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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Gasparilla Island Beach Walk @ Gasparilla Island State Park

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 9:00am to 10:15am EST

Event is free with $3 per vehicle or $2 per person entrance fee.

More Information:
For more information call 941-964-0375

Located in the Southwest region at:
Gasparilla Island State Park
880 Belcher Rd
Boca Grande, FL 33921

Meet at the picnic pavilion next door to the Port Boca Grande Lighthouse.  Join a Park Ranger to learn about some of the park's coastal plants, animals, and history.  The walk is approximately one-third mile and lasts about one hour.  Wear comfortable walking shoes and a hat, sunscreen and drinking water are recommended.  All programs are weather dependent. 

Yoga on the Beach @ Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 9:00am to 10:00am EST

Class fee is $5, plus regular park admission.

More Information:
Greenmonkey Yoga Studio at (239) 598-1938

Located in the Southwest region at:
Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park
11135 Gulfshore Drive
Naples, FL 34108

Join yoga instructors from Green Monkey Yoga in the morning for an all-levels gentle yoga class.

Additional Information:

Bring your yoga mat, water, a towel and bug spray! To make a reservation and payment please call Greenmonkey Yoga Studio at (239) 598-1938 or visit their website: www.greenmonkey.com.

Yoga on the Beach Participation Requirements

Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk Tour @ Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 9:00am to 10:30am EST

Tickets are $20 per person. Buy your tickets now. Be sure to select the desired date from the drop-down menu near the top of the screen.

More Information:


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

Tour provided by Friends of Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. Light-weight, comfortable headsets will help you hear clearly to get the most out of your naturalist-led small group private tour of the Fakahatchee’s Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk. The tour of this National Natural Landmark site is a leisurely narrated morning stroll in dappled shade along the 2,220 foot boardwalk through one of the last remaining stands of virgin cypress trees in Florida. The boardwalk will provide many photography and bird watching opportunities. The boardwalk is approached via an 800 foot crushed rock path bordering a borrow ditch with additional wildlife viewing opportunities. Highlights include old growth forest, an active bald eagle nest and an alligator hole at the end of the boardwalk. Meet at the Big Cypress Bend gravel parking area on the north side of highway 41 by the Miccosukee Indian Village Gift Shop at 08:45 for check-in.

 

 

Additional Information:

Directions: From Naples, drive 17.1 miles east from the intersection of CR 951 (Collier Blvd) along US 41 (Tamiami Trail). Boardwalk sign on the right, but parking is on the left of the road. From the east, the boardwalk is 6.9 miles west of the blinker at the intersection of US 41 and SR 27 near Everglades City, which is 17 miles south of the I-75 Exit 80 for Everglades City / Immokalee.

Guided Kayak Trip @ Lake Kissimmee State Park

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EST

Park admission fee applies

More Information:
Park Service Specialist Andi Henry , 863-696-1112 or Andrea.Henry@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Central region at:
Lake Kissimmee State Park
14248 Camp Mack Rd.
Lake Wales , FL 33898

Take a 90 minute paddle down Zipper Canal that flows through the central part of Lake Kissimmee State Park to Lake Rosalie. This ranger-led tour will give you an appreciation of the flora and fauna found in this area of the state. Tours are limited to six kayaks - bring your own or rent one from the camp store in the park.

Reservations required!

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Geocaching Around Topsail @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 9:00am to 2:00pm CST

 Standard state park entry fees will apply however there are no additional fees for programming.

More Information:
Ranger Station 850-267-8330

Located in the Northwest region at:
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Topsail Hill State Park invites you to enjoy our “one of a kind” geocache program.  Visitors can check in at the Camp Store and pick up the geocache packet.  This activity will take you to various points throughout the Preserve.  Note: the hiking and biking trails are easy to moderate in difficulty, some are paved, sand and gravel, or hard pack.

What is Geocaching you ask?  Well, it is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches", at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world. Geocaching was originally similar to the 160-year-old game letterboxing, which uses clues and references to landmarks embedded in stories.  Geocachers are free to take a treasure, or “swag” (except the logbook, pencil, or stamp) from the cache in exchange for leaving something of similar or higher value behind.

Enter the park through the main gate and park staff will direct you to the Camp Store, you will need a GPS or a smart phone capable with GPS. 

Additional Information:

Program Requirements

Estuary Wading tour @ Lovers Key State Park

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am EST

Free with regular park admission

More Information:
Ranger Station at (239) 463-4588

Located in the Southwest region at:
Lovers Key State Park
8700 Estero Blvd.
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

Join Park Naturalists to learn about the marine species that make the estuary and barrier island environments unique and explore sea grass flats. Seahorses, shrimp, young fish and egg casings of all sorts inhabit the grasses, which attract larger fish, mollusks and crustaceans, and manatees, dolphins and rays. Guests will get wet as they venture into the estuary. The Estuary Wading Trip is sponsored by the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program (CHNEP).  Due to limited space, reservations are required.  

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Historic Engine Demonstration @ Koreshan State Park

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 11:30am EST to Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 12:00pm EDT

FREE with Park admission of $5.00 for up to 8 people in a vehicle, $4.00 for an individual in a vehicle and motorcycles, $2.00 for pedestrians and bicycles.

More Information:
Ranger Station (239) 992-0311

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

EVERY WEDNESDAY and SATURDAY at 11:30 a.m. Be there as Docents fire up the Antique Fairbanks Morse Engine and run the generator, just like the Koreshan pioneers did. Learn how they provided electricity to their Unity settlement. 

Game Night @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm EST

This after hour program is open to registered campers only and free to participate.

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 a great way to unwind after a long day while meeting new friends.  Located in the Nature Center, various individual and group based games are available for general use and campers are welcome to bring their own.  Available games include: Checkers, Chess, Dominos, Trivial Pursuit, Yahtzee, Stratego, Farkle, a variety of card games, and many, many more.

The 26th Annual Delicate Balance of Nature Lecture Series @ Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm EST
More Information:
The Visitor Center & Aquarium at (305) 451-9570

Located in the Southeast region at:
Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park
County Road 905, Mile Marker 106
Key Largo, FL 33037

WEDNESDAY evenings from 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at JOHN PENNEKAMP CORAL REEF STATE PARK

Visitor Center & Aquarium Building at MM 102.5 Oceanside Overseas Highway. Park gate opens at 7 p.m.

Admission is free. Seating is limited. Bring a cushion for your added seating comfort. Please help us to accommodate those who are chemically sensitive by not wearing fragrances and other scented products.

For more information call the Visitor Center & Aquarium at (305) 451-9570.

January 11
NONNATIVE REPTILE IDENTIFICATION AND REPORTING

Learn how to identify Burmese pythons and other exotic snakes that have been observed in Florida. Jenny Novak, Nonnative Species Outreach and Education Coordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, will show how to make credible reports of exotic snake sightings, and give  tips to avoid confusing exotic snakes with native species.