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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Bird Walk @ Anastasia State Park

Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 8:30am to 10:30am EST

 Regular park entry fees apply at $4/single-occupant vehicle, $8/vehicle with 2-8 occupants, or $2/bicyclist. 

More Information:
Renee.Market@dep.state.fl.us or 904-461-2035

Located in the Central region at:
Anastasia State Park
300 Anastasia Park Road
St. Augustine, FL 32080

Come meet the birds at Anastasia State Park on this monthly bird walk. Led by a park volunteer, this fun and informative walk is open to participants of all birding levels. Participants will observe a diverse variety of shore birds, marsh birds, and hammock birds by walking the beach, boardwalks, nature trails, and other areas. Please dress for the weather and bring binoculars, water, comfortable walking shoes, and a field guide if you have one. Meet at the Island Beach Shop & Grill pavilion located at the end of the main park drive.

Additional Information:

This event is weather permitting and subject to cancellation.

Participation Requirements

Wenzel Clinics @ Alafia River State Park

Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:00pm EST

Regular park admission fees apply.

More Information:
http://www.wenzelcoaching.com/clinics

Located in the Southwest region at:
Alafia River State Park
14326 S CR 39
Lithia, FL 33547

Wenzel Clinics will be providing coed Mountain Bike Clinics over the course of two days. For more information visit http://www.wenzelcoaching.com/clinics

1876 Cow Camp @ Lake Kissimmee State Park

Sunday, February 19, 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

 

Eagle Viewing @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:00am 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 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.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Pickin' in the Park - Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 1:00pm EST

Free with paid park admission.

More Information:
Ranger Station, (352) 236-7148 ext. 4

Located in the Central region at:
Silver Springs State Park
1425 NE 58th Avenue
Ocala, FL 34470

Come enjoy local and visiting musicians perform acoustic music in a scenic area near the springs. Instruments usually include a banjo, guitar, fiddle, upright bass, and accordion. They may vary from month to month. Feel free to bring your own instrument and join in or just listen and enjoy. Hand claps and foot taps welcome!

Additional Information:

Enter the park through the main entrance located at 5656 East Silver Springs Blvd. (SR 40).

Participation requirements.

Bluegrass Music @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm EST

Free with Park admission

More Information:
(561) 624-6952

Located in the Southeast region at:
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive
North Palm Beach, FL 33408

Get ready for some foot-stomping and toe-tapping tunes on the third Sunday of each month!  Live Bluegrass in the Amphitheater from 1:00-3:00  p.m.  Free with park admission.

Pine Needle Basket Class @ Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 1:30pm to 4:30pm EST

Cost is $3/vehicle park entrance plus $5/person; 12 and under free. 

More Information:
kristin.n.wood@dep.state.fl.us or (352) 793-4781

Located in the Southwest region at:
Dade Battlefield Historic State Park
7200 CR 603
Bushnell, FL 33513

Participants will make a pine needle basket using provided materials.  Pre-registration is required as class size is limited to 15. 

Concert in the Park @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Sunday, February 19, 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

Music by Firelight @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 6:30pm EST
More Information:
Ranger Station 941-483-5956

Located in the Southwest region at:
Oscar Scherer State Park
1843 South Tamiami Trail
Osprey, FL 34229

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.

2017 Great Backyard Bird Count at Silver Springs @ Silver Springs State Park

Monday, February 20, 2017 (All day)

This event is free with paid park admission.

More Information:
Craig Littauer, Park Services Specialist, 352-236-7156 or craig.littauer@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Central region at:
Silver Springs State Park
1425 NE 58th Avenue
Ocala, FL 34470

In partnership with the Marion Audubon Society, Silver Springs State Park will be hosting three guided bird walks as part of the 2017 Great Backyard Bird Count.

The first walk starts bright and early at 9:00 a.m. at the river trail. Meet at the pavilion near the beginning of the river trail. The total walk is less than 1 mile round trip but it will last 2-3 hours depending on how many birds we see. Feel free to stay for as much or as little as you would like. Please note, this time was previously advertised as 8:00 a.m.

Our other walks will be hosted at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., please meet at the Marion Audubon table in front of the education center for the walk. These walks will explore the gardens and swamp, around the springs and river. They will last roughly an hour, but the duration will depend on the group.

Throughout the day, volunteers and staff will be at the education center to answer questions about birdwatching as well as assist with bird identification through mobile apps and field guides.

Additional Information:

For the 9:00 a.m. walk, enter the park through the camping & museum entrance, 1425 NE 58th Avenue, (also known as State Road 35 or Baseline Rd.) to access the river trail.

For the 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. walks, enter the park through the main entrance located at 5656 East Silver Springs Boulevard (State Road 40).

Bring binoculars if you have them, a limited number are available for loan. Bring any other items you need to be comfortable while outdoors, such as a hat, water bottle, sunblock, or insect repellant.

For more information about the Great Backyard Bird Count, visit www.birdcount.org

For more information about the Marion Audubon Society, visit www.marioncountyaudubon.com

Participation requirements.