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Friday, December 15, 2017

Friday Guided Hike @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Friday, December 15, 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

Dutch Oven Cooking @ Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 9:30am to 1:00pm EST

Cost is $3/vehicle or Annual Florida Park Pass plus $5 activity fee for ages 13 and up. 

More Information:
kristin.n.wood@dep.state.fl.us; 352-793-4781

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

Dutch oven cooking class where participants will make and sample several Dutch oven dishes.  All materials will be provided. 

Junior Ranger Program @ Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Friday, December 15, 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. 

Manatee Talk @ Lovers Key State Park

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm 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

Meet with a Park Ranger for an interesting and informative talk about Manatees. Learn what these fascinating creatures are all about and how you can help protect them. Due to limited space, reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588.

Guided Nature Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Friday, December 15, 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.

Topsail Talks: Mosquitoes @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am 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

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and the South Walton Mosquito Control District (SWMCD) for a Mosquito program on December 15, 2017 from 10:00a.m. - 11:00a.m. Come learn about mosquitoes, the methods used by SWMCD to interact with them as well as the five things you can do to minimize their presence around your house. This program meets in the Clubhouse and is free with regular park admission. Topsail Talks is a monthly educational discovery series with presentations from organizations and government agencies from outside the park. The next two presentations in the series are “WWII: Bombs Away” by Coffeen Nature Preserve on January 12, 2018 and “Topsail’s Artificial Reef” by South Walton Artificial Reef Association on February 9, 2018. Both start at 10a.m. in the Clubhouse.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Sunset Paddle Tour @ Oleta River State Park

Friday, December 15, 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.

 

Santa Over the Rainbow @ Rainbow Springs State Park

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 6:00pm EST to Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 8:30pm EST

Event is free with park admisstion ($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

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

Movie Night @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Friday, December 15, 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 15, 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.

Legendary Sirens Perform @ Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

Saturday, December 16, 2017 (All day) to Sunday, December 17, 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.