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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Gasparilla Island Beach Walk @ Gasparilla Island State Park

Wednesday, January 18, 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 18, 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:

Yoga on the Beach Participation Requirements

Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk Tour @ Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park

Wednesday, January 18, 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.

Geocaching Around Topsail @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Wednesday, January 18, 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

Dade Craft:Tie Dyeing Shirts with natural dyes @ Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm EST

Cost is $3/vehicle or annual park pass and $2 for walk-in or bicycle plus $5/person.  Participants 12 and under free.   

More Information: or (352) 793-4781

Located in the Southwest region at:
Dade Battlefield Historic State Park
7200 CR 603
Bushnell, FL 33513

Tie dyeing class using natural dyes.  Participants are asked to bring a shirt, however some shirts will be on hand to use. 

Brown Bag Luncheon @ Reddick Public Library: Rawlings Revisited @ Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 11:30am to 2:00pm EST

There is no fee.

More Information:
Reddick Public Library (352) 438-2566

Located in the Northeast region at:
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park
18700 S. CR 325
Cross Creek, FL 32640

Bring your own "brown bag" lunch and enjoy a presentation of the upcoming year-long celebration of the 75th anniversary of Rawlings' Cross Creek and Cross Creek Cookery.

Hear stories from Cross Creek's famous author, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, during this lunchtime program given by Valerie Rivers, Park Manager of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park.  She will share anecdotes and writings by Rawlings, including those about foods that were part of Florida cuisine and Rawlings' citrus groves, farmyard, and garden.  Samples of marmalade from Rawlings' recipes will be available for tasting! 

Beverage and dessert provided.  Contact the library to reserve a piece of pie!

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Reddick Public Library is located in Marion county at 15150 N.W. Gainesville Road, Reddick, Fl. 32686


Game Night @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Wednesday, January 18, 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 18, 2017 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm EST
More Information:
The Visitor Center & Aquarium, (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.


Ashley Hill, Education Program Manager for Coral Restoration Foundation, will discuss changes observed in coral reefs as the environment is evolving. She will cover the challenges faced, restoration practices, and how these practices may shape the future of the reefs.