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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Bike Your Park: Paynes Prairie @ Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Saturday, September 30, 2017 (All day) to Sunday, October 1, 2017 (All day)

Only fees are for camping reservation at Paynes Prairie.  Make your reservations here through Reserve America:  Reserve America

 

More Information:
The Freewheel Project: 352-378-2100

Located in the Northeast region at:
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
100 Savannah Blvd
Micanopy, FL 32667

Celebrate National Bike Your Park Day at Paynes Prairie!

Event is hosted by the Freewheel Project.  The details from the FREEWHEEL EVENT PAGE are posted below:

Join the Freewheel Project, and Everything is Tourrible for a weekend celebration of bikes and parks. In honor of National Bike Your Park Day we will be leading an overnight bike trip to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. If you have ever thought about trying bike touring this trip is for you! If you are touring pro and want to meet other cyclists this trip is for you! If you are total loaner and just want to smash out a million miles we can accommodate!

We will be taking a scenic route down and back to the park. On the way there we'll taking the "long way" taking the Hawthorne Trail to 325 then through beautiful Micanopy for... a total of 22 miles. Map here: MAP 

On the way back we'll be taking a slightly shorter route going up 234 to connect back up to the Hawthorne trail for a total of 17 miles. Map here: MAP 

Also if any of these distances sound too long there is an option for the very direct but less nice route straight up 441 back in town if needed. Map here: MAP 

You do not have to join in the group ride for this trip, but we will be leading no-drop group rides to and from the park. We will be leaving Saturday morning from Freewheel at 10:00am. On Sunday we will be leaving the park at 12:00pm for the ride back and should be back in town by 3:00pm on Sunday

If you are interested in coming please book your site today. Bookings can be made online here: MAKE RESERVATION 

Sites are $26 after all the fees and can accommodate up to 2 tents. If you are plan on coming please make a reservation or coordinate about sharing a site with someone who has.

More details will be coming but save the date and book your site! Check the Freewheel Project Event Page for event updates.  Still at the very early planning but we might even run some supply cars for folks who aren't able to carry gear on their bicycles.

Bicycles and camping equipment are not provided by Paynes Prairie and are the responsibility of the participant.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

National Public Lands Day @ Sebastian Inlet State Park

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 8:00am to 11:00am EDT

National Public Lands Day Volunteers enjoy free park entry

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

National Public Lands Day

Join our team on National Public Lands Day with exotic plant removal and good old fashion weed pulling. We will meet at the picnic area on the north side of the park, under the palm trees. Be sure to bring water, sunscreen, closed toed footwear, work gloves and a hat. For more information call 772-388-2750.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

National Public Lands Day @ Sebastian Inlet State Park

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 8:00am to 11:00am EDT

Free

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 our team on National Public Lands Day with exotic plant removal and good old fashion weed pulling. We will meet at the picnic area on the north side of the park, under the palm trees. Be sure to bring water, sunscreen, closed toed footwear, work gloves and a hat.

National Public Lands Day: Tung Oil Tree Hand Pull @ San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 8:00am to 11:00pm EDT

Free admission to participants. 

More Information:
386-462-7905 or Charles.V.Buchan@dep.state.fl.us

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

Join us in celebrating National Public Lands Day - we will be hand pulling Tung oil tree, an invasive exotic found at San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park. We will be meeting at our shop - located at 12720 NW 109 Lane, Alacua FL 32615. We recommend you wear pants, closed toe shoes, gloves, and plenty of bug spray. Don't forget to bring a water bottle and positive attitude while you're at it! 

Additional Information:

Participant Requirements 

National Public Lands Day: Crystal Cove Trail Improvement @ Crystal River Preserve State Park

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

There are no fees for this event.

More Information:
Marla.L.Chancey@dep.state.fl.us (352) 228-6024

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

Lend a hand and have fun at the same time by bringing your family, friends, classmates, students, or coworkers to make a difference in your community at your state park.  The Crystal River Preserve State Park is seeking volunteers to help with two natural resource projects; a trail improvement project and a native plant garden restoration.  Individuals or groups are asked to arrive to volunteer at the Preserve office at 8:30 am on Saturday September 30th, 2017.  Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes, bring work gloves, loppers or small limb trimming tools.  Individuals or groups of volunteers will be assigned to a project based upon their interest or talents.  All registered participants will be provided lunch, compliments of the Friends of Crystal River State Parks, Inc.  Interested individuals or groups can contact the park to register in advance by sending an email to Marla.L.Chancey@dep.state.fl.us or calling (352) 228-6024.

Additional Information:

"Participation Requirements"

National Public Lands Day @ Hillsborough River State Park

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

No fees for volunteers

More Information:
For more information, please contact Alex Kinder, Park Services Specialist at: douglas.kinder@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Southwest region at:
Hillsborough River State Park
15402 US 301 N.
Thonotosassa, FL 33592

Florida has one of the largest park systems in the Continental U.S. with 174 award-winning state parks and nearly 800,000 acres of land under management. Hillsborough River State Park is one of Florida’s original 8 state parks and was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (C.C.C.). On September 30th, why not spend a few hours helping preserve this wonderful natural and cultural resource? Volunteers are needed to assist our team by pulling invasive, exotic plants, clearing debris from trails, and repairing boardwalks. Work clothes and closed-toed shoes are required. Water, sunscreen and bug spray are suggested.

All volunteers must complete a Florida Park Service Volunteer Application.  Applications will be provided upon arrival for the event.

 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

2017 National Public Lands Day @ Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 8:30am to 11:30am EDT

Admission fees are waived for participants.

More Information:
Joshua Hodson (850) 927-2111 or Joshua.Hodson@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

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park will host a coastal cleanup for National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 30, 2017.  The National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest single day event for public lands.  It is aimed at educating the public on environmental issues and proper stewarship.  Participants will help to pick up litter along the shorelines of St. George Island State Park.  This will be a great day to bring the family to the park for a rewarding experience.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

National Public Lands Day at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park September 30, 2017 @ Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 8:30am to 3:00pm EDT
More Information:
Jenni Leve Jenni.Leve@dep.state.fl.us (954) 564-4521

Located in the Southeast region at:
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
3109 East Sunrise Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

National Public Lands Day Events at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

  • Throughout the day, Beach Cleanup & Recovery Cleanup post Hurricane Irma
  • 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., Ranger Guided Walk (Maritime Hammock, Coastal Dune Lake & Mr. Birch House)
  • 1:00-3:00 p.m., LAP (Live Animal Presentation)

National Public Lands Day @ Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 8:30am to 11:00am EDT

Free entry

More Information:
Corey A. Kerkela (772) 546-2771

Located in the Southeast region at:
Jonathan Dickinson State Park
16450 S.E. Federal Highway
Hobe Sound, FL 33455

Join our team at Jonathan Dickinson State Park on National Public Lands Day 2017, where will be planting 175 trees in the Pine Grove Campground from 9am-11am on Saturday September 30th.

We will meet at the Ranger Station at 8:30 that morning to sign in and get briefed on the program. Park entry will be free and tools and water will be provided to volunteers . Volunteers, please be sure to bring sunscreen, bottle of water, bug spray and gloves with you.

