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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Volunteer Work Day @ San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 8:30am to 12:00pm EDT

Free park entry for volunteers.

More Information:
Ranger Station: (386) 462-7905

Located in the Northeast region at:
San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park
12720 NW 109 Lane
Alachua, FL 32615

The trails are built and maintained by volunteers. The CSO hosts work days on the second Saturday of each month, and invites you to join! Typical work days are from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and include clearing and maintaining existing trails, building new trails, and improving the park's facilities. After the work day, lunch is provided. 

Meet at the CSO building at park headquarters at 8:30 a.m.

Please bring gloves, sunscreen, bug repellent, a water bottle and good humor!

Additional Information:

12720 NW 109th Lane
Alachua, FL 32615-6741
Participantion Requirements 

Ocala Plein Air Painters - Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:30am EDT

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Concession Gift shop, 352-236-7148 ext. 2

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

The Ocala Plein Air Painters meet the second Saturday of each month to capture the beauty of Silver Springs State Park. Come out and watch a canvas come to life. Some pieces are available for purchase in the art gallery and gift shop.

Additional Information:

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

 For more information about Plein Air groups in Florida, click here.

Participation requirements.

Kayaking 101 @ Dunns Creek State Park

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EDT

$25.00 per person, Friends of Dunns Creek Members $15 per person.

More Information:
Sam Carr, (386) 937-3901 or Raymond Presley, (386) 329-3721

Located in the Central region at:
Dunns Creek State Park
320 Sisco Road
Pomona Park, FL 32181

The Friends of Dunns Creek State Park are excited to host their Kayaking 101 program! This program is designed for anyone interested in kayaking, particularly beginners. An instructor certified by the American Canoe Association will teach you the basics of kayaking during this three hour session. You will learn kayak safety, boarding kayaks, paddling strokes, and basic paddling maneuvers.

The training is limited to 6 participants and is $25 per person. Kayak, paddle, and Personal Flotation Device (PFD) rentals are included in the training fee. No children under 14 years of age please. Children 14-17 are able to participate ONLY with a registered parent/guardian accompanying them. Kayaking is a water sport so expect to get wet and dress accordingly. There are no refunds available for the training, unless another participant can fill the spot.

Registration is required! Please register using this Eventbrite page.

**NEW** Friends of Dunns Creek Member receive a $10 discount. To join, visit: www.friendsofdunnscreek.org. Members and potential member please call 386-329-3721 for more info on how to purchase a discounted ticket.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Directions: The training will be held on Lake Broward at the Lake Broward Recreation Area on N. Broward Avenue in Pomona Park near Dunns Creek State Park.

SUP for Beginners @ Oleta River State Park

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 9:00am to 10:30am EDT

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! 

 

Picnic in the Park @ Ponce de Leon Springs State Park

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 8:00am to 2:00pm CDT

Entrance fees to the park will be waived for the duration of the event.

More Information:
Ranger Fred Provost, 850-836-4281

Located in the Northwest region at:
Ponce de Leon Springs State Park
2860 State Park Road.
Ponce de Leon Springs, FL 32455

Ponce de Leon Springs is hosting the annual Picnic in the Park event. This community event is in cooperation with the Holmes County School Board and the Holmes County Sheriffs Department. There will be free hotdogs, hamburgers, chips and drinks for the duration of the event.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Spend Your Morning With A Park Ranger @ Fanning Springs State Park

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 9:00am to 10:00am EDT

Program free with paid Park Admission.

Admission:

$6 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.

$4 for a single occupant vehicle.

$2 for pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.

More Information:
Ranger Station: 352-463-3420

Located in the Northeast region at:
Fanning Springs State Park
18020 N.W. HWY 19
Fanning Springs, FL 32693

Spend the morning with a Ranger!!! Come enjoy a morning discussing various topics with a Park Ranger. Topics may range from Manatee’s in the spring to ecological fires in the forest.

