Annual Valentines Day 5k @ Silver Springs State ParkSaturday, February 11, 2017 - 7:00am EST
Advanced registration (before 2/4/2017):
$20 - Youth
$25 - Adult
Late registration and day of race:
$25 - Youth
$30 - Adult
Sweetheart division (teams of two people):
$50 - Advance registration
$60 - Day of race
Online registration has an additional fee of $2.50
Darrin DeTorres 352-207-3706 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
RoundTable Runners, the booster club of the Vanguard High School Cross Country team, presents the annual Valentines Day 5k.
Registration opens at 7:00 a.m. and the race starts at 8:00 a.m.
This will be a truly cross country race that utilizes the park's trails. You will experience a variety of surfaces through mostly open pine forests. Sections of some trails can be very sandy while others may have lots of exposed roots.
T-shirts will be given to the first 200 registered participants.
A pancake breakfast will be served following the conclusion of the race.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Vanguard High School Cross Country team. The funds raised will assist with transportation costs to various meets inside and outside of Florida, as well as to a cross country summer camp in North Carolina.
17th Annual Scrub Jay 5k/10k Race @ Oscar Scherer State ParkSaturday, February 11, 2017 - 8:00am EST
Fees before 2/01/2017:
- under - FREE (must still register)
- Ages 14 to 18 - $15
- Ages 19 & over - $30
- Friends of Oscar Scherer, MTC, and Zoomers members - $25
Fees after 2/01/2017:
- Everyone - $35
Day of Race:
- Everyone - $40
One of the Premier races in the Manasota Track Club racing series, this event offers free registration to all children under 13. The Scrub Jay races benefit the Friends of Oscar Scherer park, Inc. The Friends of Oscar Scherer park supports the park through charitable, scientific, literary and educational functions and through programs, activities, and fundraising to foster awareness of its importance as an environmental and recreational asset and to assist in conserving its natural and cultural resources.
Event Details and Schedule
February 11, 2017
- 5K Run at 8:00 a.m.
- 10K Run @ 8:15 a.m.
Plan to arrive early to avoid parking congestion. Vehicles will be stopped at the park entrance beginning at 7:55 a.m. for the race start until runners are clear of the road and on the trails.
Mostly packed sand and grass trails through the park's rare, scrubby flat woods with lots of shade trees. Last stretch of the paved Legacy Trail with the finish in the park.
CHIP TIMING will be used for both races.
Amenities and Goodies:
Tech tees race shirts will be given to the first 500 pre-registered, then while supplies last. Sizes guaranteed if registered by January 17, 2016
Registration is required for this Manasota Track Club sanctioned race presented by Friends of Oscar Scherer Park.
All proceeds support Florida Scrub-Jay Conservation. Dogs are not allowed during run.
Flight to Freedom - Public Day @ Fort Mose Historic State ParkSaturday, February 11, 2017 - 9:00am to 3:00pm EST
Event is free.
The Visitor Center admission is $2.00 per person. Children 5 and under enjoy free admission.
Carl P. Marchand,904-823-2232 email@example.com
Fort Mose's Flight to Freedom recreates the experience of the hundreds of slaves who traveled to Fort Mose in search of freedom. Event attendees will enjoy the guided Flight to freedom Trail, lined with several reenactors portraying the various characters who would have impacted a freedom seeker's journey to Florida.
Guided trail activities will pause for a lunch break from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.
Last guided trail tour begins at 2:30.
Ocala Plein Air Painters - Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State ParkSaturday, February 11, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:30am EST
Free with regular park admission.
Concession Gift shop, 352-236-7148 ext. 2
The Ocala Plein Air Painters meet the second Saturday of each month to capture the beauty of Silver Springs State Park. Come out and watch a canvas come to life. Some pieces are available for purchase in the art gallery and gift shop.
Beach Cleanup @ John D. MacArthur Beach State ParkSaturday, February 11, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:00am EST
Free entry to the park if assisting with the beach cleanup.
(561) 776-7449, ext. 109
Join us for a few hours of sun and surf and help keep MacArthur Beach State Park clean. Beach cleanups help remove trash which might otherwise end up endangering sea turtles or shorebirds. Participants will receive gloves and trash bags. Please bring a reusable water bottle, hat and sunscreen. Community service hours will be given upon request. Free entry into the Park if assisting with the event. for more information contact (561) 776-7449, ext. 109.
SUP for Beginners @ Oleta River State ParkSaturday, February 11, 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
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!
Air Potato Rodeo @ Ravine Gardens State ParkSaturday, February 11, 2017 - 9:00am to 1:00pm EST
Park admission is free for all volunteers.
