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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Volunteer Work Day @ San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 8:30am to 12:00pm EDT

Free park entry for volunteers.

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

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

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

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

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

Additional Information:

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

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

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:30am EDT

Free with regular park admission.

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

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

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

Additional Information:

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

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

Participation requirements.

Surf Fishing Clinic @ Henderson Beach State Park

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 8:00am to 12:00pm CDT

Free with park admission.

More Information:
Ranger Station, 850-650-5928

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

Join Bass Pro staff on the beach at Henderson for a surf fishing class. Bait, tackle, and instruction provided. Come learn proper techniques for successful surf fishing, no previous experience required. Space is limited, sign up is required. Participants must have a current Florida saltwater fishing license. Sun protection and a water bottle are recommended. This event is free with park admission, and is weather permitting.

Additional Information:

To sign up, call Bass Pro Destin at 850-269-6200.

Participation Requirements

Beach Cleanup @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:00am EDT

Free entry to the park if assisting with the beach cleanup.

More Information:
(561) 776-7449, ext. 109

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

Join us for a few hours of sun and surf and help keep MacArthur Beach State Park clean.  Beach cleanups help remove trash which might otherwise end up endangering sea turtles or shorebirds.  Participants will receive gloves and trash bags.  Please bring a reusable water bottle, hat and sunscreen.  Community service hours will be given upon request.  Free entry into the Park if assisting with the event.  for more information contact (561) 776-7449, ext. 109.

Morning Nature Walk @ Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 9:00am to 10:30am EDT

Free with regular park admission

More Information:
Park Services Specialist Jeff Hugo, 850-561-7286

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

Wakulla Springs State Park will host a ranger-led early morning trek through its varying forest communities.  Migrating songbirds and autumn colors create the potential for a special walk.  For those early rising guests in the magnificent Wakulla Springs Lodge, those wishing to burn a few calories after or in preparation for breakfast in the dining room, or for those who are simply curious; this walk through the woods in the early morning light may hold a surprise or two.

Additional Information:

Please call (850) 561-7286 to make your reservation.

Meet in the Lobby of the Lodge.

Participation Requirements

SUP for Beginners @ Oleta River State Park

Saturday, October 14, 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! 

 

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

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 9:00am to 10:00am EDT

Program free with paid Park Admission.

Admission:

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

$4 for a single occupant vehicle.

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

More Information:
Ranger Station: 352-463-3420

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

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

Additional Information:

 Participation Requirements

 

Mountain Bike Skills Clinic @ Alafia River State Park

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 9:00am EDT

Regular park admission fees apply.

More Information:
Ranger Station 813-672-5320

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

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

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

Cracker Village Tour - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 10:00am EDT

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
352-236-7148 ext. 4

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

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

Additional Information:

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

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

Participation requirements.

Fall Wildflower/Butterfly Walk @ Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm EDT

Cost is $3/car or Annual Florida Park Pass

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

Fall Wildflower and Butterfly walk on Dade's Trails during our peak wildflower and butterfly season. 

Dudley Kids Day - Wild Animals @ Dudley Farm Historic State Park

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 10:00am to 2:00pm EDT

Event admission is free with paid park admission of $5.00 per car up to 8 occupants.  Honor box, cash only.

More Information:
Sandra Cashes, (352) 472-1142

Located in the Northeast region at:
Dudley Farm Historic State Park
18730 W. Newberry Road
Newberry, FL 32669

Children can participate in educational demonstrations and crafts.

Join us at the farm on the second Saturday of the month for our Dudley Kids Day. Children and adults alike, ages 5 to 65, can join in the fun! There are hands on demonstrations, crafts, old fashioned games and even some education. Learn about history, and a farming way of life.

Additional Information:

Participation requirements

Crabbing Basics: making it Delicious, keeping it Sustainable @ Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am EDT

This program is free with park admission!

More Information:
Ranger Station, 386-517-2086

Located in the Central region at:
Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach
3100 S. Oceanshore Blvd
Flagler Beach, FL 32136

The tidal salt marsh of our park is home to the Atlantic Blue Crab, a popular seafood and keystone species of the local ecosystem. Learn to catch these tasty crustaceans in a one hour hands-on program, appropriate for adults and families. We will be meeting at the Cedar Pavilion, on the west side of the park.

 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Breakfast with a Ranger @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 9:00am CDT

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

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

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

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

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Family Challenge Saturdays @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Saturday, October 14, 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

Fall Festival @ Alafia River State Park

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 11:00am to 4:00pm EDT

Free with regular park admission

More Information:
Ranger Station 813-672-5320

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

The Friends of Alafia and Alafia River State Park will host our annual Fall Fesival in the Day Use area. We will once again be joined by The Prestage Brothers, http://benprestagemusic.com, performing the blues for us from 12-4pm. Other activities include but are not limited to face painting, pumpkin painting, horse drawn hay rides, food trucks and more.

