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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Archery Season 2016-2017 @ Rock Springs Run State Reserve

Friday, October 7, 2016 (All day) to Sunday, October 9, 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).

Antique Engine and Tractor Show @ Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park

Friday, October 7, 2016 - 8:30am EDT to Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 7:30pm EDT

$5.00 per vehicle (up to 8 people)

More Information:


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 the 5th annual antique engine and tractor show.  See engines and tractors from years long past and learn how work was done in the good old days!  Many demonstrators will be on site showcasing their machines.  Don't forget to stick around for the tractor parade!

 

Additional Information:

  Participation Requirements 

Sunrise Paddle on Lake Hall @ Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 7:00am to 9:00am EDT

Paid park entry fees.

Kayak rental fees are $15 for a single and $20 for a tandems (two person).

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

Join a Park Ranger for a guided kayak tour of Lake Hall.  See the sunrise and view wildlife as we paddle around Lake Hall and talk about the history.

Early morning is the best time to see wildlife and the beautiful sunrise is always a treat.  Kayaking is good exercise and lots of fun, come join us.

Additional Information:

Registration is required.  Please call: (850) 487-4556 to register.  Program is limited to 8 people.  Children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.

You may bring your own kayak if you like or rent one. Please bring sunscreen, insect repellent and water.  You may want to bring binoculars.  We have a few to loan out for this program.

Participation Requirements

Scarecrows In The Gardens @ Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 8:00am EDT to Monday, October 31, 2016 - 5:00pm EDT

Free with paid park entry fee.

 

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

Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park and the Friends of Maclay Gardens Inc. would like to invite the public to come out and enjoy one-of- a kind scarecrows during the month of October.  As you meander through the historic gardens, enjoy the artistic display of scarecrows. If you would like to join the fun contest, we are looking for a few good scarecrows.  The registration deadline is October 3, 2016 and the contest is open to individuals, businesses, community groups, schools and/or families are welcome. Scarecrows will be on display October 8 - October 31, 2016.

Additional Information:

Registration fee for entering the contest is $25 and youth registration fee is $10.  Entry forms may be found online at http://friendsofmaclaygardens.org and Maclay Gardens State Park.  Checks should be made payable to "Friends Of Maclay Gardens".

For entry rules and forms go to http://friendsofmaclaygardens.org

 

Participation Requirements

Guided Paddle on the Hillsborough River @ Hillsborough River State Park

Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 8:30am to 11:00am EDT

Regular park entrance fees apply.

There are a limited number of kayaks available, courtesy of the Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network, without charge.  For reservation requests, please contact Park Services Specialist, Douglas "Alex" Kinder at:  douglas.kinder@dep.state.fl.us  at least 48 hrs. prior to the paddle.

Canoe rentals and kayak rentals are available the day of through the park's concession:

- Two hours (minimum) for $25.00 per canoe, plus tax
- Three hours for $35.00, plus tax
- Four hours $40.00, plus tax
- All day $50.00, plus tax

- Kayaks - $15.00 an hour, plus tax

More Information:
Park Services Specialist, Alex Kinder: douglas.kinder@dep.state.fl.us

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

Take a leisurely 90 minute paddle down the Hillsborough River and learn about the natural history and natural communities that make the Hillsborough River watershed so unique and important. This volunteer-led tour will be enjoyable for individuals, families, and groups.
You can bring your own kayak or canoe, or rent one from the park's concession.
Reservations are recommended! 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

What to bring:  drinking water, snacks, hat, sunscreen, and bug repellent.  No pets or alcoholic beverages allowed.

Surf Fishing Class @ Henderson Beach State Park

Saturday, October 8, 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

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

Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 9:00am to 11:30am EDT

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Concession Gift shop, 352-236-7148 ext. 2

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

The Ocala Plein Air Painters meet the second Saturday of each month to capture the beauty of Silver Springs State Park. Come out and watch a canvas come to life. Some pieces are available for purchase in the art gallery and gift shop.

Additional Information:

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

 For more information about Plein Air groups in Florida, click here.

Participation requirements.

Ichetucknee Time Machine History Tour @ Ichetucknee Springs State Park

Saturday, October 8, 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

1876 Cow Camp @ Lake Kissimmee State Park

Saturday, October 8, 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

 

World Water Monitoring Day @ Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm EDT

The event is free with 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 participating in World Water Monitoring Day (WWMD). World Water Monitoring Day is an international water monitoring event.  WWMD was started to involve local citizens in basic water quality monitoring and to increase public awareness of local water quality issues. At Wakulla Springs, volunteers are needed  to collect water chemistry data from 4 springs and 20 sinkholes on park property.  Space is limited and registration is required.

Additional Information:

Work clothes and shoes are required. 

Participants need to bring a lunch and a water bottle.

Participation Requirements

Beach Cleanup @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 9:00am to 11:00am EDT

Free entry into the park if assisting with the event.

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

Join us for a few hours of sun and surf to help keep MacArthur Beach State Park clean.  Beach cleanups help remove trash, which may harm sea turtles or shorebirds.  Participants will receive gloves and trash bags.  Please bring a reusable water bottle, hat and sunscreen.  Community service hours will be given to school age participants upon request.  Free entry into the park if assisting with the event.  For more information contact (561) 776-7449, ext. 109.

Additional Information:

Bring a water bottle, sunscreen and hat.  There is no tram service to the beach until 10 a.m., participants must walk one third of a mile to participate in the event before 10 a.m.