Additional Information:

 Participation Requirements

 

Literacy Month Reading Trail @ Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 9:00am to 5:00pm EDT

$4 per vehicle - no additional charge for the hike

More Information:
Ranger Station 352-955-2008

Located in the Northeast region at:
Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park
4732 Millhopper Road
Gainesville, FL 32653

Come out to the Millhopper for a self-guided hike along Sink Trail. In celebration of Literacy Month we have created a "Reading Trail" with six stops - each revealing a piece of the Legend of Devil's Millhopper. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Fishing Class @ Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 8:00am to 12:00pm CDT

Park admission fees apply. 

More Information:
Park Staff, (850)-833-9144

Located in the Northwest region at:
Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park
4281 S.R.20
Niceville, FL, FL 32578

Join Bass Pro Shop every Saturday during September 2017 for a unique opportunity to take a fishing class.  Participants should meet at the boat ramp at 8:00 a.m. for a demonstration of how to use a cast net to catch bait.  Afterwards, participants will walk over to a nearby pavilion where there is a small strip of beach to fish from.  All bait and tackle will be provided, but participants do need a Florida Saltwater Fishing License.

 

 

 

Additional Information:

Space is limited to 10 people and there will be a sign up sheet in the ranger station at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park.  The spaces for the class are on a first come first serve basis.  Please remember to bring sunscreen, bug spray, and any drinks or snacks you will require.   Dress appropriately, you will get wet.

Participation Requirements

Mountain Bike Skills Clinic @ Alafia River State Park

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 9:00am EDT

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

Brought to you by Aj’s Bikes & Swamp Club (fundraiser for Friends of Alafia) 1. We will be going over the Three key essential to being a successful mountain biker. LEVEL PEDAL 1 FINGER ON THE BRAKES SCANNING THE TRAIL 2. Then focus on Seven Body and Bike Separation Skills that are key to overcoming obstacles in the trails. NEUTRAL READY BRAKING FOWARD BACK SIDE TO SIDE 3. Followed with a Trail ride to use new acquired skills 4. To cap it all off LUNCH !

To register, search http://www.even​tbright.com for events in Lithia, FL. You will find: IMBA Level 1 Clinic INTRO to Mountainbiking

Guided Tours of Historic Koreshan Settlement @ Koreshan State Park

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am EDT

Guided Tours are $2 per person, $1 for children under 6, with regular park admission.

More Information:
Ranger Station (239) 992-0311

Located in the Southwest region at:
Koreshan State Park
3800 Corkscrew Road
Estero, FL 33928

Join us for a Guided Walking Tour of the Historic Koreshan Settlement. Explore structures and gardens of the 19th century utopian settlement and learn about these idealistic pioneers. The walking tour is about an hour and a half and is accessible to all.

 

Additional Information:

Park admission is $2 for bicycle/pedestrian, $4 for one person in a vehicle, $5 for up to 8 persons in a vehicle. Walking tour lasts approximately 1 hour and is mostly outdoors on a crushed shell path. Please bring water, proper footware, and sun protection. Wheelchair available upon request.

Requests for these and other tours for clubs, home school associations, and other groups can be made by calling the Ranger Station at (239) 992-0311. We make every effort to accommodate all groups, however we may not be able to fulfill requests made with less than a two week notice.

Cracker Village Tour - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 10:00am EDT

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
352-236-7148 ext. 4

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

Come and discover what life was like at the turn of the century in the Florida "piney woods." The cracker homestead is a replica of a 19th century pioneer settlement. This collection of buildings represents a small "Cracker'' settlement dating to the 1890s. A typical homestead of the time would have included a cabin and outbuildings such as a barn, pantry, smokehouse, and outhouse. Schoolhouses, churches, and blacksmith shops would have been found in settlements that homesteaders visited to attend social gatherings and barter for supplies. During the tour, these buildings will be open for viewing and on most tours the blacksmith's forge will be fired up. Meet at the Cracker Village across from the Silver River museum.

Additional Information:

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

For more information about the Silver River Museum visit their website.

Participation requirements.

Literacy Under the Trees @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 10:00am to 2:00pm EDT

Donate a gently used book

OR

Present a library card

for FREE entry

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 us to celebrate International Literacy Day. Various literacy activities and readings for all ages to enjoy! Local authors and libraries come to visit the park!

