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Saturday, November 12, 2016

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

Friday, November 11, 2016 (All day) to Sunday, November 13, 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 General 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).

Azalea 12/24-Hour Race @ Ravine Gardens State Park

Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 8:00am EST to Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 8:00am EST

12-Hour Registration Fee = $90

24-Hour Registration Fee = $130

50-Mile Registration Fee = $100

Regular park entry fees apply for spectators and visitors.

More Information:
Park Office, 386-329-3721 or Winston Fletcher, 386-937-9381

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

The Azalea 12/24-Hour Race and 50-Mile Race will take place in the beautiful Ravine Gardens State Park located in the heart of Palatka, Florida.  You will run on a smooth asphalt 2-mile loop (USA Track and Field-Certified) that includes difficult inclines and declines that will challenge both your physical fitness and mental fortitude.  Runners will start at the highest point then wind their way to the bottom of the ravine.  Along the route you will pass various historical landmarks, including the outdoor amphitheater, Court of States, and other original structures dating back to the 1930's. 

Additional Information:

12- and 24-Hour options are available.  The 50-mile race will have a 15-hour cut-off.  An Aid Station will be fully stocked with a wide variety of foods, gels and electrolyte drinks.

The deadline to register is Monday, November 9th.  For more information, including how to register, visit the event page.

All proceeds to benefit the Friends of Ravine Gardens, Inc.

Participation Requirements

Guided Paddle on the Hillsborough River @ Hillsborough River State Park

Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 8:30am to 11:00am EST

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.

Morning Nature Walk @ Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 9:00am to 10:30am EST

Free with paid park admission.

More Information:
Park Services Specialist Jeff Hugo, 850-561-7286

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 host a ranger-led early morning trek through its varying forest communities.  Migrating songbirds and autumn colors create the potential for a special walk.  For those early rising guests in the magnificent Wakulla Springs Lodge, those wishing to burn a few calories after or in preparation for breakfast in the dining room, or for those who are simply curious; this walk through the woods in the early morning light may hold a surprise or two.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Meet in the lobby of the Lodge at Wakulla Springs.

Space is limited.  Please call (850) 561-7286 to make your reservation.

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

Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 9:00am to 11:30am EST

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.

Morning Nature Walk @ Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 9:00am to 10:30am EST

Free with paid park admission.

More Information:
Park Services Specialist Jeff Hugo 850-561-7286

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 host a ranger-led early morning trek through its varying forest communities.  Migrating songbirds and autumn colors create the potential for a special walk.  For those early rising guests in the magnificent Wakulla Springs Lodge, those wishing to burn a few calories after or in preparation for breakfast in the dining room, or for those who are simply curious; this walk through the woods in the early morning light may hold a surprise or two.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Meet in the lobby of the Lodge at Wakulla Springs.

Space is limited.  Please call (850) 561-7286 to make your reservation.

Frank Thomas Folk Music and Heritage Festival @ Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm EST

Cost: $6/car, $4/walk-in

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

Enjoy folk music by some of Florida's most familiar artists, along with living history, pioneer crafts and games, delicious food and more. 

1876 Cow Camp @ Lake Kissimmee State Park

Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:30pm EST

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

 

Coffee in the Campground @ Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park

Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 9:00am to 11:00am EST

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Melody Brennan, (850) 927-2111 Melody.Brennan@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Northwest region at:
Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park
1900 E. Gulf Beach Drive
St. George Island, FL 32328

A Park Ranger or volunteer will give interpretive programs on many topics which may include Apalachicola Bay seafood, panhandle seashells, campfire cooking, flora and fauna of St. George Island, birding and sea turtles.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Bringing a breakfast related dish is welcomed.

Coffee is provided by the Friends of Franklin County State Parks.

The Coffee in the Campground is held in the interpretive building in the family campground.

 

Beach Cleanup @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 9:00am to 11:00am EST

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.

Veterans - Past, Present and Future @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 8:30am to 12:00pm CST

Park Admission is free during the event.

