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Saturday, February 25, 2017

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, sandra.cashes@dep.state.fl.us

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.

Additional Information:

Participation requirements

30th Annual Real Florida 5K and 10K Cross Country Run and Fun Walk @ Wekiwa Springs State Park

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 7:00am EST

5K and walk (until Jan. 31): $25.00

5K and walk (Feb. 1 to Feb. 24): $35.00

5K and walk (day of event): $40.00

10K (until Jan. 31): $35.00

10K (Feb. 1 to Feb. 24): $45.00

10K (day of event): $50.00

More Information:
407-884-2009

Located in the Central region at:
Wekiwa Springs State Park
1800 Wekiwa Circle
Apopka, FL 32712

Join us for our 30th Annual Real Florida 5K-10K Races and Fun Walk. Every finisher gets a medal and commemorative t-shirt and prizes for first place male and female runners in the 5K and 10K races. For the 30th Annual running of the races every bib number has the opportunity to win one of two Travel County Gift Cards! Wekiva Wilderness Trust also welcomes walkers in either event. Join us, have fun and help contribute to a great cause. All proceeds from the race go to fund projects in the park.

Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. Races begin at 8:30 a.m.

Additional Information:

To fill out registration form online, click HERE.

Join us, have fun and help contribute to a great cause. All proceeds from the race go to fund projects in the park.

Sponsored by the Wekiva Wilderness Trust.

Participation Requirements

Jamis Bike Demo @ Alafia River State Park

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 8:00am EST

Regular park admission fees apply

More Information:
Ranger Station 813-672-5320

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

Bike demo of Jamis bikes at the trail head parking lot.

2017 Pancakes in the Park - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 8:00am to 11:00am EST

Breakfast will be $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children under 12 years old. Children three years old and under eat free.

More Information:


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

Take a nature walk and then eat some breakfast!

The Friends of Silver Springs Citizen Support Organization (CSO) will host this annual pancake breakfast fundraiser. Members volunteer will be the ones to flip the pancakes!

A guided hike begins at 8:00 a.m. so that you can develop a healthy appetite. After the walk, at 9:00 a.m., a hearty breakfast of freshly-cooked pancakes and sausage will be served until 11:00 a.m.

After breakfast, enjoy a walk on many different trails, visit the nearby Silver River Museum, or visit the main entrance and take a boat tour or rent a kayak.

Additional Information:

Enter the park from the camping & museum entrance, 1425 NE 58th Avenue, (also known as State Road 35 or Baseline Rd.) to access the museum area.

For more information about the Friends of Silver Springs, visit their website.

Participation requirements.

Gamble Plantation Spring Car Show @ Judah P. Benjamin Confederate Memorial at Gamble Plantation Historic State Park

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 9:00am to 3:00pm EST
  • To enter your car in the show, the fee is $20 the day of the show, at the front entrance of park on Hwy 301.
  • For spectators, a suggested parking donation of $1 will be collected, but any amount will be accepted.
More Information:
The Park office (941) 723-4536

Located in the Southwest region at:
Judah P. Benjamin Confederate Memorial at Gamble Plantation Historic State Park
3708 Patten Avenue
Ellenton, FL 34222

Spring car show to benefit the Gamble Plantation Preservation Alliance (GPPA) and Manasota S.O.L.V.E. This is the biggest car show in the area and is known to draw over 200 classic cars. There will be food available from Holy Smokes BBQ in addition to an ice cream truck. Awards and trophies will be given to cars entered in the show. Music will be provided by Lance's Cruzin to the Hop.

Additional Information:

Gamble Plantation Car Show and House Tour

Essential Eligibility Criteria

  • Must have the ability to follow visual and/or verbal instructions independently or with the assistance of a companion.
  • Must have the ability to withstand exposure to the outdoors for a period of 90 minutes.
  • Must have the ability to traverse uneven terrain for up to 60 yards.
  • For first floor tours must have either the ability to traverse a wood ramp at an incline of 5 degrees for 8 feet or climb 2 stairs 6 inches high and a tread width of 11 inches; independently or with assistance of a companion.
  • For second floor tours must have the ability to climb 17 stairs that are 7 inches high and tread width of 11 inches; independently or with the assistance of a companion.

Car show and Crafts Exhibit Criteria

  • Must have ability to traverse manicured lawn for up to 150 yards.

Watercolor Painting @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 9:00am to 10:00am EST

Free plus camping or standard day park entrance fee.​

Donations for supplies greatly appreciated!

