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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Muzzleloading Gun Season 2016-2017 @ Rock Springs Run State Reserve

Friday, October 28, 2016 (All day) to Sunday, October 30, 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 Muzzleloading Gun 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).

Haunted Tram Rides @ Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Friday, October 28, 2016 - 6:00pm EDT to Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 10:00pm EDT

 Suggested donations are $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children 12 and under. Suggested donation for Haunted House is $2.00 per person.

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

Pepper Creek Trail is transformed for a Spooky Tram Ride. The event is located behind the Visitor Center on US 19 with the Haunted Tram Rides along Pepper Creek Trail. The Grim Reaper's Haven is the theme of a Haunted House in the Florida Room. Costume Contests are scheduled for both evenings in the Visitor Center. Also enjoy refreshments, a fun slide and face painting by Anne Adams. This fundraising event is sponsored by the Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park.

Additional Information:

 Participation Requirements

Haunted Tram Rides @ Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Friday, October 28, 2016 - 6:00pm EDT to Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 10:00pm EDT

Suggested donations are $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children ages 12 and under. Suggested donation for Haunted House is $2.00/ This fundraising event is sponsored by the Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park.

More Information:
Susan Strawbridge or Rene Poppe; (352)628-5343

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

The Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park and the community transform Pepper Creek Trail into a series of spooky scenarios for a Haunted Tram Ride. A Haunted House, costume contests, face painting, and games are included. Refreshments are also available.

Additional Information:

 Participation Requirements

 

Surf Fishing Class @ Henderson Beach State Park

Saturday, October 29, 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

1876 Cow Camp @ Lake Kissimmee State Park

Saturday, October 29, 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

 

Guided Paddling Tour @ Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Saturday, October 29, 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. 

Bat House Building Workshop @ Ravine Gardens State Park

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 10:00am to 12:00pm EDT

The program fee is $7 per participant, which includes child and accompanying adult, and park entry fee for the entire day.

More Information:
Park Office: (386) 329-3721

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

We invite visitors to learn about bats and build a bat house with a Park Ranger!

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Ravine Gardens State Park and the Friends of Ravine Gardens will host a Build a Bat House Program with a Ranger on Saturday, October 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Ranger Jeff will lead a bat program and workshop for kids! Learn about bat species in Florida, why they are beneficial, and common misconceptions about bats. We will supply the materials to build a bat house - you will be assembling them – and then taking them home to enjoy!

Space is limited! Please RSVP by registering here or by contacting the park ahead of time.

This program is geared for children ages 7 to 14, although all are welcome to attend. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information or to RSVP, please call (386) 329-3721 or email Chanell.Guillaume@dep.state.fl.us.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Wiggins Pass Nature Fest @ Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 10:00am to 3:00pm EDT

FREE with regular park admission

More Information:
Ranger Station 239-597-6196

Located in the Southwest region at:
Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park
11135 Gulfshore Drive
Naples, FL 34108

Join us for the annual Wiggins Pass Nature Fest! A day of fun has been planned for the entire family in Area 3 of the Park! The festival offers interactive and educational activities for adults and kids of all ages. Visitors will learn about the plants and wildlife of Southwest Florida while participating in a variety of activities such as interacting with live animals; face painting; completing Adventure Passports; making nature crafts; paddle boarding courtesy of Naples Beach Adventures; and story time with local children’s author James Zwerneman. Kids are highly encouraged to wear Halloween costumes and complete an Adventure Passport. Visitors with completed passports will receive giveaways while supplies last! We will also have many local environmental organizations displaying wildlife and conservation exhibits. Food from Naples Beach Adventures will be on site for lunch and snacks.

Nature Photography @ Big Talbot Island State Park

Saturday, October 29, 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 29, 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

Surf Fishing From Beginner’s to Advanced: POSTPONED @ Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 10:00am to 1:00pm EDT

The early bird price for the event is $20 which benefits the Friends of Gamble Rogers State Park. This includes park admission for the day! Make checks payable to Friends of Gamble Rogers State Park. Please pay in advance at the ranger station by check or cash, or mail your payment to:

Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area

3100 S. Oceanshore Blvd

Flagler Beach, FL 32136

More Information:
386-517-2086

Located in the Central region at:
Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach
3100 S. Oceanshore Blvd
Flagler Beach, FL 32136

Event POSTPONED until further Notice: For the safety of our visitors and staff this event will be postponed due to storm debris and unusable boardwalks as the result of Hurricane Matthew.

