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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Audubon Society Guided Bird Walk @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 8:30am to 10:00am EST

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

No pets please. Comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, insect repellent, drinking water, camera and binoculars recommended.

A guided bird walk on sandy hiking trails through the various park habitats, guided by the Venice Audubon Society.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Jewelry Making with our Resident Artist @ Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:00am EST

$3 for jewelry supplies plus regular park admission

More Information:
Ranger Station 239-597-6196

Located in the Southwest region at:
Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park
11135 Gulfshore Drive
Naples, FL 34108

Join our 2017 Resident Artist, Mary Limont, in Area 3 of the park and learn how to make your own earrings! Mary has been making jewelry for the last 8 years and has exhibited her work at many different events in Southwest Florida, including our Wildlife and Wildlands Art Show. She will be onsite offering her expertise while you make your own earrings! If you need special assistance to participate in any program, please call the park office in advance at 239-597-6196.

Holiday Craft Class:Natural Ornaments @ Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm EST

Cost is $3/car or Annual Florida Park Pass plus $5/person activity fee,  ages 13 and up. 

More Information:; 352-793-4781

Located in the Southwest region at:
Dade Battlefield Historic State Park
7200 CR 603
Bushnell, FL 33513

Holiday craft class using pine needles, cereal rye, pine cones and other natural plant materials to make holiday ornaments.  All materials will be provided. 

Ghost Rider Tram Tour @ Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:30pm EST

Tickets for the tram tour are $25.00 per person and are available for purchase here.  

More Information:
(239) 695-1023 (A volunteer will return your call.)

Located in the Southwest region at:
Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park
137 Coastline Drive
Copeland , FL 34137

You don’t have to get your feet wet or drive your car down Janes Scenic Drive to see the wonders of the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. The  “Ghost Rider” tram, named in honor of the famous Ghost Orchid found in the park, lets you look at wildlife and plants without concentrating on the road. The park is home to more orchid species than any other place on the North American continent.   The Preserve is also a haven for diverse wildlife and migratory birds.  An experienced guide leads each 2 1/2 hour tram tour and points out interesting aspects of the park. The tour includes a 15 min. walk down an old logging path to see numerous air plants, a variety of ferns, and seasonally blooming orchids.  The path is high and dry, but hikers need to wear closed shoes. The 20-passenger tram is wheelchair accessible and some seats face backwards.  Participants will be required to sign a standard release of liability form.

This is an outdoor event, so please dress appropriately for the weather.  Please wear secure, closed toe shoes for brief walks at tram stops.

The tram leaves at 10 a.m. from the ranger station at 137 Coastline Drive, Copeland, off Janes Scenic Drive.   Please arrive early as the tram leaves promptly.

Additional Information:

All ticket purchases go directly to the Friends of Fakahatchee, the park's citizen support organization.  For more information, visit the Friends of Fakahatchee website at

Weekly Ranger Program @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 9:00am CST

Program is free with regular park admission. 

More Information:

Located in the Northwest region at:
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Discuss, learn about and explore the park with a Ranger.  Thursday Ranger Program starts at 3pm.  Check at the Ranger Station for current week's topic and starting location. 

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Participation Requirements

Paddle Lake Powell @ Camp Helen State Park

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:00am CST

Rent a single kayak for $30, a tandem for $40, or bring your own for $15.  Cash only.  Entrance fees waived for participants. 

More Information:
Wesley Myers, (850) 233-5059

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

Take a leisurely 90 minute paddle on Lake Powell, one of the world's largest Coastal Dune Lakes.  Learn about the natural history and communities that make this Outstanding Florida Water so unique and important.  This guided kayak tour will be enjoyable for individuals, families and groups.  All levels of experience are welcome.  Space is limitied and registration is required. Register online through the Sign Up Genius or call the park at (850) 233-5059. Meet at Lake Powell shoreline in front of the lodge. 

Additional Information:

Bring water and sunscreen.  Wear clothes that can get wet.  No pets or alcoholic beverages allowed.  Weather permitting (including wind).  Wearing a life jacket is required for participation.  Registration is required and space is limited. 

Participation Requirements