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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Legendary Sirens Perform @ Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

Saturday, November 18, 2017 (All day) to Sunday, November 19, 2017 (All day)

Included with the price of 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.

Heron Trot 5K Run/Walk @ Big Lagoon State Park

Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 6:00am to 9:00am CST

Race fees are $20 for preregistration and $25 on the day of event, park entrance fees are included in the race registration cost.

More Information:
Emily Price 850-492-1595

Located in the Northwest region at:
Big Lagoon State Park
12301 Gulf Beach Highway
Pensacola , FL 32507

Big Lagoon State Park and the Friends of Pensacola State Parks are holding a 5K timed race (run/walk) fundraising event with hopes of this being an annual event.  Join this fun family event and help raise funds to support projects in Big Lagoon, Perdido Key, and Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Parks.  Registration includes registration packet, race bib, water, light snack, and t-shirt. Please wear comfortable running shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. In the case of inclement weather the event will be postponed and take place on December 9th.
 

Nature Hike with David @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 8:00am EST

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Call the Ranger Station at 352-236-7148 ext. 4

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

Take a guided hike on the 3rd Saturday of each month, September through May, and learn about the flora and fauna of North Central Florida. David Rakes is an experienced and knowledgeable naturalist with a broad understanding of the natural communities surrounding the Silver River. Each hike will start from a different location in the park and will focus on different plants. You may receive the opportunity to view wildlife such as Florida white-tailed deer, Sherman's fox squirrel, Eastern gopher tortoises, and more.

September 16, 2017: Meet at the Sandhill Trailhead.
The beginning of the great wildflower show underneath the Longleaf pine trees.

October 21, 2017: Meet at the Sandhill Trailhead.
See the Sandhill wildflowers at their best, including Blazing Star, Paintbrush, Summer’s Farewell, Yellow Buttons, Golden Asters and Blue Sage.

November 18, 2017: Meet at the Sandhill Trailhead.
The wildflower show is tapering off but the endemic shrub Garberia heterophylla persists with its wonderful rose-purple tubular flowers. You will be amazed at all the insects they attract.

December 16, 2017: Meet at the Swamp Trailhead.
Focus on seeing the terrestrial Shadow Witch Orchid and the peculiar homes of the Purseweb Spider.

January 20, 2018: Meet at the Sandhill Trailhead.
Learn about the five different species of pine trees found in the park as well as the endemic Florida Deep Digger Scarab Beetle that digs down in the sandy soil from five to almost eight feet deep.

February 17, 2018: Meet at the Sandhill Trailhead.
The walk will focus on the earliest flowering shrubs and trees such as the Eastern Red Bud and the Flatwoods Plum.

March 17, 2018: Meet at the Sink Hole Trailhead.
Let’s count trees! No, not every tree, but how many different species are in these woodlands.

April 21, 2018: Meet at the River Trailhead.
On the way to the Silver River you will see the Pinkroot wildflower and the arboreal Manatee Tree Snail. With luck you may see the Prothonotary Warbler, formerly known as the Golden Swamp Warbler.

May 19, 2018: Meet at the Sandhill Trailhead.
Resident songbirds such as the Pine Warbler and Summer Tanager will sing their little heads off while you walk through the piney woods.

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 any of the trailheads.

Sturdy walking shoes, a canteen and insect repellant is suggested. No pets, please. This program may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Call the ranger station for the latest information.

Participation requirements.

11th Annual Fall Pepper Pull @ Crystal River Preserve State Park

Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 8:15am to 12:15pm EST

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Marla.L.Chancey@dep.state.fl.us or (352) 228-6024

Located in the Northeast region at:
Crystal River Preserve State Park
3266 N. Sailboat Avenue
Crystal River, FL 34428

As part of our 11th Annual Fall Pepper pull, we need your help to remove invasive exotic Brazilian Pepper in the Preserve. We have been fighting the spread of this plant since 2005; more than 155,000 plants have been removed during pepper pulls alone. Children and adults are welcome to join this workday to assist park staff in the hand removal of tree seedlings from park lands. Lunch will be provided! Please RSVP by calling (352) 228 - 6024.

Additional Information:

Sturdy close-toed shoes, gloves, plenty of water, long pants, and long sleeve shirts are recommended. 

Suitable for adults and ages five to twelve with guardian.

Meet at Ozello Civic Association, 14095 West Ozello Trail, Crystal River, FL 

Please contact us to sign-up.

Participation Requirements

Guided Kayak Tour @ St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park

Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 8:30am EST

Free with park entry fee of $2.00

Kayak Rentals:  $26.50 for single, $37.10 for double

More Information:
Park Office: (772) 219-1880

Located in the Southeast region at:
St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park
Offshore Island
Port Salerno, FL 34997

Experience St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park by way of kayak. This is a unique opportunity to visit one of Florida's magnificent barrier islands. You will paddle through mangrove lined creeks and visit a pristine, undeveloped beach. Your guide will point out various plant and animal species, including some that are rare or endangered, as well as providing insight into the management activities used at the park. Visitors of all ages and skill levels are welcome. The tour is approximately 3 hours long. 

