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Saturday, December 9, 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

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.

4th Annual Bulow Woods Trail Race @ Bulow Creek State Park

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 7:00am to 6:00pm EST

For race fees and sign-up go to www.runnershighracing.com  

More Information:
Don Stoner at 407-314-8583

Located in the Central region at:
Bulow Creek State Park
3351 Old Dixie Highway
Ormond Beach, FL 32174

Do you love trail running? Do you love the Tomoka Loop? Experience the best of both worlds! The 4th Annual Bulow Woods Trail Race and Ultra Marathon will take place on Saturday, December 9th, 2017 in Ormond Beach, Florida at Bulow Creek State Park (start/finish line). This race will take you into the old growth forests, oak hammocks and along the salt marshes of the Tomoka Basin State Parks and allow you to experience "the Real Florida" as it looked when the Seminole Indians lived there. There will be 3 different events, offering something for every ability level- 50K Ultra Marathon, a 1/2 Marathon and a 4+ Mile Run / Walk event.

All events are on the Bulow Woods Trail which is a mixture of single and double track trails and old plantation roads which follow Bulow Creek through one of the best remaining stands of live oak along Florida's east coast. All Events will start and end at the foot of the incredible 400- year old Fairchild Oak inside Bulow Creek State Park. The 1/2 marathon and 50K will follow the trail (along a more technical section through lobloly pine and magnolias) all the way to the northern trailhead at Bulow Plantation Ruins State Park where the ruins of the sugar mill and springhouse from the 1800's remain today. A portion of the race proceeds will go to the Non-Profit park friends group, The Friends of Tomoka Basin State Parks to help maintain the trails and promote the Bulow Woods heritage. To learn more about the group go to their facebook page at Friends of Tomoka Basin State Parks.

Finishers of all events will receive a custom race t-shirt, a commemorative glass and custom finisher's medals. The post-race party and awards ceremonies will offer complimentary food, drinks and music for all to enjoy. Camping is available at Tomoka State Park nearby (2099 North Beach Street) by joining other race participants in the Group Camping Area, or by reserving your private spot through reserveamerica.com.

For race registration, race routes, volunteering, parking, packet pick-up details, questions or race information please go to www.runnershighracing.com. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Hillsborough River Marathon, Half and Quarter @ Hillsborough River State Park

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 7:15am to 2:00pm EST

Registration Fees:  From $49 - $88

Registration

More Information:
Kip Koelsch: kip@endeavorracing.com

Located in the Southwest region at:
Hillsborough River State Park
15402 US 301 N.
Thonotosassa, FL 33592

Join us for Endeavor Racing's sixth annual run in the woods. You can choose from 26.2, 13.1 or 6.55 miles of beautiful Florida woods running! With a mix of pavement (just a little), forest roads, wide and single track trails....this run has it all--beautiful canopied forest roads, riverbank single track, and fast, flat woods running!

Hillsborough River State Park, one of the state's oldest state parks, is truly "Where History and Nature Come Together", and provides great facilities and natural vistas for an awesome start/finish area.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirments

Volunteer Work Day @ San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 8:30am to 12:00pm EST

Free park entry for volunteers.

More Information:
Ranger Station: (386) 462-7905

Located in the Northeast region at:
San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park
12720 NW 109 Lane
Alachua, FL 32615

The trails are built and maintained by volunteers. The CSO hosts work days on the second Saturday of each month, and invites you to join! Typical work days are from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and include clearing and maintaining existing trails, building new trails, and improving the park's facilities. After the work day, lunch is provided. 

Meet at the CSO building at park headquarters at 8:30 a.m.

Please bring gloves, sunscreen, bug repellent, a water bottle and good humor!

Additional Information:

12720 NW 109th Lane
Alachua, FL 32615-6741
Participantion Requirements 

Second Saturday Paddle @ Hillsborough River State Park

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 8:45am EST

Regular park admission fees apply.  If all kayaks are reserved and/or you do not have your own, canoes and a limited number of kayaks are available for rent through the park's concession.   

More Information:
Email: Park Services Specialist, Alex Kinder, at: douglas.kinder@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Southwest region at:
Hillsborough River State Park
15402 US 301 N.
Thonotosassa, FL 33592

Take a leisurely 90 minute paddle down the Hillsborough River and learn about the natural history and communities that make the Hillsborough River watershed so unique and important. This volunteer-led tour will be enjoyable for individuals, families and groups.

The focus changes for each month's tour. Themes will be:

  • The human and natural history of the Hillsborough River
  • Photography
  • Adaptive paddling; as well as
  • Project days to remove invasive exotic plants and river clean-up.

