Gasparilla Island Beach Walk @ Gasparilla Island State ParkWednesday, January 25, 2017 - 9:00am to 10:15am EST
Event is free with $3 per vehicle or $2 per person entrance fee.
For more information call 941-964-0375
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 ParkWednesday, January 25, 2017 - 9:00am to 10:00am EST
Class fee is $5, plus regular park admission.
Greenmonkey Yoga Studio at (239) 598-1938
Join yoga instructors from Green Monkey Yoga in the morning for an all-levels gentle yoga class.
Walk for Wellness on La Chua Trail @ Paynes Prairie Preserve State ParkWednesday, January 25, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:00am EST
Park Admission fees apply
Ranger Station 352-466-3397
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!
Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk Tour @ Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State ParkWednesday, 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.
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.
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 ParkWednesday, January 25, 2017 - 9:00am to 2:00pm CST
Standard state park entry fees will apply however there are no additional fees for programming.
Ranger Station 850-267-8330
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.
Black Island Bike Tour @ Lovers Key State ParkWednesday, January 25, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am EST
Free with regular park admission
Ranger Station at (239) 463-4588
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.
Game Night @ Oscar Scherer State ParkWednesday, January 25, 2017 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm EST
This after hour program is open to registered campers only and free to participate.
Ranger Station 941-483-5956
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 ParkWednesday, January 25, 2017 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm EST
The Visitor Center & Aquarium, (305) 451-9570
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 25 THE HISTORY AND BIODIVERSITY OF ALLIGATOR REEF
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 ParkThursday, January 26, 2017 (All day)
Regular park admission applies.
Susan Strawbridge, Park Services Specialist; (352) 628-5445, ext. 1002
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.