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Saturday, September 23, 2017

WEEKI WACHEE SPRINGS MERMAID RACE @ Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 4:00am to 3:00pm EDT
More Information:
352-592-5656

Located in the Southwest region at:
Weeki Wachee Springs State Park
6131 Commercial Way
Weeki Wachee, FL 34606

Set in the unforgettable Weeki Wachee Springs State Park comes the inaugural Weeki Wachee Springs Mermaid Race! You can choose to run or walk along the cool urban trail route that incorporates sidewalks and urban trails. This open road course starts and finishes at the Weeki Wachee Springs State Park in Weeki Wachee, Florida, also know as the city of live mermaids. Every finisher receives a cool mermaid medal and one-of-a-kind swag.
This is an early morning fun run, and access to Weeki Wachee Springs State Park is included in your registration. Feel free to wander in the State Park and recover in its serene surroundings.

For more info, visit Mermaid Race.

WHAT’S INCLUDED:
•Access to chip-timed race event
•Race bib
•One-day admission to Weeki Wachee Springs State Park (same day only)
•Choice of race swag
•Finisher’s medal (a different one for each distance!)

Choose from 3 distances: Half Marathon, 5K, and 1 Mile Dash. Each distance will have a unique finisher’s medal. You can also purchase the “Big Splash” Package and participate in all 3 distances, earning not only the 3 finisher’s medals, but also a bonus fourth “Big Splash” medal!

**TENTATIVE START TIMES**
The start times* for each race will be staggered throughout the day.
7 am: Half Marathon start time (cut-off time 12:30 pm)
8 am: 5K start time, wave 1 (for those participating in the 5K ONLY; cut-off time 10 am)
1 pm: 5K start time (for those participating in the Big Splash Challenge; cut-off time 2:30 pm)
3 pm: 1 Mile Dash

*Start times are subject to change.

There will be rest and recovery areas for participants as they transition between races.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Friends of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, who work to generate and create additional resources and support for, and in the best interest, of the park.

Sebastian Inlet Regular Joe Surf Festival @ Sebastian Inlet State Park

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 8:00am EDT to Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 5:00pm EDT

Regular park entrance fees

More Information:
John Robson at 321-574-0600

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

See some of the best local surfers completing in this benefit surf contest.  The Regular Joe surf Festival benefits the sebastian Inlet Chapter of Surfrider Foundation.  Labeled as a "Contest for the rest of us".  The location of the surf contest is by the north jetty.  For more ibformation call the Sebastian Inlet surf and sport shop at 321-574-0600 or check out www.sebastianinletsurfshop.com

Additional Information:

EEC Surf Contest at Sebastian Inlet

International Coastal Cleanup @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 8:00am to 12:00pm EDT

Free with park admission.

More Information:
(561) 776-7449 x109

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

Join us for the International Coastal Clean-up, the world's largetst volunteer effort for our oceans and waterways.  Ocean trash can entrap and strangle ocean wildlife including endangered sea turtles.  Please join us to preserve our waterways.  Community service hours will be provided for school age children. This event has been rescheduled from 9/16/2017 due to Hurricane Irma.

Additional Information:

Please meet in the park's amphitheater to register.  Free t-shirts will be provided while supplies last.  Please bring a water bottle, hat and sunscreen.

National Public Lands Day- Hiking Trail Creation @ Alafia River State Park

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 8:30am to 12:30pm EDT

Fees are waived for volunteers at this event.

More Information:
LeRoy Dennison- LeRoy@friendsofalafia.org or Ranger Station- 813-672-5320

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

This event is a great opportunity for volunteers to help the Friends of Alafia decide where our park's new hiking trail will be located. We will be flagging out the route on this date and beginning trail construction in October. Please wear long pants and close-toed shoes (preferably boots). A hat, insect repellent and sunscreen are recommended. Bring water and snacks to keep you energized in the Florida heat.

Florida Coastal Clean-up @ Henderson Beach State Park

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 8:00am to 10:00am CDT

Entrance fees are waived for event volunteers.

