Coffee Social @ Oscar Scherer State ParkTuesday, January 10, 2017 - 8:00am to 10:00am EST
There is no cost to participate, donations appreciated.
Ranger Station 941-483-5956
Wake up with a hot cup of coffee or tea and pastries. Enjoy the morning view of Lake Osprey in the Nature Center. The volunteers running the program will be happy to answer any questions that you have about the park and surrounding area. Feel free to bring a paper to read or feel free to browse our selection of guide books and informational resources.
Lovers Key Fishing Clinic @ Lovers Key State ParkTuesday, January 10, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm EST
Free with regular park admission
Ranger Station at (239) 463-4588
Join park naturalists to learn a variety of tackle and fresh bait rigs, find out the best places to drop a line, and learn about the rules and regulations that pertain to game fishing in Southwest Florida. Due to limited space, reservations are required.
Highlands Hammock Presents 2017 Florida Humanity Council Lectures! @ Highlands Hammock State ParkTuesday, January 10, 2017 - 7:00pm EST to Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 8:00pm EST
All lectures are free. Park entry fees are waived after 6:00 p.m. These programs are sponsored by the following: Florida Humanities Council (www.FloridaHumanities.org) with funds from the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, Highlands Hammock State Park and the Friends of Highlands Hammock State Park, Inc. Please see Additional Information for participation requirements.
Call the Ranger Station at 863-386-6094.
An inaugural series of evening hour long programs featuring guest lecturers from the Florida Humanities Council Speakers Bureau will be presented in the park recreation hall at 7:00 p.m. during the 2017 winter season.
On January 10, folklorist Robert Stone will kick off the series with Florida Cattle Ranching: Five Centuries of Tradition. Cattle were introduced into the present day United States when Juan Ponce de Leon brought Spanish cattle to Florida in 1521. This multimedia presentation explores and celebrates the history and culture of the nation’s oldest cattle ranching state from the colonial period to the 21st century. Learn all aspects of Florida cattle ranching traditions including Cracker cow-whips, unique ranch gate designs, swamp cabbage, cowboy church and Cracker cowboy funerals, Seminole ranching, skills such as roping and branding, our vibrant rodeo culture, sidesplitting cowboy poetry, feisty cow-dogs and more!
On February 7, author and film producer Bill Belleville will focus on Florida’s most priceless natural resource as we take a journey in Getting to Know Florida’s Engaging ‘Water World’ from the Inside Out. This compelling presentation identifies our amazing water-driven landscapes, explores how other writers and artists have been inspired by them over time, and examines the threats to these diverse natural systems from Florida’s unbridled sprawl. Vivid photographic images illustrate Florida’s magical springs and the scrub and sandhill that help recharge springs and related habitats which are key to acknowledging Florida’s singular “sense of place.”
On March 2, Rick Smith, Jr. will bring Patrick Smith’s Florida is a Land Remembered to Highlands Hammock. Learn about this beloved author and his work as his son shares a multimedia show of his father’s extraordinary life experiences that led him to write about Florida pioneers, Seminoles, migrants, Merchant Marines in WW II, his travels to Russia and his nomination for a Pulitzer Prize in Literature. Learn how the author researched A Land Remembered for over two years before he could write it. Vintage film clips of Patrick Smith reveal his thoughts about the “real” Florida. Books will be available for sale.
For participation requirements, please review EEC INDOORS TALKS PRESENTATIONS.
Campfire Social @ Oscar Scherer State ParkTuesday, January 10, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm EST
Registered campers only no fees
Ranger Station 941-483-5956
Enjoy talking with volunteers and fellow campers around the campfire. Bring a non-alcoholic drink and a good story to share.
Located at the Campfire Circle or inside the Nature Center if the weather is not so nice.
Program is located at the Campfire Circle between sites 35 and 36. Will be held in the Nature Center if weather is not so nice.
Guided Canoe Trips - Moonlight @ Collier-Seminole State ParkTuesday, January 10, 2017 - 8:30pm EST to Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 10:30pm EST
$35 per person (moonlight trips)
GUIDED CANOE TRIPS at Collier-Seminole State Park - Moonlight Trips ($35 per person) are offered January 10th/11th, 2017, February 8th/9th, 2017, and March 10th/11th, 2017 from 8:30PM – 10:30PM. Step off the pavement, and paddle into the “Real Florida." Experience an easy, enjoyable, and educational adventure on the illuminated Blackwater River. Space is limited, so call for reservations. Phone: 239-394-3397
Program can only be held if the weather is permitting.