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Breakfast with a Ranger @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 9:00am CDT

Suggested donation to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park $5/Adult and $3/Child.  (Does not include park admission fee) 

More Information:
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, (850) 267-8330

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

The Citizen Support Organization, Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, invites you and your family to enjoy Breakfast with a Ranger.  Join the Rangers of Topsail Hill for a full service breakfast where visitors will learn about the park, its history and wildlife, and be able to ask the rangers all the questions you have been dying to ask.  This program is ideal for the whole family to enjoy.  To cover the cost of food please bring a donation $5/Adult and $3/Child which goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park.  All donations are used for various park enhancement projects and program supplies.  Breakfast is served in the Clubhouse.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Family Challenge Saturdays @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 9:00am to 2:00pm CDT

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

Cruisin' Food Fest @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm EDT

Free with park admission

More Information:
(561) 624-6950

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

Please join us for the “Cruisin’ Food Fest” at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park on the second Saturday of every month from 12-4pm. There will be amazing show cars and trucks, food trucks from “Food Truck Invasion”, live music from local bands, and trophies for the show cars. We will also be offering free tram rides over to our Nature Center, Beach Outfitters, Gift Shop & Kayak Rentals and our 1.6 miles of the best natural beach in South Florida.  If you need more information or are interested in setting up a booth at the event please call the Park at (561) 624-6950 and ask for David. Sponsored by the“Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park” Come join us in paradise and enjoy “The Real Florida”

Read with a Ranger @ Sebastian Inlet State Park

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm EDT

Free with park admission

More Information:
Terry OToole 772-388-2750

Located in the Central region at:
Sebastian Inlet State Park
9700 South Highway A.1.A.
Melbourne Beach, FL 32951

 Join Park Ranger Addy for a children’s book read-along at the Sebastian Inlet Fishing Museum in celebration of "September is Literacy Month." This fun event will feature nature themed books for children age nine and under. There will also be games and prizes. Meet at the Sebastian Fishing Museum, located of the south side of Sebastian Inlet.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Second Saturday Gamble Jam @ Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm EDT

Program is free with park admission!

More Information:
Ranger Station, 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

Join us at the park as musicians gather to play in remembrance of James Gamble Rogers IV, a renowned folk singer, entertainer and storyteller. Musicians of all levels are encouraged to bring instruments and a chair to join the circle for a casual acoustic jam session. Instruments of all types are welcome but no power is available near the pavilion. Meet other musicians, practice or just have fun listening! All ages welcome!

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

What Slithers? @ Fort George Island Cultural State Park

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT

No reservations are necessary and the program is free.

More Information:
Ranger Station, 904-251-2320

Located in the Northeast region at:
Fort George Island Cultural State Park
11241 Fort George Road
Jacksonville, FL 32226

This interpretive program explores the snakes that are native to Florida and live at the Talbot Islands State Parks.

Additional Information:

The program will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island.

Participation Requirements

What Slithers? @ Little Talbot Island State Park

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT

No reservations are necessary and the program is free.

More Information:
Ranger Station, 904-251-2320

Located in the Northeast region at:
Little Talbot Island State Park
12157 Heckscher Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32226

This interpretive program explores the snakes that are native to Florida and live at the Talbot Islands State Parks.

Additional Information:

The program will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island.

Participation Requirements

Full Moon Kayak Tour @ Oleta River State Park

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm EDT
More Information:


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

"Come paddle under the full moon with the BG Oleta River Outdoor Center! Offered monthly, your knowledgable Tour Guide will supply you with all the equipment and instruction needed prior to launching into a beautiful mangrove cove. We will paddle under the full moon for 1 hour with illuminated colorful lights on each vessel lighting the way, followed by a Bonfire Beach Party. Roast S'mores, go for a swim and enjoy nature.

The Full Moon Kayak Tour is 2 hours and 30 minutes in total and cost $50.00 per Adult or $40.00 per College Student. Price includes equipment and Tour Guides."

Please Contact BG Oleta River Outdoors for exact launch times.

