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Friday, October 27, 2017

October Photo Challenge @ Ravine Gardens State Park

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 8:00am EDT to Friday, October 27, 2017 - 4:00pm EDT

Free with regular park entrance fee.

More Information:
Raymond Presley, (386) 937-0933, raymond.presley@dep.state.fl.us

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

The Friends of Ravine Gardens, Inc., is hosting a photo challenge during each month of 2017. Each month will have a different theme. Contact the park at (386) 329-3721 on the start date of each challenge to request the theme of the month.

Bring your camera and explore the park to get the perfect shot and submit your photo for a chance to win! Along with recognition, the winner will be awarded two, day entry passes good for Florida’s 174 award-winning state parks, trails and historic sites, up to 8 people for most parks. Monthly first-place winners are also automatically entered to win a grand prize at the end of the 2017 Photo Contest term.

Monthly Submissions will be open the first Monday of each month, and run until the last Friday of the month. This month’s contest will run starting on 10/02/2017 and all entries must be received by 10/27/2017.

Photographs must be taken within Ravine Gardens State Park. You may submit up to two photos. Digital photographs must be a minimum resolution of 1024x768 (or higher) pixels. All photographs must be submitted in a digital format (in either a .jpg, .tif, or .png format) and emailed to raymond.presley@dep.state.fl.us.

Contestants must also complete a photo release form upon entry, which can be found here.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Junior Ranger Program @ Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Friday, October 27, 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. 

Sunset Paddle Tour @ Oleta River State Park

Friday, October 27, 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.

 

River Rhythms - Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

Friday, October 27, 2017 - 4:00pm EDT

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
(352) 236-7156 or craig.littauer@dep.state.fl.us

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

Join us the 4th Friday of every month, for an evening full of music and entertainment featuring a live drum circle. From 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., come and enjoy this musical experience. Like all public drum circles, all voices are welcome. There are a few extra drums but if you have some please bring them along. Also, to increase your comfort, we recommend that you bring a blanket or a chair. In addition to drumming and percussion, singing and dancing are highly encouraged! An audience is always needed so feel free to watch and listen.

Additional Information:

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

For more information about the hosts of this event, or to see a flyer, please visit their website, https://m.facebook.com/OcalaDrumCircles/about

Participation requirements.

HAUNTED TRAM RIDES @ Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Friday, October 27, 2017 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm EDT

Suggested donations are $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children 12 and under. Suggested donation for Haunted House is $2.00.

More Information:
Susan Strawbridge or Rene Poppe; (352) 628-5343

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

Pepper Creek Trail is transformed for a spooky tram ride. A Haunted House, costume contests, face painting, and games are included. This fundraising event is sponsored by the Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park.

Additional Information:

In order to participate in this program, one:

Must be able to independently or with assistance of a companion, open doors and maneuver in close spaces.

Must have the ability to traverse some uneven and rough areas of paved walkway.

Spooky Springs @ Ichetucknee Springs State Park

Friday, October 27, 2017 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm EDT

Park Entry Required

Haunted Tram Ride $5.00, Haunted Trail (Kid Friendly) $1.00

More Information:
386-497-1500

Located in the Northeast region at:
Ichetucknee Springs State Park
12087 SW U.S. Highway 27
Fort White, FL 32038

Join Park Concessionaire, Cape Leisure and the Friends of Ichetucknee Springs State Park, as Ichetucknee Springs transforms into Spooky Springs.

There will be Haunted Tram Rides, a Haunted Trail, Ghoulish Games, Campfire Tales and Food Service Available.

Join us for a night of spooky fun! October 27-28, 6:00 pm-10:00 pm

 

Additional Information:

 Participation  Requirements

 

Halloween in the Park @ Honeymoon Island State Park

Friday, October 27, 2017 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm EDT

$10 per Vehicle.

More Information:
thomas.e.reynolds@dep.state.fl,.us

Located in the Southwest region at:
Honeymoon Island State Park
#1 Causeway Blvd.
Dunedin, FL 34698

Please join us for a spooky night of fun at Honeymoon Island State Park. This year's event will showcase a haunted house, scary trail, kids trail, crafts, games, and facepainting. 

Haunted Village and Trail @ Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

Friday, October 27, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:30pm EDT

Cost is $3/person, 6 and under free

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

Haunted Village and Trail at Dade includes Haunted Village Tour and Spooky trail. Games and food for sale also during evening event.  

The Haunted Ballet @ The Barnacle Historic State Park

Friday, October 27, 2017 - 8:00pm EDT

$20.00-$30.00

More Information:
Ranger Station (305) 442-6866

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

Come meet the spirits! Bid welcome to those from a bygone era who haunt the lands of Coconut Grove. Watch as they dance their stories beneath the moonlit sky and try to escape their tragic endings night after magical night. Creator and founder, Crystal Karaginis Peattie, has produced this show for everyone to enjoy in her backyard of Coconut Grove. An open walk-through concept, various dances have been choreographed by a group of Miami’s most talented artists and performed across the five-acre property. The dancers will be fictional characters based on the history of Coconut Grove, specifically from the late 1800s and early 1900s. A haunting feast for the eyes, ears, and soul, this show is not to be missed.

Additional Information:

Haunted Ballet Participation Requirements

Two performances per night on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday beginning at 8:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. One performance on Sunday at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets available at the gate or at www.Eventbrite.com.

Please park curbside or in a nearby lot.

No pets, please.

Legendary Sirens Perform @ Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

Saturday, October 28, 2017 (All day) to Sunday, October 29, 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.