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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Monthly Bird Walk on Pepper Creek Trail @ Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 8:00am to 9:30am EDT

There is no charge to participate in this bird walk.

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

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

Novice and experienced birders are invited to take a guided bird walk on Pepper Creek Trail. Leaders from Citrus Audubon Society lead the walk. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them. This leisurely-paced (3/4 mile) walk is on an accessible (paved) trail that winds through a hydric hammock along Pepper Creek. Participants may walk back or return by boat or tram.  Please call the park office to register (352) 628-5343. Participants should meet outside the entrance doors to the Visitor Center.

Additional Information:

Participation requirements

 

 

Monthly Bird Walk on Pepper Creek Trail @ Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 8:00am to 9:30am EDT

There is no charge to participate in this bird walk.

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

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

Novice and experienced birders are invited to take a guided bird walk on Pepper Creek Trail. Leaders from Citrus Audubon Society lead the walk. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them. This leisurely-paced (3/4 mile) walk is on an accessible (paved) trail that winds through a hydric hammock along Pepper Creek. Participants may walk back or return by boat or tram.  Please call the park office to register (352) 628-5343. Participants should meet outside the entrance doors to the Visitor Center.

Additional Information:

Participation requirements

 

 

3rd Annual Harvest Hustle @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 8:00am EDT

Advanced registration race fees will be $20 for the 5K race, $25 for the 10K race, $55 for the Duathlon, and $70 for the Team Duathlon. Registration fees increase after September 1st. Registration fees include park admission.

More Information:
For questions call Christie Casey, Race Director, 352-817-3117, or United Way at 352-732-9696

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

The United Way of Marion County presents the 3rd annual Harvest Hustle Race.

This race combines a variety of surfaces and scenes including the headsprings of the Silver River, a cypress dome swamp, historic gardens, and longleaf pine forest.

There will be a 5k race, a 10k race, and a Duathlon that will be a run/bike/run event. Teams are also encouraged to compete.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the United Way's early literacy program, ReadingPals.

To register for the race, please visit the registration website.

Additional Information:

The race begins promptly at 8:00 a.m. so arrive early to check-in or register.

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

For more information visit the United Way Harvest Hustle webpage.

Participation requirements.

Surf Fishing Class @ Henderson Beach State Park

Saturday, October 22, 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

World Water Monitoring Day @ Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm EDT

The event is free with 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 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:

Participation Requirements

Work clothes and shoes are required. 

Participants need to bring a lunch and a water bottle.

1876 Cow Camp @ Lake Kissimmee State Park

Saturday, October 22, 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

 

Make a Difference Day Event @ Little Talbot Island State Park

Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EDT

No reservations are necessary and the program is free.

More Information:
Ranger Station 904-251-2320

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

Join the Florida Park Service, Timucuan Parks Foundation and the YMCA for a morning of service improving your parks. Beach clean ups and facility maintenance projects will be part of the community-oriented event. Please bring sturdy shoes, bug spray, sunscreen and water. Please meet at the mini-pavilion area at the North Beach Parking Area for project orientation at 9 a.m. The program will take place at Little Talbot and Big Talbot Island State Parks.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements.

Copper Collar 5K @ St. Andrews State Park

Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 8:00am to 12:00pm CDT

Park entrance fees are waived for participants.

More Information:
St. Andrews State Park, 850-233-5140

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 Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center's annual Navy Copper Collar 5K. This 3.1 mile race route will encompass the 2-mile loop of State Park Lane and State Park Circle, as well as the Campground. The race will begin at the Jetty parking lot at 8:00 am (CST). 

 

Additional Information:

For additional information and to register for the race please visit https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/PanamaCity/CopperCollar5k .

Participation Requirements

 

Historic Farmstead Tour @ Dudley Farm Historic State Park

Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am EDT

Regular park entrance fee of $5.00 per 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

Take a walk with a ranger or volunteer docent around the farmstead. Learn about pioneer family life, and the workings of a historic farm. We provide a public tour on the fourth Saturday of each month October - May, excluding February. Tour begins at the Visitor Center.

For pictures and more details, download the event flyer.

Additional Information:

Participation requirements.

5th Annual Tomoka Fall Fest Fun @ Tomoka State Park

Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 10:00am to 3:00pm EDT

Admission Fees:

$5.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.

$4.00 Single Occupant Vehicle.

$2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.

More Information:
386-676-4050

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

Join us for some fall family fun at our 5th Annual Tomoka Fest event from 10am-3pm. Come see Smokey Bear, live critters, living history re-enactors, guest speakers, authors/storytelling and much more. There will be Halloween themed kids activities on hand and candy! Learn more about prescribed fire and native plants, animals and our environment from rangers and various exhibitors and local organizations. Take a tram ride, guided native plant hike and "touch a truck". Food sales made available through local BSA Scout Troop 404. Event included in regular park entrance fee. Check out our Tomoka Outpost campstore for canoe/kayak rentals, fishing, souvenirs, sundries, snacks, beer and wine and more along the beautiful riverfront. So bring out the family and explore the rich history and beauty that is Tomoka State Park.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Critter Crafts for Kids @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, October 22, 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

Forts, Flags, artiFacts! A Celebration of Archaeology and Heritage! @ San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park

Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 10:00am to 4:00pm EDT

Museum fees are waived for this event.

