31st Annual Coastal Cleanup @ Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State ParkSaturday, October 7, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EDT
Free Entry to Coastal Cleanup volunteer participants.
Join volunteers across the globe in participating in the annual International Coastal Cleanup, sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy. The Cleanup takes place in over 104 countries around the world. The Cleanup efforts at Mizell Johnson will focus on the beach, the wooded areas, the picnic area, and portions of the Intracoastal waterway.
Please dress appropriately for the weather, either rain or shine, as we will only cancel the Cleanup due to a tropical storm system resulting in a Watch or Warning. Call ( 954) 519-1218 for cancellation information. To participate, bring a hat, gloves, sunscreen, and water.
When you arrive at the gate, tell park personnel you are participating in the Coastal Cleanup. Once in the park, make your first left and sign in at the boat ramp.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register for this year's cleanup event. Please include your name, contact information, organization, site at which you wish to participate, and number of attendees.
SUP for Beginners @ Oleta River State ParkSaturday, October 7, 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
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!
First Weekend Union Garrison @ Fort Clinch State ParkSaturday, October 7, 2017 - 9:00am to 5:00pm EDT
$2.50 Fort Admission in addition to regular park admission.
Fort Clinch State Park, 904-277-7274
This program will allow visitors to interact with living historians to experience life in the fort as it was in 1864. The grounds will be bustling with soldiers in period costumes involved in firing demonstrations, marching drills, cooking and daily activities. Ladies in their dresses, sutlers displaying their wares, fife players and drummer boys bring every part of the civil war era to life. Come join in this unique, family friendly event.
Spend Your Morning With A Park Ranger @ Fanning Springs State ParkSaturday, October 7, 2017 - 9:00am to 10:00am EDT
Program free with paid Park Admission.
$6 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.
$4 for a single occupant vehicle.
$2 for pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.
Ranger Station: 352-463-3420
Spend the morning with a Ranger!!! Come enjoy a morning discussing various topics with a Park Ranger. Topics may range from Manatee’s in the spring to ecological fires in the forest.
Quilt, Heritage Plant Sale & Collectors Day @ Dudley Farm Historic State ParkSaturday, October 7, 2017 - 9:30am to 2:30pm EDT
Regular park entrance fee of $5.00/car. Honor box, cash only.
Sandra Cashes, (352) 472-1142, email@example.com
Dudley Farm Quilt Day & Heritage Nursery Plant Sale & Collectors
-Visitors are invited to view period quilts -
Dudley Farm Historic State Park will host its Annual Quilt Day event on October 7, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This year we will have a demonstration of the ‘quilt as you go’ technique beginning at 10 a.m. Two “bed-turnings” featuring the Katherine Armstrong Quilt Collection at 11:00 a.m. and at 1:00 p.m. Also including the Levy County Quilt Museum, quilt groups and quilts for sale.
Don’t forget our popular heritage plant sale by the Friends of Dudley Farm featuring flowering plants for your garden.
We also have collectors displaying their unique collections of the era.
Friends of Dunns Creek Volunteer Workday @ Dunns Creek State ParkSaturday, October 7, 2017 - 9:30am to 12:00pm EDT
Free entry for volunteers.
Raymond Presley, (386) 329-3721, firstname.lastname@example.org
Park staff and the Friends of Dunns Creek State Park are hosting a Volunteer Work Day! Projects will vary from month to month, however they will mostly focus on trail maintenance, park maintenance, and resource management, such as removal of invasive plants and preparing prescribed fire zones for burns.
No experience is necessary. We will provide all of the training you need and will supply all of the materials and tools. Bring your family and friends as we enjoy the outdoors! By volunteering for this event, you and your family will also have free access to the park for the day.
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. We are asking that all participants bring a re-usable water bottle.
Volunteers will meet at the day use picnic area in the main park (located off Sisco Road), unless otherwise noted. Contact the park office at (386) 329-3721 to verify meeting location.
For more information on the Friends of Dunns Creek, please visit www.friendsofdunnscreek.org.
Art in the Park @ Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State ParkSaturday, October 7, 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm EDT
Park admission: $5.00 per car load, up to 8 people
Janeen Mayes, Gift Shop Manager (386) 397-1920
Fun-filled day of Art and Activities for ALL ages! Artists Displays, Craft Demonstrations, Music, Kid's Painting area, Face Painting, Sidewalk Chalk Drawings, Food Concessions and Vendors, Gainesville Civic Chorus Chamber Singers and more
Family Challenge Saturdays @ Topsail Hill Preserve State ParkSaturday, October 7, 2017 - 9:00am to 2:00pm CDT
Standard park admission fees apply however there are no additional fees for programming.
