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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Gasparilla Island Beach Walk @ Gasparilla Island State Park

Wednesday, January 25, 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 25, 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

Walk for Wellness on La Chua Trail @ Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:00am EST

Park Admission fees apply

More Information:
Ranger Station 352-466-3397

Located in the Northeast region at:
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
100 Savannah Blvd
Micanopy, FL 32667

Be active while enjoying nature in your Florida State Parks.  Join us for a walk of approximately 3 miles on the La Chua Trail.   

Meet us in the La Chua Trail parking lot.

We will walk at a pace that suits the group, or you're welcome to move at your own pace.  If you're not up for the full 3 miles, you can rest and wait on a bench along the way, then join up with us again on our return, or simply turn around whenever you're ready.  Join us and do what you can, and perhaps the next week you may be able to go a little further.  On a similar note, if you'd like to keep your heart rate up and move a little faster, you're welcome to go your own pace and we'll catch up to you at the overlook or when we return.  

Check the weather and dress accordingly.  Bring a water bottle - there is a water fountain near the parking lot, but not anywhere else along the walk. 

Please RSVP for individual walks on Friends of Paynes Prairie Website so that we can contact you if anything changes or the walk is cancelled for any reason

Our intention is to offer wellness walks and activities throughout the year, so if you're looking for a new routine to get out and be active, join us and we can help to keep you motivated!

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk Tour @ Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park

Wednesday, January 25, 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 25, 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

Black Island Bike Tour @ Lovers Key State Park

Wednesday, January 25, 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 a Park Naturalist for a three-mile adventure down our Black Island Trail.  Learn a little park history and experience some of the wildlife that call this maritime hammock home.  Bring your own bike or rent one from the park concession.  Due to limited space, reservations are required.  

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Game Night @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Wednesday, January 25, 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 25, 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.

Alligator Reef has the highest number of fish species scientifically recorded in the Tropical Western Atlantic, as well as many historical artifacts.Carlos and Allison Estape are published citizen scientists and will share the results of their research and photography, along with historical facts from the 1733 Spanish Fleet to the Alligator Lighthouse.

Lu, the Hippopotamus' 57th Birthday @ Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Thursday, January 26, 2017 (All day)

 Regular park admission applies.

More Information:
Susan Strawbridge, Park Services Specialist; (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

Birthday programs at 10:00 am and at Noon

Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will celebrate Lu, the hippopotamus’ 57th birthday with two special birthday parties on Thursday, January 26, 2017. Students from several area day care centers will join park staff in wishing Lu a Happy 57th Birthday. Lu will enjoy a specially made birthday cake at 10:00 am with another during the park’s 12:30 pm alligator and hippopotamus program so park visitors have another opportunity to join in the celebration of the birthday of Florida’s only resident hippopotamus. Lu has been a long-time resident of Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and has fans around the world. People come from all over to help him celebrate his birthday.

Additional Information:

 Participation Requirements