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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Guided Paddle (or Walk) @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Wednesday, October 25, 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.

More Information:
Ranger Station 941-483-5956

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

(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.


Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Pets are not permitted on the paddle trip.

Geocaching Around Topsail @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 9:00am to 2:00pm CDT

 Standard state park entry fees will 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 County Hwy 30A
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

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. 

Additional Information:

Program Requirements

Train to Become a Heritage Monitoring Scout @ Camp Helen State Park

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 9:00am to 2:30pm CDT

Free admission into the park if participating in the program.

Participation Requirements

More Information:
Nicole Grinnan, 850-595-0050 ext. I03

Located in the Northwest region at:
Camp Helen State Park
23937 Panama City Beach Parkway
Panama City Beach, FL 32413

Camp Helen State Park and The Florida Public Archaelogical Network invite you to become a Heritage Monitoring Scout! Help monitor heritage at risk with the Florida Public Archaeology Network. Hands-on training in archaelogical skills will be taught to help prepare scouts for monitoring missions around the state. The training will take place in the Lodge. Ask a ranger or volunteer for directions. This program is free and open to the public.

Please RSVP Nicole Grinnan, Public Archaeology Coordinator, Northwest Regionat at 850-595-0050 ext. I03 or email

Additional Information:

Please, be sure to bring water, snacks/lunch, sun protection, bug spray and wear closed toes shoes.