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 as we honor "Veterans - Past, Present and Future" with a variety of programs and festivities starting at 8:30 a.m. until noon on Saturday November 12, 2016! The morning will start with a continental style breakfast, a flag ceremony and a "Bombs Away" program to showcase the connection of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park with local military history. There will be a fun mini-parade for campers to participate in by decorating their bicycles or golf carts! To finish the day, there will be guided tours at the neighboring WWII installation of Coffeen Nature Preserve located approximately 2.5 miles to the west of the park (sign-up and own transportation required.)  For more information, please call: 850-267-8330.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Guided Butterfly Garden Walk @ Rainbow Springs State Park

Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 9:30am to 10:15am EST

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.

Crabbing Basics: making it Delicious, keeping it Sustainable @ Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach

Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am EST

This program is free with park admission.

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

The tidal salt marsh of our park is home to the Atlantic Blue Crab, a popular seafood and keystone species of the local ecosystem. Learn to catch these tasty crustaceans in a one hour hands-on program, appropriate for adults and families. We will be meeting at the Killdeer Pavilion, on the west side of the park. You can register for this program at Eventbrite.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Jr Ranger's Day with a Ranger @ Ichetucknee Springs State Park

Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 10:00am to 12:00pm EST

Free with Park Entrance Fee.

More Information:
386-497-4690

Located in the Northeast region at:
Ichetucknee Springs State Park
12087 SW U.S. Highway 27
Fort White, FL 32038

Ichetucknee Springs State Park will be hosting a Jr Ranger program where kids are invited to Join a Park Ranger for a guided hike as well as completing the six core challenges to become a Jr Ranger. They will earn a membership card and certificate as well as a Jr Ranger Passport and Badge to take with them as they explore Florida’s State Parks.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Critter Crafts for Kids @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 10:00am EST

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

31st Annual Civilian Conservation Corps Festival @ Highlands Hammock State Park

Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 10:00am to 4:00pm EST

Park entry fees of $4.00 per single occupant vehicle and $6.00 per vehicle (up to eight people) apply.  There are no additional admission fees and/or festival presentation fees. 

More Information:
Call the Ranger Station at 863-386-6094.

Located in the Southwest region at:
Highlands Hammock State Park
5931 Hammock Road
Sebring , FL 33872

Celebrate the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps and Highlands Hammock State Park at the 31st Annual Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Festival!  Scheduled for Saturday, November 12, 2016, the festival will honor returning CCC alumni and feature an antique car show, model railroad, arts and crafts vendors, children's activities, heritage craft demonstrations such as blacksmithing, hide-tanning and pine needle basketry, and community non-profit exhibitors representing historical and environmental/nature organizations and government agencies.  Highlands Hammock is “home” to the State of Florida CCC Museum, and the festival is the park’s signature event.   “CCC Boys” and their families are "welcomed home" annually on the second Saturday of November.  Planned highlights for this year's festival include the following:  Former Ranger and CCC Museum Curator Darrel Smith will be reflecting on those “Another Day, Another Dollar” times through a living history narrative, The Best of Times, Worst of Times, based on his oral history interviews with CCC alumnus Velmar Mack.  Florida Humanities Council scholar, Mallory O’Connor, Professor Emerita of Art History, Santa Fe College, will present The Art of Hope:  WPA Murals in Florida.   Museum Curator and Roosevelt scholar David Schmidt will examine Franklin Roosevelt’s early experiences with timber management that ultimately planted the seeds for the creation of the Civilian Conservation Corps in his presentation FDR: New York Tree Farmer, the Origins of the CCC.  Mary Ann Carroll, the “First Lady” of the Florida Highwaymen, is this year’s featured guest artist.  As always, the CCC Festival features a great day of music!  In addition to that sweet and sassy old time string band, Back Porch Revival, featured bands include Scotty & Mandy Kromel (Gospel & Country), Cindy Bear & Friends (Florida Folk & Blues), and the Dusty Road Rangers (Bluegrass, Country, Americana & Celtic).  Plan to spend the whole day and listen to the bands close out the festival with an all bands jamboree!  Please see Additional Information for participation requirements and other pertinent information. 