Park Office, 386-329-3721
The Air Potato Rodeo is an annual park beautification day and resource management project held to help control the air potato vine (Dioscorea bulbifera) that is widespread at Ravine Gardens. Controlling this invasive plant is crucial in maintaining the historic beauty of the formal gardens in the park. Air Potato wranglers will assist park staff and volunteers in the collection of the potato-like tubers in efforts to control the sprouting and spread of the vine.
All ages are invited to enjoy a day of resource management fun, refreshments and community involvement. Prizes will be given for the most potatoes collected for individuals and groups. We will also have prizes for the largest potato, smallest potato and weirdest potato, as well as the most golf balls collected. The first 100 volunteers will receive an event t-shirt (while supplies lasts). Admission into the park is free to participants. Lunch will be provided by the Friends of Ravine Gardens, our Citizen Support Organization (CSO).
Gloves, trash bags and tools will be provided. Participants should wear long sleeves and pants, as well as closed-toe shoes. Participants should bring a reusable water bottle, bug repellent and sun screen.
Nature Photography Workshop @ John D. MacArthur Beach State ParkSaturday, February 11, 2017 - 9:00am to 1:00pm EST
$35.00 per person, does not include park entry fee.
(561) 776-7449, ext. 110
Join us on the second Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for technical and artistic instruction from a local professional. Appropriate for all photographers from beginners to advanced. Bring your own camera equipment, point and shoot or SLR. Wear light clothing, bring sunblock and mosquito repellant. Fee is $35.00, does not include park admittance fee. For more information visit www.macarthurbeach.org
1876 Cow Camp @ Lake Kissimmee State ParkSaturday, February 11, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:30pm EST
Free with regular park admission
Park Service Specialist Andi Henry, 863-696-1112, Andrea.Henry@dep.state.fl.us
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.
Offsite Cow Camps are available for groups of 15 or more, schools, community organizations, special events, etc. Call the Ranger Station for more information.
Coffee in the Campground @ Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State ParkSaturday, February 11, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:00am EST
Free with regular park admission.
Melody Brennan, (850) 927-2111 Melody.Brennan@dep.state.fl.us
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.
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 ParkSaturday, February 11, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Call the park concessionaire at 352-261-5842 or email email@example.com
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.
Volunteer Work Day @ Dunns Creek State ParkSaturday, February 11, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EST
Free for participating volunteers.
Bob Trail, 386-972-0507
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.
Fakahatchee Swamp Walk @ Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State ParkSaturday, February 11, 2017 - 9:30am to 2:30pm EST
The Fakahatchee Swamp Walk is $80 per adult; tickets for teens age 12 - 18 are $60. Advance reservations are required. Registration and More Information
Many people say the only way to experience the beauty and diversity of the Fakahatchee Strand is to immerse yourself in it. For many visitors, an official Friends of Fakahatchee Swamp Walk is the highlight of their Florida visit. Accompanied by experienced guides, participants wade in cool water up to their waists for half a day observing the native wildlife and plants in the Fakahatchee Strand. This is a long, strenuous walk into the heart of the Fakahatchee. Participants will be required to sign a standard release of liabilty form. Saturday swamp walks on Nov. 19, Dec. 10, Jan. 14. Feb. 11, Feb. 20, March 11, and April 8 will be led by Park Biologist Mike Owen. All other swamp walks will be led by trained Friends of Fakahatchee naturalists. Participants meet at the Ranger Station off Janes’ Scenic Drive no later than 9:30 a.m. It is located at 137 Coastline Drive, Copeland, FL. The park entrance is on the west side of SR 29 between I-75 and U.S. 41. This is the only access to Janes Scenic Drive. Please DO NOT rely on GPS or Google Map info which may incorrectly show other routes.
Swamp walkers should wear long pants and lace-up boots or sneakers (no waders or open-top boots). A hat and long-sleeved shirt are also recommended. Bring water, snacks, or lunch. Bring bug repellent if you are sensitive. Put anything you do not want to get wet in zip-lock plastic bags. You will also want to have a change of clothes to leave in your car for a more comfortable trip home. The park entrance is on the west side of SR 29 between I-75 and U.S. 41. This is the only access to Janes Scenic Drive. Please DO NOT rely on GPS or Google Map info which may incorrectly show other routes.
Backpack with a Ranger @ Paynes Prairie Preserve State ParkSaturday, February 11, 2017 - 10:00am EST to Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 12:00pm EST
$15 per person
Paid Online Reservations only. Make your reservation HERE
Ranger Station 352-466-3397
If you're interested in taking your next camping venture beyond the campground, but you're not ready to make the trip on your own, then join one of our rangers on a group overnight hike just off the beaten prairie path. Journey along biologically and historically unique areas, and learn about the Prairie's relationship to people of the past, present, and future.