You can bring your own kayak or canoe or rent one from the park's concession.

We have a limited amount of kayaks (tandem and single) available for reservation without charge. Reservations are recommended! We ask that paddlers "Sign Up" through Sign Up Genius to reserve a kayak.

 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Ocala Plein Air Painters - Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:30am EST

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Concession Gift shop, 352-236-7148 ext. 2

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

The Ocala Plein Air Painters meet the second Saturday of each month to capture the beauty of Silver Springs State Park. Come out and watch a canvas come to life. Some pieces are available for purchase in the art gallery and gift shop.

Additional Information:

Enter the park through the main entrance located at 5656 East Silver Springs Boulevard (State Road 40).

 For more information about Plein Air groups in Florida, click here.

Participation requirements.

Beach Cleanup @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:00am EST

Free entry to the park if assisting with the beach cleanup.

More Information:
(561) 776-7449, ext. 109

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 few hours of sun and surf and help keep MacArthur Beach State Park clean.  Beach cleanups help remove trash which might otherwise end up endangering sea turtles or shorebirds.  Participants will receive gloves and trash bags.  Please bring a reusable water bottle, hat and sunscreen.  Community service hours will be given upon request.  Free entry into the Park if assisting with the event.  for more information contact (561) 776-7449, ext. 109.

Junior Ranger @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:00pm 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

Learn what it takes to become a Junior Ranger and work on your Junior Ranger CORE or Passport activities! Located in the Nature Center.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

SUP for Beginners @ Oleta River State Park

Saturday, December 9, 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! 

 

Spend Your Morning With A Park Ranger @ Fanning Springs State Park

Saturday, December 9, 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

 

Basic Tree and Plant Identification @ Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 9:00am to 10:30am EST

Program is free with admission in to the park.

More Information:
George Schipper (850) 927-2111

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 Ranger will lead a guided walk to educate the public about identifying trees and plants in St. George Island State Park. The guided tour will have multiple stops both on sandy soils and on pavement to look at common plants and trees in the area. Please remember to wear comfortable clothes and closed-toed shoes. Please bring binoculars, guide books, and questions.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

This program will start near the restrooms at the Youth Camp Area one-half mile from the entrance station.

Mountain Bike Skills Clinic @ Alafia River State Park

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 9:00am EST

Regular park admission fees apply.

More Information:
Ranger Station 813-672-5320

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

Brought to you by Aj’s Bikes & Swamp Club (fundraiser for Friends of Alafia) 1. We will be going over the Three key essential to being a successful mountain biker. LEVEL PEDAL 1 FINGER ON THE BRAKES SCANNING THE TRAIL 2. Then focus on Seven Body and Bike Separation Skills that are key to overcoming obstacles in the trails. NEUTRAL READY BRAKING FOWARD BACK SIDE TO SIDE 3. Followed with a Trail ride to use new acquired skills 4. To cap it all off LUNCH !

To register, search http://www.even​tbright.com for events in Lithia, FL. You will find: IMBA Level 1 Clinic INTRO to Mountainbiking

Midday and Moonlit Paddles @ Ichetucknee Springs State Park

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 9:30am EST to Saturday, December 22, 2018 - 5:00pm EST

Call Paddling Adventures for fees (386) 497-1113.  Fee includes admission to the park.

More Information:
386-497-1113

Located in the Northeast region at:
Ichetucknee Springs State Park
12087 SW U.S. Highway 27
Fort White, FL 32038

Moonlight Paddle

Enjoy a ranger-guided canoe paddle down the Ichetucknee River as the sun sets and full moon begins to illuminate the river. Listen to the sounds of a day’s end and a night’s awakening! Paddlers should bring a small light source for the end of the trip.  Paddling dates and times listed below.

Please call the park concessionaire, Paddling Adventures (386) 497-1113 to reserve a spot.
Participation Requirements for Moonlit Paddle


Midday Paddle

Join a Ranger for a Guided Paddle with great wildlife viewing opportunities and learn the history of the park and the Ecosystem of the beautiful Ichetucknee River. The tour starts at the North Entrance, off Elim Church Road (County Road 238).  Launch time will be Between 10-11am. The tour ends at the last take-out at the south end of the park, and transportation will be provided back to the North Entrance.  Participants should dress for the weather (mornings may be cool). Underwater GoPro-style cameras captured amazing footage on previous tours!  Paddling dates and times listed below.

