Volunteer Work Day @ San Felasco Hammock Preserve State ParkSaturday, November 11, 2017 - 8:30am to 12:00pm EST
Free park entry for volunteers.
Ranger Station: (386) 462-7905
The trails are built and maintained by volunteers. The CSO hosts work days on the second Saturday of each month, and invites you to join! Typical work days are from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and include clearing and maintaining existing trails, building new trails, and improving the park's facilities. After the work day, lunch is provided.
Meet at the CSO building at park headquarters at 8:30 a.m.
Please bring gloves, sunscreen, bug repellent, a water bottle and good humor!
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2017 Ocali Country Days - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State ParkSaturday, November 11, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:00pm EST
Festival admission is $5.00 per person. Children five and under admitted free. State park admission fees are waived for the event.
Silver River Museum 352-236-5401
Ocali Country Days started in 1995 as a fundraiser for the Silver River Museum and Environmental Education Center and has become a very popular annual event. The first three days of the festival are open to school groups only and the public is invited on the weekend.
Visitors experience old time music, storytellers, and historical re-enactors portraying North Central Florida during the 1800's. Traditional crafts such as sugarcane syrup making, blacksmithing, quilting, spinning, woodworking, and more are demonstrated. Vendors also offer unique crafts and food for sale.
While here, visitors may tour the Silver River Museum, ride on a jeep tram through the state park, tour a Civil War encampment, or meet Seminole Tribal members to learn about Native American culture in Florida.
All proceeds benefit educational programs at the Silver River Museum and Environmental Education Center.
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.
A shuttle service will run both days that will shuttle visitors between the main entrance and the museum entrance. You can avoid the congested parking at the festival entrance by parking at the main entrance on 5656 E Silver Springs Blvd. The shuttle will run between 10:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. There are no parking fees at either entrance and there are no fees to use the shuttle.
Ocala Plein Air Painters - Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State ParkSaturday, November 11, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:30am EST
Free with regular park admission.
Concession Gift shop, 352-236-7148 ext. 2
The Ocala Plein Air Painters meet the second Saturday of each month to capture the beauty of Silver Springs State Park. Come out and watch a canvas come to life. Some pieces are available for purchase in the art gallery and gift shop.
Beach Cleanup @ John D. MacArthur Beach State ParkSaturday, November 11, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:00am EST
Free entry to the park if assisting with the beach cleanup.
(561) 776-7449, ext. 109
Join us for a few hours of sun and surf and help keep MacArthur Beach State Park clean. Beach cleanups help remove trash which might otherwise end up endangering sea turtles or shorebirds. Participants will receive gloves and trash bags. Please bring a reusable water bottle, hat and sunscreen. Community service hours will be given upon request. Free entry into the Park if assisting with the event. for more information contact (561) 776-7449, ext. 109.
Frank Thomas Florida Music and Heritage Festival @ Dade Battlefield Historic State ParkSaturday, November 11, 2017 - 9:00am to 5:00pm EST
Cost is $6/car, $4 walk-in.
Jim McAlister 352-467-0265
Festival includes live music on multiple stages, story telling, living history demonstrations, pioneer and Seminole crafts, and food vendors
Visit web site frankthomasfoundation.com
Harvest Time At Fort Mose @ Fort Mose Historic State ParkSaturday, November 11, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:00pm EST
The event is free. To enter the visitor center the fee is $2 per adult and children under six are free.
Carl P. Marchand, Park Services Specialist 904-823-2232
HARVEST TIME AT FORT MOSE HISTORIC STATE PARK
--Celebrate the multicultural food traditions of St. Augustine at the first harvest of Fort Mose--
Fort Mose was founded in March 1738. The new homesteaders at the Fort Mose settlement were busy during the summer and early fall of 1738 building their homes and the fort, planting their first crops and tending their livestock. Governor Montiano provided food rations from the government’s stores until they could harvest their first crops. Harvest Time at Fort Mose celebrates their first harvest. Participants will learn about the Spanish, African, and Native American food traditions and culture from guest speakers and demonstrators. Stories and crafts for children. Demonstrations by the Fort Mose militia.
