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Friday, December 1, 2017

Dirty Fridays @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Friday, December 1, 2017 - 8:00am CST

Admission is free for project time.

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

Welcome to "Dirty Fridays" at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park! Here is a wonderful, low-key volunteer opportunity to get a little dirty on the First Friday of every month while helping to beautify the park grounds! Projects include working in the butterfly garden, driveway medians and other fun landscape features that make Topsail one of a kind! Bring some water, gloves, insect repellent and a lunch to enjoy afterwards! Garden groups are always welcome to share in the fun!

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Friday Guided Hike @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Friday, December 1, 2017 - 9:00am to 10:00am EST

Free with camping or standard park entrance fee

More Information:
Ranger Station 941-483-5956

Located in the Southwest region at:
Oscar Scherer State Park
1843 South Tamiami Trail
Osprey, FL 34229

Go on a guided hike with a ranger. Learn about the plants and animals around the park while exploring a trail and hearing some park stories. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

First Friday Garden Walks @ Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

Friday, December 1, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am EST

Program included with park entry. 

More Information:
386-446-6783

Located in the Central region at:
Washington Oaks Gardens State Park
6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd.
Palm Coast, FL, FL 32137

Join us for a Ranger guided tour of our Historic District and Gardens the first Friday of each month.  Learn about the history of Washington Oaks, while taking in the beauty of the Gardens.  Participants meet in the Garden parking lot.  Please wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring water. 

Additional Information:

Participation requirements

Junior Ranger Program @ Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Friday, December 1, 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. 

Guided Nature Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Friday, December 1, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am EST

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

Join us for a guided exploration of MacArthur Beach State Park daily at 10:00 a.m.  Meet in front of the Park's Nature Center. 

Additional Information:

Bring a water bottle, sunscreen and insect repellant.

Sunset Paddle Tour @ Oleta River State Park

Friday, December 1, 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.

 

Festival of Lights 2017 @ Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

Friday, December 1, 2017 - 4:30pm EST to Sunday, December 24, 2017 - 8:30pm EST

Holiday Magic Nights: Select Dates $3.00 per person.  Children under 3 Free.

Calendar for Festival of Lights

More Information:
386-397-2733

Located in the Northeast region at:
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
11016 Lillian Saunders Drive/ US HWY 41 or Mailing address: P.O. Drawer G
White Springs, FL 32096

Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park and the Stephen Foster Citizens Support Organization, is preparing to illuminate the park with holiday lights once again! The 2017 Festival of Lights will flip the switch Friday December 1, 2017 and will be ablaze this holiday season until December 24, 2017. The Festival of Lights has grown over the years and has been named a Top 20 Event in the Southeast United States for almost a decade.

Last year was a new beginning for the Festival of Lights and we will continue the rebuilding by constantly working to evolve the Festival, keeping it fresh and enjoyable for all. We are still the well-loved family tradition of the classic Festival of Holiday Magic Nights! Featuring free hot cocoa, popcorn, marshmallow roasting, bonfire, craft activities, snow flurries, train display, Gift Shop, music in the Tower and of course Santa! The last ticket sold and the entry gates will close at 8:30 p.m.

 

Additional Information:

As the Festival of Lights has grown so has the demand for extra hands. Park staff and volunteers have been pulling double duty the past few years working hard to make our visitors smile. We are always looking for volunteers to help us out, if you are interested in helping to decorate or volunteering during the Festival please give us a call at (386) 397-2733. We would love to have you!

 

Participation Requirements

Full Moon Lighthouse Holiday Celebration @ Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

Friday, December 1, 2017 - 5:30pm to 10:30pm EST

This is a Friends of Cape Florida Inc. support event. A minimum sugested dontaion of $5.00 is welcomed.

More Information:
Art.Yerian@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Southeast region at:
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
1200 South Crandon Boulevard
Key Biscayne, FL 33149

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park will be having a Full Moon Lighthouse Holiday Celebration Friday, December 1st. starting at 5:30pm located in the lighthouse compound. Santa will be making his way to the Lighthouse Keepers Cottage and children will receive a free stocking while supplies last. In addition, the Lighthouse will be Red and Green for that evening, it will be snowing at the entrance into the Keepers Cottage. There will be food and drink sponsored by Boaters Grill,face painting for the children. St. Christopher’s School Choir will be singing Christmas Carols. There will be a bon fire out next to the seawall for everyone to enjoy.

29th Annual Camellia Christmas @ Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

Friday, December 1, 2017 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm EST

This is a free event. Silent Auction items will be available for bid. Donations to the Park's "Help Our State Parks" fund will also be accepted.

More Information:
For more information, contact the park at 850-487-4556.

Located in the Northwest region at:
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
3540 Thomasville Road
Tallahassee, FL 32309

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park and the Friends of Maclay Gardens, Inc. invite the public to attend the 29th Annual Camellia Christmas. The evening is filled with music, hot cider, cookies and candlelight. The Historic Maclay House will be decorated and silent auction items available to bid on. Bring your family out to enjoy this old fashioned introduction to the holiday season. The Maclay House will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the weekend for your enjoyment.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Movie Night @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Friday, December 1, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm EST

Free for registered campers

More Information:
Ranger Station 941-483-5956

Located in the Southwest region at:
Oscar Scherer State Park
1843 South Tamiami Trail
Osprey, FL 34229

Join your fellow campers and watch a movie together. Be sure to put in your vote for which movie. Options displayed in the Ranger Station and at the Nature Center weekly. Refreshments provided. Campers may bring their own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Program is for registered campers only as it takes place after hours. Located in the Nature Center.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Moon Over the Mounds @ Crystal River Archaeological State Park

Friday, December 1, 2017 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm EST

Suggested $5.00 donation

More Information:
(352) 795-3817

Located in the Northeast region at:
Crystal River Archaeological State Park
3400 N. Museum Point
Crystal River, FL 34428

This event is a torch lit tour of the Crystal River site led by professional interpretive guides through the moonlit Crystal River Archaeological State Park. This site is a world-famous pre-Columbian ceremonial center on Florida's west coast. Travel back in time to experience the park under the full moon to learn what life was like living on the Crystal River from 500 BC to AD 950. 

The Moon over the Mounds tours will begin at the Park Museum building at 8:00 p.m. and end at approximately 9:30 p.m. Suggested donations of $5.00 per person will be applied to sustaining future interpretive programming in the park. 

Additional Information:

The park is located at 3400 N Museum Pointe; northwest of the Crystal River mall. Reservations are not required, but appreciated for larger groups. For more information, view the Participant Requirements

Eco Fitness Classes @ Oleta River State Park

Saturday, December 2, 2017 (All day)
More Information:


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

"By combining health-fitness with outdoor recreation, Eco Fitness appeals to those seeking to increase time spent exercising and connecting with nature. Through a strategically formulated exercise regimen, participants will see adaptation to their physical abilities as well as an increase in their love for the great outdoors. 

Eco Fitness Classes incorporate Kayaking/Stand Up Paddleboarding, Mountain Biking, Swimming and Plyometrics over the course of 2 hours for the low price of $40.00 per class.

Classes are held the first 2 weeks of the month; Wednesday evenings, Friday and Saturday mornings."

Please Contact BG Oleta River Outdoors for exact times.