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Saturday, November 19, 2016

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

Friday, November 18, 2016 (All day) to Sunday, November 20, 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).

Ranger Guided Hike @ Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve

Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 8:30am to 9:30am EST

FREE!

There are no fees to participate in this event.

More Information:
(352) 543-5567

Located in the Northeast region at:
Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve
29.204539, -82.987923
Cedar Key, FL 32625

Learn all about our unique Florida scrub ecosystem! Join a park ranger for a hike through the Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve and learn all about the plants and animals that survive in this unique habitat.

The walk will be about 1 mile long and takes around 1 hour.  Be ready to walk through some soft sand over uneven ground.  Make sure to bring water, sunblock, and binoculars for birdwatching.  We also recommend a hat and closed toed shoes. 

Additional Information:

This hike will begin at the trail head located on SR-24, 6 miles northwest of Cedar Key.

PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS

Citrus Watercolor Club's Fall Show and Sale @ Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 9:00am EST to Sunday, November 20, 2016 - 4:00pm EST

There is no charge to attend the exhibit and sale. Regular park admission will apply for entrance into the Wildlife Park.

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

The Citrus Watercolor Club will be holding its Fall Arts in the Park exhibit and sale in the Visitor Center featuring the artwork of local watercolorists. Originals, prints, and cards will be available for purchase. The Citrus Watercolor Club donates 20% of sales from the show to the Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park.

Additional Information:

 Participation Requirements

 

 

Citrus Watercolor Society's Fall Show and Sale @ Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 9:00am EST to Sunday, November 20, 2016 - 4:00pm EST

There is no charge to attend the Fall Arts in the Park exhibit and sale. Regular admission would apply for entrance into the Wildlife Park.

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

The Citrus Watercolor Society will be holding its Fall Arts in the Park exhibit and sale in the park's Visitor Center featuring the artwork of local watercolorists. Originals, prints and cards will be available for purchase. The Citrus Watercolor Society donates 20% of sales from the show to the Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

 

1876 Cow Camp @ Lake Kissimmee State Park

Saturday, November 19, 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 19, 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.

 

3rd Annual Critter Trail 5k - Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 9:30am EST

Park admission fee is included with registration of race participants only. Family members and friends must pay regular park admission fees.

Early registration will be $25. The price increases to $30 for registration on or after November 2nd. Fees for virtual runners that want to support the event but cannot attend will be $20 and include a t-shirt.

More Information:
Email the race director, 5KFSSSP@gmail.com

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

This annual fundraising event for the Friends of Silver Springs continues to grow as more visitors learn about the race and the beautiful, well-marked trails. Race participants travel through the upland pine forest that surrounds the wetlands of the Silver River. Photo opportunities abound for spectators at the beginning and end of the race.

Online registration and more information is available from RunSignUp.

Paper registration forms and sponsorship information is available on the Friends' Critter Trail 5k website.

You must register by November 1st, 2016 to be guaranteed a t-shirt.

Gates open at 8:00 a.m. for registration and sign-in and the race starts at 9:30 a.m.

Additional Information:

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

For more information about the Friends of Silver Springs, visit their website.

For information about volunteering at the event or joining the friends, contact the race director.

Participation requirements.

Fakahatchee Swamp Walk @ Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park

Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 9:30am to 2:30pm EST

The Fakahatchee Swamp Walk is $80 per adult; tickets for teens age 12 - 18 are $60. Advance reservations are required. Registration and More Information

More Information:


Located in the Southwest region at:
Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park
137 Coastline Drive
Copeland , FL 34137

Many people say the only way to experience the beauty and diversity of the Fakahatchee Strand is to immerse yourself in it. For many visitors, an official Friends of Fakahatchee Swamp Walk is the highlight of their Florida visit. Accompanied by experienced guides, participants wade in cool water up to their waists for half a day observing the native wildlife and plants in the Fakahatchee Strand. This is a long, strenuous walk into the heart of the Fakahatchee. Participants will be required to sign a standard release of liabilty form. Saturday swamp walks on Nov. 19, Dec. 10, Jan. 14. Feb. 11, Feb. 20, March 11, and April 8 will be led by Park Biologist Mike Owen. All other swamp walks will be led by trained Friends of Fakahatchee naturalists. Participants meet at the Ranger Station off Janes’ Scenic Drive no later than 9:30 a.m. It is located at 137 Coastline Drive, Copeland, FL. The park entrance is on the west side of SR 29 between I-75 and U.S. 41. This is the only access to Janes Scenic Drive. Please DO NOT rely on GPS or Google Map info which may incorrectly show other routes.

Additional Information:

Swamp walkers should wear long pants and lace-up boots or sneakers (no waders or open-top boots). A hat and long-sleeved shirt are also recommended. Bring water, snacks, or lunch. Bring bug repellent if you are sensitive. Put anything you do not want to get wet in zip-lock plastic bags. You will also want to have a change of clothes to leave in your car for a more comfortable trip home. The park entrance is on the west side of SR 29 between I-75 and U.S. 41. This is the only access to Janes Scenic Drive. Please DO NOT rely on GPS or Google Map info which may incorrectly show other routes.

Native Plants and Butterfly Gardening @ Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach

Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am EST

This program is free with park admission!

