Archery Season 2016-2017 @ Rock Springs Run State ReserveFriday, September 30, 2016 (All day) to Sunday, October 2, 2016 (All day)
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.
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 .
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 ParkSaturday, October 1, 2016 - 7:30am to 12:00pm EDT
Registration fees: $25.00 pre-registration; $30.00 race day registration; Park admission fees included!
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!
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.
Equestrian Obstacle Trail Challenge @ Lake Louisa State ParkSaturday, 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.
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 email@example.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.
Surf Fishing Class @ Henderson Beach State ParkSaturday, October 1, 2016 - 8:00am to 12:00pm CDT
Free with regular park admission.
Ranger Station, 850-837-7550
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.
To sign up, call Bass Pro Destin at 850-269-6200.
First Saturday Militia Muster and Training at Fort Mose @ Fort Mose Historic State ParkSaturday, 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.
Carl P. Marchand, 904 823-2232, firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
The Park opens at 9:00 a.m. and closes at 5:00 p.m.
Kids' Cane Pole Fishing Tournament @ De Leon Springs State ParkSaturday, 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.
Park Office--(386) 985-4212
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.
1876 Cow Camp @ Lake Kissimmee State ParkSaturday, October 1, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:30pm EDT
Free with regular park admission
Park Service Specialist Andi Henry, 863-696-1112, Andrea.Henry@dep.state.fl.us
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.
Offsite Cow Camps are available for groups of 15 or more, schools, community organizations, special events, etc. Call the Ranger Station for more information.
First Weekend Union Garrison @ Fort Clinch State ParkSaturday, October 1, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm EDT
$2.50 Fort Admission in addition to regular park admission.
Fort Clinch State Park, 904-277-7274
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.
Quilt Day @ Dudley Farm Historic State ParkSaturday, October 1, 2016 - 9:30am to 2:30pm EDT
Regular park entrance fee of $5.00/car. Honor box, cash only
Sandra Cashes, (352) 262-1142; email@example.com
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.
Nature Photography @ Big Talbot Island State ParkSaturday, October 1, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am EDT
No reservations are necessary and the program is free with $3 vehicle entrance fee
Ranger Station 904-251-2320
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.
Critter Crafts for Kids @ Oscar Scherer State ParkSaturday, October 1, 2016 - 10:00am EDT
There is no cost to participate other than normal park entrance fees for day-use visitors.
Ranger Station 941-483-5956
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.
SportsAbility @ Paynes Prairie Preserve State ParkSaturday, October 1, 2016 - 10:00am to 3:00pm EDT
Free for participants.
www.fdoa.org / (850) 201-2944
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 ParkSaturday, October 1, 2016 - 10:00am to 7:00pm CDT
Normal park entrance fees will apply. Cost: $5 per vehicle up to eight visitors.
Falling Waters State Park (850) 638-6130
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.
First Saturday Hike With A Park Ranger @ Colt Creek State ParkSaturday, October 1, 2016 - 11:30am to 1:00pm EDT
Regular park admission fees apply.
Ranger Station 863-815-6761
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 ParkSaturday, 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.
Keystone Hights library (352) 473-4286 Melrose library (352) 475-1237
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.
Talbot Turtles @ Fort George Island Cultural State ParkSaturday, October 1, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT
No reservations are necessary and the program is free.
Ranger Station 904-251-2320
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.
Ranger Program - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State ParkSaturday, October 1, 2016 - 5:00pm EDT
Free with regular park admission.
Call the ranger station 352-236-7148 ext. 4
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.