Additional Information:

Reservations are required please contact park office.

What to bring: drinking water, snacks, sunscreen and bug repellent.  No pets or alcoholic beverages are allowed.

CITRUS WATERCOLOR SOCIETY FALL SHOW AND SALE @ Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 9:00am to 5:00pm EST

There is no charge to attend the exhibit. Regular park admission will apply for entrance in to the Wildlife Park.

More Information:
Susan Strawbridge, Park Services Specialist; (352) 628-5445, ext. 1002

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

The Citrus Watercolor Society will be holding its annual Fall Arts in the Park exhibit and sale in the Visitor Center featuring the artwork of local watercolorists. Originals, prints and cards will be available for purchase. The Citrus Watercolor Club donates 20% of sales from the show to 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.

SUP for Beginners @ Oleta River State Park

Saturday, November 18, 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

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! 

 

Coffee in the Campground @ Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park

Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:00am EST

Programs are free with your paid admission in to the park.

More Information:
Skip Schipper (850) 927-2111 or George.Schipper@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Northwest region at:
Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park
1900 E. Gulf Beach Drive
St. George Island, FL 32328

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.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

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 Park

Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 9:00am to 10:00am EST

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

 

Nature Trail Hike @ Koreshan State Park

Saturday, November 18, 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.

More Information:
Ranger Station (239) 992-0311

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

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.

Additional Information:

 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.

Mad Hatter Arts Festival with Artisans and Vintage Marketplace @ The Barnacle Historic State Park

Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 10:00am to 5:00pm EST

Event included with regular Daily Entry Fee.

$2.00 per person.

Ages 5 and under free.

More Information:
Ranger Station, (305) 442-6866

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

The Mad Hatter Arts Festival returns for its 13th season at The Barnacle and the sidewalks of Coconut Grove. This juried event features artists of all types of media along with artisans and vendors of repurposed, vintage, antique, and collectible items. Scour the booths for art treasures to take home while enjoying food, live music, a drum circle, and activities for kids of all ages. Wear a zany chapeau and enter to win a prize in one of two hat contests. 

Additional Information:

Mad Hatter Arts Festival Participation Requirements

For more information visit www.MadhatterArtsFestival.com or email Director@madhatterartsfestival.com.

On-street and off-street paid parking is available throughout Coconut Grove. Visitors with a Disabled Person Parking Permit may call the Ranger Station for additional parking information.

Wildlife Rescue Talk With Pelican Harbor Seabird Station @ Oleta River State Park

Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm EST

Normal park entrance fees are required.  $6.00 for vehicles 2-8 people, $4.00 for single occupancy vehicles, $2.00 for pedestrians.

More Information:


Located in the Southeast region at:
Oleta River State Park
3400 NE 163rd Street
North Miami Beach, FL 33160

Come out and join us as we welcome staff from the Pelican Harbor Seabird Station as well as an ambassador animal from the facility! Visitors will have the chance to learn about the importance of having a wildlife rehabilitation facility and what they do to care for the animals. Guests will also be able to learn about what they can do to help and how to properly help an injured animal if they are found. This is a great learning experience for all ages!

Living History Weekend @ Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 10:00am EST to Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 2:00pm EST

Regular park admission applies.

More Information:
Kevin Bowes (305) 292-6850 kevin.bowes@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Southeast region at:
Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park
601 Howard England Way
Key West, FL 33040

Dear Civil War Enthusiast,

We invite you to participate in Living History at Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park on the third weekend of each month.  These events portray the time period of 1861-1862 at a Federal fortress. First person interpretation, weapons demonstrations and camp life are featured from 10am-2pm each day. Union and Confederate soldiers, townspeople, craftspeople, and performers, are all part of the re-enactments, which focus on educating the public by sharing the history of Fort Taylor and life during the Civil War.

Additional Information:

If you are interested in getting involved and want to re-enact, please contact Kevin Bowes for assistance and information.

Shells of Anastasia @ Anastasia State Park

Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am EST

Free with regular park entry fees.

More Information:
Ranger Station: 904-461-2033

Located in the Central region at:
Anastasia State Park
300 Anastasia Park Road
St. Augustine, FL 32080

Everybody knows there are shells on the beach, but why? What is their purpose? How did they get there? How do they impact us and our environment? Come learn the answers to these questions and more as we explore the interesting protective nature of shells for the animals and humans of St. Augustine!

This will be an interpretive program followed by a short hike onto the beach (weather permitting), so please dress comfortably and appropriately. Please bring a refillable water bottle. Sunscreen and/or bug spray is recommended. The program will take place at the Sea Turtle Pavilion located near the beach and by the Island Beach Grill. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Junior Ranger Programs, 3rd Saturday Monthly, 10am - 11am @ Koreshan State Park

Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am EST

FREE with Park admittance.

More Information:
Ranger Station (239) 992-0311

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

Come in for a fun learning experience and become a Junior Ranger! Discover and learn about plants, animals, and other secrets of the park. Meet in the picnic area at 10:00am. Ideal for children ages 6-12. Parental presence required. For more information call 239-992-0311, or visit http://friendsofkoreshan.org/events/.

