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Saturday, October 28, 2017

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.

Surf Fishing Clinic @ Henderson Beach State Park

Saturday, October 28, 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

SUP for Beginners @ Oleta River State Park

Saturday, October 28, 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! 

 

Make a Difference Day @ The Barnacle Historic State Park

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EDT

Free same-day park entry for registered volunteers.

More Information:
Jessica Cabral, Park Services Specialist (305) 442-6866

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

Join Park Rangers and The Barnacle Society for a morning of park cleanup, landscape beautification, and exotic plant removal by beautiful Biscayne Bay. The park will provide lunch and a complimentary tour of the historic house for registered volunteers.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements.

Space is limited and pre-registration required. To register, please call the Ranger Station or email Jessica.Cabral@dep.state.fl.us.

All minors require a signed parental consent form. Minors 14 and under must be accompanied by a participating adult chaperone.

Participants must wear closed-toe shoes and shirts with sleeves. Sandals, including those with closed-toes, are prohibited. Long pants and sleeves, sun protection, and a water bottle are strongly recommended.

Please leave pets at home while volunteering.

Please park curbside or in a nearby lot. Visitors with a Disabled Person Parking Permit may call the Ranger Station for additional parking information.

Spend Your Morning With A Park Ranger @ Fanning Springs State Park

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 9:00am to 10:00am EDT

Program free with paid Park Admission.

Admission:

$6 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.

$4 for a single occupant vehicle.

$2 for pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.

More Information:
Ranger Station: 352-463-3420

Located in the Northeast region at:
Fanning Springs State Park
18020 N.W. HWY 19
Fanning Springs, FL 32693

Spend the morning with a Ranger!!! Come enjoy a morning discussing various topics with a Park Ranger. Topics may range from Manatee’s in the spring to ecological fires in the forest.

Additional Information:

 Participation Requirements

 

Surf Fishing from Beginner's to Advanced @ Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 10:00am to 1:00pm EDT

$20.00 per person - proceeds benefit FROGR’s - Friends of Gamble Rogers State Park. Registration is limited to the first 25 people. Please make payment of cash or check (made out to Friends of Gamble Rogers State Park) at the ranger station to secure a reservation on a first come first serve basis. Park admission is not included.

You can pay by credit card here.

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

Join our volunteer Andy Block, an avid fisherman for over 50 years, who will teach the basics of fishing off the beach in the ocean surf. Participants will learn tips on choosing fishing gear, bait and the best area and tides to fish in. We will be meeting at the beachside pavilion on the east side of the park. You can register for this workshop at Eventbrite.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Cracker Village Tour - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 10:00am EDT

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Ranger Station, 352-236-7148 ext. 4

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

Saturday, December 23rd only:

Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the cracker village will additionally feature a cast iron cooking demonstration as well as a firing of the new wood-fired pottery kiln. The kiln will be opened on December 27th and the pottery made will be available for purchase in the museum gift shop.

Come and discover what life was like at the turn of the century in the Florida "piney woods." The cracker homestead is a replica of a 19th century pioneer settlement. This collection of buildings represents a small "Cracker'' settlement dating to the 1890s. A typical homestead of the time would have included a cabin and outbuildings such as a barn, pantry, smokehouse, and outhouse. Schoolhouses, churches, and blacksmith shops would have been found in settlements that homesteaders visited to attend social gatherings and barter for supplies. During the tour, these buildings will be open and unlocked and on most tours the blacksmith's forge will be fired up. Meet at the Cracker Village across from the Silver River museum.

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 the Silver River Museum.

For more information about the Silver River Museum visit their website.

Participation requirements.

Historic Park Tours @ Dudley Farm Historic State Park

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am EDT

Regular park entrance fee of $5.00/car (honor box, cash only)

More Information:
Sandra Cashes (352) 472-1142, sandra.cashes@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Northeast region at:
Dudley Farm Historic State Park
18730 W. Newberry Road
Newberry, FL 32669

                                                                              - A Historic Park Tour -

Join us and discover an authentic working farm owned by the Dudleys from post Civil War to mid-1940s.  Follow a park staff or docent in period clothing as they talk about the homestead consisting of eighteen restored buildings, farm animals, gardens and local history.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

FORT, FLAGS, artiFACTS! @ San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm EDT

Entrance fees are waived for participants.