Please call the park concessionaire Paddling Adventures (386) 497-1113 reserve your spot.
Participation Requirements for Midday Paddle


 

Moonlit Dates and Meeting Times

1-Jan 5:30PM

3-Feb 5:45PM

3-Mar 6:00PM

31-Mar 7:30PM

28-Apr 7:30PM

22-Sep 7:00PM

20-Oct 6:30PM

24-Nov 5:30PM

22-Dec 5:00PM

Midday Dates and Meeting Times

9-Dec 9:30AM

13-Jan 10:30AM

27-Jan 10:30AM

10-Feb 10:30AM

17-Feb 10:30AM

24-Feb 10:30AM

24-Mar 9:30AM

21-Apr 9:30AM

8-Sep 9:30AM

6-Oct 9:30AM

10-Nov 10:30AM

8-Dec 10:30AM

 

Park Biologist Led Swamp Walk @ Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 9:30am to 2:30pm EST

Tickets are $75.00 per person and can be purchased here.

More Information:


Located in the Southwest region at:
Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park
137 Coastline Drive
Copeland , FL 34137

This swamp walk, led by Park Biologist Mike Owen, will immerse you in the beauty and diversity of 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 will meet Park Biologist Mike Owen at the Ranger Station off Janes’ Scenic Drive by 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.

Additional Information:

All funds raised through ticket sales 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 Park

Saturday, December 9, 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.

Cracker Village Tour - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 10:00am EST

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
352-236-7148 ext. 4

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

Come and discover what life was like at the turn of the century in the Florida "piney woods." The cracker homestead is a replica of a 19th century pioneer settlement. This collection of buildings represents a small "Cracker'' settlement dating to the 1890s. A typical homestead of the time would have included a cabin and outbuildings such as a barn, pantry, smokehouse, and outhouse. Schoolhouses, churches, and blacksmith shops would have been found in settlements that homesteaders visited to attend social gatherings and barter for supplies. During the tour, these buildings will be open for viewing and on most tours the blacksmith's forge will be fired up. Meet at the Cracker Village across from the Silver River museum.

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 the Silver River Museum.

For more information about the Silver River Museum visit their website.

Participation requirements.

Holiday Trees @ Dudley Farm Historic State Park

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 10:00am to 2:00pm EST

Regular Park entrance fee of $5.00 (honor box, cash only)

More Information:
Sandra Cashes (352) 474-1142, sandra.cashes@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Northeast region at:
Dudley Farm Historic State Park
18730 W. Newberry Road
Newberry, FL 32669

                                                                             Holiday Trees

                                      -Children can participate in educational demonstrations and crafts –

Join us at the farm on the second Saturday of the month for our Dudley Kids Day; make a tree have some fun! Children and adults alike, ages 5 to 65, can join in. There are hands on demonstrations, crafts, old fashioned games and even some education. Learn about history, and a farming way of life.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Guided Nature Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, December 9, 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.

Critter Crafts for Kids @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am 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

Learn about the plants and animals at Oscar Scherer by making critter crafts. Materials are provided. Located in the Nature Center. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Breakfast with a Ranger @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 9:00am CST

Suggested donation to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park $5/Adult and $3/Child.  (Does not include park admission fee) 

More Information:
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, (850) 267-8330

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

The Citizen Support Organization, Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, invites you and your family to enjoy Breakfast with a Ranger.  Join the Rangers of Topsail Hill for a full service breakfast where visitors will learn about the park, its history and wildlife, and be able to ask the rangers all the questions you have been dying to ask.  This program is ideal for the whole family to enjoy.  To cover the cost of food please bring a donation $5/Adult and $3/Child which goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park.  All donations are used for various park enhancement projects and program supplies.  Breakfast is served in the Clubhouse.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Santa Claus in the Park @ Oleta River State Park

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm EST

Normal park entrance fees are required.

$2.00 per picture. 

More Information:


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

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!

Audubon Shorebird Walk @ Bald Point State Park

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am EST

Program is free with paid park admission of $4/vehicle.

More Information:
Bald Point office 850-349-9146

Located in the Northwest region at:
Bald Point State Park
146 Box Cut Road
Alligator Point, FL 32346

Join an Audubon shorebird expert and a park ranger for this walk along the beach.  Learn all about shorebirds- including identification tips, stewardship, and ideas for conservation and coexistence.

Additional Information:

Bring your own binoculars!  This program will include a walk on the beach, sorry no dogs allowed. 

Meet in the first parking lot (Maritime Hammock), through the gate at the noth end of Bald Point Road (810 Bald Point Road, Alligator Harbor 32346).

