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Friday, December 9, 2016

Dutch Oven Cooking @ Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

Friday, December 9, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:30pm EST

Cost: $3/vehicle park entrance or annual park pass plus $5/person program fee; 12 and under free 

More Information:


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

Dutch Oven cooking demonstrations over fire by our local Dutch Oven volunteer experts.  Participants will get to sample several dishes cooked over fire during the class. 

Guided Hike and Bike @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Friday, December 9, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EST

There is no cost to participate in either portion other than normal park entrance fees for day-use visitors

($2 for pedestrians/bicyclists entering the park from the Legacy Trail; cost for vehicles varies based on occupancy.)

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 two-part program is conducted by a Ranger or Volunteer.

Hike time: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Bike time: 10:30 a.m. to noon.

The guide will take you on an informative walk along one of the six trails in the park.  If you’re interested in taking your journey a step further, stay for the second portion of the program which includes a leisurely bike ride along the Green Trail and a portion of the Legacy Trail. The bike ride is about 12 miles round-trip. Participants must provide their own bikes; road and trail bikes are ok. Children under 16 years of age must wear a helmet while bicycling. Both portions of the program begin at the Nature Center. Remember to bring plenty of drinking water.

Guided Paddling tour @ Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Friday, December 9, 2016 - 9:45am to 12:00pm EST

Park entry fees apply.

Canoe rental $17 for 2 hours, each additional hour is $5.

Single Kayak $15 for 2 hours, each additional hour is $6. 

Double Kayak $20 for 2 hours, each additional hour is $6. 

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:

For more information contact the Kimbell Education Center at (561) 745-5551.

Art in the Park: Basket Weaving @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Friday, December 9, 2016 - 9:00am to 1:00pm CST

Standard state park entry fees apply as well as a $35 workshop fee which can be paid at the camp store or online at www.topsailparkfriends.org.
 

More Information:
Ranger Station 850-367-8330

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

Join talented artists at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for an opportunity to do arts and crafts in the park.  Topics vary and are limited to 10 participants with a minimum of 5 participants.  Registration is due 7 days before class date and can be made in the park Camp Store or online at www.topsailparkfriends.org.  Enter through the park gate and park staff will direct you where the workshop is for the day.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Christmas Greenery Workshop @ Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

Friday, December 9, 2016 - 10:00am to 12:00pm EST

$25 per participant in advance check or cash to Friends of Maclay Gardens.

More Information:
(850) 487-4115

Located in the Northwest region at:
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
3540 Thomasville Road
Tallahassee, FL 32309

It is that time of year again!  Maclay Gardens and Friends of Maclay will be having a Christmas Greenery Workshop.  Create your own lovely centerpiece for the Holidays.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

This class is limited to 10 people.  Please pre-register soon by calling this number: (850) 487-4115

 

Black Island Bike Tour @ Lovers Key State Park

Friday, December 9, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:30am EST

Free with regular park admission

More Information:
Ranger Station, 239-463-4588

Located in the Southwest region at:
Lovers Key State Park
8700 Estero Blvd.
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

Join a Park Naturalist for a three-mile adventure down our Black Island Trail.  Learn a little park history and experience some of the wildlife that call this maritime hammock home.  Bring your own bike or rent one from the park concession.  Due to limited space, reservations are required.  

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Cookin' while Campin' @ Alafia River State Park

Friday, December 9, 2016 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm EST

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 a program at the campground pavilion provided by park ranger on campfire cooking. The park ranger will demonstrate a meal that can be easily cooked over fire.

Winter Waterland 2016 @ Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

Friday, December 9, 2016 - 6:00pm EST to Saturday, December 17, 2016 - 10:00pm EST

$6 for adults and $4 for kids ages 6-12. Kids five and under are free.

More Information:
352.592.5656

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

The Friends of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park are proud to present, Winter Waterland 2016. This popular annual Christmas event will be held December 9-10 & 16-17, 2016. The event is from 6 PM-10 PM each night. Admission is only $6 for adults, and $4 for kids ages 6-12. Kids five and under are FREE. Park passes are not accepted for this special event. Advanced tickets will go on-sale beginning December 3. They can only be purchased at the gate during business hours.

The event will include holiday themed shows from the World-Famous Weeki Wachee Mermaids. In addition, the event will include holiday lights, other holiday themed performances, a live nativity scene, petting zoo (extra fee), and of course, a photo opportunity with Santa Claus and his mermaid-elf helpers. A great inexpensive way to enjoy the holiday season with the family.

Nights of Lights @ Fort Cooper State Park

Friday, December 9, 2016 - 6:00pm EST to Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 8:30pm EST

Admission: Non Perishable Food or a New Toy for Citrus United Basket (a local charity) or a donation of pet food for Citrus County Animal Services.

All net proceeds from monetary donations will be donated to Citrus United Basket.

More Information:
352-726-0315 or wesley.diebold@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Northeast region at:
Fort Cooper State Park
3100 S. Old Floral City Rd.
Inverness, FL 34450

Fort Cooper's annual Nights of Lights has become a long tradition to the thousands who attend each year.  Hosted by the Friends of Fort Cooper. Who spend weeks setting up for the three day event. It provides the perfect setting to get you and your family in the holiday spirit. Hot chocolate, Hot apple cider and S'mores.

Enjoy thousands of lights, animated features and music. As you walk through the park. Sipping cider and stopping by the fire to melt a s'more. Santa Claus will be sitting by the fire place all three nights!

Additional Information:

 Participation Requirements

Fort Foster Candlelight Event @ Fort Foster State Historic Site

Friday, December 9, 2016 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm EST

Fees: Ages 13 and up, $5.00 donation. Ages 12 and under are FREE.

All proceeds benefit the Hillsborough River State Park Preservation Society.

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

Located in the Southwest region at:
Fort Foster State Historic Site
15402 U.S. 301 N.
Thonotosassa, FL 33592

Fort Foster Historic Site brings the holiday season on the Florida Frontier to life! Visitors follow a lantern-lit trail through the military fort and Seminole camp. Along the way, guests will encounter musicians, living history scenarios, and refreshments.

A battle reenactment on Friday, December 9th, and Saturday, December 10th, will take place after 8:00 pm. Come witness the drama as the Seminoles attempt to burn the bridge crossing the Hillsborough River, while soldiers and militiamen will try to defend it. This living history program will truly take you back in time.

The Fort Foster State Historic Site is located adjacent to Hillsborough River State Park on U.S. 301 North, 9 miles north of Fowler Avenue and 6 miles south of Zephyrhills.

 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

If you would like to be a reenactor at this event please see the registration form under the "Additional Info" tab.

Movie Night @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Friday, December 9, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm EST

Free for registered campers

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 family-friendly winter program is sure to entertain. Each week features a different theme. Campers can vote for the movie of their choice at the Nature Center, where the movie viewing will take place. Refreshments are provided and campers are welcome to bring their own non-alcoholic beverages and favorite movie theater snacks.

Additional Information:

Located in the Nature Center

Small Game Season 2016-2017 @ Rock Springs Run State Reserve

Saturday, December 10, 2016 (All day) to Sunday, December 11, 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 Small Game 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).