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Friday, December 8, 2017

Ragnar Trail Relay Race @ Alafia River State Park

Friday, December 8, 2017 - 8:30am EST to Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 11:45pm EST

park fees are covered in registration

More Information:
https://www.runragnar.com/event-detail/trail/alafia_river_fl

Located in the Southwest region at:
Alafia River State Park
14326 S CR 39
Lithia, FL 33547

Introducing Ragnar Trail Alafia River-FL presented by Salomon. About 30 miles southeast of Tampa, lies a trail lovers playground known as Alafia River State Park. Teams of 8 (or 4) runners run relay-style on a set of trails that start and finish at Ragnar Village.  Like your favorite Disney rollercoaster, the trails at Alafia River will bring you on a ride of lifetime as they loop, swoop and dive through a tropical paradise. (Your legs and lungs will scream!). When you’re not running past emerald green pools, palm trees, ferns, hardwood forests, and towering pines, you’ll kick it with your team as you camp under billions of stars overhead. Ragnar Trail is like summer camp for adults with bonfire, s’mores and a awesome finisher medal. Mark your running calendar for Dec. 8-9, and learn what it means to find your #innerwild.

 

All trails are closed to general public for this event.

Additional Information:

Please visit the event webpage for details on the event and registration. https://www.runragnar.com/event-detail/trail/alafia_river_fl

Friday Guided Hike @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Friday, December 8, 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

Art in the Park - Basket Weaving @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Friday, December 8, 2017 - 9:00am to 2:00pm CST

$35 for Basket Weaving includes instruction and all materials needed for the class.  Does not include park admission which is paid at Ranger Station upon entry to the park. 

More Information:
friendsofthsp@gmail.com or www.topsailparkfriends.org

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

Join Carol Dickson for an opportunity to create a work of art. Each month a different technique will be used. Class include all materials needed. Regular park admission applies and is paid at ranger station on the day of class.  All classes need a minimum of 5 participants to occur. Classes are limited to 10 participants. Participants must be at least 12 years of age. Registration is due 7 days before class date and can be done in the park store or online at www.topsailparkfriends.org.  For questions email the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park at friendsofthsp@gmail.com or stop by the park store.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Walk On The Wild Side @ Lovers Key State Park

Friday, December 8, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am EST

Regular Entrance Fees Apply

More Information:
Call 239-463-4588.

Located in the Southwest region at:
Lovers Key State Park
8700 Estero Blvd.
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

Take a mile-long guided hike along our Black Island Trail with a Park Ranger to learn about the fascinating vegetation and wildlife that reside in this maritime hammock. Due to limited space, reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588.

Junior Ranger Program @ Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Friday, December 8, 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 8, 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 8, 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.

 

Old Tyme Christmas at the Ruins- Canceled @ Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park

Friday, December 8, 2017 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm EST

Entrance fees are $5.00 per adult and $2.00 per child (6 yrs and under are FREE).

More Information:
386-517-2084

Located in the Central region at:
Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park
3501 Old Kings Road
Flagler Beach, FL 32136

This event has been canceled due to flood conditions.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements 

Santa Over the Rainbow @ Rainbow Springs State Park

Friday, December 8, 2017 - 6:00pm EST to Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 8:30pm EST

Event is free with park admission ($2.00/person)

More Information:
Ranger Station 352-465-8555

Located in the Northeast region at:
Rainbow Springs State Park
19158 SW 81st Place Road
Dunnellon, FL 34432

Due to predicted inclement weather, Santa Over the Rainbow has been cancelled Friday night, December 8, 2017. The event will continue Saturday and Sunday, December 9th and 10th.

The Friends of Rainbow Springs are proud to present Santa Over the Rainbow 2017. Bring the whole family to Rainbow Springs State Park for an evening extravaganza. Christmas lights will illuminate the park and welcome Santa, who arrives at 7:00pm on the river via his pontoon sleigh boat! Photos with Santa for sale. Enjoy food, music, and an array of crafts and gifts. No pets please.

Additional Information:

Participant Requirements

Candlelight Event @ Fort Foster State Historic Site

Friday, December 8, 2017 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm EST

Ages 13 and up, $5.00 donation. Ages 12 and under are FREE.

More Information:


Located in the Southwest region at:
Fort Foster State Historic Site
15402 U.S. 301 N.
Thonotosassa, FL 33592

Foster Historic Site brings the holiday season on the Florida Frontier to life! Visitors follow a lantern-lit trail through the military fort and Seminole camp. Along the way, guests will encounter musicians, living history scenarios, and refreshments. A battle reenactment on Friday, December 8th, and Saturday, December 9th, will take place after 8:00 pm. Come witness the drama as the Seminoles attempt to burn the bridge crossing the Hillsborough River, while soldiers and militiamen will try to defend it. This living history program will truly take you back in time.

The Fort Foster State Historic Site is located adjacent to Hillsborough River State Park on U.S. 301 North, 9 miles north of Fowler Avenue and 6 miles south of Zephyrhills.

All proceeds benefit the Hillsborough River State Park Preservation Society.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Night of Lights @ Fort Cooper State Park

Friday, December 8, 2017 - 6:00pm EST to Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 8:15pm EST

Non-perishable food item or an unwrapped toy for the Citrus United Basket of Inverness, or pet food for the Citrus County Animal Services.

More Information:
For further information, call 352-726-0315

Located in the Northeast region at:
Fort Cooper State Park
3100 S. Old Floral City Rd.
Inverness, FL 34450

Come enjoy the magic and mystery of the holiday season during the annual Nights of Lights, sponsored by the Friends of Fort Cooper, December 8th - 10th from 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. The trails, trees, pavilion and Recreation Hall will be decked out in holiday decorations. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will welcome children each night at the Rec Hall. Roast marshmallows and make s'mores Friday and Saturday. Refreshments will be served all three nights in the park pavilion and holiday music can be enjoyed along the trails.

In lieu of an entrance fee, please bring a non-perishable food item or an unwrapped toy for the Citrus United Basket of Inverness or pet food for the Citrus County Animal services. Last year, over 3,500 people attended this popular event and provided over 3,800 pounds of groceries, 60 toy donations and over 600 pounds of pet food.  The Friends of Fort Cooper, the Citizen Support Organization for the State Park, hope to surpass these numbers this year!

Additional Information:

 Participation Requirements

 

Movie Night @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Friday, December 8, 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

Winter Waterland @ Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

Friday, December 8, 2017 - 7:00pm to 11:00pm EST

$8 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6-12. Kids five and under are free.

More Information:
352-592-5656

Located in the Southwest region at:
Weeki Wachee Springs State Park
6131 Commercial Way
Weeki Wachee, FL 34606

The Friends of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park proudly host the annual holiday festival, Winter Waterland 2017. The event is December 8-9 & 15-16, from 7-11 PM. Admission is only $8 for adults, and $5 for kids ages 6-12. Kids five and under are free. State Park annual passes do not apply, as this is a fundraising event by the Friends of Weeki Wachee. 

Activities include the World-Famous Weeki Wachee Mermaids performing a holiday-themed performance (Polar Express), “Mermaid Express” (River Cruise), “Illumination of Lights” Light Show, Live Nativity,and more! And of course, Santa and his mermaid elves will be available for pictures.

You can purchase tickets for this event in advance by visiting the main gate at the park between 9 AM- 4 PM. Phone or online ticket sales are NOT available.

Additional Information:

This is a Friends event. Park passes do not apply.

Eco Fitness Classes @ Oleta River State Park

Saturday, December 9, 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.

Legendary Sirens Perform @ Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

Saturday, December 9, 2017 (All day) to Sunday, December 10, 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.