Confederate Garrison Weekend @ Fort Clinch State Park

Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm EDT

Park Entrance Fee applies in addition to a $2.00 per person Fort Entrance Fee.

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

Living historians recreate life at Fort Clinch during the War between the States. Activities include artillery demonstrations, medical demonstrations and soldier drills.  Soldiers and Civilians  also take up duty in the laundry, infirmary, kitchen, barracks, quartermaster and carpenter shop. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Walk into the Wild @ St. Andrews State Park

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

Park entry, walks, tram rides, and shuttle boat are free to all participants. Donations to the Friends of St. Andrews State Park will be gratefully accepted.

More Information:
Anne Ake, President of St. Andrews State Park 850-265-6879

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

Join the Friends of St. Andrews State Park for adventures into the Wilds of North Florida. Naturalists will lead walks in the various park habitats. Walkers will learn nature photography tips with Nic Stoltzfus. Judith Scott identifies yummy native plants and bugs you could eat in a pinch. Mary Jo Capra and other Audubon members will introduce the many species of birds in the park (bring binoculars if you have them or there will be a limited number available for use). Walk the beach with Scott Jackson and learn about threatened sea turtles that nest in the park. Pull a seine with NOAA's Michelle Duncan to see what lives beneath the surface. Or join Jim Moyers to get to know the alligators that reside in Gator Lake and Buttonbush Marsh!

A pasta and salad lunch with dessert will be free to Friends members, including those who join at the event. A $10 lunch donation is requested from non-members and $5 for children.

After lunch, take the boat to Shell Island with a biologist to learn about shorebirds and dunes.

 

Additional Information:

These are small group walks and the number of available spaces is limited. Each walk will be repeated three times and participants will be able to choose three of the six walks.

Registration begins at 8:30 am at the Gulf Pier Store. Come early for coffee and donuts! Don't forget your re-fillable water bottle, in an effort to stay "green" no bottled water will be provided.

Participation Requirements

Guided Butterfly Garden Walk @ Rainbow Springs State Park

Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 9:30am to 10:15am EDT

Free with regular $2 per person park admission

More Information:
352-465-8555

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

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

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

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

Herbs in the Garden @ Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 10:00am to 2:00pm EDT

Program free with park entry.

More Information:
386-446-6783

Located in the Central region at:
Washington Oaks Gardens State Park
6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd.
Palm Coast, FL, FL 32137

Join the Friends of Washington Oaks for our annual "Herbs in the Garden" program, combined with our Second Saturday Plant Sale!  Learn the culinary and medicinal uses of herbs with tastings from Larry's Italian deli, and herbs for sale by Maggie's Herbs.  Florida friendly plants will be for sale in our Greenhouse and plant bench area.   

Additional Information:

Participation requirements

Wildflower Walk at the Preserve @ Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park

Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am EDT

No reservations are necessary and the program is free.

More Information:
Ranger Station 904-251-2320

Located in the Northeast region at:
Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park
13802 Pumpkin Hill Road
Jacksonville, FL, FL 32226

Join a Park Ranger for a leisurely hike to discover the preserve’s wonderous wildflowers that bloom each fall in the pine forest. Participants are encouraged to bring bug spray, suncreen and bottled water. The program will take place at the main parking area at Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements.

Dudley Kids Day - Spiders & Webs @ Dudley Farm Historic State Park

Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 10:00am to 2:00pm EDT

Regular park entrance fee of $5.00/car; honor box, cash only

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

Spiders & Webs

-Children can participate in educational demonstrations and crafts -

 

Join us at the farm on the second Saturday of the month for our Dudley Kids Day.  Children and adults alike, ages 5 to 65, can join in the fun! There are hands on demonstrations, crafts, old fashioned games and even some education.  Learn about history, and a farming way of life.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Critter Crafts for Kids @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, October 8, 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

Fall Festival @ Camp Helen State Park

Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm CDT

Entrance fees are waived for participants.

Pumpkins will be for sale as a fund raiser for the Friends of Camp Helen State Park.  The cake walk will cost $1.00 per ticket.   All proceeds from the cake walk and sale of pumpkins and any donations will benefit the Friends of Camp Helen State Park a non-profit volunteer organization that supports Camp Helen State Park.

More Information:
CampHelenFriends@gmail.com or 850-233-5059

Located in the Northwest region at:
Camp Helen State Park
23937 Panama City Beach Parkway
Panama City Beach, FL 32413

Come and celebrate Fall with Camp Helen State Park and the Friends of Camp Helen State Park at their First Fall Festival.  Be ready for fun with music, games, face painting, arts and crafts for the children, cake walk and more. The Friends of Camp Helen State Park are hosting a Pumpkin Patch fund raiser and will have pumpkins for sale that day. Food Trucks, drinks and kettle corn popcorn will be available on site for those who wish to purchase food during the Fall Festival.  

Parking at the state park will be limited to those who need accessible parking. All others are requested to park at Winn-Dixie and ride the free shuttle to the park. Winn-Dixie is at the junction of U.S. 98 and Front Beach Road a mile east of the Phillips Inlet Bridge and about five miles west of Highway 79.

 

Additional Information:

 "Participant Requirements"

What Slithers? @ Fort George Island Cultural State Park

Saturday, October 8, 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

This interpretive program explores the snakes that are native to Florida and live at the Talbot Islands State Parks.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 8, 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.