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Friday, October 20, 2017

Junior Ranger Program @ Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Friday, October 20, 2017 - 10:00am to 3:00pm EDT

The program is free with park entry and for annual park pass holders.

More Information:
Ranger Station: (352) 466 - 3397

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

Come visit our Junior Ranger table from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Learn how to become a Junior Ranger and join us for lots of cool nature activities! Children can complete the Junior Ranger CORE activities, collect passport stamps, and earn an official Junior Ranger badge, patch, or pin! Junior Ranger activities are appropriate for children aged 6 and up, but we will also have critter coloring pages and smokey bear stories available for all ages. 

No reservation required. Meet us inside the visitor center located within the main park entrance, off US 441 in Micanopy. 

Additional Information:

Participant Requirements. 

Gopher Tortoises @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Friday, October 20, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00pm CDT

Program is free with regular park admission.

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

Join the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and learn about the Florida Gopher Tortoises that call the park home. Participants should meet at the Clubhouse.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Stargazing @ Henderson Beach State Park

Friday, October 20, 2017 - 3:00pm to 9:00pm CDT

Free with regular 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

Volunteers from the Northwest Florida Astronomy Association will set up several telescopes for public viewing of star clusters, planets, and galaxies, as well as answer questions about the night sky. In addition, the club will set up their solar telescopes for safe viewing of the sun starting at 3:00pm. All ages are invited. The park gates will close at sunset, all those attending the viewing must arrive at the park prior to sunset in order to enter. If bringing a flashlight, it is recommended that it is covered with a red lens. This event is weather permitting.

Additional Information:

Attendees must enter park prior to sunset.

Participation Requirements

Sunset Paddle Tour @ Oleta River State Park

Friday, October 20, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm EDT

The Tour is 2 hours long and $35.00 per Adult or $25.00 per College Student.

More Information:


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

Have you ever gone Kayaking at night? Sunset Kayak/SUP Tours are available every Friday evening at the BG Oleta River Outdoor Center. We paddle for 1 hour before arriving at Sandspur Island where we will take a break and watch the sun go down. Once the sun has set, your Guide will turn on bright colorful lights located on the front and back of your Kayak or SUP before a 30 minute paddle back to the Outdoor Center.

 

Sun Fiesta at Centennial Park @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Friday, October 20, 2017 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm EDT
More Information:
Ranger Station 941-483-5956

Located in the Southwest region at:
Oscar Scherer State Park
1843 South Tamiami Trail
Osprey, FL 34229

Come visit our booth at the Sun Fiesta being held at Centennial Park off Tampa Avenue in Venice!

Haunted Hike @ Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

Friday, October 20, 2017 - 5:00pm to 10:00pm EDT

There is a $10 event fee

More Information:
Art.Yerian@dep.state.fl.us

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

Haunted Hike time for some Spooky Halloween Fun!

We are starting a new Halloween tradition at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park in Key Biscayne. A “Haunted Hike” to benefit the Friends of Cape Florida Inc. will debut this October, Friday October 20, 2017 and Saturday October 21, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. each night.

The hike will include 12 – 15 locations for corporations and nonprofits to set up a scary scene. Both kids and adults will be walking down the trail and they’ll come across the Spooky Scenario’s located along the hike. In addition, there will be a children’s area complete with a pumpkin patch, face painting, 25ft. shark slide, a dunk tank and much more.

For the faint of heart, there will be a graceful way to bow out: It’s a self-guided tour and if someone starts down the trail for the Haunted Hike and they get too scared, there will be exit points if they don’t think they can continue.

All participants will be recognized in local media, and there will be a contest to honor: Spookiest Spot, Most Creative Spot, Halloween Spirit (most participation). The deadline to reserve a Spooky Spot is September 15, 2017, and anyone interested can call (305) 361-8779 or email Art.Yerian@dep.state.fl.us.

The Friends of Cape Florida Inc. is a 501c3 cooperation and was established in 2000 to provide support to the Park and to help conserve and enhance the wildlife and other resources of the Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park.

25th Annual Haunted Woods @ Hillsborough River State Park

Friday, October 20, 2017 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm EDT

Ages 13 and up $10.00/each. Ages 12 and under FREE!

More Information:
Ranger Station: (813) 987-6771

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

Sponsored by the Hillsborough River State Park Preservation Society, this event includes the Haunted Trail, Coloring Contests, and Family Tram Ride (Tram runs Saturday Night ONLY!). Food and refreshments will be available and music will be filling the air.  There will be a Costume Contest both nights. All ages - 6:00 pm - Prizes! It is a safe alternative to Trick-Or-Treating! Bring the whole family and come walk through our Haunted Woods for a scary, fun time.
Proceeds benefit the Hillsborough River State Park Preservation Society.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Special Notice: Fort Foster Historic Site Tours are cancelled (10/20, Saturday – 10/22, Sunday of this event)

5th Annual Haunted Trails @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Friday, October 20, 2017 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm EDT

$5 Child (6-12 years)
$10 Adult (13+)

More Information:
Ranger Station 941-483-5956

Located in the Southwest region at:
Oscar Scherer State Park
1843 South Tamiami Trail
Osprey, FL 34229

Tickets available at http://www.osspevent.com starting Labor Day 2017!

A spooky haunted trail and haunted house for those who dare to be scared, a trick-or-treat trail for the younger or more cautious! Lots of activities for kids, costume contests, food, spooky sounds and more! A frightfully fun time for the howl family!

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Legendary Sirens Perform @ Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

Saturday, October 21, 2017 (All day) to Sunday, October 22, 2017 (All day)

Included with park admission.

More Information:
352-592-5656

Located in the Southwest region at:
Weeki Wachee Springs State Park
6131 Commercial Way
Weeki Wachee, FL 34606

The Legendary Sirens show include performers representing decades from the 50’s to the 70’s.