Monthly Militia Muster & Junior Militia Training @ Fort Mose Historic State ParkSaturday, May 6, 2017 - 9:00am EDT to Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 11:30am EST
Demonstartion and Park Outdoors Free. $2 admission per person for Visitor Center / Museum
Experience musket firing demonstrations as the Fort Mose Militia trains for battle. Children are welcomed to participate in Junior Militia training using our handmade wooden toy muskets and authentic militia uniform items.
Kayaking the Mangroves Tour @ Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State ParkSaturday, September 2, 2017 - 10:00am EDT to Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 10:00am EST
The park entry fee is $3.00 cash. Please bring exact change.
Welcome to Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park. Beginning September 2nd 2017, we will be hosting a ranger led kayak program "Kayaking the Mangroves" on the first Saturday of every month (weather permitting). Visitors are welcome to bring their own kayak or rent one from our concessionaire. The concessionaire can be contacted at 727-478-3146. Rentals will be subject to availibilty. The kayak tour will be limited to the first 12 kayaks (single kayaks and double kayaks) to sign up. Sign up begins at 9:30am at the kayak launch located at the end of the board walk. For more information please email email@example.com We look forward to seeing you on the water!
We require life jackets to be worn and buckled during park led events. Participants must be able to complete a one-hour round trip kayaking paddle adventure. We highly suggest bringing bug repellent, water, closed toed water shoes, and a hat.
Coffee with the Birds - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State ParkSaturday, December 2, 2017 - 8:00am to 10:00am EST
Free with paid park admission.
(352) 236 - 7148 ext. 4
Every 1st Saturday (October - April), take a walk on the bird side with birdwatchers of varying experience levels, from novice to expert. The short walk leaves from the river trail located in the museum area. Coffee will be provided. Please bring binoculars and sturdy walking shoes as well as anything else you need to be comfortable in the great outdoors, such as a hat, insect repellent, or other personal items. Other birdwatchers will have field guides but feel free to bring your own.
Most months begin at 8:00 a.m. but in the months of December and January the program begins at 9:00 a.m.
26th Annual Fall Farm and Cane Festival @ Dudley Farm Historic State ParkSaturday, December 2, 2017 - 9:00am to 3:00pm EST
Special event - Park Entrance fee of $8.00/car (cash only)
Sandra Cashes (352) 472-1142, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fall Farm and Cane Festival
-Visitors are invited to celebrate our pioneering past -
Celebrate the regions pioneering past by watching some of the areas rural life style. The Park Service commemorates Ms. Myrtle Dudley’s birthday by grinding sugar cane and boiling it into cane syrup. Farm tours, domestic crafts, children’s activities, music and vendors are featured on this living history day. Demonstrators will be showcasing Florida’s traditions of yesteryear.
Kid's Fishing Clinic @ Lake Louisa State ParkSaturday, December 2, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EST
Clinic is free. Park entrance fee of $5 per vehicle applies.
Join us for a free Kid's Fishing Clinic, organized and hosted by the Friends of Lake Louisa State Park, Inc. This event will introduce children ages 4-14 to the world of freshwater fishing through educational programming and hands on experience. Topics include: knot tying, casting, safety and fishing ethics. Reservations are required and need to be made in advance, as clinic is limited to 30 children. All registered children will receive a free hot dog lunch. Fishing poles will be provided to each child for use during the clinic. Cane poles will be for sale at $6 each.
Junior Ranger @ Oscar Scherer State ParkSaturday, December 2, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EST
Free with camping or standard park entrance fee
Ranger Station 941-483-5956
Learn what it takes to become a Junior Ranger and work on your Junior Ranger CORE or Passport activities! Located in the Nature Center.
SUP for Beginners @ Oleta River State ParkSaturday, December 2, 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, December 2, 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.
Family Birding @ Paynes Prairie Preserve State ParkSaturday, December 2, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:00am EST
Hikes are free, but regular park admission fees apply. Park admission at La Chua Trail is $4.00 per vehicle, cash only, or free with a Florida State Parks Annual Pass.
Ranger Station 352-466-3397
We welcome you the first Saturday of each month November through April, to join us for a hike on La Chua Trail and learn about birds. Children are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. This birding hike is an out-and-back trip of up to 3 miles in total length, in an open marsh habitat with a large diversity of plants and wildlife. Meet us in the La Chua Trail parking lot; the north entrance to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, by 9:00 a.m.