NPLD: Annual Seminar, Membership Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation Day @ Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 8:30am to 3:00pm EDT

The event is free for members. Non-members may attend for $15 which includs a one year membership for the North Florida Springs Alliance. 

More Information:
Sandy Robinson at 229-873-0889 or Sandynfsa@gmail.com

Located in the Northeast region at:
Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park
18532 180th Street
Live Oak, FL 32060

Join the North Florida Springs Alliance for its Annual Workshop, Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation Day. Meet at the Orange Grove Pavilion at Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park. Enjoy activities and presentations for divers and non-divers, topics include drysuits, exploration and mapping and fauna assessment. Bring the family. These sessions will be followed by a BBQ lunch, door prizes and volunteer awards. It will conclude with our annual members meeting. Enjoy the springs, trail and park throughout the day. We hope to see you!

Additional Information:

Please RSVP on EventBrite so we have enough food for everyone. Participation Requirements

NPLD Restoration Workday @ Little Manatee River State Park

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

Workday participants enter the park for free.  Following the workday, stay and play in the park.

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

Give the land a helping hand!  Celebrate National Public Lands Day by giving back to the public land you love.  Help us take the first step with a restoration workday to restore former agricultural crop fields to native habitat. Workday projects include trash removal, invasive plant removal and native planting, at one or more sites within the park.  Get involed, see a different side of the park, and celebrate the public lands we love!  #NPLD  https://www.neefusa.org/site-event/restoration-workday.

Additional Information:

Register today by calling the Ranger Station.  Advance registration is encouraged, but participants are welcome up to the morning of the workday. 

Meet at the Picnic Area Parking Lot.  Registration 8:30-9am; Workday 9am-12noon.  Project sites include remote locations requiring travel to a second staging area, and may require walking up to 1/2 mile (one way) for site access. 

Participants should bring a refillable water container, gloves, sunscreen, and insect repellent and wear sturdy, close-toed shoes, lightweight clothing that may get dirty and/or wet. Long pants are recommended for extra protection. The park will provide work gloves, tools, drinking water and snacks.

For more information on National Public Lands Day, including more fun ways to participate, check out: https://www.neefusa.org/public-lands-day. #NPLD #Floridastateparks

National Public Lands Day is also National Bike Your Park Day!  Stick around for a group bike ride at 5pm. See Group Bike Ride for details. #Bikeyourpark

National Public Lands Day @ O'Leno State Park

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 9:00am to 2:00pm EDT

Free entry for participants.

More Information:
(386)454-0723 or James.South@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Northeast region at:
O'Leno State Park
410 SE O'Leno Park Road
High Springs, FL 32643

 

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO FLOODING ON MULTIPLE TRAILS AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED AT A LATER TIME.

Lend a hand and have fun at the same time by bringing family, friends, classmates, students or coworkers to spend the day outdoors celebrating public lands through volunteering. Our work project will start with a brief educational introduction on volunteering in state parks, followed by a clean-up along the banks of the Santa Fe River and will conclude with an appreciation luncheon provided free to registered participants. Register by calling 386-454-0723 or email James.South@dep.state.fl.us

Participants will meet at the main parking lot at O'Leno State Park. We recommend you bring plenty of water, bug spray and gloves. 

Additional Information:

Participant Requirements

Please register so we have an accurate count for the luncheon.

National Public Lands Day: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Grove and Garden Restoration @ Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 9:00am to 1:30pm EDT

Free to participants.

More Information:
352-466-3672 or Carrie.Todd@dep.state.fl.us

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

Join us as we care for our historic orange grove and garden. We will spend the morning weeding and fertilizing our orange trees and preparing the garden for fall planting. Plan for warm weather by bringing a hat, sunscreen and water bottle. Gloves and sturdy shoes are also recommended. Park staff will share information about Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' life on the homestead as volunteers get a seek-peek at the behind the scenes work that keeps this historic site running.

Experience with Florida gardening or caring for citrus trees is helpful, but not in any way necessary. All we need are an enthusiasm for public service and a willingness to get dirty. Call 352-466-3672 or email Carrie Todd carrie.todd@dep.state.fl.us for more information

Additional Information:

Participant Requirements

National Public Lands Day: Invasive Plant Removal @ Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

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

No fees for event event participants

More Information:
Ranger Station 352-466-3397

Located in the Northeast region at:
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
100 Savannah Blvd
Micanopy, FL 32667

Celebrate National Public Lands Day by removing nonnative invasive plants that threaten Florida's natural ecosystems. 
 
Participants will be working in a natural area of the park (be prepared to go off trail!) with our AmeriCorps members. 

We will meet at 9am and work until 11am, but we will provide details regarding the specific meeting/work site closer to the event (we're monitoring the water levels and need to wait and see what the conditions are closer to the event).  We will contact everyone who has RSVP'd with the location details.  RSVP for this event on www.prairiefriends.org , the Friends of Paynes Prairie website.

Participation is limited to 20 participants.  All ages welcome. 

Please be prepared to work in outdoor conditions.  You will need closed toe shoes that you don't mind getting muddy, gloves, garden tools if you have them, sunblock, bug spray, and most importantly a water bottle.  We will provide the garbage bags and have an igloo of water to refill water bottles as needed. 

Additional Information:

Please RSVP HERE (Friends of Paynes Prairie webpage)

Participation Requirements

National Public Lands Day- Hiking Trail Maintenace @ Fanning Springs State Park

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:00am EDT
More Information:
Ranger Station 352-463-3420

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

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Fanning Springs State Park would like to invite you to join us for a trail maintenance project celebrating National Public Lands Day. Bring the whole family out to help make a difference at the park. Projects include: hiking trail maintenance on the Palmetto Trail.  The park will provide a positive atmosphere, trash bags, direction, and information on the park. Suggested items to bring with you include bottled water, gloves, sunscreen, insect repellant, trash grabbers, comfortable shoes, and a smile. Don’t forget the bathing suit for a cool refreshing swim after the project.  We will meet at the Main Day Use Parking Area near the spring.

Additional Information:

 Participation Requirements

 

2017 National Public Lands Day @ Lovers Key State Park

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

No fees required

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

DESCRIPTION: Consider that one-third of the land in America is ours - public land where we can all hike, bike, climb, swim, explore, picnic or just plain relax. There’s a special joy in getting our hands dirty when it helps keep our land beautiful. National Public Lands Day is an opportunity to spruce up these lands while helping us get back to some of the places we love.

Lovers Key State Park will be hosting a Public Lands Workday on Saturday, September 30th from 9am -12pm. Join Lovers Key State Park's Rangers and Volunteers to help maintain the park's trails, remove exotic invasive species of plants, and pick up litter along the trails to help ensure Lovers Key is a wonderful place to visit and remains excellent habitat for the diversity of wildlife which inhabits the park. Volunteers must wear closed toed shoes. Refillable water bottles, sunscreen, hats, gloves, and bug repellent are highly recommended. Pre-registration for this event is required. To register, please contact the Ranger Station at (239) 463-4588.