Additional Information:

​Parental presence required. Meet in the picnic area at 10:00 a.m. for a fun learning experience! Reservations requested, please call (239) 992-0311 

Crabbing Basics: making it Delicious, keeping it Sustainable @ Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach

Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am EST

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

The tidal salt marsh of our park is home to the Atlantic Blue Crab, a popular seafood and keystone species of the local ecosystem. Learn to catch these tasty crustaceans in a one hour hands-on program, appropriate for adults and families. We will be meeting at the Cedar Pavilion, on the west side of the park.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Ghost Rider Tram Tour @ Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park

Saturday, November 18, 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 orchidswamp.org

Dig and Discover: Archaeology for Kids @ De Leon Springs State Park

Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 10:30am to 12:00pm EST

Program is included with park entry fee.

Entry fee is waived for ECHO Ranger participants.

More Information:
386-985-4212

Located in the Central region at:
De Leon Springs State Park
601 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
De Leon Springs, FL 32130

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with De Leon Springs State Park!

The whole family is invited to conduct an excavation where mock artifacts will be located and carefully removed. See real artifacts, and peice together the mysteries of the Mayaca tribe. 

Walking in the Footsteps of Florida's First People: A Program Series for Native American Heritage Month

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Pioneer Days @ Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park

Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 10:00am to 3:00pm CST

Event is free with paid park admission.

More Information:
Kit Snyder, (850) 833-9144

Located in the Northwest region at:
Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park
4281 S.R.20
Niceville, FL, FL 32578

Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park will hold their Fall Pioneer Day event on November 18, 2017.  This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Emerald Coast State Parks.  Family activities will include candle-dipping, rag doll making, butter churning, shingle making and campfire cooking demonstration.  Displays will also include early folk toys and a 19th century chuck wagon.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Jim Sawgrass: Florida Native American Culture and Dancing @ De Leon Springs State Park

Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm EST

Presentation included with park entry fee.

More Information:
Ranger Station, 386-985-4212

Located in the Central region at:
De Leon Springs State Park
601 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
De Leon Springs, FL 32130

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month at De Leon Springs State Park!

Jim Sawgrass shares Native American culture and dancing. One-hour presentations at 12pm and 2pm.

Co-sponsored by the Friends of Hontoon Island State Park and the Friends of De Leon Springs State Park.

Walking in the Footsteps of Florida's First People: A Program Series for Native American Heritage Month

 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Dugout Canoes: Paddling Through History @ De Leon Springs State Park

Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm EST

Program included with park entry fees.

More Information:
Ranger Station, 386-985-4212

Located in the Central region at:
De Leon Springs State Park
601 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
De Leon Springs, FL 32130

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month at De Leon Springs State Park!

In ancient Florida, water was the connecting force for families, tribes, and trade networks. Two ancient dugout canoes, the oldest in the western hemisphere, were discovered at De Leon Springs State park. You will get an idea of how important water travel was to the Native Americans, as well as techniques used to create these watercraft. 

Walking in the Footsteps of Florida's First People: A Program Series for Native American History Month

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Surf Fishing Workshop @ Sebastian Inlet State Park

Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:15pm EST

Free with park admission

More Information:
Terry OToole 772-388-2750

Located in the Central region at:
Sebastian Inlet State Park
9700 South Highway A.1.A.
Melbourne Beach, FL 32951

Join us for a surf fishing class designed to introduce anglers to the basics of surf fishing.  Discussion will focus on the equipment needed to enjoy a productive surf fishing day at the beach.  Topics include: rod and reel selection, standard pompano rig, choosing bait and more will be discussed. The class is designed to introduce anglers to the basics of surf fishing.  Anglers should bring a pen/pencil and something to write on.  Meet at the Sebastian Fishing Museum.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Astronomy Night @ Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 5:30pm to 9:00pm EST

Cost is $3/car or Annual Florida Park Pass

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

Nature Coast Amateur Astronomers will bring an astronomy program to Dade that includes an inside slide show and outdoor viewing with telescopes weather permitting. 

Alice in Wonderland (1951) @ The Barnacle Historic State Park

Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm EST

Ages 13 and up: $6

Ages 6-12: $5

Ages 2-5: $3

Children under 2: Free.

More Information:
Ranger Station, (305) 442-6866

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

In celebration of the Mad Hatter Arts Festival, spread out a blanket under the stars and enjoy an outdoor screening of the 1951 Walt Disney animated musical classic film Alice in Wonderland — the story of a curious girl who falls down the rabbit hole into a world where nothing makes sense and the Queen of Hearts wants her head.

Additional Information:

Movie Participation Requirements.

Purchase tickets at the gate. Sales begin at 6:00 p.m. and end at 7:15 p.m.

Film length: 1 hour 15 minutes. Rated G.

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

The Barnacle is a pack in/pack out park.

Flashlights, picnics and low lawn chairs are encouraged. No pets, please.

 

 

SUP Yoga @ Oleta River State Park

Sunday, November 19, 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.