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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Watercolor Painting @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 9:00am to 10:00am EST

Free plus camping or standard day park entrance fee.​

Donations for supplies greatly appreciated!

More Information:
(941) 483-5956

Located in the Southwest region at:
Oscar Scherer State Park
1843 South Tamiami Trail
Osprey, FL 34229

This weekly program offers an opportunity for artists of all ages and skill levels to gather and paint with watercolors. Learn tips and tricks to creating watercolor masterpieces, or simply capture a beautiful winter morning in paint! Materials will be provided, though you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer. Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Additional Information:

Program takes place in the Nature Center. Space is limited to 10 people.

Participation Requirements

 

 

Volunteer Work Day @ Dunns Creek State Park

Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EST

Participants receive free park entry for the day.

More Information:
386-972-0507

Located in the Central region at:
Dunns Creek State Park
320 Sisco Road
Pomona Park, FL 32181

Volunteer at beautiful Dunns Creek State Park!

Park Staff and the Friends of Dunns Creek State Park are hosting a Volunteer Work Day to prepare for our upcoming Earth Day Celebration!

No experience is necessary. We will provide all of the training you need and will supply all of the materials and tools.  We recommend bringing a water bottle and wearing long pants or bug spray due to insects. Bring your family and friends as we enjoy the outdoors! By volunteering for this event, you and your family will also have free access to the park for the day. 

For more information about our volunteer work days, please contact the Work Day Coordinator, Bob Trail, at 386-972-0507.

   

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

19th Annual Wildlife and Wildlands Art Show @ Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:00pm EST

FREE with regular park admission

More Information:
Ranger Station 239-597-6196

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

The art show site is in a unique and beautiful setting alongside the beach where visitors can meet the artists in a naturally shaded area of the park. Artwork depicts “Old Florida” and/or uses natural materials. Various mediums, such as photography, watercolors, acrylics, fusion glass, ceramics, and jewelry design are represented at the show. A percentage of the proceeds through sales of the artwork is donated to the Friends of Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, a nonprofit 501 3c. Visitors can also purchase tickets for a Drawing of Chance. Food from Naples Beach Adventures is available on site for lunch; ice cream from Royal Scoop Ice Cream and popcorn are also for sale. Acoustical guitarist, Amber Crowley, is scheduled to provide musical entertainment.

SUP for Beginners @ Oleta River State Park

Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 9:00am to 10:30am EST

Class is 1 hour and 30 minutes long, and cost $40.00+tax per person. Price includes equipment and instructor

More Information:


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

Do you want to learn how to Stand Up Paddleboard?? Come learn the foundations of beautiful sport at the BG Oleta River Outdoor Center, located within the Oleta River State Park. "Walk on Water" through Mangrove Creeks leading out to Biscayne Bay. Our knowledgable "SUP" instructor will provide you with a 10 minute on land lesson, including the anatomy of the board. Learn how to properly launch and mount your board followed by slowly coming to the upright standing position. You will learn proper paddling technique, how to handle adverse weather conditions and how to help another paddler in need. 

Don't be intimidated! This watersport is easier than it looks. Pick up a new hobby while meeting other local outdoor adventurists! 

 

1876 Cow Camp @ Lake Kissimmee State Park

Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:30pm EST

Free with regular park admission

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

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

As you roam down the short trail to the Cow Camp, you will travel back in time to 1876. At the end of the trail, you will find a Florida Cow Hunter in a frontier camp along the route of a cattle drive. He will be cooking, making coffee, tending to the cattle or just resting up until the next roundup or cattle drive. The Cow Hunter will be very happy to share stories about what his life is like and the challenges he faces.

Additional Information:

Offsite Cow Camps are available for groups of 15 or more, schools, community organizations, special events, etc. Call the Ranger Station for more information.

Participation Requirements

 

Third Saturday Hike @ Colt Creek State Park

Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 9:00am EST

Regular park admission fees apply.