Participation Requirements

Ranger History Program and Historic Weapons Firing Demonstration @ Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

Saturday, December 9, 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.

More Information:


Located in the Southwest region at:
Dade Battlefield Historic State Park
7200 CR 603
Bushnell, FL 33513

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.)

Tomoka Remembers @ Tomoka State Park

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm EST

Program is included with regular park entry fee.

More Information:
386-676-4050

Located in the Central region at:
Tomoka State Park
2099 North Beach Street
Ormond Beach, FL 32174

History Comes to Life at Tomoka State Park!

Meet Jimmy Sawgrass and learn about the Seminole Indians, our early Florida settlers and the rich Native American history of the area. Presentation will be at the Tomoka Recreation Hall.

Jim Sawgrass is a native Floridian, and a member of the Muskogee Creek Indian Tribe. Sawgrass has been sharing his knowledge of the Southeastern Native American tribes for over 30 years, a “must see program”.

Please note: Echo Ranger participants please show your book at the ranger station for free entry.

 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Wildlife Encounters / Owls of North Florida @ O'Leno State Park

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm EST

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Jim South (386) 454-1853 James.South@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Northeast region at:
O'Leno State Park
410 SE O'Leno Park Road
High Springs, FL 32643

Join park volunteer Nan Soistman, a permitted wildlife rehabilitator to learn about native owls of north Florida. Get an up close look at live native owls that have been deemed non-releasable and are used for educational programing. Learn about their habitat, diet, life span and more!

 Meet at the Nature Center.

Additional Information:

Participant Requirements

Calling all Crafters - Rock painting in the park @ Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm EST

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

Spend the afternoon enjoying the park while painting rocks! We will provide the basic materials needed, but if you have a special rock you want to paint, bring it! All ages are welcome, minors must be accompanied by an adult. This event is subject to cancellation due to weather conditions. We will be meeting at the butterfly garden on the west side of the park. You can register for this program at Eventbrite.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Cruisin' Food Fest @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm EST

Free with park admission

More Information:
(561) 624-6950

Located in the Southeast region at:
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive
North Palm Beach, FL 33408

Please join us for the “Cruisin’ Food Fest” at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park on the second Saturday of every month from 12-4pm. There will be amazing show cars and trucks, food trucks from “Food Truck Invasion”, live music from local bands, and trophies for the show cars. We will also be offering free tram rides over to our Nature Center, Beach Outfitters, Gift Shop & Kayak Rentals and our 1.6 miles of the best natural beach in South Florida.  If you need more information or are interested in setting up a booth at the event please call the Park at (561) 624-6950 and ask for David. Sponsored by the“Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park” Come join us in paradise and enjoy “The Real Florida”

Tiny Camper Christmas Open House @ Big Lagoon State Park

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 11:00am to 2:00pm CST

 Regular park entrance fees apply.

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 is partnering with a group of micro/teardrop campers to offer a Tiny Camper Christmas Open House Event. These tiny campers are unique in many ways and this is an opportunity to take a peak inside some micro and teardrop campers. Over 20 different types of tiny campers will be a part of this Holiday-themed open house. Please obey the campground speed limit of 5mph and do not park on any road shoulders. Parking is available at the West Beach area which is a leisurely 15-20 minute walk on the Long Pond boardwalk to the campground where most tiny campers will be in the third loop.
 

Saturday Ranger Program @ Manatee Springs State Park

Saturday, December 9, 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.

 

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 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.

Additional Information:

Partipation Requirements

 

Tram Tour @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm EST

$5 / person

Children under 5 ride free

More Information:
Ranger Station 941-483-5956

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

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.

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Second Saturday Gamble Jam @ Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm EST

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

Join us at the park as musicians gather to play in remembrance of James Gamble Rogers IV, a renowned folk singer, entertainer and storyteller. Musicians of all levels are encouraged to bring instruments and a chair to join the circle for a casual acoustic jam session. Instruments of all types are welcome but no power is available near the pavilion. Meet other musicians, practice or just have fun listening! All ages welcome!

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Lighting of the Lighthouse @ Gasparilla Island State Park

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

standard entrance fees

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Located in the Southwest region at:
Gasparilla Island State Park
880 Belcher Rd
Boca Grande, FL 33921

Come see the historic Port Boca Grande Lighthouse light up for the first time this holiday season.

Candlelight Event @ Fort Foster State Historic Site

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm EST

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

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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.

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Caroling the Ravines @ Ravine Gardens State Park

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm EST

$2.00 per person. Children 6 and under are free. Cash only please.