Additional Information:

Please review the following participation requirements by clicking on the following links:  EEC CCC FESTIVAL INDOOR TALKS PRESENTATIONS and EEC FESTIVAL OUTDOOR TALKS PRESENTATIONS CONCERTS.

Family Challenge Saturdays @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 9:00am to 2:00pm CST

Standard park admission fees apply however there are no additional fees for programming.

More Information:
Ranger Station 850-267-8330

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

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park invites you to enjoy our Family Challenge Saturdays.  Each Saturday of the month we invite visitors to come and participate in our “Geocache Topsail “& “Topsail Photo Scavenger Hunt” programs.  You may choose to do one or both programs and return to the camp store to pick up a surprise at the end of your visit.  Enter the park through the main gate and park staff will direct you to the camp store to pick up your program packets, you will need a gps or a smart phone capable of gps as well as a camera or smart phone for pictures. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Dudley Kids Day - Oh, Those Pumpkins @ Dudley Farm Historic State Park

Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 10:00am to 2:00pm EST

Regular park entrance fee of $5.00/car for up to 8 people.  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

Oh, those Pumpkins!

-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

Pioneer Day @ Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park

Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 10:00am to 3:00pm CST

Fees will be waived for this event. 

More Information:
Rocky Bayou State Park 850-833-9144

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

Join the Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park staff and volunteers on Saturday November12th, 2016 for our annual Pioneer Day festival sponsored by The Friends of the Emerald Coasts State Parks.  Family activities will include candle-dipping, rag doll making, butter churning, shingle making and campfire cooking demonstration. Displays will also include early folk toys, and a 19th century chuck wagon. The Pioneer Day festival will begin at 10:00am and last until 3:00pm weather permitting.

Park admission fees will be waived and donations will be accepted at the CSO tent to improve our events.  Please leave all furry friends at home. Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park is located at 4281 S.R. 20, Niceville, FL. For more information, call (850) 833-9144.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Cruisin' Food Fest @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm EST

Free with park admission.

More Information:
(561) 624-6950

Located in the Southeast region at:
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive
North Palm Beach, FL 33408

Come on down to John D. MacArthur Beach State Park for our first ever Cruisin' Food Fest.  Weather permitting, there will be music, Food Truck Invasion and plenty of original, restored and modified cars, trucks and motorcycles to admire.  The event is open to all vehicles and is sponsored by the Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park.  Admission to the event is free with park entry fee.  For more details or if you have any special needs, please contact the park office at (561) 624-6950 to make reasonable accommodations. 

Surf Fishing Workshop @ Sebastian Inlet State Park

Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 1:00pm to 3:15pm EST

Free with regular admission fees

More Information:
Terry O'Toole 772-388-2750

Located in the Central region at:
Sebastian Inlet State Park
9700 South Highway A.1.A.
Melbourne Beach, FL 32951

 Join us for a surf fishing class designed to introduce anglers to the basics of surf fishing.   Discussions will be centered upon equipment needed to enjoy a productive surf fishing day at the beach.  Topics include rod and reel selection, standard pompano rig, choosing bait and more.  Anglers are encouraged to bring a pen/pencil and something to write on.  Please meet at the Sebastian Fishing Museum for the class.

Additional Information:

EEC Surf Fishing Sebastian Inlet

Night Sounds at Sebastian Inlet State Park with Tumbleweed @ Sebastian Inlet State Park

Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm EST

Free with regular park admission

More Information:
Terry O'Toole 772-388-2750 or 321-984-4852

Located in the Central region at:
Sebastian Inlet State Park
9700 South Highway A.1.A.
Melbourne Beach, FL 32951

Tumbleweed is a three piece straight forward rock n roll band with a big slice of electric blues.   When you hear strong vocals, steady rhythms, locked in grooves with sizzling hot guitar licks you know Tumbleweed has blown into town.  The concert will take place at the pavilions on Coconut Point, located on the south side of Sebastian Inlet.

Additional Information:

EEC Night Sounds Concert updated