SUP for Beginners @ Oleta River State ParkSaturday, November 11, 2017 - 9:00am to 10:30am EST
Class is 1 hour and 30 minutes long, and cost $40.00+tax per person. Price includes equipment and instructor
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!
Coffee in the Campground @ Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State ParkSaturday, November 11, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:00am EST
Programs are free with your paid admission in to the park.
Skip Schipper (850) 927-2111 or George.Schipper@dep.state.fl.us
A Park Ranger or volunteer will give interpretive programs on many topics which may include Apalachicola Bay seafood, panhandle seashells, campfire cooking, flora and fauna of St. George Island, birding and sea turtles.
Bringing a breakfast related dish is welcomed.
Coffee is provided by the Friends of Franklin County State Parks.
The Coffee in the Campground is held in the interpretive building behind site #28 in the family campground.
Spend Your Morning With A Park Ranger @ Fanning Springs State ParkSaturday, November 11, 2017 - 9:00am to 10:00am EST
Program free with paid Park 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.
Ranger Station: 352-463-3420
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.
Mountain Bike Skills Clinic @ Alafia River State ParkSaturday, November 11, 2017 - 9:00am EST
Regular park admission fees apply.
Ranger Station 813-672-5320
Brought to you by Aj’s Bikes & Swamp Club (fundraiser for Friends of Alafia) 1. We will be going over the Three key essential to being a successful mountain biker. LEVEL PEDAL 1 FINGER ON THE BRAKES SCANNING THE TRAIL 2. Then focus on Seven Body and Bike Separation Skills that are key to overcoming obstacles in the trails. NEUTRAL READY BRAKING FOWARD BACK SIDE TO SIDE 3. Followed with a Trail ride to use new acquired skills 4. To cap it all off LUNCH !
To register, search http://www.eventbright.com for events in Lithia, FL. You will find: IMBA Level 1 Clinic INTRO to Mountainbiking
Honoring Veterans: Past, Present, Future @ Topsail Hill Preserve State ParkSaturday, November 11, 2017 - 8:30am to 12:00pm CST
Park admission is free during event.
Join us as we "Honor Veterans: Past, Present and Future". There will be displays and programs honoring the connection between the park and local military history, Breakfast with a Ranger, Mini parade through park (bikes, golf carts, strollers and you!), a Civil War living history exhibit and a Kids Korner of fun activities.
Friends of Dunns Creek Volunteer Workday @ Dunns Creek State ParkSaturday, November 11, 2017 - 9:30am to 12:00pm EST
Free for volunteers.
Raymond Presley, (386) 329-3721, email@example.com
Park staff and the Friends of Dunns Creek State Park are hosting a Volunteer Work Day! Projects will vary from month to month, however they will mostly focus on trail maintenance, park maintenance, and resource management, such as removal of invasive plants and preparing prescribed fire zones for burns.
No experience is necessary. We will provide all of the training you need and will supply all of the materials and tools. Bring your family and friends as we enjoy the outdoors! By volunteering for this event, you and your family will also have free access to the park for the day.
Please wear sturdy footwear (no open toed shoes) and clothing appropriate for working outdoors. Insect repellent and long pants are highly recommended as participants will be exposed to ticks and mosquitoes while working. We are asking that all participants bring a re-usable water bottle.
Volunteers will meet at the day use picnic area in the main park (located off Sisco Road), unless otherwise noted. Contact the park office at (386) 329-3721 to verify meeting location.
For more information on the Friends of Dunns Creek, please visit www.friendsofdunnscreek.org.
Park Biologist Led Swamp Walk @ Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State ParkSaturday, November 11, 2017 - 9:30am to 2:30pm EST
Tickets are $75.00 per person and can be purchased here.
