Guided Hike and Bike @ Oscar Scherer State ParkFriday, February 17, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EST
There is no cost to participate in either portion other than normal park entrance fees for day-use visitors
($2 for pedestrians/bicyclists entering the park from the Legacy Trail; cost for vehicles varies based on occupancy.)
Ranger Station 941-483-5956
This two-part program is conducted by a Ranger or Volunteer.
Hike time: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Bike time: 10:30 a.m. to noon.
The guide will take you on an informative walk along one of the six trails in the park. If you’re interested in taking your journey a step further, stay for the second portion of the program which includes a leisurely bike ride along the Green Trail and a portion of the Legacy Trail. The bike ride is about 12 miles round-trip. Participants must provide their own bikes; road and trail bikes are ok. Children under 16 years of age must wear a helmet while bicycling. Both portions of the program begin at the Nature Center. Remember to bring plenty of drinking water.
Black Island Bike Tour @ Lovers Key State ParkFriday, February 17, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am EST
Free with park entry
Ranger Station 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.
MKR Tenant House Open House @ Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State ParkFriday, February 17, 2017 - 11:00am to 3:00pm EST
Park entry fee is $3.00 per car. This will allow access to the Tenant House which is located across the yard from the main house. If a Rawlings' main house tour is desired, it will be an additional $3.00 per adult/$2.00 per child (6-12 years.) Cash or check only. Rawlings' main house tour times are 10AM, 11AM, 1PM, 2PM, 3PM and 4PM, but the Tenant House will be open from 11AM to 3PM only.
Carrie Todd, Park Ranger (352)466-3672
Come explore Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' historical tenant house and learn about the families who lived there. During this open house, a park volunteer will be available to assist and answer questions about its history.
The Tenant House will be open and attended between 11AM and 3PM only. Dress for outside weather.
Jamming with Bill @ Oscar Scherer State ParkFriday, February 17, 2017 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm EST
Free with camping or standard day park entrance fee.
Ranger Station 941-483-5956
Join a music jam session with the park's favorite musical volunteer, Bill, or enjoy watching and listening to the musicians. Anyone with an instrument that would like to join in is welcome and encouraged. This family-friendly program is sure to be full of toe-stomping fun located outside the Nature Center (inside the Nature Center during bad weather). Audience members are welcome to bring snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.
Sunset Paddle Tour @ Oleta River State ParkFriday, February 17, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm EST
The Tour is 2 hours long and $35.00 per Adult or $25.00 per College Student.
Have you ever gone Kayaking at night? Sunset Kayak/SUP Tours are available every Friday evening at the BG Oleta River Outdoor Center. We paddle for 1 hour before arriving at Sandspur Island where we will take a break and watch the sun go down. Once the sun has set, your Guide will turn on bright colorful lights located on the front and back of your Kayak or SUP before a 30 minute paddle back to the Outdoor Center.
Fitness Fridays: Group Bike Ride @ Little Manatee River State ParkFriday, February 17, 2017 - 5:00pm EST
Park entrance fees apply. Registered campers and visitors with paid park entry fee attend program free.
$5/ vehicle (2-8 persons)
$4/ vehicle (1 person)
$2/ person (entering on foot, bicycle, or bus)
Treat yourself to an hour for your health on Fitness Fridays! Bring your own bike and meet at the picnic area parking lot to join us for a group bike ride in the spectacular setting of the park.
Join us every Friday for one or all of the Fitness Friday programs including the Group Bike Ride, Zen-Stretching by the Lake, or a One Mile Run. All exercises are easy to moderately strenuous, and open to all ages. Following the fitness program, stick around to watch the sunset in the park.
Program location, directions, and other details will be posted at the Ranger Station on the afternoon of the program. Check for any updates upon entering the park.
Participants must provide their own bicycle. Participants under 16 years old must also bring and wear their own helmet. It is recommended that participants also bring water in a refillable container and insect repellant.
The riding course will take place on the paved park drive, covering a distance between 4-6 miles, with shorter and longer routes available. The course is wheelchair accessible to any persons who would like to participate in the ride using a wheelchair. For detailed accessibility information, please see the EEC Bike Ride. To request assistance to make your full participation in the program possible, please call 813-671-5005. Some accommodations may require notice up to two full weeks in advance.
Movie Night @ Oscar Scherer State ParkFriday, February 17, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm EST
Free for registered campers
Ranger Station 941-483-5956
This family-friendly winter program is sure to entertain. Each week features a different theme. Campers can vote for the movie of their choice at the Nature Center, where the movie viewing will take place. Refreshments are provided and campers are welcome to bring their own non-alcoholic beverages and favorite movie theater snacks.
Located in the Nature Center
Everglades Ultras @ Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State ParkSaturday, February 18, 2017 (All day)
Three distinct races: a 50 mile race, a 50 kilometer race and a 25 kilometer race. Visit www.evergladesultras.com for details and registration.
Run the Florida Everglades-- In it, not around it!
The Fakahatchee is Florida's largest state park. It's diverse habitats include bald cypress swamp lowlands, grassland prairie, tropical hardwood hammocks and pine rock lands. "The Fak" features the largest variety of orchids and bromeliads on the continent, Florida panther, black bear, deer, alligators, bobcat, Everglades mink, diamondback terrapin and water fowl and migratory birds too numerous to count. Its groves of native royal palms are the largest in the state and the only place in the world where bald cypress and royal palm share the forest canopy. Runners will see it all, traveling along old logging trams, preserved and maintained for access to various sections of the park.
Registration limited to 300 runners. Aid stations will be carefully placed along the routes