Join our volunteer Andy Block, an avid fisherman for over 50 years, who will teach the basics of fishing off the beach in the ocean surf. Participants will learn tips on choosing fishing gear, bait and the best area and tides to fish in. $20 registration fee to benefit the Friends of Gamble Rogers State Park (FROGRs). We will be meeting at the beachside pavilion on the east side of the park.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own fishing equipment, bait and supplies but this is not mandatory.  

REGISTRATION

This event is limited to the first 25 people and advanced reservations are required

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Butterfly Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, October 29, 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.

Haunted Carnival @ Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 10:00am to 2:00pm CDT

The entrance fee is $5.00 per car

More Information:
Ranger Station (850)833-9144

Located in the Northwest region at:
Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park
4281 S.R.20
Niceville, FL, FL 32578

Come and join the volunteers and staff for a day of fright and fun!  The Haunted Carnival is known to inhabit scary clowns, witches, and zombies.  There will be 12 booths with carnival games and prizes.  This event is weather permitting and park admission fees do apply.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Halloween Costume Party - Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm EDT

$15 plus tax per child (ages 3-12) includes state park admission. Parents free with paid park admission. Children 2 year of age and younger are free.

Tickets can be purchased online through Eventbrite.

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

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

Enjoy a spooktacular time at the beautiful, newly renovated Twin Oaks Mansion. Tickets include a lunch buffet of hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken tenders. In addition to Halloween candy there will be fruit options. Halloween-themed games will be played along with music and a costume contest. There will even be a tram tour of the park.

Additional Information:

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

Concessions at Silver Springs State Park are operated through a partnership with Silver Springs Management, LLC. More information can be found at www.silversprings.com

Participation requirements.

Fall Festival @ Alafia River State Park

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm EDT

Event is free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Ranger Station 813-672-5320

Located in the Southwest region at:
Alafia River State Park
14326 S CR 39
Lithia, FL 33547

Come join the Friends of Alafia celebrate the first ever Fall Festival at the park. Activities will include a concert performance by Ben Prestage from noon to 3:00. http://www.benprestagemusic.com

Other activities will include face painting, pumpkin painting, competitive children events like three legged race and hay rides. Food trucks will be onsite to take care of food and drink needs.

 

 

 

Additional Information:

Alafia Fall Festival

Nature Hike @ Little Talbot Island State Park

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT

No reservations are necessary and the program is free with regular park admission.

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 a Park Ranger for a leisurely paced hike to discover the island’s natural communities along the 4 mile Dune Ridge Trail loop. Participants are encouraged to bring bug spray, sunscreen and bottled water. This program will start at the North Beach Parking area on Little Talbot Island State Park.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements.

 

Ranger Program - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, October 29, 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.

Freaky Fall Festival and Haunted Hayride @

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 5:00pm to 10:00pm EDT

Cost is $5.00 per adult, $3.00 per child, or a $15.00 rate for a family of five. All proceeds benefit the Friends of Savannas and their mission to provide educational programming and events for the community and local schools. Last entry to the event will be permitted at 9:30 p.m., and the last hayride will be at 9 p.m.

More Information:
Park Education Center - (772) 398-2779

Located in the region at:
, FL

A freakishly fun and spooktacular event is coming to the Savannas Preserve State Park! The Friends of Savannas’ Freaky Fall Festival will be held Saturday, October 29th, 2016 from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm.  Community members are invited to join us for this annual Halloween event featuring games and crafts, creepy critter shows, a dunk tank, and a haunted hayride. Wind your way through the Savannas Haunted Maze to discover the eerie secrets of the Witch’s Cubby. Or sit down for a showing of a secret (kid-friendly!) Halloween fright film. Try not to shake in your boots as we follow along with a monstrously terrifying adventure.  We kindly ask that you refrain from bringing any authentic or toy weapons, as well as alcoholic beverages. In light of recent events, we discourage guests from wearing clown costumes. Thank you.

