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Friday, February 24, 2017

Stone Age and Primitive Arts Festival @ Ochlockonee River State Park

Friday, February 24, 2017 - 9:00am EST to Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 4:00pm EST

Event is free with paid park admission.

Park admission is $4.00/vehicle (maximum of 8 passengers), $2.00 for additional passengers, pedestrians and bicyclists.

More Information:

Located in the Northwest region at:
Ochlockonee River State Park
429 State Park Road
Sopchoppy, FL 32358

Ever wonder how pre-historic man put food on the table for the family? How people survived among mammoths and saber-toothed cats? Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Ochlockonee River State Park invites you to attend the 10th annual Stone Age and Primitive Arts Festival! The festival features artists and demonstrators from all over the country.

  • Learn from experts how to make your own arrowheads, spear points and stone tools with the ancient art of flintknapping

  • Participate in an atlatl throwing or primitive archery contest

  • Watch as instructors reveal the secrets behind primitive fire making techniques like the bow drill, hand drill, and the fire saw

  • Tour through our vendor village and find everything from pottery, hand woven baskets and jewelry to bows, arrows, spears and the materials to make your own.


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Participation Requirements

Guided Hike and Bike @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Friday, February 24, 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.)

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 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.

Reconstruction @ Dudley Farm Historic State Park

Friday, February 24, 2017 - 9:00am EST to Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 4:00pm EST

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

More Information:
Sandra Cashes, (352) 472-1142,

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

Reconstruction Era

-Visitors are invited to immerse themselves into history-


Dudley Farm Historic State Park will host its annual Reconstruction Era event on February 24th and 25th, 2017.  The Reconstruction Era Event is set during some of the hardest economic and socially difficult years in Florida following the War Between the States (the American Civil War).  Living Historians bring to life the trials and troubles faced by people during those times. The year is 1868 and people do not dress, speak or think the same way we do now. Come experience what life was like for a Cow Hunter, a Temperance Marcher, a former slave turned soldier or just the common person trying to stay alive. Step back in time, see how life was.  Be forewarned, they are not from our time, they might wonder what is that Iphone in your hand.

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Participation requirements

Beach Walk and Estuary Tour @ Lovers Key State Park

Friday, February 24, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am EST

Free with park entry

More Information:
Ranger Station 239-463-4588

Located in the Southwest region at:
Lovers Key State Park
8700 Estero Blvd.
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

Take a leisurely one-mile walk over the estuary and along the beach with a park naturalist.  Find out what washes ashore on the beach during the night and learn about coastal wildlife.  Due to limited space, reservations are required. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Jamming with Bill @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Friday, February 24, 2017 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm EST

Free with camping or standard day 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

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.

Additional Information:

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Sunset Paddle Tour @ Oleta River State Park

Friday, February 24, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm EST

The Tour is 2 hours long and $35.00 per Adult or $25.00 per College Student.

More Information:

Located in the Southeast region at:
Oleta River State Park
3400 NE 163rd Street
North Miami Beach, FL 33160

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: One Mile Run @ Little Manatee River State Park

Friday, February 24, 2017 - 5:00pm EST

Park entrance fees apply.  Program is free for registered campers and day visitors with paid park entry. 

$5/ vehicle (2-8 persons)

$4/ vehicle (1 person)

$2/ person (entering on foot, bicycle, horse, or bus)

More Information:

Located in the Southwest region at:
Little Manatee River State Park
215 Lightfoot Rd.
Wimauma, FL 33598

Treat yourself to an hour for your health.  Join us for a one mile run in the park for this Fitness Friday. 

Join us every Friday to exercise your body and mind!  Fitness Friday programs including the One Mile Run, Group Bike Ride, or Zen-Stretching by the Lake.  All exercises are easy to moderately strenuous, and open to all ages.  Following the program, stick around to enjoy the sunset in the park. #FitnessFridays

Additional Information:

Meet at the picnic area parking lot.  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.

It is recommended that participants bring water in a refillable container and insect repellant.  Wear sturdy, close-toed running or tennis shoes.  

The running course will cover approximately 1.25 miles, including 0.25 miles on the paved park drive, and 1 mile on unpaved terrain.  Sections of the unpaved route have soft sand, uneven terrain, and exposed roots.  An alternate 1 mile paved route is wheelchair accessible.  The course and speed will be tailored according to group ability on the day of the run.  

Florida State Parks are in various stages of accessibility.  For detailed accessibility information, please see the EEC Group Run.  Persons in wheelchairs may participate by wheeling the course in a wheelchair.  To request assistance to make your full participation in this program possible, please call 813-671-5005.  Some accommodations may require notice up to two full weeks in advance. 

Campfire Music Jam @ Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

Friday, February 24, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm EST

Cost is $3/vehicle or annual park pass for park entrance fee.

More Information:; 352-793-4781

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

The Campfire Music Jam will take place around the campfire behind the Dade Lodge.  Participants are asked to bring a instrument (optional), flashlight, campfire food (optional) and chair. 

Movie Night @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Friday, February 24, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm EST

Free for registered campers

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 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.

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Located in the Nature Center

HESCO BONEFROG Challenge Orlando @ Rock Springs Run State Reserve

Saturday, February 25, 2017 (All day)

For fees and additional information about this event, please contact BONEFROG directly on their website (link is external) 

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Located in the Central region at:
Rock Springs Run State Reserve
30601 County Road 433
Sorrento, FL 32776

2017 HESCO BONEFROG Challenge Orlando (link is external) is coming to Rock Springs State Reserve February 25th for the one and only Navy SEAL Obstacle Course Race.  The BONEFROG event weekend offers fun and activities for all ages. Let the kids come watch you race and then let them loose on our BONEFROG Kids Course where they race in the mud and on scaled down obstacles! We have always subscribed to the “work hard, play hard” mentality and our after party is not to be missed! Music, Beverages, Food and Fun... Celebrate finishing one of the hardest OCR’s in existence with the BONEFROG family ages.

Registration is NOW OPEN (Link is external).  Early Bird pricing won't last long! Prices will never be lower than the "Early Bird" pricing guaranteed.