Additional Information:

On September 30th, thousands of volunteers around the nation will build trails and bridges, pull invasive weeds, plant trees, remove trash and have fun getting back to nature. At the same time, they’ll get quite a workout on America’s public lands - the gym with a view. They’ll learn about the human impact on parks and lands as well as take part in a service endeavor fed with the energy of volunteers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. Join the thousands who will take part in the 24th Annual National Public Lands Day and help do your part for America’s lands at Lovers Key State Park.

National Public Lands Day at Maclay Gardens @ Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

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

The event is free for volunteers.

More Information:
For more information, contact the park at 850-487-4556

Located in the Northwest region at:
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
3540 Thomasville Road
Tallahassee, FL 32309

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park invites you to join us as we celebrate National Public Lands Day. Beginning at 9:00 a.m., volunteers will gather at the Visitor Center parking area and choose one of three activities: trail maintenance on Lake Overstreet, weeding and cleanup in the Gardens, or invasive/exotic plant removal in and around the Park. Lunch will be provided by the Friends of Maclay Gardens. Come out, learn and lend a hand.
 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

National Public Lands Day @ Wekiwa Springs State Park

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

Those who participate in this event will receive free admission for the day.

More Information:
Ranger Station, 407-884-2009

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

Join the Wekiva Wilderness Trust and The Florida Park Service in support of National Public Lands Day. We will be sprucing up the park from the busy summer by: Splitting wood, trail clearing & picking up litter. Please bring loppers if you have them to help with the removal process.

We will be meeting in the Interpretive Pavilion at the main use area for the start of this activity. Volunteers must bring/wear closed toed shoes, eye protection, gloves, sunscreen, hats, and bug repellent is highly recommended. Please bring snacks and plenty of water. We will have various interpretive programs and guided walking tours during the day.

We look forward to having a wonderful day with volunteers in our beautiful park!

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

National Public Lands Day at Dudley Farm H.S.P. @ Dudley Farm Historic State Park

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

Free entrance for volunteers participating for National Public Lands Day.

Non-volunteers, regular park entrance fee apply

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

National Public Lands Day

-Visitors are invited to join in our National Public Lands Day-

Dudley Farm Historic State Park will host a volunteer day on September 30, 2017. National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve America’s public lands. Join us as we remove exotic coral ardisia and air yam from the park, work in our Visitor Center butterfly garden or historic site. Groups, families and individuals are welcome. Please meet at the Visitors Center; bring loppers, bug spray, and water. Dress appropriately, wear closed toe shoes, and bring work gloves. A day to give a lifetime to enjoy.

Additional Information:

Participation requirements.

National Public Lands Day @ Koreshan State Park

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

Park entry is FREE to registered participants.

More Information:
The College of Life Foundation 239-992-2184

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

Join the College of Life Foundation at Koreshan State Historic Site on September 30th, 2017 for NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY! Help us clean-up Estero River! Canoes will launch from the KSHS boat ramp at 9:00 a.m. We will collect trash, fishing lines and lures, and other garbage from the Estero River. Teams will also paint over the graffiti on the Seminole Railroad Bridge.  All equipment and supplies will be provided.  Advanced reservation is required to participate by calling 239-992-2184.  Students will receive service learning hours if they provide the necessary forms.  Please join us in celebrating our preserved lands and protecting our natural resources.  

Additional Information:

Advanced reservation is required to participate by calling 239-992-2184.

National Public Lands Day: Forest Capital Museum Beautification Day @ Forest Capital Museum State Park

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

Free entry for participants. 

More Information:
Debra Walker at (850) 584-3227

Located in the Northeast region at:
Forest Capital Museum State Park
204 Forest Park Drive
Perry, FL 32348

Forest Capital Museum State Park will be hosting a National Public Lands Day Beautification Day. It will involve members of the CERT Team from Taylor County Florida and members of the Chamber of Commerce. The goal is to repaint three pavilions and do some much-needed landscaping. Limited to 25 participants. 

Additional Information:

No alcohol and/or pets during the event. Participant requirements. 

National Public Lands Day @ Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

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

Free with event registration.

More Information:
Park Services Specialist Jackie Turner, 850-561-7281

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

Wakulla Springs State Park will have a special event to improve and protect our Public Lands.  Volunteers are needed. Space is limited and registration is required.  Following lunch, registered participants will be welcomed to take a guided river boat tour of the Wakulla River.

Additional Information:

Volunteers need to provide work clothes and shoes. Work gloves, a water bottle, and a lunch are also suggested and encouraged.

Registration is required. Please register to be a part of this event by calling Jackie Turner at 850-561-7281.

Meet at the park's side gate on Hwy 61.

Participation Requirements

National Public Lands Day - Big Talbot Clean Up @ Big Talbot Island State Park

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

No reservations are necessary and entry fees are waived for all volunteers.

More Information:
Ranger Station, 904-251-2320

Located in the Northeast region at:
Big Talbot Island State Park
State Road A1A North
Jacksonville, FL, FL 32226

Join thousands of Americans across our country in a morning of service in celebration of our shared public lands. Help beautify the shorelines and visitor areas of the north end of Big Talbot Island State Park and the beloved scenery of Boneyard Beach.

Additional Information:

Meet Park Ranger Val Hahn at the Big Talbot Island Boat Ramp parking area for 9:00 a.m. project orientation. Gloves and project supplies will be provided. All ages are welcome. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring sunscreen, bugspray and bottled water.

Participation Requirements

National Public Lands Day @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 9:00am to 2:00pm EDT

Free park 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

Free lunch provided to registered work participants.
Come learn about all the great volunteer opportunities we have in the park and the community! Live music, tram tours (fee for tram), work project to give back to the environment, all age fun activities and various demonstrations and informational booths.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

National Public Lands Day @ Fort Pierce Inlet State Park

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

Fee is waived for all participants.

All participants will recieve a free day use pass to any state park.

More Information:


Located in the Southeast region at:
Fort Pierce Inlet State Park
905 Shorewinds Drive
Fort Pierce, FL 34949

CALENDAR ANNOUNCEMENT: Immediate

CONTACT: Frank Reichert, (772) 468-3985

FORT PIERCE INLET STATE PARK CELEBRATES NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY

-- Helping Hands for Americas Lands--

FORT PIERCE: The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Fort Pierce Inlet State Park will be hosting a volunteer event in honor of National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 30th. Volunteers are needed to help maintain the park’s Coastal Hammock and Red Bay Run trail system. Work together with park staff to remove litter, establish trail markers and trim overgrown vegetation. Work clothes and closed-toed shoes are required. Suggested items to bring with you include sunscreen, bottled water, insect repellent, trash grabbers, lopping shears and work gloves.

If you are interested in participating in this event, please phone the Ranger Station at 772-468-3985 to register.

This event will take place:

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

September 30, 2017

Fort Pierce Inlet State Park

905 Shorewinds Drive

Fort Pierce, Florida

National Public Lands Day @ Avalon State Park

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

Admission fee will be waived for all participants.

Participants will also recieve a free day use pass to any state park.