More Information:
Bonnie Allen, Event Coordinator (850) 925-6216 or email Bonnie.Allen@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Northwest region at:
San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park
148 Old Fort Road
St. Marks, FL 32355

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park located in St. Marks, Florida, will be celebrating International Archaeology Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Events include presentations by historians and archaeologist, a Living History timeline using local reenactors, Civil War artillery demonstration and family friendly information/activity booths. The park is located at 148 Old Fort Road in St. Marks, Florida.

Family Challenge Saturdays @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Saturday, October 28, 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

Butterfly Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:30pm EDT

Free with park admission.

More Information:
(561) 624-6952

Located in the Southeast region at:
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive
North Palm Beach, FL 33408

Take a walking tour of one of South Florida's last remaining hardwood hammocks, searching out butterflies to identify and observe. Learn which plants attract these winged wonders to your own yard. Meet at the Nature Center.

Additional Information:

Please bring a hat, water bottle and sunscreen!

Fourth Saturday Gamble Jam @ Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm EDT

This program is free with 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

Musicians gather to play in remembrance of James Gamble Rogers IV, a renowned folk singer, entertainer and storyteller. Musicians of all levels are encouraged to bring instruments and a chair to join the circle for a casual acoustic jam session. Instruments of all types are welcome but no power is available near the pavilion. Meet other musicians, practice or just have fun listening! Monthly every 2nd & 4th Saturday.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Spirits of the River Fall Gathering @ Little Manatee River State Park

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 4:00pm to 9:00pm EDT

$5/person (ages 13 and older)

$2/person (ages 6-12)

Free (ages 5 and under)

Event fees help the park and the Friends of Little Manatee River support future programs and events in the park.

More Information:
Ranger Station 813-671-5005

Located in the Southwest region at:
Little Manatee River State Park
215 Lightfoot Rd.
Wimauma, FL 33598

Join us for our 2nd annual Fall Gathering, featuring a haunted house, tram rides, and fun activities to celebrate the season!

4-6pm Family friendly games, tram rides, arts and crafts, and seasonal activities for all ages. Families with young children are encouraged to participate in the fun, Fall-themed activities during daylight hours.

7-9pm Haunted house tours, fire gathering, and tram rides at dark- When night falls in the park, spirits of the river begin to gather... Hear the story of the haunted house, part of an underground history few people know. Parental discretion advised for children under 13 years old.  Take a festive tram ride through the park, or join us at the Fire Gathering. Bring marshmallows for roasting, or bring a drum to help keep the supernatural spirits at bay!

Additional Information:

Snacks, Drinks and S'more fixin's will be available for purchase, or bring your own supplies to roast marshmallows around the fire circle.

Beware... the spirits that haunt the river come out at dark! Haunted house tours may not be appropriate for a young audience. Parental discretion is advised for children under 13. Families with young children are encouraged to participate in the family-friendly activities during daylight hours from 4-6pm, or spend time around the campfire 7-9pm.

Haunted house tours are not appropriate for persons who may be sensitive to strobe lights, fog machines, bright flashing lights, or loud, abrupt sounds. These effects will be present throughout the lower picnic area 7- 9pm during ongoing Haunted House tours.

Florida State Parks are in various stages of accessibility. Most event activities will take place in the main picnic area within 10-300' of the parking lot, and are wheelchair accessible. The haunted house tours incorporate a section of trail through sloped, sandy terrain for approximately 600' to the house, and 600' back to the main picnic area walkway. For more information related to event accessibility, please see the following Participation Requirements: EEC- Spirits of the River- Activities, EEC- Spirits of the River– Tram Ride, and EEC- Spirits of the River- Haunted House. We will strive to make reasonable accommodations for persons wishing to participate. If you need assistance from the park to make your participation in this event possible, please contact the Ranger Station 813-671-5005. A minimum of 2 weeks may be needed to make accommodations.