Additional Information:

We kindly ask that you refrain from bringing any authentic or toy weapons, as well as alcoholic beverages. In light of recent events, we discourage guests from wearing clown costumes. Thank you.

Fall Fest @ Little Manatee River State Park

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm EDT

$5/ person requested donation.  Proceeds support the Friends of Little Manatee River State Park, and future programs and events in the park.

More Information:
Ranger Station 813-671-5005

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

Come celebrate the Fall season at the park.  Come out for seasonal activities featuring tours of the haunted house on the river.  Participate in Fall themed arts and crafts, games and activities, from 5-7pm.  But beware the dark when the spirits come out to play!  Haunted house tours are from 7-9pm. 

Additional Information:

Make an evening of it and plan your own picnic in the park.  Bring all your favorite foods to barbeque on the grills.  Park picnic tables and grills are available for shared use in the main picnic area, where games, crafts and activities will be nearby.  Activities include: a ring toss, spider crafts, coloring contest, and variations on our Fall favorites like bobbing for apples and pumpkin carving contests. 

Once dark descends, we'll light a fire to keep the ghosts at bay.  Bring your own chair and marshmallows for roastin'!  Light snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase. 

Florida State Parks are in various stages of accessibility.  It is our goal to make programs and events accessible to all people who wish to participate.  For more information regarding accessibility information, please see the EEC Fall Fest Activities and EEC Haunted House Tours.  Should you need assistance to make your participation possible, please call the Ranger Station.  Up to 2 full weeks may be needed to make certain arrangements. 

Stargazing Night @ Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm EDT
More Information:
352-473-4701

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

Join the University of Florida Department of Astronomy at Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park (Keystone Heights, FL) for a night of astronomy and stargazing! UF Astronomers will be on hand with telescopes, activities for all ages, and to answer your space-related questions. Experience the universe in a beautiful natural resource of Florida! Halloween costumes welcome.

This event was made possible by UF Department of Astronomy, Florida State Parks, and the UF Bob Graham Center: celebrating 10 years of civic engagement.

**ALL VISITORS MUST ARRIVE BEFORE 7PM**
Otherwise park gates close and you will not be admitted. Park entrance fees apply.

For more information, go to Star Gazing Nights in Florida Parks or visit their Facebook page.  Download our flyer and share the event with your friends.

Additional Information:

  Participation Requirements

 

 

18th Annual Halloween in the Park @ Honeymoon Island State Park

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm EDT

$10.00 Donation per vehicle for entry includes 10 free activity tickets. Additional tickets are 5 for $1.00

More Information:
Brooke Freeberg

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

Honeymoon Island State Park will undergo an amazing transformation, going from cheerful, sun-filled nature park to a spooky haunted trail complete with ghouls, goblins, and ghosts for the 18th Annual Halloween in the Park sponsored by The Friends of the Island Parks Inc. Activities include scary trail, children's games, bungee jump, spooky storytelling, fortune telling, face tattoos, and more!

On Friday October 28th and Saturday 29th from 6:00pm to 10:00pm join us for a spooktacular time by wearing your family friendly costumes and bringing your trick or treat bags to enjoy this special event that provides a safe alternative to trick or treating this Halloween season! The event is in the park after dark so don't forget your flashlights and bug spray too.

Additional Information:

FileEEC_18thHalloween2016.docx

Casper's Campfire Stories @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm CDT

Program is free with regular park admission.

More Information:
850-267-8330

Located in the Northwest region at:
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Join us for "Casper the Friendly Ghost" type stories around the campfire at the amphitheater. The stories are geared to the younger audience but are fun for all! Bring your blanket or chair, insect repellent and a flashlight.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

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

Saturday, October 29, 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

 

 

 

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

Saturday, October 29, 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.