More Information:
Ranger Station, 850-837-7550

Located in the Northwest region at:
Henderson Beach State Park
17000 Emerald Coast Parkway
Destin, FL 32541

Join park staff and volunteers for Henderson's annual Fall Coastal Clean-up.  The clean-up is organized by the Okaloosa County Environmental Council and is part of an international event sponsored by The Ocean Conservancy.  This will be a great day to bring the family to the park for a rewarding experience. 

Additional Information:

Please wear closed-toe shoes, gloves, and sun protection.

For more information you can also visit: http://co.okaloosa.fl.us/environmental/council/coastal-cleanup

Participation Requirements

National Estuaries Day @ Crystal River Preserve State Park

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EDT

This event is open to the public and is a FREE event.

More Information:
St Martins Marsh Aquatic Preserve - Jamie Letendre - (352) 228-6032

Located in the Northeast region at:
Crystal River Preserve State Park
3266 N. Sailboat Avenue
Crystal River, FL 34428

The Florida Coastal Office’s St. Martins Marsh Aquatic Preserve will partner with the Citrus County School District’s Marine Science Station in the fifth annual National Estuaries Day Celebration.

Learn about local estuary communities and about the plants and animals that call them home. Come visit with local agencies, get up close and personal with local marine life, participate in a kids casting for conservation clinic, or have your face painted at one of the many booths set up at the Visitor’s Center. Sit back and enjoy the boat ride to the Marine Science Station where visitors can explore the beautiful grounds via guided walking tours and climb the Estuary Tower to get a bird’s eye view of our expansive estuary system!

Additional Information:

"Participation Requirements"

SUP for Beginners @ Oleta River State Park

Saturday, September 23, 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! 

 

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

Saturday, September 23, 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 23, 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

Guided Tours of Historic Koreshan Settlement @ Koreshan State Park

Saturday, September 23, 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 23, 2017 - 10:00am EDT

Free with regular 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 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 and unlocked 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.

Inter-Tribal Native American Holiday Powwow -- CANCELLED @ Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 10:00am to 9:00pm EDT

Cost is $5/person

More Information:
(352)793-5154 or (352)408-4239 Chief Red Eagle Oxendine

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

Inter-Tribal Holiday Powwow is sponsored by the PAN-O-KEE Native American Tribe of Central Florida and includes native crafts and foods, demonstrations, singing and storytelling and dancing.  Grand entry is Saturday at 1 & 6 pm. 

Family Challenge Saturdays @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Saturday, September 23, 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

Read with a Ranger @ Sebastian Inlet State Park

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 1:00pm to 1:45pm EDT

Free with regular park entry

More Information:
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 Will 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.

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

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm EDT

This 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

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! Monthly every 2nd & 4th Saturday.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

The Wildlife Puppeteers present "Nights at the Wildlife Park" @ Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 2:00pm EDT

This play will be presented in the Magnolia Room of the Park's Visitor Center located on US 19.

More Information:
Susan Strawbridge, Park Services Specialist - (352) 628-5445, ext. 1002

Located in the Northeast region at:
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
4150 S. Suncoast Blvd. (US 19)
Homosassa, FL 34446

Did you see the movie, "Night at the Museum"? This play is about an imaginary story of what the animals at the Wildlife Park do after the Park closes. Get ready to party, sing and dance with the animals, and (Spoiler Alert!) you will also see animals who do not live at the Park! Watch for your favorite animals, and enjoy!

Additional Information:

 Participation Requirements

 

Talbot Critters @ Fort George Island Cultural State Park

Saturday, September 23, 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

Join a park ranger to learn about the many common species that inhabit the natural communities of the undeveloped barrier islands of northeast Florida.

Additional Information:

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

Participation Requirements

Talbot Critters @ Little Talbot Island State Park

Saturday, September 23, 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

Join a park ranger to learn about the many common species that inhabit the natural communities of the undeveloped barrier islands of northeast Florida.

Additional Information:

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

Participation Requirements

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

Sunday, September 24, 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 Marion County Public 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: Marion County Public Library, Headquarters-Ocala 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, FL 34470 352-671-8551

Participant Requirements

SUP Yoga @ Oleta River State Park

Sunday, September 24, 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.