More Information:


Located in the Southeast region at:
Avalon State Park
State Road A1A North
North Hutchinson Island, FL 34949

CALENDAR ANNOUNCEMENT: Immediate

CONTACT: Frank Reichert, (772) 468-3985

FORT PIERCE INLET STATE PARK CELEBRATES NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY

-- Helping Hands for Americas Lands--

FORT PIERCE: The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Fort Pierce Inlet State Park will be hosting a volunteer event in honor of National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 30th. Volunteers are needed to help maintain the park’s Coastal Hammock and Red Bay Run trail system. Work together with park staff to remove litter, establish trail markers and trim overgrown vegetation. Work clothes and closed-toed shoes are required. Suggested items to bring with you include sunscreen, bottled water, insect repellent, trash grabbers, lopping shears and work gloves.

If you are interested in participating in this event, please phone the Ranger Station at (772) 468-3985 to register.

This event will take place:

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

September 30, 2017

Fort Pierce Inlet State Park

905 Shorewinds Drive

Fort Pierce, Florida

NPLD Land and River Invasive Plant Removal @ Ichetucknee Springs State Park

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 9:00am to 2:00pm EDT

Free for Volunteering Participants.

More Information:
386-497-4690

Located in the Northeast region at:
Ichetucknee Springs State Park
12087 SW U.S. Highway 27
Fort White, FL 32038

Join Park Staff and The Friends of Ichetucknee Springs State Park for National Public Lands Day as we target the invasive plants appearing within the park.

By land or by river! Participants can chose which activity they would like to assist with.

By land we will be working in the South Entrance area of the park to remove crotalaria. We will meet in front of the Education Center (South Entrance of park, off U.S. Hwy 27) for sign up and orientation and then transport (provided) to the work site. We will be removing crotalaria from the Sand Hill communities around the south parking area by hand pulling.

By river we will be working in the Grassy Flats area of the park to remove water lettuce. We will meet in front of the Education Center (South Entrance of park, off U.S. Hwy 27) for sign up and orientation and then transport (provided) to the work site. We will be using canoes, buckets, and recycling bins to harvest water lettuce, move ashore, and dispose of plants at a high bluff location. Canoes and equipment provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own equipment.

A BBQ lunch will be provided after the work is done by the Friends of Ichetucknee Springs State Park for participants. Please e-mail Trini Johannesen (johanneseni@columbiak12.com) to RSVP for yourself and any volunteers you will be bringing with you and specify if you will be staying for lunch. We hope to see you there!

Additional Information:

To assist with Water Lettuce Participants will need to wear clothes appropriate for wading in soft, muddy, shallow areas to harvest plants. Work gloves and sturdy river-type shoes are strongly recommended. Insect repellent and sunscreen also recommended.

To assist with Crotalaria (Showy Rattle Box) Participants will need to wear clothes appropriate for outdoor work in a wooded environment. Work gloves and closed toe shoes are recommended. Insect repellent and sunscreen also recommended.

 Participation Requirements for Weed the Woods              Participation Requirements for Water lettuce removal

SUP for Beginners @ Oleta River State Park

Saturday, September 30, 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! 

 

National Public Lands Day with AmeriCorps! @ Ravine Gardens State Park

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 9:00am to 1:00pm EDT

Free for volunteer participants.

More Information:
Lynn Crossfield, (386) 329-3721, lynn.crossfield@dep.state.fl.us

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

Join us as we celebrate National Public Lands Day! Both Ravine Gardens State Park and Dunns Creek State Park will be offering a number of volunteer opportunities, led by AmeriCorps members, including:

  • Flower Garden Weeding (Ravine Gardens)
  • Bamboo Removal (Ravine Gardens)
  • Trailblazing (Dunns Creek)
  • Trail Maintenance (Dunns Creek)

A team leader will be at each site and will begin with a short introduction about National Public Lands Day, along with an introduction to the project and a safety briefing.

Please wear sturdy footwear (no open toed shoes) and clothing appropriate for working outdoors. Insect repellent and long pants are highly recommended as participants will be exposed to ticks and mosquitoes while working. Gloves will be provided. If you have your own equipment you like to work with, please feel free to bring it.

Ravine Gardens: Participants will meet under the large pavilion. Dunns Creek: Participants will meet in the picnic area near the new day use area.

Lunch will be provided for all participants. The Friends of Ravine Gardens will be providing lunch at Ravine Gardens and The Friends of Dunns Creek will be providing lunch at Dunns Creek. We are asking that all participants bring a re-usable water bottle.

Pre-registration is recommended so that we can assure that enough food for lunch is onsite. Please sign up on volunteermatch.org or email Bradley.Akins@dep.state.fl.us or Lynn.Crossfield@dep.state.fl.us. Day of registration will be available from 8:00am to 8:45am.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

National Public Lands Day with AmeriCorps! @ Dunns Creek State Park

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 9:00am to 1:00pm EDT

Fees are waived for volunteers.

More Information:
Brad Akins, (386) 329-3721, brad.akins@dep.state.fl.us

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

Join us as we celebrate National Public Lands Day! Both Ravine Gardens State Park and Dunns Creek State Park will be offering a number of volunteer opportunities, led by AmeriCorps members, including:

  • Flower Garden Weeding (Ravine Gardens)
  • Bamboo Removal (Ravine Gardens)
  • Trailblazing (Dunns Creek)
  • Trail Maintenance (Dunns Creek)

A team leader will be at each site and will begin with a short introduction about National Public Lands Day, along with an introduction to the project and a safety briefing.

Please wear sturdy footwear (no open toed shoes) and clothing appropriate for working outdoors. Insect repellent and long pants are highly recommended as participants will be exposed to ticks and mosquitoes while working. Gloves will be provided. If you have your own equipment you like to work with, please feel free to bring it.

Ravine Gardens: Participants will meet under the large pavilion. Dunns Creek: Participants will meet in the picnic area near the new day use area.

Lunch will be provided for all participants. The Friends of Ravine Gardens will be providing lunch at Ravine Gardens and The Friends of Dunns Creek will be providing lunch at Dunns Creek. We are asking that all participants bring a re-usable water bottle.

Pre-registration is recommended so that we can assure that enough food for lunch is onsite. Please sign up on volunteermatch.org or email Bradley.Akins@dep.state.fl.us or Lynn.Crossfield@dep.state.fl.us. Day of registration will be available from 8:00am to 8:45am.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

National Public Lands Day at The Barnacle @ The Barnacle Historic State Park

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

Free same-day entry for registered volunteers.

More Information:
Ranger Station, (305) 442-6866

Located in the Southeast region at:
The Barnacle Historic State Park
3485 Main Highway
Miami, FL 33133

Join Park Rangers for a morning of coastal cleanup, landscape beautification, and exotic plant removal by beautiful Biscayne Bay. The park will provide complimentary lunch and a tour of the house museum for registered volunteers.

Additional Information:

National Public Lands Day Participation Requirements.

Space is limited and pre-registration required. To register, please call the Ranger Station or email Jessica.Cabral@dep.state.fl.us.

Minors require parental consent, and volunteers ages 14 and under must be accompanied by a participating adult. 

Participants must wear closed-toe shoes. Long pants and sleeves, sun protection, and a water bottle are strongly recommended. No pets while volunteering.

Please park curbside or in a nearby lot. Visitors with a Disabled Person Parking Permit may call the Ranger Station for additional parking information.