Hikes are limited to 20 people. Reserve your spot on www.prairiefriends.org. Registration for each hike will open approximately 30 days prior to the hike date.
Binoculars are available for loan during the hike, but supplies are limited and preference given first to those with reservations.
No pets permitted.
This program is supported by Paynes Prairie and Alachua Audubon volunteers.
First Weekend Union Garrison @ Fort Clinch State ParkSaturday, December 2, 2017 - 9:00am to 5:00pm EST
$2.50 Fort Admission in addition to regular park admission.
Fort Clinch State Park, 904-277-7274
This program will allow visitors to interact with living historians to experience life in the fort as it was in 1864. The grounds will be bustling with soldiers in period costumes involved in firing demonstrations, marching drills, cooking and daily activities. Ladies in their dresses, sutlers displaying their wares, fife players and drummer boys bring every part of the civil war era to life. Come join in this unique, family friendly event.
Spend Your Morning With A Park Ranger @ Fanning Springs State ParkSaturday, December 2, 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.
Friends of Dunns Creek Volunteer Workday @ Dunns Creek State ParkSaturday, December 2, 2017 - 9:30am to 12:00pm EST
Free entry 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.
Naturalist Led Swamp Walk @ Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State ParkSaturday, December 2, 2017 - 9:30am to 2:30pm EST
Tickets are $75.00 per person and can be purchased here.
(239) 695-1023 (A volunteer will return your call.)
This swamp walk led by an experienced Naturalist will immerse you in the beauty and diversity of the 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 meet the Naturalist at the Ranger Station off Janes’ Scenic Drive 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 from tickets sold 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, December 2, 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.
Guided Nature Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State ParkSaturday, December 2, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am EST
Free with park admission.
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.
Bring a water bottle, sunscreen and insect repellant.
Great Outdoor Adventure Day @ Lovers Key State ParkSaturday, December 2, 2017 - 10:00am to 3:00pm EST
Free with regular park entry
Ranger Station, 239-463-4588
Mark your calendars because Lovers Key State Park will host the Annual Great Outdoor Adventure Day on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017, located at the Kayak Launch/ Picnic Area of the park. Food, touch tanks, children’s activities, as well as Ranger-led programs will highlight the fun-filled day geared towards encouraging participants to recreate responsibly while enjoying the park’s unique habitats and wide variety of wildlife. Rangers and volunteers will offer opportunities to see the park through programs such as guided kayak tours, walking nature tours, bike tours (bike and helmets provided), geo-caching, fishing clinics, and more! Exhibitors will include local environmental organizations, as well as outdoor equipment and healthy lifestyle vendors. Great Door Prizes will be given away throughout the event. Make sure to check out one of the exciting paddle boarding clinics for kids, beginners, and advanced paddlers!
For those young people or young at heart, pick up a Junior Ranger Activity Kit and start the self-guided program to earn yourself a certificate, member card, and earn a Junior Ranger patch, badge, or pin! There will also be lots of children’s activities throughout the event.
This community-based event is free with regular park entrance of $8 per vehicle of up to eight people, $4 for a single occupant and $2 per pedestrian or bicyclist. Guided Kayak tours will be $10/per person, kayak rental included. Bring your family to Lovers Key State Park on December 2nd, 2017 and discover why everyone is “Lovin’ it at Lovers Key!”
Critter Crafts for Kids @ Oscar Scherer State ParkSaturday, December 2, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am EST
Free with camping or standard park entrance fee
Ranger Station 941-483-5956
Learn about the plants and animals at Oscar Scherer by making critter crafts. Materials are provided. Located in the Nature Center.
Volunteer Work Day @ Devil's Millhopper Geological State ParkSaturday, December 2, 2017 - 10:00am to 2:00pm EST
Park entry fees waived for participants!
Devil's Millhopper needs your help! Vonlunteer on Saturday, Dec. 2nd from 10 am - 2 pm.
Due to damage from Hurrican Irma, portions of the boarwalk at the bottom of the sinkhole need to be removed. Park staff and volunteers are currently breaking down the damaged portions. This work day will be focused on hauling all the old pieces of damaged boardwalk out of the sinkhole. The more people we have, the easier the job will be and the closer we will be to reopening the boardwalk. Volunteers need to bring gloves and closed toed shoes. Please RSVP by Dec. 1st by emailing Jesse.Natwick@dep.state.fl.us
For more information, please view the Participant Requirements.