More Information:
For more information call 850-925-6216 or email terri.messler@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Northwest region at:
San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park
148 Old Fort Road
St. Marks, FL 32355

The Department of Environmental Protection's San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park and the National Park Service’s Southeast Archeological Center will be celebrating International Archaeology Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 22, 2016. Events include presentations by historians and archaeologists, family friendly and children’s activities, a Living History timeline using local reenactors, and a civil war artillery demonstration (cannon!). The park is located at 148 Old Fort Road in St. Marks, Florida.

 

Guest speakers schedule: 10:30 a.m. Dr. Meredith Hardy, Archaeologist, NPS Southeast Archeological Center; 12:30 p.m. Ellen Andrews, Historic Preservationist, Florida Park Service; 2:00 p.m. Dale Cox, Author and Historian.

 

Exhibitors: National Park Service’s Southeast Archeological Center; Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research; Florida State Parks; Panhandle Archaeological Society of Tallahassee (PAST); Tallahassee Historical Society.

 

Walk-up Stations: Spanish, Creek, and Civil War Era Living History and Demonstrations; Archaeology in Action kids activities; Invasive exotic plants and archaeological sites.

 

 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

A tram will run between San Marcos de Apalache and downtown St. Marks for those who wish to visit both Forts, Flags, artiFacts! and the St. Marks Stone Crab Festival.

Partial funding for this event provided by Visit Florida!

Fire Fest @ Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 1:00pm to 9:00pm EDT

Park Entry Fee applies- $6.00 per vehicle (up to 8 people). 

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

Spend a day in the park, have some fun, and learn about the importance of prescribed fire, safety awareness, and preserving the Real Florida. There will be free family activities that include crafts, exhibitors, day and night burn demonstrations, live music, fire trucks, and a haunted trail!! Special activities will also be available for an additional fee. 

Visit friendsofjdsp.org for more information. 

Fire Fest @ Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 2:00pm to 10:00pm EDT

Park entry fee applies. 

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

More information coming soon!

Talbot Critters @ Fort George Island Cultural State Park

Saturday, October 22, 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 park ranger to learn about the many common species that inhabit the natural communities of the undeveloped barrier islands of northeast Florida. 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 22, 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.

24th Annual Haunted Woods @ Hillsborough River State Park

Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm EDT

 Ages 13 and up $10.00/each. Ages 12 and under Free!

Proceeds benefit the Hillsborough River State Park Preservation Society

More Information:
Ranger Station: (813) 987-6771

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

Sponsored by the Hillsborough River State Park Preservation Society the Haunted Woods event includes the Haunted Woods Trail, Coloring Contest, and Family Tram Ride (Tram runs Saturday Night ONLY!). Refreshments will be available. There will be a Costume Contest both nights; all ages - Prizes! It is a safe alternative to Trick-Or-Treating! Bring the whole family and come walk through our Haunted Woods for a scary, fun time.

Additional Information:

Special Notice: Friday Night Tram Tour and Fort Foster Historic Site Tours are cancelled (10/21, Friday - 10/23, Sunday of this event)

Participation Requirements

This is a rain or shine event.  No rain checks or refunds.

For updates and additional information, please "like" and "follow" us on Facebook and Twitter

 

Haunted Trail @ Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:30pm EDT

$6/vehicle up to 8 people

More Information:
kristin.n.wood@dep.state.fl.us

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

Haunted Trail and Historic Village at Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

Carn-Evil @ Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park

Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 7:00pm EDT

Adults $25.00, Students 6yrs-15yrs $10.00,  Children 5 & Under FREE.

Park entrance fee not included with ticket, $6.00 per car

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 us for a Spook-Tac-Ular time this October at BG Whiskey Creek Hideout's Carn-Evil!

Haunted Trail & Haunted House October 21-23, 30-31

Haunted Kayak  (October 28th & 29th ONLY)

Carnival Games, Carn-evil Cuisine & MORE!!!

 

 

Get your tickets on Eventbrite NOW 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-haunted-carn-evil-at-bg-whiskey-creek-hideout-tickets-27851322054

 

 

 

4th Annual Haunted Trails @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm EDT

5 & under - FREE

6 - 12: $5

13+: $10

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 visit us and walk down our spooky haunted trail - a frightful experience for those who dare to be scared; featuring a chilling haunted pavilion put on by our local Nokomis Fire Department!

For the younger and the cautious ones, we feature a trick-or-treat trail around the lake. Enjoy candy passed out by our local vendors, and have some Halloween fun outdoors with the whole family! There will be lots of activities for kids, costume contests, spooky sounds, and more! 

 

Tickets available by PRESALE ONLY! Visit www.osspevent.com today to purchase yours!

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Jaycees Haunted Swamp Walk - Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm EDT

$12.00: Adult TIckets

$8.00: Children's tickets, ten and under

More Information:
Call the concessions at Silver Springs 352-261-5840

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

The JCI Ocala Jaycees present the 44th Annual Haunted House in partnership with Silver Springs State Park, every Friday and Saturday evening in October.

This will be an evening of fun and fear and will feature multiple scare zones as well as food and drink service.

No costumes or masks permitted. This is a scary event and may not be suitable for young children. Please read participation requirements in the additional information section.

Additional Information:

Enter the park through the main entrance located at 5656 East Silver Springs Blvd. (SR 40). The gates will be closed promptly at 10:00 p.m. and no new visitors will be allowed entry. Visitors that have already participated will be able to exit through a one-way gate.

For more information on the Ocala Jaycees visit their facebook page.

The Ocala Jaycees is a nonprofit organization for local citizens looking to make an impact on the community. Through development opportunities and their global network of young, active citizens, the mission of the Jaycees is to empower young people to create positive change.

Participation requirements.