More Information:
(863) 815-6761

Located in the Central region at:
Colt Creek State Park
16000 SR 471
Lakeland, FL 33809

Join a Ranger guided hike on the 3rd Saturday of the month. A wonderful opportunity to meet a Park Ranger and learn of the habitats and history here at Colt Creek State Park.

Additional Information:

Please wear comfortable shoes, bring insect repellent, and water. 

Participation Requirements

Coffee in the Campground @ Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park

Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:00am EST

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Melody Brennan, (850) 927-2111 Melody.Brennan@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Northwest region at:
Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park
1900 E. Gulf Beach Drive
St. George Island, FL 32328

A Park Ranger or volunteer will give interpretive programs on many topics which may include Apalachicola Bay seafood, panhandle seashells, campfire cooking, flora and fauna of St. George Island, birding and sea turtles.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Bringing a breakfast related dish is welcomed.

Coffee is provided by the Friends of Franklin County State Parks.

The Coffee in the Campground is held in the interpretive building in the family campground.

 

Kayaking for Beginners - Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 9:00am to 10:30am EST

$25.00 per person includes the cost of a single or tandem kayak rental. $2.00 per person park admission fee not included.

To purchase tickets in advance contact brian@silversprings.com

More Information:
Call the park concessionaire at 352-261-5842 or email brian@silversprings.com

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

Escape the hustle and bustle of every day life with a guided paddling tour on the Silver River. Participants will learn the basic skills and techniques of kayaking as well as how to stay safe on the river.

Additional Information:

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

For more information about concessions visit www.silversprings.com

Participation requirements.

4th Annual Suncoast Orienteering Event @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 10:00am to 3:00pm EST

Registration fees for Florida/Suncoast Orienteering Members $6

​All others $9 per individual or group with one map.

Extra maps $2 each.

Electronic timing stick rental for advanced courses: $5.

More Information:
(352) 223-7268

Located in the Southwest region at:
Oscar Scherer State Park
1843 South Tamiami Trail
Osprey, FL 34229

Starts between 10am and Noon at the Legacy Trail Parking Area. All participants must report back from their course by 3pm.

Five different length courses including an instructional one mile 'map hike' course for people to learn about map and compass and land navigation. For those who prefer their recreation a little more advanced and competitive choose one of the other courses from two to ten miles in length.

​Maps will be supplied. Compasses available for rent.

Register at the Legacy Trail parking area.

For more information, please visit: www.floridaorienteering.org or Facebook/Suncoast Orienteering. Email: Suncoast_Orienteering@yahoo.com

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Fort Taylor Living History Weekend @ Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 10:00am to 2:00pm EST

Normal park admission applies.

More Information:
Kevin Bowes, kevin.bowes@dep.state.fl.us (305) 292-6850

Located in the Southeast region at:
Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park
601 Howard England Way
Key West, FL 33040

Come celebrate Florida's rich history on the third Saturday and Sunday of each month at Historic Fort Taylor, America's Southernmost Civil War Fortress.  Join our re-enactors as they set up tents, clean their weapons and fire up the blacksmith shop.  Climb the circular stairways and experience the harbor view just as the soldiers did in 1861.  Walk down our cannon row and touch the actual cannons used to protect this Union stronghold.  Tours will be available and public interaction is strongly recommended. Re-enactor participation varies by weekend and weather conditions. For more information on how to get involved, please contact Park Services Specialist Kevin Bowes at kevin.bowes@dep.state.fl.us.