Tomoka Remembers- The Ormond Loop-Off the Beaten Path with Charley DuToit @ Tomoka State Park

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm EDT

$5.00-Vehicle (2-8 passengers), $4.00-Single Occupant

More Information:
386-676-4050

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

Do you love to hear about the history of Ormond Beach and surrounding areas? Come see Charley DuToit do what he does best, share his vast knowledge and talents through a fact-filled historical presentation. Meet us at Tomoka State Park's recreation hall facility (climate-controlled) on Saturday, October 14th at 11am. Charley DuToit, former biologist for the Tomoka Basin State Parks, explores abandoned homesteads, lost cemeteries, moonshine camps, and other vestiges of the “Bulow” community in the shade of live oaks and on islands in the swamps of the great hammock north of Ormond Beach. Charley worked as an Environmental Specialist in state parks and preserves in southwest and northeast Florida, including Tomoka and Bulow Creek State Park. Contrary to his job title as a “Specialist”, Charley was involved in a diversity of projects involving the management and restoration of natural habitats as well as assisting historians and archaeologists at state cultural sites. He is also a volunteer for the Ormond Beach Historical Society. So, gather up the family, friends and neighbors and make this a day of fun, facts, history and exploration back in time. Presentation included in the regular park admission.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

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

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm EDT

Free with park admission

More Information:
(561) 624-6950

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

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

Surf Fishing Worksop @ Sebastian Inlet State Park

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:15pm EDT

Free with regular park admission

More Information:
772-388-2750

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

Surf fishing class designed to introduce anglers to the basics of surf fishing.  Discussions center on the equipment needed to enjoy a productive surf fishing day at the beach. Topics include rod and reel selection, standard pompano rig, choosing bait and more. Anglers should bring a pen/pencil and something to write on.  Meet at the Sebastian Fishing Museum

Additional Information:

EEC Surf Fishing Sebastian Inlet

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

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm EDT

Program is free with park admission!

More Information:
Ranger Station, 386-517-2086

Located in the Central region at:
Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach
3100 S. Oceanshore Blvd
Flagler Beach, FL 32136

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

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Family Pumpkin Festival @ Big Shoals State Park

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm EDT

$4.00 per vehicle

More Information:
Park Services Specialist, Teri Graves (386) 397-2733

Located in the Northeast region at:
Big Shoals State Park
Little Shoals Entrance: 11330 S.E. County Road 135 or Big Shoals Entrance: 18738 Southeast 94th St.
White Springs, FL 32096

Family Fun Night! Games, pumpkin bowling, face painting, pumpkin decorating, a treasure chest with prizes and hayride through the woods.

 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Park After Dark: Night Hike @ Little Manatee River State Park

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 7:00pm EDT

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

$5.00 Vehicle entrance (2-8 people)

$4.00 Vehicle entrance (1 person)

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

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

More Information:
Ranger Station 813-671-5005

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

Let your senses be your guide on a hike by moonlight. Join us for a night time adventure as we awaken our senses, and experience the sights, sounds, and smells, of the park after dark.  Journey into the night, with a journey into the mind. 

The night hike will cover approximately 1 mile at a moderate pace with frequent stops, and last around 1 hour. The trail includes some stretches of soft, fine sand. For additional details, please see the EEC: Park After Dark: Night Hike.

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

Additional Information:

Participants should wear comfortable, close-toed shoes and bring insect repellant, water, and a flashlight or headlamp with red lens light.

Directions will be posted in the park on the evening of the program. Pay park entrance fee at the Ranger Station, then follow signs to the program location. If arriving after regular hours of operation, please use the honor system to pay entrance fees. Proof of payment should be displayed in each vehicle on the evening of the program. Proof of payment includes Registered Camper Tag, Ranger Station receipt on dash, or Honor envelope receipt on rearview mirror.

Florida State Parks are in various stages of accessibility. If you need assistance to make your participation possible, please contact the Ranger Station in advance at 813-671-5005. The park will strive to make reasonable accommodations. A minimum of 2 weeks may be required to make specific arrangements. For further details, please see the Essential Eligibility Criteria: EEC- Park After Dark: Night Hike.

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

The Barnacle under Moonlight Concert - Cancelled @ The Barnacle Historic State Park

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm EDT
More Information:
Ranger Station, (305) 442-6866

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

Enjoy an evening of Southern Rock music and Grateful Dead tribute as The Barnacle Society presents J Street Revival.  JD Danner's musical background is based in Country/Rock/Americana while Joni Botari's musical roots are in Blues/Rock and heavily influenced by Jerry Garcia. Joni’s tasteful lead guitar style compliments JD’s rhythm guitar and soulful vocals, and together they have a magnetic command of the stage and a true talent for drawing in an audience.
 

Additional Information:

This event has been cancelled due to an unfavorable weather forecast and because the Micco Pavilion, the park's only shelter, is currently out of commission due to storm damage.

SUP Yoga @ Oleta River State Park

Sunday, October 15, 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.