Reconstruction @ Dudley Farm Historic State ParkFriday, 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.
Sandra Cashes, (352) 472-1142, email@example.com
-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.
30th Annual Real Florida 5K and 10K Cross Country Run and Fun Walk @ Wekiwa Springs State ParkSaturday, 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
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.
Jamis Bike Demo @ Alafia River State ParkSaturday, February 25, 2017 - 8:00am EST
Regular park admission fees apply
Ranger Station 813-672-5320
Bike demo of Jamis bikes at the trail head parking lot.
2017 Pancakes in the Park - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State ParkSaturday, 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.
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.
Gamble Plantation Spring Car Show @ Judah P. Benjamin Confederate Memorial at Gamble Plantation Historic State ParkSaturday, 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.
The Park office (941) 723-4536
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.
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 ParkSaturday, February 25, 2017 - 9:00am to 10:00am EST
Free plus camping or standard day park entrance fee.
Donations for supplies greatly appreciated!
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.
Program takes place in the Nature Center. Space is limited to 10 people.
SUP for Beginners @ Oleta River State ParkSaturday, 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
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 ParkSaturday, February 25, 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.
Coffee in the Campground @ Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State ParkSaturday, February 25, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:00am EST
Free with regular park admission.
Melody Brennan, (850) 927-2111 Melody.Brennan@dep.state.fl.us
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.
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 ParkSaturday, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Call the park concessionaire at 352-261-5842 or email email@example.com
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.
Liv Demo Day Clinic @ Alafia River State ParkSaturday, February 25, 2017 - 9:30am EST
regular park admission
Ranger Station 813-672-5320
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 ParkSaturday, February 25, 2017 - 10:00am to 3:00pm EST
FREE with park admission.
Ranger Station 239-597-6196
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
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 BeachSaturday, February 25, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am EST
This program is free with park admission
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.
Cracker Days @ Rainbow Springs State ParkSaturday, February 25, 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm EST
Event is free with paid park entry
Toll Booth 352-465-8555
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!
The Battle of Okeechobee Second Seminole War Battle Reenactment @ Okeechobee Battlefield Historic State ParkSaturday, February 25, 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm EST
Admission is $10.00 per car.
Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park: 863-462-5360
Please join the Okeechobee Battlefield Friends for the commemoration of the largest and fiercest battle in the Seminole Wars fought on Christmas Day 1837.
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 ParkSaturday, February 25, 2017 - 10:00am 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 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.
Family Challenge Saturdays @ Topsail Hill Preserve State ParkSaturday, February 25, 2017 - 9:00am to 2:00pm CST
Standard park admission fees apply however there are no additional fees for programming.
Ranger Station 850-267-8330
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.
Geocaching 101 @ Ravine Gardens State ParkSaturday, 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.
Chanell Guillaume, 386-329-3721
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.
Lunch with the Archaeologists @ Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State ParkSaturday, February 25, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm EST
Free with paid park admission.
Park Services Specialist Jeff Hugo, 850-561-7286
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.
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 ParkSaturday, 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.
Ranger Station: (941) 483-5956
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.
Managing Resources: The benefit of Prescribed Fire @ T. H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State ParkSaturday, February 25, 2017 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm EST
Free with regular park admission.
Ranger Station: 850-227-1327
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.
Concert in the Park @ Oscar Scherer State ParkSaturday, February 25, 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.
Spring 2017 Concert Series - Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State ParkSaturday, 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.
Concessions at Silver Springs 352-261-5840
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
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
Campfire Program @ Oscar Scherer State ParkSaturday, February 25, 2017 - 7:00pm EST
This after hours program is open to registered campers only and free to participate.
Ranger Station 941-483-5956
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.
SUP Yoga @ Oleta River State ParkSunday, February 26, 2017 (All day)
$30.00 + tax
"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.