This swamp walk, led by Park Biologist Mike Owen, will immerse you in the beauty and diversity of Fakahatchee Strand Preserve, the largest State Park in Florida. For many visitors, a Friends of Fakahatchee Swamp Walk is the highlight of their Florida visit. Participants wade in cool water up to their waists for half a day observing the native wildlife and plants in the Fakahatchee Strand. This is a long, strenuous walk into the heart of the Fakahatchee. Participants will be required to sign a standard release of liability form. Any cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance to receive refund.
Swamp walkers should wear long pants and lace-up boots or sneakers (no waders or open-top boots). A hat and long-sleeved shirt are also recommended. Bring water, snacks, or lunch. Bring bug repellent if you are sensitive. Put anything you do not want to get wet in zip-lock plastic bags. You can change into your dry clothes in the park's restroom for your return home.
Swamp walkers will meet Park Biologist Mike Owen at the Ranger Station off Janes’ Scenic Drive by no later than 9:30 a.m and can expect to be back around 2:30PM.
The Park's ranger station is located at 137 Coast Line Drive, Copeland, FL off of Janes Scenic Drive. Janes Scenic Drive is only acessible via SR 29 ( between I-75 and US 41) DO NOT rely on incorrect GPS information providing other routes to access Jane Scenic Drive in Copeland.
All funds raised through ticket sales support the Friends of Fakahatchee, the park's citizen support organization. More information about the Friends of Fakahatchee can be found at their website orchidswamp.org.
Nature Trail Hike @ Koreshan State ParkSaturday, November 11, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am EST
Tour is free with park entry: $5.00 per vehicle, Limit 2-8 people per vehicle. $4.00 Single Occupant vehicle. $2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.
Ranger Station (239) 992-0311
Nature Hike - EVERY Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Join a park naturalist for a walk on the Nature Trails of Koreshan State Historic Site. Learn some park history, history of the Estero River and find out about plants and critters that we meet along the way. Walk will begin at the Koreshan State Historic Site picnic area near the kayak launch. Note: Reservations requested. To reserve your space, please visit http://friendsofkoreshan.org/nature-hike/ or call 239-992-0311.
The walk will be approximately 1.8 miles long, the trail is uneven, has sand, grass and packed earth along the way. Bring water, hat and camera for pictures.
Dudley Derby @ Dudley Farm Historic State ParkSaturday, November 11, 2017 - 10:00am to 2:00pm EST
Regular Park fee of $5.00 (honor box, cash only)
Sandra Cashes (352) 472-1142, firstname.lastname@example.org
-Children can participate in educational demonstrations and crafts -
Join us at the farm on the second Saturday of the month for our Dudley Kids Day. Have fun making a stick horse, and having horse races. Children and adults alike, ages 5 to 65, can join in the fun! There are hands on demonstrations, crafts, old fashioned games and even some education. Learn about history, and a farming way of life.
32nd Annual Civilian Conservation Corps Festival @ Highlands Hammock State ParkSaturday, November 11, 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm EST
Park entrance is free on Veterans Day! There are no additional admission fees and/or festival presentation fees.
Call the Ranger Station at 863-386-6094.
Celebrate the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps and Highlands Hammock State Park at the 32nd Annual Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Festival!
Scheduled for Saturday, November 11, the festival will honor returning CCC Alumni and features an antique car show, arts and crafts vendors, tram rides, pony rides, children's activities, and heritage craft demonstrations such as blacksmithing, pinecone quilting and pine needle basketry. Community non-profit exhibitors representing historical and environmental/nature organizations and government agencies are also featured.
Highlands Hammock is “home” to the state of Florida CCC Museum and the festival is the park’s signature event. The “CCC Boys” and their families are "welcomed home" annually on the second Saturday of November. Dr. David J. Nelson, Professor of History, Bainbridge State College, Bainbridge, Georgia, is the featured special guest speaker. A former Florida park ranger and state archivist, he is the author of “Florida Crackers and Yankee Tourists: The Civilian Conservation Corps, the Florida Park Service and the Emergence of Modern Tourism.”