Critter Crafts for Kids @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 10:00am 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 features different arts and craft opportunities for kids.  A Volunteer will be on-hand in the Nature Center to instruct and provide the materials but parents are asked to remain with their child throughout the program; parents are welcome to participate as well.  Supplies and seating is limited, so participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Family Challenge Saturdays @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 9:00am to 2:00pm CST

Standard park admission fees 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 Preserve State Park invites you to enjoy our Family Challenge Saturdays.  Each Saturday of the month we invite visitors to come and participate in our “Geocache Topsail “& “Topsail Photo Scavenger Hunt” programs.  You may choose to do one or both programs and return to the camp store to pick up a surprise at the end of your visit.  Enter the park through the main gate and park staff will direct you to the camp store to pick up your program packets, you will need a gps or a smart phone capable of gps as well as a camera or smart phone for pictures. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Campfire Cooking @ Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 11:30am to 1:00pm EST

Free with paid park admission.

More Information:
Park Services Specialist Jeff Hugo, 850-561-7286

Located in the Northwest region at:
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park
465 Wakulla Park Drive
Wakulla Springs, FL 32327

Have you wanted to expand your campfire cooking experience to something beyond hotdogs?  Then join a ranger-led presentation to broaden your culinary imagination around the campfire.  Discover a few techniques and recipes that you and the kids will love.  (They might even be good for you!)  There will also be some talk about the park’s bears.  Enjoy good conversation and meet new friends! 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Meet at the campfire circle in the forest to the west of the Lodge at Wakulla Springs.

Space is limited.  Please call 850-561-7286 to register.

Bring a lawn chair for your comfort and if you’d like to sample the results, bring a snack to share.

Tram Tour @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 1:30pm EST

The cost to ride the tram is $5.00/person, plus normal entrance fees.

Children under 5 ride free with a paid adult.

More Information:
Ranger Station: (941) 483-5956

Located in the Southwest region at:
Oscar Scherer State Park
1843 South Tamiami Trail
Osprey, FL 34229

Join our knowledgeable and enthusiastic Park Rangers on a tram tour through the park trails to discover the secrets of Oscar Scherer State Park! Parking is available at the Nature Center and participants are asked to meet at the Nature Center promptly at 1:30 p.m. Seating on the tram is on a first-come, first-served basis, limited to 25 people. Make sure to arrive early to reserve the best seats - accommodations for two wheelchairs are also available.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Cross Creek & Cross Creek Cookery at the Ruffled Rose Tea Room @ Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park

Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm EST

Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Suwannee Valley Shoppes at 352-463-3842.

The cost is $20 per person.

More Information:
Ruffled Rose Tea Room (352)463-3842 & MKR Historic State Park (352)466-3672

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

We are pleased to announce that the Ruffled Rose Tea Room in Trenton, Fl. has invited the Friends of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Farm to share with them our celebration of 75 years of Cross Creek and Cross Creek Cookery in publication.

 

Come delight in this lovely "formal English tea" experience, entertained by Rawlings's own experiences within these books, and learn of the exciting line-up of events to come during our year of festivities.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

The Ruffled Rose Tea Room is located in Trenton, Fl. amidst the Suwannee Valley Shoppes complex.  It is approximately 31 miles heading west from Gainesville on SR 26 (about 45 minutes drive time.)

Wildlife Puppeteers Play @ Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST

Regular park admission applies.

More Information:
Susan Strawbridge, Park Services Specialisr; (352) 628-5445, ext. 1002

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

The Wildlife Puppeteers will be presenting a new puppet play entitled “This is your life…Lu, the Hippopotamus!” This play is a takeoff on the 1950s show “This is your life!” Lu’s family and friends, past and present, celebrate his uniqueness. Sing hippo songs and laugh with us as Lu remembers his life, back to when he was a Californian. Meet Lu’s mother, Lotus; his best friend Susie, a donkey; and Vicky, his volunteer friend.

Additional Information:

 Participation Requirements

 

Concert in the Park @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm EST

Cost is free with camping or standard ay park entrance fee.

