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Friday, December 30, 2016

The Gandy Gnome Game @ River Rise Preserve State Park

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 (All day) to Saturday, December 31, 2016 (All day)

Regular park entrance fee of $5.00 per vehicle.

More Information:
Friends of O'Leno State Park, (352) 318-4276, friendsofoleno@windstream.net

Located in the Northeast region at:
River Rise Preserve State Park
373 Southwest US Highway 27
High Springs, FL 32643

On May 3, 2016 the Friends of O'Leno will begin The Gandy Gnome Game. Gandy the gnome will be travelling along the equestrian trails at River Rise West, often stopping to rest. If you find Gandy, contact the Friends of O'Leno at (352) 318-4276. Leave your name, phone number, the date and location number where you saw Gandy.

The first to contact the Friends of O'Leno five (5) times with the correct location will win the grand prize. Gandy will move each time a correct answer has been submitted and a notification will be posted on the Friends of O'Leno Facebook page.

The grand prize winner will be contacted by phone and the name will be posted on the Friends of O'Leno Facebook page. The grand prize will be a two day, one night primitive campsite at the equestrian campground at River Rise West provided by the Friends of O'Leno.

Winner is limited to one (1) per family per year. The game will continue throughout the year, with the contest restarting after each grand prize winner is selected. Follow the Friends of O'Leno Facebook page to stay notified.

For more information, visit the Friends of O'Leno Facebook page, call (352) 318-4276, or email friendsofoleno@windstream.net.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements.

This is a self-guided program.

First Friday Garden Walks @ Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

Friday, July 1, 2016 - 10:00am EDT to Friday, December 30, 2016 - 11:00am EST

Program included with park entry.  

More Information:
386-446-6783

Located in the Central region at:
Washington Oaks Gardens State Park
6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd.
Palm Coast, FL, FL 32137

Join us the First Friday of each month for a ranger led Garden and History Tour of Washington Oaks Gardens State Park.  Visitors will meet in the Garden parking lot and the walk will begin at 10am.  Wear comfortable shoes for this 45min-1 hour walking tour.  Program included with park entry.  

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements 

Guided Hike and Bike @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Friday, December 30, 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 30, 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.

Gopher Tortoise talk @ Lovers Key State Park

Friday, December 30, 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 ranger for an interesting and informative talk about the Gopher Tortoise. Learn about this tortoise that lives right here at Lovers Key and the threats they face.  Due to limited space, reservations are required.  

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Sunset Paddle Tour @ Oleta River State Park

Friday, December 30, 2016 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm EST

The Tour is 2 hours long and $35.00 per Adult or $25.00 per College Student.

More Information:


Located in the Southeast region at:
Oleta River State Park
3400 NE 163rd Street
North Miami Beach, FL 33160

Have you ever gone Kayaking at night? Sunset Kayak/SUP Tours are available every Friday evening at the BG Oleta River Outdoor Center. We paddle for 1 hour before arriving at Sandspur Island where we will take a break and watch the sun go down. Once the sun has set, your Guide will turn on bright colorful lights located on the front and back of your Kayak or SUP before a 30 minute paddle back to the Outdoor Center.

 

2016 Pre-New Year's Eve Celebration - Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

Friday, December 30, 2016 - 7:00pm EST to Saturday, December 31, 2016 - 1:00am EST

Tickets are $35 per person.

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

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

Celebrate the end of the year in style in the newly renovated Paradise Ballroom overlooking the main springs. Tickets include buffet dinner, champagne toast, DJ and dancing. Reservations are not required but highly encouraged. Walk-ups will be taken until 8:30 p.m.

Additional Information:

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

Visit the Silver Springs Management, LLC. event page for more info.

Participation requirements.

Movie Night @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Friday, December 30, 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