National Public Lands Day Blackwater River Clean-up @ Blackwater River State Park

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 8:00am to 1:00pm CDT

The Regular Day Use Fee of $4.00 will be waived for participants.

More Information:
Daryl Hatfield - 850-393-2231

Located in the Northwest region at:
Blackwater River State Park
7720 Deaton Bridge Rd
Milton, FL 32564

Blackwater River State Park will be hosting a river clean-up to celebrate National Public Lands Day.  Join a Park Ranger for a fun filled day of cleaning up Blackwater River.  Blackwater River is one of the purest sand-bottomed rivers in the country and this is an excellent opportunity to give back to the community.  We will meet at the Blackwater Canoe Rental Outpost at 8:00am, bring a picnic lunch and plenty of water to enjoy on one of the many white sandy beaches of the Blackwater River.  Canoe rentals and shuttle service will be available through the park concessionaire; Blackwater Canoe Rental, (850)623-0235, please call early for reservations and pricing as space is limited for this event.  Previous paddling experience is recommended.  Trash bags will be provided by Sponsor; American Rivers.
 

Additional Information:

All State required personal safety equipment is necessary for this event.

Participation Requirements

National Public Lands Day at North Peninsula State Park @ North Peninsula State Park

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

Free entry

More Information:
Ranger Station, 386-517-2086

Located in the Central region at:
North Peninsula State Park
40 Highbridge Rd
Ormond by the Sea, FL 32176

National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands Americans enjoy. We are looking for volunteers to assist staff with hurricane clean-up and trail maintenance. Please bring your own work gloves, sturdy shoes, hat, bug spray and sunscreen. We will have water and snacks available.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Day at the Lake for National Public Lands Day @ Lake Louisa State Park

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

Entry Fee is waived for NPLD volunteers.

More Information:
352-394-3969

Located in the Central region at:
Lake Louisa State Park
7305 U.S. Highway 27
Clermont, FL 34714

Celebrate our public lands by participating in an important and fun project involving lake access and health. Our goal is to remove exotic plants, not native to Florida, and increase accessibility by clearing vegetation away from our canoe/kayak launch areas. As a volunteer, you will not only get free entry for the day, you will also have a fun time with fellow nature enthusiasts and receive the rangers’ gratitude. Let us get together and make a difference by giving back to our lands that give us so many beautiful moments. Volunteers should wear clothes and footwear that can be submerged in the lake, and bring work gloves if they have them. Hat, sunblock and insect repellant are recommended. Make sure to bring plenty of refreshments to stay hydrated and nourished.

Call to sign up and for more information at 352-394-3969

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

National Public Lands Day Event @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

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

Free day entry for those that participate.

More Information:
(561) 776-7449, ext. 9

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

To celebrate National Public Lands Day, volunteers will be assisting park staff in removing litter from the area in between the mangroves and the estuary. Volunteers will be helping to remove fishing line, plastic bags and other marine debris, which can eventually harm the park's wildlife. Participants will be entering this area from the land but might be in ankle to knee deep water during the event. Please dress accordingly by wearing close toed shoes, long sleeve shirt, long pants are recommended and a hat. Please bring a water bottle and wear sunscreen.

National Public Lands Day Big Talbot Clean Up @ Little Talbot Island State Park

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

No reservations are necessary and entry fees are waived for all volunteers.

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 thousands of Americans across our country in a morning of service in celebration of our shared public lands. Help beautify the shorelines and visitor areas of the north end of Big Talbot Island State Park and the beloved scenery of Boneyard Beach. Meet Park Ranger Val Hahn at the Big Talbot Island Boat Ramp parking area for 9:00 a.m. project orientation.

Additional Information:

Gloves and project supplies will be provided. All ages are welcome. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring sunscreen, bugspray and bottled water.

Participation Requirements

National Public Lands Day @ Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 9:00am to 5:30pm EDT

Regular park admission applies.

More Information:
Susan Strawbridge, (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

In celebration of National Public Lands Day, Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will have park volunteers located throughout the Wildlife Walk with interpretive carts with information on many of the park's native Florida wildlife including Black bears, Red wolves, Florida panthers and more.

Additional Information:

 Participation Requirements

 

National Public Lands Day @ Dade Battlefield Historic State Park @ Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

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

Free entry for participants

More Information:
kristin.n.wood@dep.state.fl.us; 352-793-4781

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

To celebrate National Public Lands Day, Dade Battlefield Historic State Park invites you to participate in an invasive plant removal and spruce up native landscaping plantings.  Park staff will give an educational briefing on invasive plants and guide volunteers in their removal.  Volunteers will also help maintain native landscape plantings around park buildings. 

National Public Lands Day @ Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

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

This volunteer event is open to the public and free to anyone identifying themselves as volunteers for National Public Lands Day at the Front Gate.

More Information:
Park Office: 305-9779

Located in the Southeast region at:
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
1200 South Crandon Boulevard
Key Biscayne, FL 33149

For National Public Lands Day, September 30, 2017, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park will host a volunteer cleanup of the trails within the park.

We will be continuing cleanup efforts of the Park so that we can reopen to the public. This includes raking ,pulling branches into piles, cleaning the beach of trash and general storm debris clean up.

We will meet in Area C of the park and disperse volunteers to various areas and tasks from there.
Bring work gloves and rakes if you have them.
Participants should wear sunscreen, closed-toe shoes and hats. We will have bug spray, Ice water will jugs will be available, so please bring refillable water bottles.
 

 

 

National Public Lands Day - Wildlife Scavenger Hunt @ Withlacoochee State Trail

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

None

More Information:
Dianne Drye - (352) 726-0315

Located in the Northeast region at:
Withlacoochee State Trail
3100 S. Old Floral City Rd.
Inverness, FL 34450

Looking for something different to do on a Saturday morning?  Come join us for a wildlife scavenger hunt.  Participants will search for colored rocks with pictures on them of native Florida wildlife that might be found along the Withlacoochee State Trail.  Participant who finds the most rocks will win a prize.  Families are encouraged to participate.  Children 17 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult.  Pre-registration required.

Additional Information:

If people need additional information or would like to pre-register, Please call (352) 726-0315.

 Participation Requirements

 

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

Saturday, September 30, 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

National Public Lands Day Clean-Up @ Rainbow Springs State Park

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:00am EDT
More Information:
(352) 465-8520 or Allison.Greco@dep.state.fl.us

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

To celebrate National Public Lands Day, Rainbow Springs State Park invites you to participate in an invasive plant removal and clean-up event across the park.

Wear comfortable long sleeves and pants and closed-toe shoes, and bring water, bug spray and gloves, if you have them.

After volunteering, enjoy snacks at our concessions stand courtesy of Friends of Rainbow Springs.

To RSVP, please email allison.greco@dep.state.fl.us.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Fishing Class @ Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park

Saturday, September 30, 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

National Public Lands Day Park Cleanup @ Honeymoon Island State Park @ Honeymoon Island State Park

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

Waived for Volunteers.

