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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Watercolor Painting @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, January 28, 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

 

 

Yesterdays Festival @ Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park

Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:00pm EST

This event is free with park admission of $5.00 per vehicle, up to eight people.

More Information:
(352) 473-4701

Located in the Northeast region at:
Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park
6239 State Road 21
Keystone Heights, FL 32656

Take a walk back in time and see history through the eyes of Gold Head Branch.  This event will include re-enactors, historic demonstrations, cast iron cooking, live music, antique cars and tractors, ranger tram tours and much more!  Come experience the Florida of yesterday!

Additional Information:

Participant Requirements

SUP for Beginners @ Oleta River State Park

Saturday, January 28, 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 28, 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

 

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

Saturday, January 28, 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 28, 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.

Historic Farmstead Tour @ Dudley Farm Historic State Park

Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am EST

Regular park entrance fee of $5.00 per car.  Honor box, cash only.

More Information:
Sandra Cashes, (352) 472-1142, sandra.cashes@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Northeast region at:
Dudley Farm Historic State Park
18730 W. Newberry Road
Newberry, FL 32669

Take a walk with a ranger or volunteer docent around the farmstead. Learn about pioneer family life, and the workings of a historic farm. We provide a public tour on the fourth Saturday of each month October - May, excluding February. Tour begins at the Visitor Center.

For pictures and more details, download the event flyer.

Additional Information:

Participation requirements.

Cultural Junior Ranger Program @ Ravine Gardens State Park

Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am EST

The program is free with park entry and for annual park pass holders. Park entry is $5.00 per vehicle for 2 - 8 people, $4.00 for single occupant vehicles, and $2.00 for pedestrians and bicyclists.

More Information:
Park Office: 386-329-3721

Located in the Central region at:
Ravine Gardens State Park
1600 Twigg Street
Palatka, FL 32177

Please join us as we host an interpretive hike and cultural program for children on Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Want to become a Junior Ranger? Have you completed your Junior Ranger CORE activities? Do you need to earn a stamp for your passport so you can earn your Junior Ranger badge, patch or pin? If so, this is the program for you!

Join a park ranger for an interpretive hike and cultural lesson! After, complete one of the many exciting passport activities! Those who have not completed the CORE activities can still attend! You can either pick-up your Junior Ranger CORE activity packet the day of the program or pick one up at any time by visiting the park’s office.

This program is appropriate for children aged 6 and up. Pre-registration is required, spaces are limited. To register, please visit: https://JrRangerProgram.eventbrite.com, or call the Park Office at: (386) 329-3721.

Can’t make it to the program, but want to become a Florida Park Service Junior Ranger? Junior Ranger Kits are always available at the Ranger Station during regular park hours!

Participants will meet at the large pavilion outside of the Civic Center at 10 a.m. Please bring a water bottle and wear proper outdoor clothes for hiking. Participants will receive their Junior Ranger passport stamp after completing the program.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Rendezvous at Fort Foster @ Fort Foster State Historic Site

Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 10:00am to 3:00pm EST

Public admission for this special event is a $5 donation to Hillsborough River State Park Preservation Society per person, ages 5 and under is free.

More Information:
Ranger Station at (813) 987-6771

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

History will come alive during this annual historical event at the Fort Foster State Historic Site. The event is a living history reenactment featuring military, Seminole, and civilian reenactors, sutlers, traders and craft demonstrations. Registration forms are available online. An opportunity to purchase period merchandise and refreshments is available to our park visitors.

Please note: This weekend event will offer ongoing daily live firing demonstrations and a skirmish between the Seminoles and military after 1 p.m. both days.

The Fort Foster State Historic Site is located adjacent to Hillsborough River State Park on U.S. 301 North, 9 miles north of Fowler Avenue and 6 miles south of Zephyrhills.

 

 

Additional Information:

All sutlers, vendors, and demonstrators, must register by January 23, 2017.

Please see the "Additional Information" tab for registration forms.

Participation Requirements

Critter Crafts for Kids @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, January 28, 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

Campfire Cooking Inspired by "Hyacinth Drift" @ Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park

Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 10:00am to 3:00pm EST

Park entry fee is $3 per car.  This is the only fee required for the campfire cooking. 

Historic house tours, if desired, are $3 per adult and $2 per child (6-12 years) and are given at 10AM, 11AM, 1PM, 2PM, 3PM & 4PM.

More Information:
Carrie Todd, Park Ranger (352) 466-3672

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

"My most successful rolls were prepared in the middle of the St. John's River." 

We invite you to a re-creation of the remarkable dutch oven camp cooking Rawlings describes in Cross Creek's chapter "Hyacinth Drift"-- a log of her journey with Dessie Smith down the river in March of 1933.  Learn the "secret" of their navigation, and how to never be lost. The cooking will start on an outdoor fire in the farmyard at 10AM, using Rawlings' camp recipes, and there will be a program and tasting (including rolls!) at 2:30PM.   

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

This event will be held outside, so please dress appropriately for weather and conditions.

Food tasting will only take place at 2:30 only; please contact our staff with any questions concerning food ingredients. 

Family Challenge Saturdays @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Saturday, January 28, 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

Tram Tour @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, January 28, 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

Concert in the Park @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, January 28, 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

Ranger Program - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, January 28, 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.

Campfire Program @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, January 28, 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

Fireside Chat @ Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm 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

Relax before a crackling fire and bask in the ambiance of an earlier time as you reminisce with your special guest speaker.  Guests are encouraged to bring their own Wakulla Springs memorabilia for “Show and Tell”.  This is a great opportunity to renew old memories or to create new ones with family and friends.  Get the good times started with dinner in the Wakulla Springs Lodge Dining Room. Reservations are suggested but not required.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Meet in the lobby of the Lodge at Wakulla Springs.

SUP Yoga @ Oleta River State Park

Sunday, January 29, 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.