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Sunday, December 25, 2016

Eagle Viewing @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Sunday, December 25, 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

Santa's Enchanted Spring - Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

Sunday, December 25, 2016 - 11:00am to 2:00pm EST

Free with regular park admission. Children five and under admitted free.

More Information:
Call Silver Springs Management, LLC. at 352-261-5840

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

Skip the long lines at the mall and see Santa at Silver Springs. Get a photo taken with the beautiful springs as the backdrop.

Additional Information:

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

Concession services are provided through a public-private partnership with Silver Springs Management, LLC. For more information, visit their website.

Participation requirements.

Ranger Program: Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

Sunday, December 25, 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.

Celebration of Lights - After Christmas Party @ Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Monday, December 26, 2016 (All day)

Suggested donations: $5.00 adults; $2.00 children ages 3 through 12; ages 2 and under are free.

More Information:


Located in the Northeast region at:
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
4150 S. Suncoast Blvd. (US 19)
Homosassa, FL 34446

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, along with the Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park, will host its After-Christmas Party as part of the annual Christmas Celebration of Lights on Monday, Dec. 26, 2016. The park will open at 5:30 p.m. on these evenings and remain open until 9 p.m. Joe Dube will host an evening of entertainment by Billy "Elvis" Lindsey featuring the music of Elvis Presley.

The Celebration of Lights will feature an all new synchronized light and sound display in the Garden of the Springs by Sebastian Hawes. Joe Dube will host and present special appearances by our nightly entertainment. Holiday lights, decorations, music and refreshments will create the perfect setting for this holiday wonderland. The Wildside Café will be offering a selection of refreshments. The Friends will also be selling popcorn in the Garden of the Springs.  A variety of entertainment will be provided nightly in the Garden of the Springs.

Additional Information:

Tram transportation available from the US 19 Visitor Center parking area.

Participation Requirements