Guided Paddle (or Walk) @ Oscar Scherer State ParkWednesday, October 18, 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.
Wellness Walk @ Paynes Prairie Preserve State ParkWednesday, October 18, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:00am EDT
Free with park admission.
Ranger Station 352-466-3397
Be active while enjoying nature in a Florida State Park.
Join us for a walk of up to 3 miles on the Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail.
Meet us in the La Chua Trail parking lot.
We will walk at a pace that suits the group, or you're welcome to move at your own pace. Join us and do what you can.
Check the weather and dress accordingly. Bring a water bottle - there is a water fountain near the parking lot, but not anywhere else along the walk.
Please RSVP on the Friends of Paynes Prairie webpage HERE so that we can contact you if anything changes or the walk is cancelled for any reason.
Our intention is to offer Wellness Walks throughout the year, so if you're looking for a new routine to get out and be active, join us and we can help to keep you motivated!
Geocaching Around Topsail @ Topsail Hill Preserve State ParkWednesday, October 18, 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.
Hayride with Ranger Crowe and Friends! @ Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State ParkWednesday, October 18, 2017 - 5:00pm EDT to Friday, November 3, 2017 - 7:00pm EDT
The event is free with paid park admission.
For information, contact the park at 850-487-4556.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park invites you to enjoy an afternoon hayride through the Gardens! Ranger Crowe and friends will give a guided tour of the Scarecrows in the Gardens exhibits, telling the story of why each scarecrow was designed and built. Afterwards, you will be able to vote for your scarecrow! Hayrides will take place every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from October 18th through November 3rd.