More Information:


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

Join Park Services Specialist Celena Cline for an informative program on native plants and how to attract butterflies to your yard! We will be meeting at our butterfly garden on the west side of the park. This program is subject to cancellation due to weather conditions.

You can register for this event at Eventbrite.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Fort Taylor Living History Weekend @ Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 10:00am to 2:00pm EST

Normal park admission applies.

More Information:
Kevin Bowes, kevin.bowes@dep.state.fl.us (305) 292-6850

Located in the Southeast region at:
Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park
601 Howard England Way
Key West, FL 33040

Come celebrate Florida's rich history on the third Saturday and Sunday of each month at Historic Fort Taylor, America's Southernmost Civil War Fortress.  Join our re-enactors as they set up tents, clean their weapons and fire up the blacksmith shop.  Climb the circular stairways and experience the harbor view just as the soldiers did in 1861.  Walk down our cannon row and touch the actual cannons used to protect this Union stronghold.  Tours will be available and public interaction is strongly recommended. Re-enactor participation varies by weekend and weather conditions. For more information on how to get involved, please contact Park Services Specialist Kevin Bowes at kevin.bowes@dep.state.fl.us.

Critter Crafts for Kids @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, November 19, 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

Family Challenge Saturdays @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Saturday, November 19, 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

Cast Net Class @ Sebastian Inlet State Park

Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm EST

Free with regular park admission

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

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

Learn “How to” make, repair and throw a cast net.  Meet at the Sebastian Fishing Museum located of the south side of Sebastian Inlet.

Additional Information:

EEC Cast Netting Class

Legendary Sirens Perform @ Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 1:30pm EST to Sunday, November 20, 2016 - 2:00pm EST

Included with park admission.

More Information:
352.592.5656

Located in the Southwest region at:
Weeki Wachee Springs State Park
6131 Commercial Way
Weeki Wachee, FL 34606

This nostalgic show will take you back to the early years of Weeki Wachee Springs by the ladies who created the magic.  The former mermaid show includes performers representing the decades from the 50's to the 70's.  Don't miss this magical performance by this special group of ladies. 

Beach Walk @ Little Talbot Island State Park

Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST

No reservations are necessary and the program is free with $5 vehicle entrance fee.

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 walk on the beach as they explain the importance of undeveloped beach habitat, including many interesting facts about sea creatures and common shells and fossils found on the shoreline.

Additional Information:

Bring sunscreen and water. The program will take place at North Beach pavilion area on Little Talbot Island State Park.

Participation Requirements

Sunset Kayak Tour - Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 3:00pm to 5:15pm EST

$35 per person includes kayak rental, single or tandem. $30 for students with valid student ID. $2.00 per person park admission fee not included.

To purchase tickets in advance contact brian@silversprings.com

More Information:
Call the park concessionaire at 352-261-5842 or email brian@silversprings.com

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

Paddle into the sunset by kayak on the scenic Silver River. Before it gets dark you will visit springs with names such as the Blue Grotto, the Garden of Eden, Fisherman's Paradise, and the Alligator Hole. On the way back to the launch, west along the river, the sun will be setting behind the headsprings.

Additional Information:

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

For more information about concessions visit www.silversprings.com

Participation requirements.

Ranger Program - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 5:00pm EST

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.

Park After Dark Program: Star Light, Star Bright Astronomy Program @ Little Manatee River State Park

Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 7:00pm EST

Park admission fees apply.  Program is free with paid park entry.  Registered campers attend for free.

Vehicle entrance (2-8 people) $5.00

Vehicle entrance (1 person) $4.00

Individuals on foot or bicycle $2.00

Please use the honor system at the Ranger Station to pay park entrance fees after regular operating hours. 

More Information:
Ranger Station 813-671-5005

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

This Park After Dark Program is dedicated to the night sky.  Become a sky-way explorer as you learn to orient by the stars.  Discover tricks and tips that make discovering the night sky more exciting than ever.  There is no better place to gaze upon the stars than the park after dark.

This program is one of the "Park After Dark" series, programs that celebrate the night!  Join us every 3rd Saturday of the month, August-December, as we explore a different nocturnal theme.  Join us for one, or for all, as we experience the park after dark! 

Additional Information:

Directions to the program will be posted at the Ranger Station on the day of the program.  Use the honor system to pay after hours entrance fees, then follow signs from the Ranger Station.

Participants are encouraged to bring:  binoculars, insect repellant, and a blanket or chair to sit on. 

Florida State Parks are in various stages of accessibility.  If you need special accommodations to make your full participation possible, please contact the Ranger Station in advance.  Up to 2 weeks may be required to make specific arrangements.  For detailed participation requirements for this program, please see the EEC Park After Dark:  Astronomy Program.

Most Park After Dark Programs will take place in light rain or moonshine.  In cases of severe inclement weather, please contact the Ranger Station 8am-5pm the day of the program to confirm cancellations. 

Astronomy Night @ Colt Creek State Park

Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm EST

This program is free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Ranger Station (863) 815-6761

Located in the Central region at:
Colt Creek State Park
16000 SR 471
Lakeland, FL 33809

Peer into the mysteries of the universe. Come see the wonders of space like you've never seen them before. Marvel at the sights of the night sky and dare to imagine what is yet to be discovered.

Additional Information:

Participation requirement.