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Friday, November 24, 2017

November Photo Challenge @ Ravine Gardens State Park

Monday, November 6, 2017 - 8:00am EST to Friday, November 24, 2017 - 4:00pm EST

Free with regular park entry fees.

More Information:
Raymond Presley, (386) 329-3721

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 11/06/2017 and all entries must be received by 11/24/2017.

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

Black Friday Turkey Trek @ Colt Creek State Park

Friday, November 24, 2017 - 9:30am to 12:00pm EST

Free with Regular Park Admission

More Information:
(863) 815-6761

Located in the Central region at:
Colt Creek State Park
16000 SR 471
Lakeland, FL 33809

Skip the crowds and shopping frenzy this year! Join Colt Creek for its annual Black Friday Turkey Trek. Walk off your Thanksgiving feast while enjoying the sights and sounds of the Green Swamp.

There will be three ranger led hikes to choose from: a photography hike, a short hike, and a longer hike (between 3-4 miles). All hikes will meet in the Great Heron Pavilion at 9:30am. Everyone is encouraged to bring bug spray, sunscreen, and closed toed shoes. On-site refreshments and light snacks will be provided by the Friends of Colt Creek.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Sponsored by the Friends of Colt Creek State Park

Junior Ranger Program @ Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Friday, November 24, 2017 - 10:00am to 3:00pm EST

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. 

Clay Landing Days @ Manatee Springs State Park

Friday, November 24, 2017 - 10:00am EST to Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 3:00pm EST

The fee for the event is the normal entrance fee of $6.00 for a car of up to 8 people.

More Information:
Christopher Dixon Park Services Specialist (352) 493-6736

Located in the Northeast region at:
Manatee Springs State Park
11650 NW 115 Street
Chiefland, FL 32626

Manatee Springs State Park will be holding Clay Landing Days a living history event on November 24th and 25th. Clay Landing will bring you to a time when the Seminoles and Settlers lived in the Clay Landing area. There will be Covered Wagon Rides that take you on the North Trail with a stop at the Seminole Chickee Hut were Settlers and Seminoles will let you see what life was like in the Clay Landing area. All activities will begin at Manatee Springs Day Use Area from 10am to 3pm both days. The Day Use Area will also have Settlers showing cooking and crafts of the time period. There are Wheel Chair Accessible Wagon Rides available.

Additional Information:

 

    Participation Requirements

Topsail Under the Stars @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Friday, November 24, 2017 - 1:45pm to 7:30pm CST

Program is free with regular park admission

More Information:
850-267-8330

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

Enjoy viewing the sun, moon, stars and other celestial objects through telescopes with the Northwest Florida Astronomy Association.  The program is weather dependent and a decision is made by 12:30pm the day of the program.  Call the ranger station before heading out for the program.  Participants need to be in the park before the gate closes at sunset. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Sunset Paddle Tour @ Oleta River State Park

Friday, November 24, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm EST

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, November 24, 2017 - 4:00pm EST

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.

An Evening Under the Stars @ Big Lagoon State Park

Friday, November 24, 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. 

More Information:
https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Big-Lagoon

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

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.

Additional Information:

Please call the Ranger Station (850) 492-1595 for current closing time.

Participation requirements