This overnight trip is a moderately strenuous hike of approximately 6.5 miles over level to slightly rolling terrain. The pack in, pack out hike begins Saturday morning at 10:00 AM, and concludes on the following Sunday around Noon at the starting point.
Participants will be responsible for packing in (and out) their own camping equipment, food, and water. A campfire will be provided at the campsite. There are no sources of drinking water along the trail or at the campsite.
Fee to Attend: $15 Per Person
The hike is strictly limited to 20 people, and prepaid online registrations are required.
Reservations are taken ONLINE only, on the Friends of Paynes Prairie website. Make your reservation HERE
Hike requires a minimum of 5 participants in the total group for the program to happen; if 5 participants do not go, the hike will be cancelled and each participant will be contacted and refunded.
This hike is not recommended for children under 10.
No pets permitted.
Photography may be taken during this event.
11th Annual Fort Chokonikla Encampment/Reenactment @ Paynes Creek Historic State ParkSaturday, February 11, 2017 - 10:00am to 3:00pm EST
Reenactment admission fee is $2 per vehicle, in addition to the regular park entry fee of $3 per vehicle.
Call the Ranger Station at (863) 375-4717 for more information.
Paynes Creek is proud to present the 11th Annual Fort Chokonikla Encampment and Reenactment on Saturday, February 11 and Sunday, February 12, 2017. The park’s signature event runs from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm on both days with reenactments scheduled at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm.
This reenactment, which is recreated by staff and volunteers, reveals the sequence of events that occurred on July 17, 1849. During the 1840s, tensions between the settlers and Seminole Indians, which had been building over the years, prompted authorities to establish a trading post in Florida’s interior. Built in early 1849, the Kennedy-Darling Trading Post was attacked and destroyed by a small group of renegade Indians later that summer. In late 1849, Fort Chokonikla was built in close proximity to the trading post as the first outpost in a chain of forts established to control the Seminoles in Florida. The story comes to life through living history narration providing a wonderful learning experience for the entire family.
This special event features black powder demonstrations, period-specific arts and crafts vendors, and children’s activities. Food vendors will be on site to provide barbeque sandwiches, ice cream and refreshments.
For participation requirements, review EEC PCHSP REENACTMENT OUTDOOR EVENTS.
Critter Crafts for Kids @ Oscar Scherer State ParkSaturday, February 11, 2017 - 10:00am EST
There is no cost to participate other than normal park entrance fees for day-use visitors.
Ranger Station 941-483-5956
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.
Family Challenge Saturdays @ Topsail Hill Preserve State ParkSaturday, February 11, 2017 - 9:00am to 2:00pm CST
Standard park admission fees apply however there are no additional fees for programming.
Ranger Station 850-267-8330
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.
Dudley Kids Day - Is this Camping? @ Dudley Farm Historic State ParkSaturday, February 11, 2017 - 10:00am to 2:00pm EST
Regular park entrance of $5.00/car for up to 8 people. Honor box, cash only.
Sandra Cashes, (352) 472-1142, firstname.lastname@example.org
Is this Camping?
-Children can participate in educational demonstrations and crafts -
Join us at the farm on the second Saturday of the month for our Dudley Kids Day. Children and adults alike, ages 5 to 65, can join in the fun! There are hands on demonstrations, crafts, old fashioned games and even some education. Learn about history, and a farming way of life.
Cruisin' Food Fest @ John D. MacArthur Beach State ParkSaturday, February 11, 2017 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm EST
Free with park admission.
Come on down to John D. MacArthur Beach State Park for our first ever Cruisin' Food Fest. Weather permitting, there will be music, Food Truck Invasion and plenty of original, restored and modified cars, trucks and motorcycles to admire. The event is open to all vehicles and is sponsored by the Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park. Admission to the event is free with park entry fee. For more details or if you have any special needs, please contact the park office at (561) 624-6950 to make reasonable accommodations.
The Cascading Camellias of Maclay Gardens @ Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State ParkSaturday, February 11, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm EST
This program is free with paid park entry fee.
Ranger Station: (850) 487-4556
This program is very enjoyable, yet informative. Come and learn the history and uses of Camellia Japonica during a presentation and then take a stroll through our beautiful camellia forest.
Please bring sunscreen, insect repellent and bottled water.
Surf Fishing Workshop @ Sebastian Inlet State ParkSaturday, February 11, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:15pm EST
Free with regular park admission fees.
Terry O'Toole 772-388-2750
Join us for a surf fishing class designed to introduce anglers to the basics of surf fishing. Discussions will center around the equipment needed to enjoy a productive surf fishing day at the beach. Topics include rod and reel selection, standard pompano rig, choosing bait and more. Anglers are encouraged to bring a pen/pencil and something to write on. Meet at the Sebastian Fishing Museum for the workshop.
