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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Oscar's Grille Pancake Breakfast @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 8:00am to 10:00am EST

The cost is $5.00/person kids 12 years and younger is $2.00/person.

More Information:
Ranger Station 941-483-5956

Located in the Southwest region at:
Oscar Scherer State Park
1843 South Tamiami Trail
Osprey, FL 34229

What better way to start your day than with a hearty, home-cooked breakfast.  This winter family-friendly program is fully prepared by park Volunteers for both day-use visitors and campers.  The breakfast includes your choice of plain or blueberry pancakes with syrup (regular or sugar-free), sausage, and your choice of juice, coffee (regular or decaf), or tea.  A great way to meet other park guests.

Gentle Walk and Talk @ Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 9:00am to 11:00am EST

Free 

More Information:
Ranger Station 352-466-3397

Located in the Northeast region at:
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
100 Savannah Blvd
Micanopy, FL 32667

This gentle walk of approximately one mile will take you to the edge of the flooded prairie basin. Challenge yourself to identify birds, trees, and wildflowers, or just enjoy a peaceful stroll. If lucky, the sandhill cranes, bison, or wild horses may be seen. This walk is suitable for those who aren't ardent hikers but still want to have an outdoor Paynes Prairie experience. The pace is slow and comfortable and along the way we will stop and talk about what we see. Your guide will share Paynes Prairie history, including a tour of the old Camp Ranch horse barn.  Bring your binoculars, field guides, and water.  Wear closed toe shoes, and a hat or sunglasses - the trail is in the open sun.  Meet in the La Chua Trail parking lot.

10 Person Limit.  Please make a reservation on www.prairiefriends.org so that we may contact you with updates or any changes to this program.

This is a Park Fit activity encouraging people of all ages and abilities to be active and healthy while enjoying the park. 

 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Kayaking for Beginners - Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 9:00am to 10:30am EST

$25.00 per person includes the cost of a single or tandem kayak rental. $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

Escape the hustle and bustle of every day life with a guided paddling tour on the Silver River. Participants will learn the basic skills and techniques of kayaking as well as how to stay safe on the river.

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.

Cast Netting @ Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 9:30am to 10:30am EST

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

Become a self-sufficient fisherman or woman by catching your own bait!  Learn the basic techniques of cast netting from a Ranger. Come get your feet wet. It’s fun for the whole family.

Additional Information:

Bring sunscreen and a willingness to participate. Reservations required.

Cast Netting Participation Requirements

Guided Canoe Trips @ Collier-Seminole State Park

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 9:30am EST to Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 12:30pm EDT

$25 per person reservation (day trip)

More Information:
Ranger Station, 239-394-3397

Located in the Southwest region at:
Collier-Seminole State Park
20200 Tamiami Trail E.
Naples, FL 34114

The Friends of Collier-Seminole State Park offers GUIDED CANOE TRIPS - Day trips ($25 per person) are offered December 15th, 2016 – March 26th, 2017 every Thursday – Sunday from 9:30AM-12:30PM. Step off the pavement and paddle into the “Real Florida.” Experience an easy, enjoyable, and educational adventure on the Blackwater River. Space is limited, so call for reservations. Phone: 239-394-3397

Additional Information:

The program can only be held if the weather is permitting.

Tram Tour and Swamp Walk @ Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 9:30am to 1:30pm EST

The Tram Tour and Swamp Walk is $60 per person. Advance reservations are required. Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance to receive refunds. Registration and More Information

More Information:


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

Presented by the Friends of Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. Each Tram Tour and Swamp Walk begins with a ride on the group's Ghost Rider tram to the site of the swamp walk. After about 90 minutes of walking through the swamp, participants board the tram for the return trip. Naturalists leading the group will share their insights about the Fakahatchee's flora and fauna on both wet and dry portions of the adventure.   Fakahatchee Strand is home to the famous ghost orchid and many other rare plants and animals. "This offering combines elements of our longer tram tours and swamp walks to give participants a great introduction to the Fakahatchee," says volunteer naturalist Patrick Higgins. The tours begin promptly at 9:30 am and conclude by 1:30 pm. Participants will be required to sign a standard release of liability form. Participants should be sure to wear sturdy lace-up shoes and to bring dry clothes for the drive home. This is an outdoor event, so dress appropriately for the weather. The Tram Tour and Swamp Walk begins at the ranger station off Jane's Scenic Drive. The park entrance is on the west side of SR 29 between I-75 and U.S. 41. This is the only access to Jane's Scenic Drive. Please do not rely on incorrect GPS information which shows other routes.

Additional Information:

The Tram Tour and Swamp Walk begins at the ranger station off Jane's Scenic Drive. The park entrance is on the west side of SR 29 between I-75 and U.S. 41. This is the only access to Jane's Scenic Drive. Please do not rely on incorrect GPS information which shows other routes.

Begining Photography @ Koreshan State Park

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am EST

FREE with park admission.

More Information:
Ranger Station (239) 992-0311

Located in the Southwest region at:
Koreshan State Park
3800 Corkscrew Road
Estero, FL 33928

December 15th and 29th at 10:00a.m. Join a park naturalist for a Beginning Photography Tour of the different habitats and architecture within Koreshan State Historic Site. Bring your camera or cell phone and learn the basics of photography, the best places to snap that perfect photo, discover unusual plants, buildings, and critters that make up the many interesting aspects of the Park. Tour will begin on the Art Hall steps. Reservations are requested,. Please call (239) 992-0311.

Beginning Photography @ Koreshan State Park

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am EST

    FREE with Park admission.

 

More Information:
Ranger Station (239) 992-0311

Located in the Southwest region at:
Koreshan State Park
3800 Corkscrew Road
Estero, FL 33928

Thursday, December 15th Beginning Photography, Bring your camera or cell phone and learn the basics of photography, the best places to snap that perfect photo, discover unusual plants, buildings and critters that make up the many interesting aspects of Koreshan State Historic Site. Tour will begin on the Art Hall Steps.

Additional Information:

     Reservations requested. Please call (239) 992-0311

Sunset Kayak Tour - Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

Thursday, December 15, 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.