More Information:
thomas.e.reynolds@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Southwest region at:
Honeymoon Island State Park
#1 Causeway Blvd.
Dunedin, FL 34698

Come join park staff and our partners at Keep Pinellas Beautiful to help us maintain our beautiful beaches, trails, and facilities. This event is part of a national celebration of service on public lands throughout the United States! Participants of all ages and abilities are welcome. Please remember to bring water, sunscreen, insect repellent, close-toed shoes and work gloves. RSVP at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080844a9ac23a6fc1-national

Additional Information:

Visitors should meet in the  Oasis Parking Area. From there, we will split into groups and receive assignments.

National Public Lands Day Exotic Pull @ Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 9:00am to 1:00pm EDT

Admission is free for workers!

More Information:
For more information, call 386-397-4331

Located in the Northeast region at:
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
11016 Lillian Saunders Drive/ US HWY 41
White Springs, FL 32096

Join us as we remove Tuberous/Boston Sword Fern from plant beds at the historic Stephen Foster Museum!  Groups, families, and individuals are welcome.

Please met at the museum at 9:00 a.m. Bring bug spray and water.  Dress appropriately, wear closed toe shoes, and bring work gloves.  Tools will be provided.

Come enjoy the day with us!

A hot dog lunch will be provided after the Pull.  For a hot dog head count, please RSVP by September 25, 2017 by calling 386-397-4331 or emailing Teri.L.Graves-McKinstry@dep.state.fl.us

Additional Information:

 Participation Requirements

 

2017 National Public Lands Day - Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

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

Admission to the event is free for volunteers. Anyone who participates in the volunteer event gets free admission to the park, discounted boat tours, and a free admission pass for a future visit.

More Information:
Call park volunteer office 352-236-7148 ext. 5

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

National Public Lands Day is a national community service event celebrated throughout Florida and the country. Silver Springs will host a number of different work projects include planting native wildflowers in the gardens as well as removing invasive exotic plants such as air potato from the park's forest. All participants should meet at the main entrance by 9:00 a.m. For more details about what you should bring with you please read the participation requirements below.

Additional Information:

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

Organized school, scout, church, or other groups are encouraged to pre-register for this event to be better accomodated. Please contact Carlos Johncock at carlos.johncock@floridadep.gov to register.

For more information about the National Environmental Education Foundation and National Public Lands Day visit their website.

Participation requirements.

National Public Lands Day @ Oleta River State Park

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


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

Come out and join us as we work to improve the mountain biking trails in Oleta River State Park. Trimming, removing small exotics and clearing paths are a few of the activities we will be doing to help make the park and the trails a better place! If you have tree branch trimmers please bring them along. We also hope that you will stay for a 30-minute guided walk to learn about exotic species and how they are harming the environment.  

Additional Information:

Please bring reusable water bottles and bug repellent for the trail volunteering.

National Public Lands Day River Cleanup @ Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park

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

Park entry fees are waived for participants.

More Information:
Bonnie Allen (850) 925-6216

Located in the Northwest region at:
Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park
7502 Natural Bridge Rd.
Tallahassee, FL 32305

Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park will have a special event to improve and protect our Public Lands.  Volunteers are invited to work with Park Rangers and the park's Citizen Support Organization, the Natural Bridge Historical Society, Inc. in cleaning up the St. Marks River Sink and surrounding park lands.  As water flows underground, trash and other debris that flow downriver collects within the park's waters.  Participants may bring their own canoe if they wish.

Additional Information:

Limited space so registration is required by calling Bonnie Allen  (850) 925-6216 or email: Bonnie.Allen@dep.state.fl.us

Volunteers need to provide work clothes that are comfortable to get wet and dirty.  Volunteers should bring a hat, sunscreen, water bottle and wear closed-toed shoes.  Garbage bags, gloves, insect repellent and water will be provided.   

Participation Requirements

National Public Lands Day Beach Clean Up @ Anastasia State Park

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

Entry is free for park volunteers participating in this event.

More Information:
904-461-2000

Located in the Central region at:
Anastasia State Park
300 Anastasia Park Road
St. Augustine, FL 32080

Please join Anastasia State Park in helping us clean up our precious beach after Hurricane Irma for National Public Lands Day, on September 30, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Bring your family, friends, students, or coworkers to spend the day outdoors giving back to your community by helping to clean up trash and debris that has washed up on our shores. We will be hiking the beach, so please dress comfortably and appropriately. Also, please come prepared with sunscreen, bug spray, a refillable water bottle, and work gloves if you have them. Rubber gloves and trash bags will be provided.

We will meet under the pavilion at the Island Beach Grill at 9:30 a.m., and finish up around 12 p.m. This is a great way to get involved with recovery efforts after the storm and giving back to our great public lands.

Please RSVP your group today at: https://beachcleanup2017.eventbrite.com.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

National Public Lands Day at Ponce de Leon Springs State Park @ Ponce de Leon Springs State Park

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 8:30am to 10:30am CDT

Entrance fee waived for participants.

More Information:
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

National Public Lands Day is an opprotunity for both employees and guests to spend some time working together to complete a park improvement project at their favorite outdoor recreation site.  This year we will be working to expand the existing trail system to give visitors access to more of the park's natural resources. The trails will be utilizing existing "two track" service roads.  Jobs will include blazing trails, installing signs, removing vegetation that's intruding into the trail area. The expected duration of the project is about 2 hours, but volunteers are welcome to stay and use the park after the project time is complete.  Tools will be supplied, but boots, long pants, and gloves are recommended.  Bug spray is also suggested.

Additional Information:

 

Participants should meet at the park entrance.  Please arrive on time, participants will be driving from the park to an unmarked park access location to complete trail work.

Participation Requirements

National Public Lands Day Nature Hike @ Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

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

Program included with park entry. 

More Information:
386-446-6783

Located in the Central region at:
Washington Oaks Gardens State Park
6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd.
Palm Coast, FL, FL 32137

Join us for a Native Plant ID hike to celebrate National Public Lands Day!  We will explore the cultural significance of some native plants found at Washington Oaks, as well as learn tips for identification.  Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water.

Additional Information:

Participation requirements 

National Public Lands Day Event @ Big Lagoon State Park

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

Park entrance fees will be waived for participants in the project.

More Information:
Ranger Station (850) 492-1595

Located in the Northwest region at:
Big Lagoon State Park
12301 Gulf Beach Highway
Pensacola , FL 32507

Join the Friends of Pensacola State Parks along with Florida Conservation Corps with two projects at Big Lagoon State Park.  Volunteers are needed to beautify the butterfly garden at Big Lagoon State Park's Ranger Station and assist with cleaning up along the coastline of Big Lagoon State Park.  A few kayaks will be available for the coastline cleanup, first come first serve.
 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Guided Tours of Historic Koreshan Settlement @ Koreshan State Park

Saturday, September 30, 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.

National Public Lands Day @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 9:00am to 2:00pm CDT

Event is free with regular park admission. 

More Information:
Park Office, (850)267-8330

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

Come celebrate National Public Lands Day at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park with a "Cache In, Cache Out" Adventure.  Explore the park with thirteen geocache locations and pick up trash as you go.  Participants can check in at the Park Store between 9am - 2pm and when finished they check back in for their prize.  Participants will need a GPS or a smart phone capable with GPS, water, weather appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Celebrate National Public Lands Day at Tomoka-We Need Your Help! @ Tomoka State Park

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 10:00am to 1:00pm EDT

Free entry for volunteer NPLD participants.