Tram Tour @ Oscar Scherer State ParkSaturday, February 11, 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.
Ranger Station: (941) 483-5956
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.
Concert in the Park @ Oscar Scherer State ParkSaturday, February 11, 2017 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm EST
Cost is free with camping or standard ay park entrance fee.
Ranger Station 941-483-5956
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.
Ranger Program - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State ParkSaturday, February 11, 2017 - 5:00pm EST
Free with regular park admission.
Call the ranger station 352-236-7148 ext. 4
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.
Sweethearts Forever @ Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State ParkSaturday, February 11, 2017 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm EST
$99.00 per couple donation to the Friends of Wakulla Springs State Park.
Park Services Specialist Jeff Hugo, (850) 561-7286
Now that Valentine’s Day is upon us, are you looking for the perfect romantic event for you and your significant other? Only 15 couples will be able to enjoy this rare and elegant evening on the Wakulla River and in the Lodge at Wakulla Springs.
The night begins with a wine tasting on the patio of the Waterfront Visitors Center. From there, guests take their places on a river boat and float gently along while bathed in the golden rays of a setting sun. Upon return, they will casually stroll to the lodge for a difficult choice between scrumptious options on a special Valentine’s menu.
Spaces for the event can be reserved by visiting www.WakullaSprings.org.
Donations are nonrefundable. For more information, please call (850) 561-7286.
One-Year Family Membership to The Friends of Wakulla Springs State Park
Wine Tasting for Two
River Boat Tour for Two
Dinner in Lodge (1 Appetizer, 2 Entrees, 2 Desserts)
OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL PURCHASES:
Guided Night Paddle @ Oscar Scherer State ParkSaturday, February 11, 2017 - 5:00pm EST
The cost to participate is $20.00/person.
Ranger Station 941-483-5956
Awaken your senses with the wonders of the nocturnal world while park staff guide you along a gentle paddle among the fragile estuarine mangrove habitat of South Creek. Participants are asked to arrive 30 minutes prior to sunset to get set-up. Space is limited to ten vessels and is on a first-come, first-served basis, so register early (up to one month prior to the paddle date). Canoes, kayaks, paddles and life jackets are available for rent at the park. Folks are welcome to bring their own paddling gear instead of renting.
Time varies based on sunset - contact park for actual times.
Valentine's Dinner Date - Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State ParkSaturday, February 11, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm EST
$35 per person plus taxes and fees. Cash bar available.
Silver Springs Concessions 352-261-5840
Celebrate with your date at Silver Springs on either Saturday, February 11th or Tuesday, February 14th. Enjoy a beautiful view of the springs while you partake of a specially prepared meal.
Seating will be limited so purchase your tickets on eventbrite.
Enter the park through the main entrance located at 5656 East Silver Springs Boulevard (State Road 40).
Campfire Program @ Oscar Scherer State ParkSaturday, February 11, 2017 - 7:00pm EST
This after hours program is open to registered campers only and free to participate.
Ranger Station 941-483-5956
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.
Moonlight Concert @ John D. MacArthur Beach State ParkSaturday, February 11, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm EST
$5 per person, children under 10 are free.
Join us for a magical night of music under the full moon. This month's band, Bill and Kate Isles, will be playing folk music. Gates open at 6:00 p.m., live music from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with a 15 minute intermission of stargazing on the boardwalk. Free to Friends members and one guest, children under 10 free and $5.00 per person for non-members.
Night Sounds at Sebastian Inlet State Park concert with SIRSY @ Sebastian Inlet State ParkSaturday, February 11, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm EST
Free with regular park admission
Terry O'Toole 772-388-2750 or 321-984-4852
Come on out and listen to the sounds of SIRSY! SIRSY is an Indie Pop Rock duo that The Boston Globe calls “Little band, big sound.” SIRSY’s music is chock full of soul and sincerity, with a touch of sass. They have CD’s of original music. Their lyrics can be a little dark or introspective but their stage presents radiates joy. The Times Union says “Clever, smart songs with more hooks than a tackle box.” Melanie Krahmer’s voice is capable of a lion’s roar or a floaty whisper. Rich Libutti’s guitar work has been called “Killer rock guitar riffs” by Instrumental Magazine. Together they have created a dynamic, full sound. Their newest CD was produced by Grammy-winning producers, Paul Kolderie and Sean Slade. The concert will take place at the pavilions on Coconut Point, located on the south side of Sebastian Inlet. The concert is free with regular park entry fees. For more information about the concert please call (321)984-4852 or visit www.floridastateparks.org/sebastianinlet. or www.sirsy.com.
SUP Yoga @ Oleta River State ParkSunday, February 12, 2017 (All day)
$30.00 + tax
"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.