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.
1876 Cow Camp @ Lake Kissimmee State ParkSunday, February 12, 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.
Eagle Viewing @ Oscar Scherer State ParkSunday, February 12, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:00am 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 is offered during bald eagle nesting season. Two nests are located in the park but the easiest to access is on the Green Trail. Once nest construction has begun, part of the trails are roped off per federal law. To view the eagles from a safe distance, a Volunteer will be manning a viewing station. A high-powered spotting scope to view the nest will be provided. The 20-minute walk to the eagle viewing station on the Green Trail from the Nature Center or campground is self-guided and trail maps can be obtained at the Ranger Station and Nature Center.
Beach Combing @ Delnor-Wiggins Pass State ParkSunday, February 12, 2017 - 9:30am to 10:30am EST
FREE with park admission.
Ranger Station 239-597-6196
Join a Volunteer for a talk about beach treasures. Learn about sea shells, sea creatures and tidal movement. This is a great interactive event!
Beach Combing Participation Requirements
11th Annual Fort Chokonikla Encampment/Reenactment @ Paynes Creek Historic State ParkSunday, February 12, 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.
The Tenant House: A Tribute to the Mickens Family @ Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State ParkSunday, February 12, 2017 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm EST
Park entry fee of $3 per vehicle is required for access to the farmyard and Tenant House.
If a tour of the main Historic House is desired, there is a house tour fee of $3 for adults, $2 for children (6-12 years) and are given at 10AM, 11AM, 1PM, 2PM, 3PM, & 4PM.
Cash or check only.
Carrie Todd, Park Ranger (352) 466-3672
Join us in paying tribute to Black History Month and to the indispensable contributions by the family who occupied the Tenant House, working side by side with Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.
The Mickens family, especially Martha Mickens, played an essential role in Rawlings' success in Cross Creek. Black families, like the Mickens, "took up the slack," as Martha used to say, to make sure the farm work was done and things ran smoothly. But she was more than this according to Rawlings. "Old Aunt Martha Mickens, with her deceptive humility and her face like poured chocolate, is perhaps the shuttle that has woven our knowledge, carrying back and forth, with the apparent innocence of a nest-building bird, the most revealing bits of gossip; the sort of gossip that tells not trivial facts, but human motives and the secrets of human hearts..."
Join us on February 12th to tour the historic tenant house from noon to 3PM, and to hear a short program highlighting the Mickens Family at 2:30PM, presented by park volunteer Gregg Henderscheidt.
The Tenant House is located within the park, across the farmyard from the Rawlings' historic house.
Dress for current outside weather conditions, as there is no heating or cooling.
Bluegrass Music with the Conch Stomp Band @ John D. MacArthur Beach State ParkSunday, February 12, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm EST
Free with park admission.
Join the Conch Stomp Band for some foot-stomping and toe-tapping tunes on the second Sunday of each month! Live Bluegrass in the Amphitheater from 1-3:00 p.m.
Ranger Program: Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State ParkSunday, February 12, 2017 - 2:00pm EST
Free with regular park admission.
Ranger station, 352-236-7148 ext.4
Take part in a park ranger program, which occurs every Sunday. Topics vary, with each program offering an opportunity to learn something new about Silver Springs State Park and Florida’s unique environment.
Enter the park through the main entrance located at 5656 East Silver Springs Boulevard (State Road 40).
Concert in the Park @ Oscar Scherer State ParkSunday, February 12, 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.
Sundae Sunday Social and Musical Treat @ Oscar Scherer State ParkSunday, February 12, 2017 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm EST
Ranger Station 941-483-5956
Enjoy an ice cream sundae while listening and relaxing to great live music by fabulous musicians held at the Nature Center.
Music by Firelight @ Oscar Scherer State ParkSunday, February 12, 2017 - 6:30pm EST
Ranger Station 941-483-5956
Music lovers will enjoy this program held by firelight at the Campfire Circle. If inclement weather will be held in the Nature Center.
Program occurs at sunset. Please contact Ranger Station for actual program times.