More Information:
(941) 483-5956

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

This weekly program offers an opportunity for artists of all ages and skill levels to gather and paint with watercolors. Learn tips and tricks to creating watercolor masterpieces, or simply capture a beautiful winter morning in paint! Materials will be provided, though you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer. Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Additional Information:

Program takes place in the Nature Center. Space is limited to 10 people.

Participation Requirements

 

 

SUP for Beginners @ Oleta River State Park

Saturday, February 25, 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

More Information:


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

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! 

 

1876 Cow Camp @ Lake Kissimmee State Park

Saturday, February 25, 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

 

Coffee in the Campground @ Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:00am EST

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Melody Brennan, (850) 927-2111 Melody.Brennan@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Northwest region at:
Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park
1900 E. Gulf Beach Drive
St. George Island, FL 32328

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.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

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 Park

Saturday, February 25, 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 brian@silversprings.com

More Information:
Call the park concessionaire at 352-261-5842 or email brian@silversprings.com

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

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.

Additional Information:

Enter the park through the main entrance located at 5656 East Silver Springs Boulevard (State Road 40).

For more information about concessions visit www.silversprings.com

Participation requirements.

Liv Demo Day Clinic @ Alafia River State Park

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 9:30am EST

regular park admission

More Information:
Ranger Station 813-672-5320

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

This is a beginner level clinic. The main focus in this clinic is body positioning, bike and body separation and braking and shifting.

For more information visit http://www.facebook.com/lucysladiesliv

4th Annual Children's Art Show @ Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 10:00am to 3:00pm EST

FREE with park admission.

More Information:
Ranger Station 239-597-6196

Located in the Southwest region at:
Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park
11135 Gulfshore Drive
Naples, FL 34108

The Friends of Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park will proudly host the Fourth Annual Children’s Art Show at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park. The goals of this event are to showcase the artistic talents of elementary students from Collier County public and private schools as well as to promote community awareness and enjoyment of our Park. Prizes and People’s Choice Awards will be given.

Scavenger Hunt @

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm EST

Standard entrance fees

More Information:


Located in the region at:
, FL

Come Join Don Pedro State Park on a Scavenger Hunt and Learn all of what the park has to offer

Crabbing Basics: making it Delicious, keeping it Sustainable @ Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am EST

This program is free with park admission

More Information:
386-517-2086

Located in the Central region at:
Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach
3100 S. Oceanshore Blvd
Flagler Beach, FL 32136

The tidal salt marsh of our park is home to the Atlantic Blue Crab, a popular seafood and keystone species of the local ecosystem. Learn to catch these tasty crustaceans in a one hour hands-on program, appropriate for adults and families. We will be meeting at the Killdeer Pavilion, on the west side of the park. You can register for this program at Eventbrite.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Cracker Days @ Rainbow Springs State Park

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm EST

Event is free with paid park entry

More Information:
Toll Booth 352-465-8555

Located in the Northeast region at:
Rainbow Springs State Park
19158 SW 81st Place Road
Dunnellon, FL 34432

Bring out the entire family and step back in time to experience life as a Florida frontier on February 25th and 26th 2017, 10am-4pm.  Watch the crack of a cattle whip, touch the mane of a unique Florida Cracker horse, enjoy fresh made kettle korn, marmalade, and other goodies, listen to the musical melody of the Shade Tree Pickers, and try your hand at corn grinding, vintage children games, and much more.  Handcrafters and 1800's living history demonstrators will be surrounded by the smell of burning campfires and stories from the past.  New this year we will have a flintknapper demonstrating how the Native Americans made arrow heads. There is fun to be had for everyone!

Additional Information:

Participation requirements

The Battle of Okeechobee Second Seminole War Battle Reenactment @ Okeechobee Battlefield Historic State Park

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm EST

Admission is $10.00 per car.

More Information:
Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park: 863-462-5360

Located in the Central region at:
Okeechobee Battlefield Historic State Park
3500 SE 38th Ave.
Okeechobee, FL 34974

Please join the Okeechobee Battlefield Friends for the commemoration of the largest and fiercest battle in the Seminole Wars fought on Christmas Day 1837.

Additional Information:

Colors Presentation* Artisans* Battle of Okeechobee Narration* Seminole & Other Exhibitors* Alligator Demonstration* Children's Horse Rides* Living History* 1800's Irish Folk Music* Seminole Jacket Raffle* Pow Wow Dancing*  Battle Reenactment Time 2:00 pm Both Days*

 

If you are interested in being a vendor please contact Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park for information.

