people in one vehicle; $4.00 for a single occupant.

More Information:
Park Office--(386) 985-4212

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

Come join us for the annual Kids' Cane Pole Fishing Tournament--win prizes and trophies! The two age groups are: 5-10 years old and 11-15 years old.  Bait will be provided and a limited number of cane poles are available.  Pre-registration is preferred (entry forms are available at the park office) and all participants must be registered by 10:00 a.m.  Fishing is catch and release only, with no assistance from adults; however, adult supervision is required.  Trophies will be awarded for both age groups for Most Fish, Largest Fish, and Smallest Fish.  Ribbons will be presented to all participants, and a drawing will be held after the tournament for prizes.

The park's goal is to provide access to the event for people of all abilities.  If you have special needs, please contact the park prior to the day of the event--(386) 985-4212.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

1876 Cow Camp @ Lake Kissimmee State Park

Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:30pm EDT

Free with regular park admission

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

As you roam down the short trail to the Cow Camp, you will travel back in time to 1876. At the end of the trail, you will find a Florida Cow Hunter in a frontier camp along the route of a cattle drive. He will be cooking, making coffee, tending to the cattle or just resting up until the next roundup or cattle drive. The Cow Hunter will be very happy to share stories about what his life is like and the challenges he faces.

Additional Information:

Offsite Cow Camps are available for groups of 15 or more, schools, community organizations, special events, etc. Call the Ranger Station for more information.

Participation Requirements

 

First Weekend Union Garrison @ Fort Clinch State Park

Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm EDT

$2.50 Fort Admission in addition to regular park admission.

More Information:
Fort Clinch State Park, 904-277-7274

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

This program will allow visitors to interact with living historians to experience life in the fort as it was in 1864. The grounds will be bustling with soldiers in period costumes involved in firing demonstrations, marching drills, cooking and daily activities. Ladies in their dresses, sutlers displaying their wares, fife players and drummer boys bring every part of the civil war era to life. Come join in this unique, family friendly event.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Quilt Day @ Dudley Farm Historic State Park

Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 9:30am to 2:30pm EDT

Regular park entrance fee of $5.00/car.  Honor box, cash only

More Information:
Sandra Cashes, (352) 262-1142; sandra.cashes@dep.state.fl.us

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

Dudley Farm Quilt Day & Heritage Nursery Plant Sale

-Visitors are invited to view period quilts -

 

Dudley Farm Historic State Park will host its 10th Annual Quilt Day event on October 1, 2016.  Liz Torrence, with the Alachua Day Guild, will be our guest speaker from 10:00 am. until 10:30 am.  The popular bed turning program, beginning at 11 am, features traditional, appliquéd, and vintage quilts; our quilters would love you to share your favorite old family heritage quilts, or one you just finished, and hear its story.  Please feel free to bring your quilts.  Also including the Levy County Quilt Museum, quilt groups and quilts for sale. This year the CSO, Friends of Dudley Farm, will hold a plant sale in conjunction with Quilt Day.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Nature Photography @ Big Talbot Island State Park

Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am EDT

No reservations are necessary and the program is free with $3 vehicle entrance fee

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

Ever dreamed of getting the perfect shot of a great blue heron in flight or a bumble bee nestled on a flower? Join a photographer and nature enthusiast for a leisurely stroll on the Shoreline Trail and learn techniques to help capture the beauty of the maritime forest and driftwood of Boneyard Beach on film. Please bring your own camera and photography supplies, sturdy shoes, bug spray, sunscreen and water. The program will take place at the Bluffs pavilion on Big Talbot Island.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements.

Critter Crafts for Kids @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, October 1, 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

SportsAbility @ Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 10:00am to 3:00pm EDT

Free for participants.

More Information:
www.fdoa.org / (850) 201-2944

Located in the Northeast region at:
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
100 Savannah Blvd
Micanopy, FL 32667

The Florida Disabled Outdoors Association will present Sportsability, a program that shows people of all abilities what is possible. Florida Disabled Outdoors Association invites people of ALL abilities to attend this festival of inclusive leisure time physical activity at NO CHARGE. The event will include sit water skiing, sailing, nature trail rides, pontoon boats rides, paddle sports, horseback riding, rock wall climbing, shooting sports and much more. Read the event flyer in English or Spanish.

Rock the Falls Music Festival @ Falling Waters State Park

Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 10:00am to 7:00pm CDT

Normal park entrance fees will apply. Cost: $5 per vehicle up to eight visitors.

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

Falling Waters State Park and the Washington County Tourist Development Council are proud to present Rock the Falls Music Festival and Craft Show. Live music will be played by award winning recording artists along with crafters and artist all set to the backdrop of what has been called the most amazing geological feature in Florida. Some of the crafters will include woodworkers, soap makers, glassworks, ceramics, jewelry, custom knives and much more. There will also be a Kid Zone with bounce houses, petting zoo and pony rides. The event would not be complete without some great BBQ and other amazing food available while enjoying the music. So bring a blanket and lawn chairs and enjoy a day of great music, amazing artists and fun for the whole family.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

First Saturday Hike With A Park Ranger @ Colt Creek State Park

Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 11:30am to 1:00pm EDT

Regular park admission fees apply.

Participation Requirements  

More Information:
Ranger Station 863-815-6761

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

Join us the first Saturday of every month for a guided hike with a Park Ranger. Learn about the flora, fauna and unique landscapes that make up Colt Creek State Park. Bring your camera, picnic and the family for this fun for all event.

 

Read With Trees @ Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park

Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm EDT

Park entry is $5.00 per vehicle however entrance is free if you show your library card or donate a new or gently used book.

More Information:
Keystone Hights library (352) 473-4286 Melrose library (352) 475-1237

Located in the Northeast region at:
Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park
6239 State Road 21
Keystone Heights, FL 32656

Come join us for our annual Read With Trees event at Gold Head Branch State Park.  Enjoy games, crafts, activities, snacks and more.  Meet local authors, librarians, and our special guest, Smokey Bear!  This years theme is all about bears.  This family oriented event will focus on the importance of great books and the great outdoors.

Additional Information:

  Participant Requirements

Talbot Turtles @ Fort George Island Cultural State Park

Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT

 No reservations are necessary and the program is free.

More Information:
Ranger Station 904-251-2320

Located in the Northeast region at:
Fort George Island Cultural State Park
11241 Fort George Road
Jacksonville, FL 32226

Join a ranger for an engaging program about the different species of turtles that call Talbot Islands their home. From gopher tortoises to sea turtles, learn about all things shelled under the sun. This program will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Ranger Program - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, October 1, 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.