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Sunday, December 11, 2016

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

1876 Cow Camp @ Lake Kissimmee State Park

Sunday, December 11, 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

 

Eagle Viewing @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 9:00am to 11:00am 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 is offered during bald eagle nesting season. Two nests are located in the park but the easiest to access is on the Green Trail. Once nest construction has begun, part of the trails are roped off per federal law. To view the eagles from a safe distance, a Volunteer will be manning a viewing station. A high-powered spotting scope to view the nest will be provided. The 20-minute walk to the eagle viewing station on the Green Trail from the Nature Center or campground is self-guided and trail maps can be obtained at the Ranger Station and Nature Center.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Birding at MacArthur Beach @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 11:30am to 12:30pm EST

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

Bird lovers can join a Ranger-led educational walk identifying many species of birds that make their home in John D. MacArthur Beach State Park.  Reservations recommended.  Visitors should bring binoculars or rent them in the Gift Shop.  This program is free with park admission.  For more information and reservations call the Nature Center at (561) 624-6952.

Additional Information:

Please bring a hat, sunscreen, walking shoes and a water bottle.  The walk is approximately one mile in length.

Pinecone Bird Feeders 101 @ Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm EST

Free with paid park entrance fee.

More Information:
Ranger Station (850) 487-4556

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

Come join in and make a bird feeder to feed your birds.  We will be making pinecone bird feeders out of pinecones, peanut butter and bird seed.

You can take it home and feed your backyard winter birds.  This is a fun program for all ages.

The birds will thank you!

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Bluegrass Music with the Conch Stomp Band @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm EST

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

Come on down to the Park and listen to the Conch Stomp Band play some bluegrass music. Free with Park admission. Call the Nature Center for more information, (561) 624-6952.

Ranger Program: Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 2:00pm EST

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Ranger station, 352-236-7148 ext.4

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

Take part in a park ranger program, which occurs every Sunday. Topics vary, with each program offering an opportunity to learn something new about Silver Springs State Park and Florida’s unique environment.

Additional Information:

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

Participation requirements.

Dunns Creek State Park Kayak Tour @ Dunns Creek State Park

Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm EST

If renting a kayak, tickets are $25. If bringing your own tickets are $20. Purchase of ticket includes entry into the park.

More Information:
386-937-3901

Located in the Central region at:
Dunns Creek State Park
320 Sisco Road
Pomona Park, FL 32181

This interpretive kayak tour along the beautiful and historical Dunns Creek is a great opportunity to meet other paddlers, learn about the waterway's rich history and resources, and get back on the water to enjoy the Great Outdoors!

The Friends of Dunns Creek State Park have 6 kayaks available to rent on a first-come, first-serve basis.  You are also welcome to bring your own kayak. Participants must be 18 years or older.  Kayaking is a water sport, so expect to get wet and dress accordingly.  REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. To register, find more info, and purchase tickets, please visit, www.kayakdcsp.eventbrite.com.

Happy paddling!

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements.

Full Moon Kayak Tour @ Silver Springs State Park

Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm EST

$40.00 per person includes kayak rental, s'mores, and refreshments. $35.00 for students with valid student ID. $2.00 per person park admission fee not included.

To purchase tickets online, visit EventBrite. Booking fees may apply.

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

Experience the Silver River by moonlight after dark. A tour guide will lead participants on the river as they make their way to Raccoon Island with glow sticks in hand. Afterward, enjoy light music with a campfire, s'mores, and refreshments.

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.

The Barnacle under Moonligt Concert: Funk Pedal @ The Barnacle Historic State Park

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

Adults: $10.00

Members of The Barnacle Society: $8.00

Children 6-9: $3.00

Children under 6: Free

More Information:
Ranger Station (305) 442-6866

Located in the Southeast region at:
The Barnacle Historic State Park
3485 Main Highway
Miami, FL 33133

End your weekend on the perfect note with a great evening of live music under the moonlight as The Barnacle Society presents Funk Pedal. Bring a picnic, blanket and lawn chairs and spread out on the spacious, bayside front lawn as lead singer Von Henry and guitarist Don Slesnick perform a fantastic and eccentric mix of genres assembled to take fans on a musical journey.

Additional Information:

Moonlight Concert Participation Requirements

On-street and off-street paid parking is available throughout Coconut Grove. Visitors with a Disabled Person Parking Permit may call the Ranger Station for additional parking information.

Purchase tickets at the gate. The gate opens one hour before show time.

Picnics, blankets, and lawn chairs are welcome. No pets, please.