 

For further information & updates please visit: www.OkeechobeeBattlefield.com  facebook/BattleofOkeechobee

Critter Crafts for Kids @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 10:00am 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 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.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Family Challenge Saturdays @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 9:00am to 2:00pm CST

Standard park admission fees apply however there are no additional fees for programming.

More Information:
Ranger Station 850-267-8330

Located in the Northwest region at:
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

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. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Geocaching 101 @ Ravine Gardens State Park

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am EST

The program is free with park entry and for annual park pass holders. Park entry is $5.00 per vehicle for 2 - 8 people, $4.00 for single occupant vehicles, and $2.00 for pedestrians and bicyclists.

More Information:
Chanell Guillaume, 386-329-3721

Located in the Central region at:
Ravine Gardens State Park
1600 Twigg Street
Palatka, FL 32177

Geocaching is an interactive high-tech treasure hunt that teaches geography and outdoor recreation skills using hand-held GPS devices or smartphones. Participants use location coordinates to find caches. Come learn the basics of this great family activity at Geocaching 101 and have fun as we apply that knowledge outdoors!

 

Junior Rangers can also earn a recreation stamp in their Junior Ranger passports after completion of the program and post activity sheet! Not a Junior Ranger yet? That’s okay! You can either pick-up your Junior Ranger CORE activity packet the day of the program or pick one up at any time by visiting the park’s office. (Click here to learn more about how to become a Junior Ranger).

 

Please bring a water bottle and wear proper outdoor clothes for hiking. Bring a handheld GPS unit if you have one.

 

Please register for this event at, www.Geocaching101.eventbrite.com, or call the Park Office at, (386) 329-3721. For more information please contact the park at, (386) 329-3721, or email Chanell.Guillaume@dep.state.fl.us.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Lunch with the Archaeologists @ Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm EST

Free with paid park admission.

More Information:
Park Services Specialist Jeff Hugo, 850-561-7286

Located in the Northwest region at:
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park
465 Wakulla Park Drive
Wakulla Springs, FL 32327

Research into the past and how it relates to human survival in the present is happening at Wakulla Springs right now!  Find out what the archaeologists have discovered in this informational and hands-on program.  Participants are welcome to come and go as they please.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Feel free to bring a picnic lunch (no food will be provided) and a lawn chair or blanket for comfort.

Meet at the campfire circle in the forest to the west of the lodge.

Tram Tour @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, February 25, 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.

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 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.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Managing Resources: The benefit of Prescribed Fire @ T. H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm EST

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Ranger Station: 850-227-1327

Located in the Northwest region at:
T. H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park
8899 Cape San Blas Road
Port St. Joe, FL 32456

Join Ranger Steve Robison to learn about the extreme importance of managing resources and how prescribed fire is used by the Park Service to accomplish that goal. Participants are in for a special treat as Ranger Steve will use a local volunteer fire station brush truck to demonstrate some of the techniques used by wildland firefighters. Meet at Bay View Pavilion.  

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Concert in the Park @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, February 25, 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

Spring 2017 Concert Series - Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm EST

Concerts are $10.00 per person plus taxes and fees. Purchase tickets for all three concerts for $28.00 plus taxes and fees.

More Information:
Concessions at Silver Springs 352-261-5840

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

 Please join us for our Spring Concert Series, on the following dates:

February 25th: Chad Montana Band, www.chadmontana.com

March 18th: Patrick Gibson, www.pgcountry.com

March 31st: Tobacco Rd Band, www.tobaccordband.com, Facebook, Twitter

(Buy tickets here)

Additional Information:

Please note: The main entrance of the park will CLOSE at 6:00 p.m. and re-open at 7:00 p.m. All visitors must leave and then re-enter after paying the concert admission fees. The camping & museum entrance will remain open until the regular park closing time for visitors who wish to use the trails or picnic area.

Enter the park through the main entrance located at 5656 East Silver Springs Boulevard (State Road 40).

For information about concessions, glass bottom boats, rentals, and more, visit www.silversprings.com

Participation requirements.

Campfire Program @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 7:00pm EST

This after hours program is open to registered campers only and free to participate.

More Information:
Ranger Station 941-483-5956

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

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.  

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

SUP Yoga @ Oleta River State Park

Sunday, February 26, 2017 (All day)

$30.00 + tax

More Information:


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

"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.