Santa Claus in the Park @ Oleta River State ParkSaturday, December 2, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm EST
Normal park entrance fees are required.
$2.00 per picture.
Saturdays and Sundays from Dec. 2 – Dec. 17
10:00am – 12:00pm at the Pelican Pavilion
3400 NE 163rd St | North Miami Beach, FL 3316
Come out to get your picture taken with Santa Claus!!! Children and well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome! Pictures are $2.00 per person or pet and $1.00 of each picture will go directly to the Friends of Oleta River State Park to assist in maintaining our resources!
Ranger History Program and Historic Weapons Firing Demonstration @ Dade Battlefield Historic State ParkSaturday, December 2, 2017 - 10:30am EST
Program is included with your park entrance fee of $3 per vehicle for up to eight people. Extra persons, bicyclists and pedestrians pay $2 each.
Join a park ranger every Saturday morning through the cooler months of the year for a program on the history surrounding Dade's Battle of 1835, highlighted by a firing demonstration featuring the park's replica 1816 U.S. Flintlock Musket. (Note: Program may be superceded by park events.)
Bike Ride to Hidden Spring @ Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State ParkSaturday, December 2, 2017 - 10:30am to 12:30pm EST
Free with regular park admission.
Park Services Specialist Jeff Hugo, 850-561-7286
Wakulla Springs State Park will host a ranger-led bicycle tour through its varying forest communities to "Hidden Spring". The six-mile round trip journey will take participants through hardwood uplands, longleaf flatwoods, and cypress sloughs. Surrounded by nature, guests will make stops to investigate the connections between plants, fungi, wildlife, and human history. Arrive early and fuel up with breakfast or follow-up your adventure with lunch in the historic Wakulla Springs Lodge.
Participants will need to bring a bicycle with good suspension, water, snacks (ie. fruit or granola), and a bicycle helmet.
Space is limited. Please call (850) 561-7286 to make your reservation.
Meet in the lodge parking lot.
History Tours @ Camp Helen State ParkSaturday, December 2, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am CST
Tour is free with paid park admission.
Camp Helen State Park, (850) 233-5059
Camp Helen State Park invites you to go beyond your park visit, and discover the past and present, on a ranger guided walking tour where you can learn about the rich history of Camp Helen’s Historic District. Led by informative and entertaining rangers, you will discover and connect with the history that literally surrounds Camp Helen State Park, a Nationally Registered Historic Place.
Tours begin promptly at 10:00 am, so please meet in the Visitor Center and be sure to bring water and wear comfortable walking attire. Tours take place in the outdoors and may be subject to cancellation due to inclement weather conditions. Please see Participation Requirements.
Saturday Ranger Program @ Manatee Springs State ParkSaturday, December 2, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm EST
These programs are available at no extra charge with parks addmission of $6.00 per car up to 8 people.
Christopher Dixon Park Services Specialist (352) 493-6736
Manatee Springs State Park is having a Saturday Ranger Program, every Saturday, starting on December 2, 2017 and running to Saturday April 14, 2018. The Program will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please see the flyers at the park on where to meet.
Tram Tour @ Oscar Scherer State ParkSaturday, December 2, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm EST
$5 / person
Children under 5 ride free
Ranger Station 941-483-5956
Take a tour around the park and learn about the plants, animals, and park history. Tram seats 25 people. Maximum of 2 wheelchairs. Tickets sold from the Nature Center the day of, starting at 9:00am, cash only please. Tram picks up guests in front of Nature Center.
Christmas on the Florida Frontier @ Dade Battlefield Historic State ParkSaturday, December 2, 2017 - 3:00pm to 8:00pm EST
Cost is $5/car.
Christmas on the Florida Frontier includes period crafts of the 1800's, live music, wreath making, living history demonstrators, candle making, pioneer toys, doll making, soap carving, square dancing, caroling and period food,
Moonlight Paddle @ Topsail Hill Preserve State ParkSaturday, December 2, 2017 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm CST
$40 includes watercraft rental, PFD, paddle, park admission fee, glow sticks, tram ride to Campbell Lake and a donation to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Space is limited and registration
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Store 850-267-8333
Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for a Moonlight Paddle on December 2, 2017 from 4:00p.m. - 7:00p.m. Experience Campbell Lake on a Ranger guided paddling tour. Participants must be experienced canoers/kayakers over 12 yrs old. Program is $40 per person. Space is limited. Advanced online registration is required and can be done at www.topsailparkfriends.org. Program fee includes watercraft rental, PFD, paddle, park admission fee, glow sticks, tram ride to Campbell Lake and a donation to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Program is weather dependent. In order to prevent the introduction of invasive species in to Campbell Lake, which is a rare Coastal Dune Lake, watercraft and gear from outside the park is not allowed.
