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Saturday, October 21, 2017

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.

Nature Hike with David @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 8:00am EDT

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Call the Ranger Station at 352-236-7148 ext. 4

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

Take a guided hike on the 3rd Saturday of each month, September through May, and learn about the flora and fauna of North Central Florida. David Rakes is an experienced and knowledgeable naturalist with a broad understanding of the natural communities surrounding the Silver River. Each hike will start from a different location in the park and will focus on different plants. You may receive the opportunity to view wildlife such as Florida white-tailed deer, Sherman's fox squirrel, Eastern gopher tortoises, and more.

September 16, 2017: Meet at the Sandhill Trailhead.
The beginning of the great wildflower show underneath the Longleaf pine trees.

October 21, 2017: Meet at the Sandhill Trailhead.
See the Sandhill wildflowers at their best, including Blazing Star, Paintbrush, Summer’s Farewell, Yellow Buttons, Golden Asters and Blue Sage.

November 18, 2017: Meet at the Sandhill Trailhead.
The wildflower show is tapering off but the endemic shrub Garberia heterophylla persists with its wonderful rose-purple tubular flowers. You will be amazed at all the insects they attract.

December 16, 2017: Meet at the Swamp Trailhead.
Focus on seeing the terrestrial Shadow Witch Orchid and the peculiar homes of the Purseweb Spider.

January 20, 2018: Meet at the Sandhill Trailhead.
Learn about the five different species of pine trees found in the park as well as the endemic Florida Deep Digger Scarab Beetle that digs down in the sandy soil from five to almost eight feet deep.

February 17, 2018: Meet at the Sandhill Trailhead.
The walk will focus on the earliest flowering shrubs and trees such as the Eastern Red Bud and the Flatwoods Plum.

March 17, 2018: Meet at the Sink Hole Trailhead.
Let’s count trees! No, not every tree, but how many different species are in these woodlands.

April 21, 2018: Meet at the River Trailhead.
On the way to the Silver River you will see the Pinkroot wildflower and the arboreal Manatee Tree Snail. With luck you may see the Prothonotary Warbler, formerly known as the Golden Swamp Warbler.

May 19, 2018: Meet at the Sandhill Trailhead.
Resident songbirds such as the Pine Warbler and Summer Tanager will sing their little heads off while you walk through the piney woods.

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 any of the trailheads.

Sturdy walking shoes, a canteen and insect repellant is suggested. No pets, please. This program may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Call the ranger station for the latest information.

Participation requirements.

Run the Ravines 5K @ Ravine Gardens State Park

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 8:00am EDT
More Information:
386-329-3721

Located in the Central region at:
Ravine Gardens State Park
1600 Twigg Street
Palatka, FL 32177

Due to the damage caused by Hurricane Irma, this event will be cancelled this year. We hope to be able to bring back the Run the Ravines 5K in 2018, pending the repair of our park drive.

Monthly Bird Walk on Pepper @ Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 8:00am to 9:30am EDT

There is no charge to participate in the monthly bird walk.

More Information:
Susan Strawbridge, (352) 628-5445, ext. 1002

Located in the Northeast region at:
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
4150 S. Suncoast Blvd. (US 19)
Homosassa, FL 34446

Novice and experienced birders are invited to take a guided bird walk on Pepper Creek Trail. Leaders from Citrus County Audubon take birders on this guided walk. Bring binoculars ans a field guide if you have them. This leisurely-paced walk is on a fully accessible (paved) trail that winds through a hydric hammock along Pepper Creek. Please call the park office Monday through Friday to register (352) 628-5343.

Additional Information:

 Participation Requirement

 

Surf Fishing Clinic @ Henderson Beach State Park

Saturday, October 21, 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

World Water Monitoring Day @ Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 9:00am to 5:00pm EDT

Free with event registration.

More Information:
Park Services Specialist Jackie Turner, 850-561-7281

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 be participating in World Water Monitoring Day (WWMD). World Water Monitoring Day is an international water monitoring event.  WWMD was started to involve local citizens in basic water quality monitoring and to increase public awareness of local water quality issues. At Wakulla Springs, volunteers are needed to collect water chemistry data from 4 springs and 20 sinkholes on park property.  Space is limited and registration is required.

Additional Information:

Volunteers need to provide work clothes and shoes.  Participants also need to provide a water bottle and lunch.   Registration is required. Please register to be a part of this event by calling Jackie Turner at 850-561-7281.

Meet at the Lodge at Wakulla Springs.

Participation Requirements

Sun Fiesta at Centennial Park @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 9:00am 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!

SUP for Beginners @ Oleta River State Park

Saturday, October 21, 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! 

 

Trash to Treasure Craft Program @ Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm EDT

Free with paid 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

Help us beautify the butterfly garden with recycled crafts from 10 am - 12 pm. We will have recycled plastic bottle caps to create garden and wall art crafts. There will also be coloring projects (bookmarks, cards and tags). All ages welcome!

You can register for this program at Eventbrite.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Junior Ranger Programs, 3rd Saturday Monthly, 10am - 11am @ Koreshan State Park

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am EDT

FREE with Park admittance.