More Information:
Ranger Station 941-483-5956

Located in the Southwest region at:
Oscar Scherer State Park
1843 South Tamiami Trail
Osprey, FL 34229

Enjoy watching and listening to musicians jamming out to live music.   This family-friendly program is sure to be full of toe-stomping fun located outside the Nature Center (inside the Nature Center if inclement weather).  Audience members are welcome to bring snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Sunset Kayak Tour - Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 3:00pm to 5:15pm EST

$35 per person includes kayak rental, single or tandem. $30 for students with valid student ID. $2.00 per person park admission fee not included.

To purchase tickets in advance contact brian@silversprings.com

More Information:
Call the park concessionaire at 352-261-5842 or email brian@silversprings.com

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

Paddle into the sunset by kayak on the scenic Silver River. Before it gets dark you will visit springs with names such as the Blue Grotto, the Garden of Eden, Fisherman's Paradise, and the Alligator Hole. On the way back to the launch, west along the river, the sun will be setting behind the headsprings.

Additional Information:

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

For more information about concessions visit www.silversprings.com

Participation requirements.

Ranger Program - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 5:00pm EST

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Call the ranger station 352-236-7148 ext. 4

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

Every Saturday, a ranger will present a program on a different topic at the Silver River Museum & Environmental Education Center. Examples of programs include "Weavers in the woods," "What's that sound?," "Pioneer survival," as well as programs on topics such as fire, gopher tortoises and more. For the specific topic or program for the coming weekend, please contact the ranger station.

Additional Information:

Enter the park through the Camping & Museum Entrance, 1425 NE 58th Avenue, (also known as State Road 35 or Baseline Rd.) to access the Silver River Museum.

For more information about the Silver River Museum visit their website.

Participation requirements.

An Evening Under The Stars @ Big Lagoon State Park

Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 4:30pm CST

The gazes themselves are free; however normal park entrance fees apply. 

All participants MUST have entered the park prior to closing time; which is sunset.  The front gates will be locked at that time, and visitors will NOT be permitted to enter the park after then. 

NOTE: as sunset times do change throughout the year, please contact the Ranger Station at (850) 492-1595 ahead of time to find out when the front gates will be locking for the evening.

 

More Information:
Ranger Station, (850) 492-1595

Located in the Northwest region at:
Big Lagoon State Park
12301 Gulf Beach Highway
Pensacola , FL 32507

Big Lagoon State Park, along with the Escambia Amateur Astronomer Association would like to invite you to spend an evening gazing at the skies!  Clear weather permitting, members of the Association will set up telescopes and binoculars to capture views of the moon, planets, and other celestial objects.  The event will be held at the East Beach Picnic Area, near the observation tower at Big Lagoon State Park.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Dinner Under the Stars @ Fort Foster State Historic Site

Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 5:45pm to 8:00pm EST

Tickets are $25 per person, plus tax, and can be purchased through Eventbrite.

More Information:
Park Services Specialist, Douglas "Alex" Kinder: douglas.kinder@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Southwest region at:
Fort Foster State Historic Site
15402 U.S. 301 N.
Thonotosassa, FL 33592

Dine under the stars like an 1830’s military officer and mingle with the troops from inside the walls of Historic Fort Foster at this pre-1840’s living history event and dinner. There will be menu items influenced by Florida frontier life, with a modern day touch.

Visitors will start the journey back in time by enjoying a 15 minute tram ride to the Fort. Once at the historic site, park staff will lead the group through the grand doors and protective walls of the fort where they will enjoy a candle lit tour of the officers’ quarters, infirmary and quarter masters’ supply room. Once seated, and with no distractions of the modern world, guests will take in the smell and sight of this gourmet food and will be immersed in Florida history that few experience. After dinner you will have the luxury of roaming the quaint historic fort grounds and view live black powder weapon firings before being transported back to the park and the modern day.

Proceeds benefit The Hillsborough River State Park Preservation Society, a volunteer, Citizen Support Organization (CSO), established to support the needs of Hillsborough River State Park.