More Information:
386-676-4050

Located in the Central region at:
Tomoka State Park
2099 North Beach Street
Ormond Beach, FL 32174

Be a part of the National Public Lands Day (NPLD) movement to celebrate our public lands on Saturday, September 30th from 10am-1pm. Come help beautify and clean-up our Chief Tomokie Trail at Tomoka and surrounding areas affected by Hurricane IRMA. We will be trimming, mulching and checking the trails for trash as needed. We will provide rakes, shovels, trash picker/bagss and plenty of water (limited supply so bring your own tools if you like). Bring a lunch to enjoy afterwards along the riverfront or another area of the park. We recommend you please bring sunscreen, work gloves, bug spray and wear closed-toed shoes and long-sleeves and pants. Bring your friends and family and make it a family day of giving back. Accessible restrooms, parking and picnic tables onsite. So won't you meet us at the Tomoka Outpost campstore (along the riverfront) for sign-up and instructions at 10am!

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

National Public Lands Day: Troy Spring Clean Up @ Troy Spring State Park

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm EDT

Free to participants. Pre-registration required by calling 386-688-3488

More Information:
386-688-3488 or Tina.Miller@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Northeast region at:
Troy Spring State Park
674 NE Troy Springs Road
Branford, FL 32008

Join us as we walk the nature trail, road shoulders, burn breaks, river and spring banks to clean up any litter and improve visitor enjoyment and beautiful photo opportunities at the park. And after the work is done, have a refreshing dip in the spring! Pre-registrtion is required so that we have an accurate count. Please call 386-688-3488 to register or for any questions.

Additional Information:

Participant Requirements 

National Public Lands Day @ Blackwater Heritage State Trail

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

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More Information:
Gerard Greco 850-607-5363

Located in the Northwest region at:
Blackwater Heritage State Trail
5533 Alabama Street
Milton, FL 32570

Come join us while we celebrate National Public Lands Day. Learn a little while you give back a lot! Blackwater Heritage State Trail will be having a presentation on Florida's "alien invaders", the epidemic of non native plant species in Florida's ecosystem. Following the presentation, willing participants can join the rangers on a hike to identify and remove some of these plants by hand. We will also be picking up any trash we find along the way.

Please be prepared to work in outdoor conditions.  You will need closed toe shoes that you don't mind getting muddy, gloves, a hat, sunblock, bug spray, and most importantly a water bottle.  We will provide the garbage bags and icewater to refill water bottles as needed. 

National Public Lands Day is also National Bike Your Park Day! Be sure to bring your bike along for a self guided ride afterwards.

Additional Information:

Blackwater Heritage State Trail visitor center is located at 5533 Alabama Street, Milton, FL 32570 just in front of the Milton Library.

Participation Requirements

National Public Lands Day: Bike tour with a Park Ranger @ Fort Clinch State Park

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

Free with $6.00/vehicle park admission

More Information:
(904) 277-7274

Located in the Northeast region at:
Fort Clinch State Park
2601 Atlantic Ave
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Come enjoy a leisurely bike ride through the historic canopy road of beautiful Fort Clinch State Park.  The ride will be led by a Park Ranger who will speak about the historical, cultural, and natural sites in the park.  Bring your own bicycle, or rental bikes are available for a fee at the Visitor Center.  The tour is free with a park admission fee of $6.00/vehicle.  Space is limited, so please call the Ranger Station at (904) 277-7274 for reservations or more information.  Participants under the age of 16 are required to wear a bicycle helmet.

Additional Information:

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National Public Lands Day @ St. Andrews State Park

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

Event is free with paid park entrance fee.

More Information:
Main Park Office: (850)708-6100

Located in the Northwest region at:
St. Andrews State Park
4607 State Park Lane
Panama City Beach, FL 32408

Celebrate National Public Lands Day at St. Andrews State Park where visitors can participate in a program, "Intro to Camping," and learn the basics camping responsibly on the public lands of Florida. Participants should meet at the Lagoon picnic area near the Boat Ramp.
 

Additional Information:

Please wear appropriate clothing, and bring sunscreen, bug spray, and a reusable water bottle.

Participation Requirements

National Public Lands Day @ Okeechobee Battlefield Historic State Park

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm EDT
More Information:
Elizabeth Mardy (561)299-8621 Elizabeth.Mardy@dep.state.fl.us

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

Come help us restore our natural plants and habitats by hand pulling invasive plants like Caesar's Weed at Okeechobee Battlefield Historic State Park.

National Public Lands Day Trail Cleanup Project @ Florida Caverns State Park

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

Park entrance fees are waived for participants.

More Information:
Ranger Station, (850) 482-1228

Located in the Northwest region at:
Florida Caverns State Park
3345 Caverns Road
Marianna, FL 32446

Come join us as we celebrate National Public Lands Day with a trail cleanup project. Interested participants should meet at the Ranger Station at 8:45 CST.  Wear comfortable shoes and remember to bring insect spray and water.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

National Public Lands Day Celebration at Falling Waters State Park @ Falling Waters State Park

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 9:00am to 1:00pm CDT

Entrance fees are waived for participants.

More Information:
Falling Waters State Park, (850)638-6130

Located in the Northwest region at:
Falling Waters State Park
1130 State Park Road
Chipley, FL 32428

Falling Waters State Park is inviting nature lovers from all over to participate in the park's annual fence and trail clean-up day in conjunction with National Public Lands Day. Participants are encouraged to bring loppers and garden shears to help in the removal of invasive native and non-native plants that are on their never ending quest to destroy the parks boundaries.  The event is being held from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.. At 11:00 a.m. a park ranger will present a program on Managing Florida's Natural Heritage.  After the event bring a picnic lunch and spend the day enjoying Falling Waters State Park with all its natural beauty.

Additional Information:

It is recommended that participants wear boots, long pants, long sleeve shirt, hat as well as sunscreen and bug repellent.  The ability to carry water with you during the event is highly recommended.  Please contact the park to RSVP by calling (850) 638-6130.

Participation Requirements

National Public Lands Day: Litter Lingo Scavenger Hunt @ Suwannee River State Park

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

$5.00 per vehicle up to 8 people and free to registered participants.

More Information:
(386) 362-2746 or Rianna.Elliott@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Northeast region at:
Suwannee River State Park
3631 201st Path
Live Oak, FL 32060

Enjoy the 2017 National Public Lands Day by bringing the kids to a Junior Ranger experience that will last a lifetime. Learn the difference in "Nature's Litter" and "People's Litter" in a fun and educational way. Meet in the Day Use area at 10:00 a.m. for a fun interactive Junior Ranger Service program entitled "Littler Lingo" at the pavilion. Afterwards we will use what we learn for a litter scavenger hunt in the day use area!