Ranger Station 850-267-8330
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park invites you to enjoy our Family Challenge Saturdays. Each Saturday of the month we invite visitors to come and participate in our “Geocache Topsail “& “Topsail Photo Scavenger Hunt” programs. You may choose to do one or both programs and return to the camp store to pick up a surprise at the end of your visit. Enter the park through the main gate and park staff will direct you to the camp store to pick up your program packets, you will need a gps or a smart phone capable of gps as well as a camera or smart phone for pictures.
Guided Kayak Tour @ St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State ParkSaturday, October 7, 2017 - 10:45am EDT
Free with park entry fee of $2.00
Kayak Rentals: $26.50 for single, $37.10 for double
Park Office: (772) 219-1880
Experience St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park by way of kayak. This is a unique opportunity to visit one of Florida's magnificent barrier islands. You will paddle through mangrove lined creeks and visit a pristine, undeveloped beach. Your guide will point out various plant and animal species, including some that are rare or endangered, as well as providing insight into the management activities used at the park. Visitors of all ages and skill levels are welcome. The tour is approximately 3 hours long.
Reservations are required please contact park office.
What to bring: drinking water, snacks, sunscreen and bug repellent. No pets or alcoholic beverages are allowed.
"Rollin' Through the Decades" - an Antique and Vintage RV Show- CANCELLED @ Topsail Hill Preserve State ParkSaturday, October 7, 2017 - 10:00am to 2:00pm CDT
Event is free with regular park admission
For more information contact the Ranger Station at 850-267-8330
** Event cancelled due to weather. Please watch for potential rain date in the future.**
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park invites you to view vintage and antique RVs and campers. Enjoy presentations, demos and activities from camping related vendors. Participants will also get to visit with performer Tim Jackson.
Event is free with regular park admission. For more information contact the Ranger Station 850-267-8330
History Tours @ Camp Helen State ParkSaturday, October 7, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am CDT
Tour is free with paid park admission.
Camp Helen State Park, (850) 233-5059
Camp Helen State Park invites you to go beyond your park visit, and discover the past and present, on a ranger guided walking tour where you can learn about the rich history of Camp Helen’s Historic District. Led by informative and entertaining rangers, you will discover and connect with the history that literally surrounds Camp Helen State Park, a Nationally Registered Historic Place.
Tours begin promptly at 10:00 am, so please meet in the Visitor Center and be sure to bring water and wear comfortable walking attire. Tours take place in the outdoors and may be subject to cancellation due to inclement weather conditions. Please see Participation Requirements.
Fall Festival 2017- CANCELLED @ Camp Helen State ParkSaturday, October 7, 2017 - 11:00am to 4:00pm CDT
$2.00 per person. Ages 6 and under are free.
Camp Helen State Park, (850)233-5058
**Event cancelled due to weather.**
Sure, summer season is over but that doesn't mean the fun should come to an end! The Friends of Camp Helen State Park are hosting their 2nd Annual Fall Festival from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (CST) on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Camp Helen State Park. This event is a delightful and unforgettable way to spend a fall day with family and friends. The event will feature food, live music, face painting, games, arts and crafts for children, cake walk, and much more. The Friends of Camp Helen State Park are also hosting a Pumpkin Patch fund raiser and will have pumpkins for sale that day.
Parking at the state park will be limited to those who need accessible parking. All others are requested to park at Winn-Dixie and ride the free shuttle to the event. Winn-Dixie is at the junction of U.S. 98 and Front Beach Road, a mile east of Phillips Inlet Bridge and about 5 miles west of Highway 79.
Full Moon Kayak Tour @ Oleta River State ParkSaturday, October 7, 2017 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm EDT
"Come paddle under the full moon with the BG Oleta River Outdoor Center! Offered monthly, your knowledgable Tour Guide will supply you with all the equipment and instruction needed prior to launching into a beautiful mangrove cove. We will paddle under the full moon for 1 hour with illuminated colorful lights on each vessel lighting the way, followed by a Bonfire Beach Party. Roast S'mores, go for a swim and enjoy nature.
The Full Moon Kayak Tour is 2 hours and 30 minutes in total and cost $50.00 per Adult or $40.00 per College Student. Price includes equipment and Tour Guides."
Please Contact BG Oleta River Outdoors for exact launch times.
Haunted Moon Light Hike @ Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State ParkSaturday, October 7, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm EDT
$5.00 per person.
Ranger Station: 352-473-4701.
This is a scary hike! Please use discretion in bringing children. Hike is approximately 1 mile long. To ensure the safety for all participants, strollers and pets are prohibited.
Refreshments will be available for purchase.
SUP Yoga @ Oleta River State ParkSunday, October 8, 2017 (All day)
$30.00 + tax
"Come enjoy the combination of nature and exercise by joining our Stand Up Paddleboard YOGA Class offered every Sunday morning. Never Paddleboarded before? No problem, beginners welcome. Class is 1 hour and 30 minutes long, and cost $30+tax per person. Price includes equipment and instructor." Please contact BG Oleta River for exact times.