4th Annual FAMILY HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL @ Koreshan State Park

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm EDT

Park admission is $2 for bicycle/pedestrian, $4 for one person in a vehicle, $5 for up to 8 persons in a vehicle.

More Information:
Ranger Station 239.992.0311

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

MUMMIES and GHOSTS, bring your GHOULS and BATS to our 4th Annual FAMILY HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL for a SPOOK-tacular evening! Get caught in a WEB of FUN at the KIDS COSTUME PARADE & CONTEST! No Tricks at our TRUNK-or-TREAT! BOO with us at Koreshan State Historic Site on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28th from 4pm-7pm.

Additional Information:

The FUN, not scary FESTIVAL is ideal for youth 12 and younger.

Family Fall Festival at Savannas Preserve @

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 4:00pm to 8:00pm EDT

$4.00 per Adult; $2.00 per Child (ages 4 to 12); Under 4 Free

More Information:
(772) 398-2779

Located in the region at:
, FL

A freakishly fun and spooktacular event for the whole family is coming to the Savannas Preserve State Park! Join in the fun at this annual Halloween event on Saturday, October 28th, 2017 from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, sponsored by The Friends of Savannas. We invite you to participate in games, spooky crafts, scary (but kid-friendly!) movie showings and food vendors. Wind your way through the Savannas Haunted Maze to discover the eerie secrets hidden inside! The event will also feature a live animal exhibit from 5 pm to 6 pm sponsored by the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary! Hayrides will be available from 4 pm to 7 pm, and will provide a unique opportunity to see this beautiful, serene preserve from a different vantage point. Cost is $4/adult, $2/child (ages 4 to 12). We kindly ask that you refrain from bringing any authentic or toy weapons, as well as alcoholic beverages.

 

All proceeds benefit the Friends of Savannas and their mission to support the preservation, maintenance, and interpretation of Savannas Preserve State Park. The Savannas Preserve State Park Education Center is located at 2541 SE Walton Road in Port St. Lucie.  For information about the Savannas and all of Florida’s award-winning state parks, visit FloridaStateParks.org.  To learn more about the Friends of Savannas, go to FriendsofSavannas.org.

Orman House After Dark @ Orman House Historic State Park

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 5:00pm to 9:30pm EDT

There is no fee to participate in this program

More Information:
Michael Kinnett (850) 653-1209

Located in the Northwest region at:
Orman House Historic State Park
177 5th Street
Apalachicola, FL 32320

The Friends of Franklin County State Parks will be hosting a fall event at the Orman House Historic State Park from 5:00pm to 9:30pm on October 28, 2017. Come and enjoy a tour of the Orman House after dark for a unique experience.  Featured guests are KnightEyes Paranormal Investigations of Panama City, Florida who will have their team on hand, to display equipment and demonstrate how they search for paranormal activity.

Bring the entire family and meet the KnightEyes group as they discuss their visit to the Orman House and reveal their findings during the recent investigation.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

HAUNTED TRAM RIDES @ Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Saturday, October 28, 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.

Ravine Gardens Spooktacular @ Ravine Gardens State Park

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm EDT

$2.00 per person. Children 5 and under are free.

More Information:
Raymond Presley, (386) 329-3721, raymond.presley@dep.state.fl.us

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

Join us for a night of trick-or-treating and spooky fun! Local vendors and organizations will be on hand to hand out candy as the kids trick-or-treat through the court of states. There will also be games, face painting and a spooky maze!

Additional Information:

IMPORTANT PARKING NOTICE: Parking within the park is limited and fills up quickly. Please plan to park in the parking lot adjacent to the park (near the National Guard Armory). The main park drive will be CLOSED to vehicles at 5:00pm to assure the safety of park visitors.

Cash only. No ATM on site. All proceeds benefit the Friends of Ravine Gardens.

Participation Requirements

Halloween in the Park @ Honeymoon Island State Park

Saturday, October 28, 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

Saturday, October 28, 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 village tour and spooky trail.  Additionally games and food for sale at Dade Lodge. 

The Haunted Ballet @ The Barnacle Historic State Park

Saturday, October 28, 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.

SUP Yoga @ Oleta River State Park

Sunday, October 29, 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.