Swift Night Out @ Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm EDT

Free with regular 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

During Swift Night Out, people all over the country stand beneath chimneys to watch and count chimney swifts enter their roost.  The Lodge at Wakulla Springs has a large flock that roosts in one of its inactive chimneys.  Come to witness the “flying cigar” shaped birds perform their swirling aerial dance prior to their descent into the chimney.  Be part of a nationwide program to estimate their numbers.  Enjoy this unusual ranger-led program to see firsthand one of nature’s amazing spectacles.

Additional Information:

Meet in the parking lot of the Lodge at Wakulla Springs.

Participation Requirements

Park After Dark: Creature Feature: Bats Alive! @ Little Manatee River State Park

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 8:00pm EDT

Park admission fees apply. Program is free with paid park entry. Registered campers attend for free.

$5.00 Vehicle entrance (2-8 people)

$4.00 Vehicle entrance (1 person)

$2.00 Individuals entering on bicycle, foot, by bus, or extra persons entering with Individual Annual Pass holders

Please use the honor system at the Ranger Station to pay park entrance fees after regular operating hours.

More Information:
Ranger Station 813-671-5005, kathryn.smithson@dep.state.fl.us

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

As dark falls in the park, the night comes alive with the sights and sounds of the amazing animals who live here.  Many fly silent and undetected through the night, unless you know where to look!  Join us for a closer look at one of the most fascinating creatures of the night, bats! Our special guest programmer and local bat advocate is Francine Pager of Tampa Bay Bats.  We'll take a closer look at these shy and elusive animals, observe live bats, and learn how to listen for their silent calls.  Learn about the local species found in the park, where they live, and the important role they play in the environment. 

This program is one of the "Park After Dark" series, programs that celebrate the night! Join us every 2nd Saturday of the month, August-December, as we explore a different nocturnal theme. Programs include exciting new topics, plus some old favorites with a new twist: Night Fishing, Creature Feature: Bats, Night Hike, Astronomy, and Art of the Campfire. Come for one, or come for all, as we explore the park after dark!

Additional Information:

It is recommended for participants to bring: insect repellant, water, and a flashlight or headlamp (with red lens light preferred).  Program will take place at the large, screened Pavilion in the main picnic area.  The program may incorporate a short walk for bat observation, if conditions are conducive to bat sightings on the evening of the program. 

Program will take place at Pavilion 1.  Take 2nd right after the Ranger Station.  Follow sand walkway approximately 900' from parking lot to Pavilion 1.  Directions will also be posted in the park on the evening of the program. Pay park entrance at the Ranger Station, then follow signs to the program location.

If arriving after regular hours of operation, please use the honor system to pay entrance fees. Proof of payment should be displayed in each vehicle on the evening of the program. Proof of payment includes Registered Camper Tag, Ranger Station receipt on dash, or Honor envelope receipt on rearview mirror.

Florida State Parks are in various stages of accessibility. If you need reasonable accommodations to make your full participation possible, please contact the Ranger Station in advance. A minimum of 2 weeks may be required to make specific arrangements. For detailed participation requirements for this program, please see the EEC- Park After Dark- Creature Feature: Bats.

Park After Dark Programs will take place in light rain or moonshine. In cases of severe inclement weather, please contact the Ranger Station 8am-5pm the day of the program to confirm cancellations. Last minute details for inclement weather conditions will also be posted on our park's Facebook page.

Cross Creek and Cross Creek Cookery a talk by Valerie Rivers @ Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park

Sunday, September 10, 2017 (All day)

Free event

More Information:
352-466-3672

Located in the Northeast region at:
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park
18700 S. CR 325
Cross Creek, FL 32640

Come join us at Waldo Branch Library at 2 p.m. to learn about Rawlings experiences as a writer in Cross Creek Florida and the importance of both Cross Creek and Cross Creek Cookery.

Additional Information:

Address: 14245 Cole Street, Waldo FL (an old church next door to the Waldo Branch Library).

Participant Requirements

SUP Yoga @ Oleta River State Park

Sunday, September 10, 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.