Other highlights for this year's festival include the following: Former Ranger and CCC Museum Curator Darrel Smith will be reflecting on those “Another Day, Another Dollar” times through his living history narrative, “The Best of Times, Worst of Times,” based on oral history interviews with CCC alumnus Velmar Mack. CCC Museum Curator and Florida Humanities Council scholar, David Schmidt will focus on the Works Project Administration (WPA) and the buildings, construction and murals that were completed in Florida in his program “The Legacy of Franklin Roosevelt’s WPA in Florida.” Florida Highwaymen artists Roy McLendon, Roy McLendon, Jr., Mary Ann Carroll, and Curtis Arnett will be exhibiting and selling their paintings.
As always, the CCC Festival features a great day of music! In addition to that sweet and sassy old time string band, Back Porch Revival, featured bands include Scotty and Mandy Kromel (Gospel and Country), Larry Mangum (Folk, Country and Americana) and Jackson Creek (Folk, Bluegrass, Fiddle and Old Time Dance and Western Music). Plan to spend the whole day and listen to the bands close out the festival with an all bands jamboree! Please see Additional Information for participation requirements.
Please review the following participation requirements by clicking on the following links: EEC CCC FESTIVAL OUTDOOR TALKS PRESENTATIONS CONCERTS and EEC CCC FESTIVAL INDOOR TALKS PRESENTATIONS.
Breakfast with a Ranger @ Topsail Hill Preserve State ParkSaturday, November 11, 2017 - 9:00am CST
Suggested donation to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park $5/Adult and $3/Child. (Does not include park admission fee)
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, (850) 267-8330
The Citizen Support Organization, Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, invites you and your family to enjoy Breakfast with a Ranger. Join the Rangers of Topsail Hill for a full service breakfast where visitors will learn about the park, its history and wildlife, and be able to ask the rangers all the questions you have been dying to ask. This program is ideal for the whole family to enjoy. To cover the cost of food please bring a donation $5/Adult and $3/Child which goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. All donations are used for various park enhancement projects and program supplies. Breakfast is served in the Clubhouse.
Cruisin' Food Fest @ John D. MacArthur Beach State ParkSaturday, November 11, 2017 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm EST
Free with park admission
Please join us for the “Cruisin’ Food Fest” at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park on the second Saturday of every month from 12-4pm. There will be amazing show cars and trucks, food trucks from “Food Truck Invasion”, live music from local bands, and trophies for the show cars. We will also be offering free tram rides over to our Nature Center, Beach Outfitters, Gift Shop & Kayak Rentals and our 1.6 miles of the best natural beach in South Florida. If you need more information or are interested in setting up a booth at the event please call the Park at (561) 624-6950 and ask for David. Sponsored by the“Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park” Come join us in paradise and enjoy “The Real Florida”
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and World War II @ Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State ParkSaturday, November 11, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm EST
Free with park admission
This will be a talk held at the farmyard of the historic house, at the barn from 12 to I pm. (regular house tours will be offered at 10, 11 and 1, 2, 3, and 4). Most of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings adult life fell between the two world wars of the 20th century. It is reflected in her published writings and in letters. The words provide a description of what it was like for the civilian waiting at home – and the service member. Topics will include civilian experiences, her husband’s experiences as a volunteer ambulance driver in south-east Asia, her work with the War Writers Board, and the servicemen’s editions of books.
Second Saturday Gamble Jam @ Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler BeachSaturday, November 11, 2017 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm EST
Program is free with park admission!
Ranger Station, 386-517-2086
Join us at the park as 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! All ages welcome!
Park After Dark: Astronomy @ Little Manatee River State ParkSaturday, November 11, 2017 - 7:00pm EST
Park admission fees apply. Program is free with paid park entry. Registered campers attend for free.
