Guided Paddle (or Walk) @ Oscar Scherer State ParkWednesday, October 4, 2017 - 9:00am EDT
Canoe/kayak rentals apply to both day-use visitors and campers at $10.00 plus tax per hour.
Folks are welcome to bring their own paddling gear instead of renting.
Program is free with paid park entrance for those providing their own paddling equipment.
If the program features a walk instead of a paddle, program is free with paid park entrance.
Ranger Station 941-483-5956
(Must arrive at 8:30am)
Learn about the life in South Creek or take a leisurely stroll through one or more of the park’s seven natural communities. South Creek is a tidal water therefore the water may sometimes be too shallow for a paddle; a guided walk will be an alternate option. Either way, be prepared to explore a slice of the “Real Florida." Bring your camera and binoculars for wildlife viewing. Registration is between 8 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. at the Ranger Station on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the paddle.
Pets are not permitted on the paddle trip.
Geocaching Around Topsail @ Topsail Hill Preserve State ParkWednesday, October 4, 2017 - 9:00am to 2:00pm CDT
Standard state park entry fees will apply however there are no additional fees for programming.
Ranger Station 850-267-8330
Topsail Hill State Park invites you to enjoy our “one of a kind” geocache program. Visitors can check in at the Camp Store and pick up the geocache packet. This activity will take you to various points throughout the Preserve. Note: the hiking and biking trails are easy to moderate in difficulty, some are paved, sand and gravel, or hard pack.
What is Geocaching you ask? Well, it is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches", at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world. Geocaching was originally similar to the 160-year-old game letterboxing, which uses clues and references to landmarks embedded in stories. Geocachers are free to take a treasure, or “swag” (except the logbook, pencil, or stamp) from the cache in exchange for leaving something of similar or higher value behind.
Enter the park through the main gate and park staff will direct you to the Camp Store, you will need a GPS or a smart phone capable with GPS.
Guided Tours of Historic Koreshan Settlement @ Koreshan State ParkWednesday, October 4, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am EDT
Guided Tours are $2 per person, $1 for children under 6, with regular park admission.
Ranger Station (239) 992-0311
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.
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.