More Information:
Raymond Presley, (386) 329-3721, raymond.presley@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Central region at:
Ravine Gardens State Park
1600 Twigg Street
Palatka, FL 32177

Join us for our annual Caroling the Ravines Event!

Visitors will be treated to a light show set to music in our historic court of states and can walk amongst the luminaries in the gardens presented by the Pilot Club as well as Christmas Lights throughout the front of the park. Music and carols will be performed in the Civic Center by local musicians. Kids will be treated to holiday themed crafts and games. Santa will be available all night for photographs, so make sure to bring your camera or cell phone so you can take your annual photo with Santa!

DUE TO HURRICANE DAMAGE, THERE WILL NOT BE TRAM TOURS THIS YEAR.

Food and craft vendors and face painting will be available for an additional charge. Luminaries will be on sale by the Pilot Club. Each luminaire can feature your own personalized message or dedication. Proceeds from the luminaries will benefit local projects by the Pilot Club of Palatka.

Additional Information:

IMPORTANT PARKING NOTICE: Parking within the park is limited and fills up quickly. Please plan to park in the parking lot adjacent to the park (near the National Guard Armory).

Cash only. No ATM on site.

All proceeds benefit the Friends of Ravine Gardens.

Participation Requirements

Park After Dark: Art of the Campfire @ Little Manatee River State Park

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 7:00pm EST

Park admission fees apply. Program is free with paid park entry. Registered campers attend for free.

$5.00 Vehicle entrance (2-8 people)

$4.00 Vehicle entrance (1 person)

$2.00 Individuals entering on bicycle, foot, by bus, or extra persons entering with Individual Annual Pass holders

Please use the honor system at the Ranger Station to pay park entrance fees after regular operating hours.

More Information:
Ranger Station 813-671-5005

Located in the Southwest region at:
Little Manatee River State Park
215 Lightfoot Rd.
Wimauma, FL 33598

This Park After Dark Program will celebrate the "art of the campfire". Join us on a quest for the perfect campfire, as we celebrate centuries old rituals that bring people together around the fire. We will gather around the fire to enjoy a campfire cooking, drums, and campfire songs. Bring a drum or other musical instrument, or a favorite campfire song to share. This program celebrates the human spirit that burns like a campfire in the night!

This program is one of the "Park After Dark" series, programs that celebrate the night! Join us every 2nd Saturday of the month, August-December, as we explore a different nocturnal theme. Programs include exciting new topics and offer a new spin on some of our old favorites: Night Fishing, Creature Feature: Bats, Night Hike, Astronomy, and Art of the Campfire. Come for one, or come for all, as we explore the park after dark!

Additional Information:

Participants should bring insect repellant, a flashlight or headlamp with red lens light, and a campfire chair or blanket.  Participants may bring a drum or other musical instrument, or a campfire song to share.  The program will draw to a close with a musical finale. 

Program will take place in the main picnic area, the 2nd right over 1 mile past the Ranger Station.  Directions will be posted in the park on the evening of the program. Pay park entrance fee at the Ranger Station, then follow signs to the program location. If arriving after regular hours of operation, please use the honor system to pay entrance fees. Proof of payment should be displayed in each vehicle on the evening of the program. Proof of payment includes Registered Camper Tag, Ranger Station receipt on dash, or Honor envelope receipt on rearview mirror.

Florida State Parks are in various stages of accessibility. If you need assistance to make your participation possible, please contact the Ranger Station in advance at 813-671-5005. The park will strive to make reasonable accommodations. A minimum of 2 weeks may be required to make specific arrangements. For further details, please see the Essential Eligibility Criteria: EEC- Park After Dark: Art of the Campfire.

Ingredients of campire cooking recipes will be posted and available at the program. Participants who have specific allergies may bring a suitable item that can be roasted on a stick over the fire. Foods with nuts or meat products will not be used in cooking or sampling activities. Processed foods, sugar and wheat products may be used, including foods that may be produced in factories that process nuts.

Park After Dark Programs will take place in light rain or moonshine. In cases of severe inclement weather, please contact the Ranger Station 8am-5pm the day of the program to confirm cancellations. Last minute details for inclement weather conditions will also be posted on our park's Facebook page.

This program is dedicated to Patrick Potts, a park ranger who shared the spirit and the art of the campfire!

Campfire Program @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm 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 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.

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An Evening Under the Stars @ Big Lagoon State Park

Saturday, December 9, 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

SUP Yoga @ Oleta River State Park

Sunday, December 10, 2017 (All day)

$30.00 + tax

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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.