$5.00 Vehicle entrance (2-8 people)
$4.00 Vehicle entrance (1 person)
$2.00 Individuals entering on bicycle, foot, by bus, or extra persons entering with Individual Annual Pass holders
Please use the honor system at the Ranger Station to pay park entrance fees after regular operating hours.
Ranger Station 813-671-5005
This Park After Dark Program is dedicated to the night sky. Mysterious and inspirational, the stars have captured our imagination for millennia. As we gaze upon the stars, travel back in time to the universe as it was millions of years ago. What other mysteries and stories of the past will the night sky reveal? We’ll view some of the prominent stars and constellations, and listen to interesting stories about each. Learn tips that will have you navigating by the stars with your own mental map of the night sky. Telescopes will be available for viewing, while children may participate in their own star quest with an arts and crafts activity. There is no better place to see the stars than the park after dark!
This program is one of the "Park After Dark" series, programs that celebrate the night! Join us every 2nd Saturday of the month, August-December, as we explore a different nocturnal theme. Programs include exciting new topics plus some of our old favorites: Night Fishing, Creature Feature: Bats, Night Hike, Astronomy, and Art of the Campfire. Come for one, or come for all, as we explore the park after dark!
Participants should bring binoculars, insect repellant, and a flashlight or headlamp with red lens light.
Program will take place in the equestrian parking lot, approximately 1.5 miles past Ranger Station on the left. Visitors are recommended to stop by restroom facilities at the first road on the right, before proceeding to program location. A single composting toilet is located adjacent to program area. Directions will be posted in the park on the evening of the program.
Pay park entrance fee at the Ranger Station, then follow signs to the program location. If arriving after regular hours of operation, please use the honor system to pay entrance fees. Proof of payment should be displayed in each vehicle on the evening of the program. Proof of payment includes Registered Camper Tag, Ranger Station receipt on dash, or Honor envelope receipt on rearview mirror.
Florida State Parks are in various stages of accessibility. If you need assistance to make your participation possible, please contact the Ranger Station in advance at 813-671-5005. The park will strive to make reasonable accommodations. A minimum of 2 weeks may be required to make specific arrangements. For further details, please see the Essential Eligibility Criteria: EEC- Park After Dark: Astronomy.
Park After Dark Programs will take place in light rain or moonshine. In cases of severe inclement weather, please contact the Ranger Station 8am-5pm on the day of the program to confirm cancellations. Last minute details for inclement weather conditions will also be posted on our park's Facebook page.
The Barnacle Under Moonlight Concert @ The Barnacle Historic State ParkSaturday, November 11, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm EST
Children ages 6-9: $3.00
Children under 6: Free
Ranger Station, (305) 442-6866
Enjoy evenings of great entertainment by beautiful Biscayne Bay during The Barnacle under Moonlight Concert Series on the second Saturday of each month, September through May. Spread out a picnic blanket or relax in folding chairs on the park's front lawn as the Tall Boys perform your favorite 70s country rock classics by Waylon Jennings, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and more.
Receive 20% off Moonlight Concert Adult Admission with membership in The Barnacle Society. The gate opens one hour before show time for ticket and membership sales.
Please park curbside or in a nearby lot. Visitors with a Disabled Person Parking Permit may call the Ranger Station for additional parking information.
Picnics and lawn chairs permitted. No pets at evening events, please.
The Barnacle is pack in/pack out.
An Evening Under the Stars @ Big Lagoon State ParkSaturday, November 11, 2017 - 6:00pm CST
Free event with regular park admission. You must arrive before sunset to pay the park entrance fees. The park closes at sunset, which varies throughout the year.
Escambia Amatuer Astronomer's Association is partnering with Big Lagoon State Park to offer an Evening under the Stars. They will have multiple telescopes available for viewing different celestial objects of interest.
Please call the Ranger Station (850) 492-1595 for current closing time.
SUP Yoga @ Oleta River State ParkSunday, November 12, 2017 (All day)
$30.00 + tax
"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.