Guided Night Paddle @ Oscar Scherer State ParkSaturday, December 2, 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm EST
$20 / person (cash only)
Ranger Station 941-483-5956
Arrive at 5:05pm. Paddle begins at 5:35pm.
Take a paddle up South Creek under the moonlight. Experienced paddlers only, please. Can bring your own vessel or rent one from the park. You can register up to 1 month in advanced at the Ranger Station. No reservations taken by phone. Start times are listed as thirty minutes prior to sunset to allow time to safely get onto the water.
Full Moon Kayak Tour @ Oleta River State ParkSaturday, December 2, 2017 - 5:00pm to 7:30pm EST
"Come paddle under the full moon with the BG Oleta River Outdoor Center! Offered monthly, your knowledgable Tour Guide will supply you with all the equipment and instruction needed prior to launching into a beautiful mangrove cove. We will paddle under the full moon for 1 hour with illuminated colorful lights on each vessel lighting the way, followed by a Bonfire Beach Party. Roast S'mores, go for a swim and enjoy nature.
The Full Moon Kayak Tour is 2 hours and 30 minutes in total and cost $50.00 per Adult or $40.00 per College Student. Price includes equipment and Tour Guides."
Please Contact BG Oleta River Outdoors for exact launch times.
Holidays in the Park 2017 @ Big Lagoon State ParkSaturday, December 2, 2017 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm CST
Park entrance fees are waived for this event.
Emily Price (850) 492-1595
Big Lagoon State Park along with The Friends of Pensacola State Parks, Inc. will be holding a Holidays in the Park event. This event is a free gift to the community for all of their support over the last year. The event will feature a vibrant light display and free snacks/beverages. Santa will be available for "take your own" pictures.
Community Campfire @ Topsail Hill Preserve State ParkSaturday, December 2, 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm CST
Program is free with regular park admission.
Join us for a good ol' community campfire filled with stories from the Panama City Storytellers, music by students from the Ohana Institute, hot cocoa and hot apple cider and s'mores. Provisions provided by the Community Support Organization (CSO) the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. The Friends group always welcomes donations which are used to support the park. Enter the park through the main gate and staff will direct you to the amphitheater fire pit.
Be sure to arrive before the gates close at 7:00 pm.
Night Sounds at Sebastian Inlet Concert Series with Rod Macdonald @ Sebastian Inlet State ParkSaturday, December 2, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm EST
Free with regular park admission
Rod MacDonald is a folk singer and songwriter, novelist, and educator. Since the mid-seventies he has released 11 solo recordings in the United States, 8 in Europe, and 21 songs with Smithsonian Folkways. In 2006, he became an instructor for the Florida Atlantic University, hosting the lecture and performance series "Music Americana", where he was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Award in 2012. Rod MacDonald has been named one of the "Ten Greatest South Florida Folksingers of All Time." His CD “Later that Night" reached the top ten in national folk music charts in 2014. As part of the band called Big Brass Bed, they were named the "Best Folk Band" in 2016 in Palm Beach County. The content of Rod MacDonald’s songs covers political and social events. His songs possess words that go straight into your heart and soul. For more information about Rod McDonald visit http://www.rodmacdonald.net
Moonlight Concert @ John D. MacArthur Beach State ParkSaturday, December 2, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm EST
$5.00 per person, Friend's members are free with one guest.
Join us for a magical night of music under the full moon. This month's featured band is Bill and Eli Perras playing folk music. Gates open at 6:00 p.m., live music from 7-9:00 p.m. with a fifteen minute intermission of stargazing on the boardwalk. Free to Friend's members and one guest, $5.00 per person for non members and children 10 years and older.
Campfire Program @ Oscar Scherer State ParkSaturday, December 2, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm EST
Free for registered campers
Ranger Station 941-483-5956
Join one of the rangers around a campfire and learn about a specific park subject. Program topic will be advertised weekly based on which ranger is leading the program. This program is limited to registered campers only as it is after closing hours. Located at the Campfire Circle between sites 35 & 36. Will be held inside the Nature Center if inclement weather.
SUP Yoga @ Oleta River State ParkSunday, December 3, 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.