More Information:
Ranger Station (239) 992-0311

Located in the Southwest region at:
Koreshan State Park
3800 Corkscrew Road
Estero, FL 33928

Come in for a fun learning experience and become a Junior Ranger! Discover and learn about plants, animals, and other secrets of the park. Meet in the picnic area at 10:00am. Ideal for children ages 6-12. Parental presence required. For more information call 239-992-0311, or visit http://friendsofkoreshan.org/events/.

Additional Information:

​Parental presence required. Meet in the picnic area at 10:00 a.m. for a fun learning experience! Reservations requested, please call (239) 992-0311 

Family Challenge Saturdays @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Saturday, October 21, 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

Rock The Falls @ Falling Waters State Park

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 10:00am to 6:00pm CDT

Park Entry Fee of $5 Apply

More Information:
Scott Sweeney 850-638-6130

Located in the Northwest region at:
Falling Waters State Park
1130 State Park Road
Chipley, FL 32428

Falling Waters State Park and the Washington County Tourist Development Council are excited to present the Rock the Falls Music Festival. The first rendition of Rock the Falls was so much fun we decided to do it again. This year you’ll see new music from regional and local groups as well as some returning acts. This year’s band line-up includes The Dwellers, Ruff Water Band, Paw Paw’s Medicine Cabinet and Cypress Spring. Check out the Rock the Falls Facebook page for information on the festival as well as music videos and bios on the bands.

In between acts, you’ll be able to grab a bite to eat from Papa G’s Hot Dogs, Hog Pound BBQ and we promise you’ll want to go back for seconds! Also, in-between each band set-up, you can entertain the family with a Kid’s Zone complete with pony rides, petting zoo, inflatable slide and bounce house, courtesy of The Pony Life and PC Inflatables as well as a wide variety of craft vendors showing off their skills and talent.

So, bring the family to Falling Waters State Park and enjoy some excellent music, good eats and a lot of family-friendly fun.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Coastal Dune Lake Day @ Grayton Beach State Park

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 10:00am to 2:00pm CDT

Park admission fee waived for participants.

More Information:
Melinda Gates, (850) 892-8108

Located in the Northwest region at:
Grayton Beach State Park
357 Main Park Road
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

The Coastal Dune Lake Advisory Board will be hosting the 2nd Annual Coastal Dune Lake Day on Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 10AM to 2PM at Grayton Beach State Park.  Come learn more about the Coastal Dune Lakes and their ecosystems. Activities will include Coastal Dune Lake walks (11:00 AM), Coastal Dune Lake paddle tours throughout the day and educational exhibits. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Fire Fest @ Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 1:00pm to 9:00pm EDT

Park entry fee applies. $6.00 per vehicle for up to 8 people. Additional fees apply for special activities including hayrides, bounce houses, and swamp buggy trail rides. Activity proceeds benefit the Friends of JDSP.

More Information:
libby.reinert@dep.state.fl.us or (561) 745-5551

Located in the Southeast region at:
Jonathan Dickinson State Park
16450 S.E. Federal Highway
Hobe Sound, FL 33455

Spend a day in the park, have some fun, and learn about the importance of prescribed fire and preserving natural Florida. Smokey bear, day and night burn demos, helicopter bucket drop, spooky trail, live music, hayrides, swamp buggy trail rides, bounce house obstacle course, and more!

The Wildlife Puppeteers present ""Nights at the Wildlife Park" @ Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 2:00pm EDT

Regular park admission will include attending the puppet play in the Discovery Center.

More Information:
Susan Strawbridge, Park Services Specialist - (352) 628-5445, ext. 1002

Located in the Northeast region at:
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
4150 S. Suncoast Blvd. (US 19)
Homosassa, FL 34446

Did you see the movie, "Night at the Museum"? This play is about an imaginary story of what the animals at the Wildlife Park do after the Park closes. Get ready to party, sing and dance with the animals, and (Spoiler Alert!) you will also see animals who do not live at the Park! Watch your favorite animals, and enjoy! This play will be presented in the Discovery Center inside the Wildlife Park.

Additional Information:

 Participation Requirements

Haunted Hike @ Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 5:00pm to 10:00pm EDT

$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.

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 make it.

All participants will be recognized in local media, and there will be a contest to honor: Spookiest Spot, Most Creative Spot, Halloween Spirt (most participation). The deadline to reserve a Spooky Spot is September 15, 2017, and anyone interested can call 305-361-8779 or E Mail 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.

This is going to be the Best Spooktacular Event the Island has ever seen!

Casper's Campfire Stories @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm EDT

Program is free with regular park entrance fee.

More Information:
(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 us for "Casper the Friendly Ghost" type stories around the campfire at the amphitheater. The stories are geared to the younger audience but are fun for all! Bring your blanket or chair, insect repellent and a flashlight.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

25th Annual Haunted Woods @ Hillsborough River State Park

Saturday, October 21, 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

Saturday, October 21, 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

SUP Yoga @ Oleta River State Park

Sunday, October 22, 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.