Additional Information:

Please wear closed toe shoes, bring water, bug spray and sunscreen. For more information, download the Participant Requirements

Family Challenge Saturdays @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Saturday, September 30, 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

National Public Lands Day: Guided Nature Walk at Willow Pond @ Fort Clinch State Park

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 10:30am to 12:00pm EDT

Program is free with $6.00/vehicle Park Admission

More Information:
904-277-7274

Located in the Northeast region at:
Fort Clinch State Park
2601 Atlantic Ave
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Join us to celebrate National Public Lands Day by participating in a Guided Nature Walk at Fort Clinch State Park.  Take an interactive stroll through coastal hardwood hammock to freshwater ponds at Willow Pond Nature Trail and discuss the local flora and fauna.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Butterfly Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:30pm EDT

Free with park admission.

More Information:
(561) 624-6952

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

Take a walking tour of one of South Florida's last remaining hardwood hammocks, searching out butterflies to identify and observe. Learn which plants attract these winged wonders to your own yard. Meet at the Nature Center.

Additional Information:

Please bring a hat, water bottle and sunscreen!

NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY - Explore the Shore @ Long Key State Park

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 1:00pm EDT

Free with paid park admission.

More Information:
(305) 664-4815

Located in the Southeast region at:
Long Key State Park
67400 Overseas Hwy
Long Key, FL 33001

Visitors will enjoy a Ranger guided walk on the shoreline exploring what the tide has brought in. We might discover things washed ashore from all over the world such as seabeans, animal skulls, shells, jellyfish, crabs, and plants and flowers! Please bring water to drink, wear shoes that can get wet, and wear sunscreen and a hat. Additionally, you may wish to bring sunglasses, bug spray, cameras and binoculars. We leave from the Day Use Ocean Overlook at 1:00 P.M.

Additional Information:

To participate in this program you must be able to walk over uneven/soft surfaces, or ask at the ranger station to borrow our beach friendly wheelchair.

National Public Lands Day: Read With Trees @ Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm EDT

Entrance to the park is free with a library card or donate a new/gently used family friendly book.

More Information:
Melrose Library 352-475-1237 or Gold Head Branch State Park 352-473-4701

Located in the Northeast region at:
Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park
6239 State Road 21
Keystone Heights, FL 32656

A family literacy event. Program highlights include: story telling, games, crafts, nature activities and snacks.

Additional Information:

Participation requirments

National Public Lands Day: Beach Fossil Hunt @ Fort Clinch State Park

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT

Program is free with $6.00/vehicle admission

More Information:
904-277-7274

Located in the Northeast region at:
Fort Clinch State Park
2601 Atlantic Ave
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Come and join a Park Ranger to learn about fossils that you can find along the shoreline of Fort Clinch State Park. Participants will sift through sand and uncover treasures from the past. You keep what you find! This program is aimed towards children. A park entrance fee is required but the program is free. Space is limited so please call the Ranger Station at (904) 277-7274 for more information or reservations.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

National Public Lands Day @ T. H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT

Program is free with regular park entrance fee.

More Information:
Park Office, (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

T. H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park will celebrate National Public Lands Day on September 30, 2017.  Join a park ranger for an educational program about public land management and the management of St. Joseph Peninsula State Park.  Septemeber 6, 2017 marked the 50th anniversary of T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park.  Come learn about the management practices that have been used to manage this unique state park for the past 50 years.

Additional Information:

The National Public Lands Day educational presentation will be held at the Bay View picnic pavilion. 

Participation Requirements

National Bike Your Park Day - Group Ride @ Little Manatee River State Park

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 5:00pm EDT

Park admission fees apply.  Bicycle rental rates apply if reserving a rental bike for ride.  The program is free with paid park entrance and for registered campers who provide their own bike.   

Park Entrance Fees

Vehicle entrance (2-8 people) $5.00

Vehicle entrance (1 person) $4.00

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

Bicycle rental fees

Bike rental (2 hrs) = $5.00+tax/ bike

Bike rental (all day, 8am-5pm*) = $10.00+tax/ bike 

*bikes rented for Group Ride may be returned to Ranger Station immediately following the ride

More Information:
Ranger Station: 813-671-5005; Logan Dodson: Logan.Dodson@dep.state.fl.us

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

Join us for a Ranger led group bike ride in celebration of National Bike Your Park Day! The ride will begin with a short safety discussion, then embark on the main park drive as it winds through Little Manatee River State Park. There will be ample opportunities to see wildlife such as White-tailed Deer, Gopher tortoise, and the Southern black racer, plus a chance to see a spectacular sunset at the end of the ride.

Persons of all ages and abilities are welcome. The group ride will cover 4-6 miles, and last approximately 1 1/2 hours.  Bring your own bike, or reserve a rental bike from the Ranger Station. Please see additional information for more details on the program and what to bring.

Additional Information:

The ride will begin at the Picnic Area Parking Lot, the second right off the main park drive.  Program location and directions will be posted at the Ranger Station on the evening of the program.

The course distance and speed for the evening bicycle ride will be determined on the day of the program based on road conditions, weather conditions, and group ability. The bike ride will last up to 1 1/2 hours and cover up to 6 miles at a pace of 5-10mph. The ride will include short water breaks and an early release point for riders who prefer to take a shorter ride.

Bring your own bike and helmet or reserve a rental bike from the Ranger Station. Helmets are required for persons under 16 and encouraged for all riders.  Reservations for rental bikes can be made by calling the Ranger Station, beginning September 1st. Participants using rental bikes are responsible for transporting the bike from the Ranger Station to the Picnic Area, and returning bike at the end of the ride, a distance just over 1 mile each way. Persons who reserve a rental bike should arrive no later than 4:15pm on the day of the program. Standard rental rates apply.

Participants are encouraged to bring sunscreen, insect repellant, a water bottle, and a light rain jacket if rain is forecast. The Group Ride will take place in sun, light rain or light wind. In case of severe inclement weather, call the Ranger Station on the day of the program to confirm if the program will occur.

Florida State Parks are in various stages of accessibility. If you need special 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 accomodations. For detailed participation requirements for this program, please see the EEC- Group Bike Ride.

Sunset Paddle @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 5:00pm to 7:30pm CDT

$40 per person

More Information:
friendsofthsp@gmail.com

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

Enjoy the sunset with a ranger guided paddling tour of Campbell Lake. Fee is $40 a person and includes rental of canoe or kayak/PFD/paddle, park admission, tram ride to Campbell Lake, and a donation to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Registration must be done in advance online at www.topsailparkfriends.org For further information email friendsofthsp@gmail.com  Please note:  This program is for experienced canoe/kayak paddlers only - it is not an intro to paddling class.  Also, in order to prevent the introduction of invasive species in to Campbell Lake, which is a rare Coastal Dune Lake, watercraft and gear from outside the park is not allowed.  Moonlight paddles return November through March. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Night Sounds at Sebastian Inlet Concert Series with 20th Street Jazz Band @ Sebastian Inlet State Park

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm EDT

Free with regular 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 us for a Night Sounds Concert! The 20th Street Jazz Band is a 15 piece band that plays traditional jazz standards, favorite swing and popular music.  Their concerts bring out big smiles along with dancing that will get you up on your feet! The concert will take place at the pavilions on Coconut Point, located on the south side of Sebastian Inlet. For more information about the band visit www.facebook.com/20thstreetjazzband

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

SUP Yoga @ Oleta River State Park

Sunday, October 1, 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.