The mission of the Hillsborough River State Park Preservation Society, Inc., is to enhance and perpetuate the Hillsborough River State Park and Fort Foster State Historic Site.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Celebrating the Year of Cross Creek at the Matheson Museum @ Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park

Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 6:15pm to 8:00pm EST

The event is free.

More Information:
Matheson Museum @ (352)378-2280 & MKR Historic State Park @ (352) 466-3672

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

The Matheson History Museum and Friends of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Farm are excited to kick off a year-long celebration of the 75th anniversary of the publication of Cross Creek & Cross Creek Cookery.  This event will be held at the Matheson, and will feature a presentation by Dr. Kevin McCarthy, author and UF Professor Emeritus, on "Hyacinth Drift," a chapter in Cross Creek describing Rawlings' and friend Dessie Prescott's trip down the St. Johns river in an 18-foot open boat.

Doors will open at 6:15, when both books will be available for purchase, and light refreshments will be served.

The Friends of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Farm will announce the calendar of celebratory events for the upcoming year at 6:30PM, prior to Dr. McCarthy's talk at 7:00PM.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

The Matheson History Museum is located at 513 East University Avenue, Gainesville, Fl.  Parking is available on the east side of the museum, at the Law Offices of Attorneys Folds & Walker, and at the Kirby Smith Administration Center directly across the street from the museum.  Reserved ADA accessible parking spaces are available.

 

 

Campfire Program @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 7:00pm EST

This after hours 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

Come sit around the campfire and find out about the amazing world around you.  This informative family-friendly program takes place in the best classroom---the outdoors with the theme changing weekly! The wheelchair accessible campfire circle is located between sites 35 and 36. Held in the Nature Center if inclement weather.  

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Star Gazing Party @ Collier-Seminole State Park

Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm EST

Event is free with regular park entrance fee.

More Information:
239-394-3397

Located in the Southwest region at:
Collier-Seminole State Park
20200 Tamiami Trail E.
Naples, FL 34114

Bring your chairs and enjoy a relaxing night under the stars at Collier-Seminole State Park. You will be viewing the night skies with The Everglades Astronomical Society. There will be an interpretive presentation followed by constellation tours, using telescopes to view stars, galaxies, planets, and nebulae. Come watch the night sky open up and amaze you.

Additional Information:

Event can only be held if the weather is permitting.

2017 Americana Concert Series Camp Helen State Park @ Camp Helen State Park

Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm CST

Event is free. Donations are accepted and go directly to the Friends of Camp Helen State Park to be used to benefit the parks resource management projects and interpretive programs.

 

More Information:
CampHelenFriends@gmail.com 850-233-5059

Located in the Northwest region at:
Camp Helen State Park
23937 Panama City Beach Parkway
Panama City Beach, FL 32413

Camp Helen State Park with Lucky Mud and the Friends of Camp Helen State Park present the 2017 Americana Concert series on January 21, 2017. The second concert features Paul Kamm and Eleanor MacDonald.  They are modern folk musician's who have been writing and performing original, contemporary folk music for 33 years. A blend of contemporary and traditional styles, their music is graced by exquisite harmony, compelling songwriting, deceptively simple arrangements and intricate guitar work...all embraced by great heart.  

Additional Information:

Participant Requirements

All concerts are held in the Lodge at Camp Helen State Park. Seating inside the lodge is limited to 125 people.  Additional seating is available outside on the porch.

Camp Helen State Park
23937 Panama City Beach Parkway
Panama City Beach, FL 32413

 

 

SUP Yoga @ Oleta River State Park

Sunday, January 22, 2017 (All day)

$30.00 + tax

More Information:


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

"Come enjoy the combination of nature and exercise by joining our Stand Up Paddleboard YOGA Class offered every Sunday morning. Never Paddleboarded before? No problem, beginners welcome. Class is 1 hour and 30 minutes long, and cost $30+tax per person. Price includes equipment and instructor."  Please contact BG Oleta River for exact times.