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Saturday, December 16, 2017

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.

Nature Hike with David @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 8:00am EST

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Call the Ranger Station at 352-236-7148 ext. 4

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

Take a guided hike on the 3rd Saturday of each month, September through May, and learn about the flora and fauna of North Central Florida. David Rakes is an experienced and knowledgeable naturalist with a broad understanding of the natural communities surrounding the Silver River. Each hike will start from a different location in the park and will focus on different plants. You may receive the opportunity to view wildlife such as Florida white-tailed deer, Sherman's fox squirrel, Eastern gopher tortoises, and more.

September 16, 2017: Meet at the Sandhill Trailhead.
The beginning of the great wildflower show underneath the Longleaf pine trees.

October 21, 2017: Meet at the Sandhill Trailhead.
See the Sandhill wildflowers at their best, including Blazing Star, Paintbrush, Summer’s Farewell, Yellow Buttons, Golden Asters and Blue Sage.

November 18, 2017: Meet at the Sandhill Trailhead.
The wildflower show is tapering off but the endemic shrub Garberia heterophylla persists with its wonderful rose-purple tubular flowers. You will be amazed at all the insects they attract.

December 16, 2017: Meet at the Swamp Trailhead.
Focus on seeing the terrestrial Shadow Witch Orchid and the peculiar homes of the Purseweb Spider.

January 20, 2018: Meet at the Sandhill Trailhead.
Learn about the five different species of pine trees found in the park as well as the endemic Florida Deep Digger Scarab Beetle that digs down in the sandy soil from five to almost eight feet deep.

February 17, 2018: Meet at the Sandhill Trailhead.
The walk will focus on the earliest flowering shrubs and trees such as the Eastern Red Bud and the Flatwoods Plum.

March 17, 2018: Meet at the Sink Hole Trailhead.
Let’s count trees! No, not every tree, but how many different species are in these woodlands.

April 21, 2018: Meet at the River Trailhead.
On the way to the Silver River you will see the Pinkroot wildflower and the arboreal Manatee Tree Snail. With luck you may see the Prothonotary Warbler, formerly known as the Golden Swamp Warbler.

May 19, 2018: Meet at the Sandhill Trailhead.
Resident songbirds such as the Pine Warbler and Summer Tanager will sing their little heads off while you walk through the piney woods.

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 any of the trailheads.

Sturdy walking shoes, a canteen and insect repellant is suggested. No pets, please. This program may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Call the ranger station for the latest information.

Participation requirements.

Junior Ranger @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, December 16, 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 16, 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 16, 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

 

Birding Basics @ Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park

Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 9:00am to 10:30am EST

Program is free with paid entrance in to 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

Join Ranger Skip, the park's resident “bird nerd” for a guided tour of the Youth Camp area. We will talk about the basics of bird watching; everything from guide books to binoculars.  This program is open to all ages and experience levels. Bring your binoculars and guide books. If you don’t have these, some will be available to borrow.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Nature Trail Hike @ Koreshan State Park

Saturday, December 16, 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.

Holiday Cookie Decoration @ Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park

Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 10:00am to 2:00pm EST

Park entry fee, $3 per vehicle. 

More Information:
352-466-3672 (please leave a message for a call-back)

Located in the Northeast region at:
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park
18700 S. CR 325
Cross Creek, FL 32640

Get in the holiday spirit by decorating homemade sugar cookies. Try Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' recipe from Cross Creek Cookery: "Grandma Traphagen's Sugar Cookies." Come between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and meet at the barn to get started. 

Additional Information:

For more information, please view the participant requirements.

Guided Nature Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, December 16, 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 16, 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

Living History Weekend @ Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 10:00am EST to Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 2:00pm EST

Regular park admission applies.

More Information:
Kevin Bowes (305) 292-6850 kevin.bowes@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Southeast region at:
Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park
601 Howard England Way
Key West, FL 33040

Dear Civil War Enthusiast,

We invite you to participate in Living History at Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park on the third weekend of each month.  These events portray the time period of 1861-1862 at a Federal fortress. First person interpretation, weapons demonstrations and camp life are featured from 10am-2pm each day. Union and Confederate soldiers, townspeople, craftspeople, and performers, are all part of the re-enactments, which focus on educating the public by sharing the history of Fort Taylor and life during the Civil War.

Additional Information:

If you are interested in getting involved and want to re-enact, please contact Kevin Bowes for assistance and information.

Junior Ranger Programs, 3rd Saturday Monthly, 10am - 11am @ Koreshan State Park

Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am EST

FREE with Park admittance.

More Information:
Ranger Station (239) 992-0311

Located in the Southwest region at:
Koreshan State Park
3800 Corkscrew Road
Estero, FL 33928

Come in for a fun learning experience and become a Junior Ranger! Discover and learn about plants, animals, and other secrets of the park. Meet in the picnic area at 10:00am. Ideal for children ages 6-12. Parental presence required. For more information call 239-992-0311, or visit http://friendsofkoreshan.org/events/.

Additional Information:

​Parental presence required. Meet in the picnic area at 10:00 a.m. for a fun learning experience! Reservations requested, please call (239) 992-0311 

Crabbing Basics: making it Delicious, keeping it Sustainable @ Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach

Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am EST

This 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

The tidal salt marsh of our park is home to the Atlantic Blue Crab, a popular seafood and keystone species of the local ecosystem. Learn to catch these tasty crustaceans in a one hour hands-on program, appropriate for adults and families. We will be meeting at the Cedar Pavilion, on the west side of the park.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Santa Claus in the Park @ Oleta River State Park

Saturday, December 16, 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!

Ranger History Program @ Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

Saturday, December 16, 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 throughout the cooler months of the year for a program on the history surrounding Dade's Battle of 1835.  This talk at the breastworks in front of the museum will include a static display of period weapons, uniforms and accoutrements. (Note: Program may be superceded by park events.)

Owls of North Florida @ Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park

Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 11:30am EST

Free with park admission and donations are accepted at the program to benefit Sunrise Wildlife Rehabilitation.

More Information:
(352) 955-2008

Located in the Northeast region at:
Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park
4732 Millhopper Road
Gainesville, FL 32653

Join Sunrise Wildlife Rehabilitation for an interpretive wildlife program at 11:30 a.m. This enlightening 50 minute program features three species of owl, all native to North Florida and specifically, Devil's Millhopper. The tiny Eastern screech owl, the vocal barred owl, and the majestic great horned owl. 

Additional Information:

Participant Requirements  

Time Machine History Tour @ Ichetucknee Springs State Park

Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 12:00pm EST to Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 12:00pm EST

Park Entrance Required

Program Fee: $5.35 pre person.

 

More Information:
Paddleing Adventures 386-497-1113

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

Take a fascinating journey by van into the Ichetucknee forest, to the site of the 17th Century Mission de San Martin de Timucua.  Learn all about the ancient Timucuan capital of Aquacalyquen.  This special interpretive program is space-limited, and reservations are recommended.  The tour will begin at the Paddling Adventures boathouse, located at the North Entrance off Elim Church Road (County Road 238).

PLease Call Paddleing Adventures at 386-497-1113 to Reserve a Place on the Tour.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Dates and Start Times 2017-2018

16-Dec 12:00PM

3-Feb   12:00PM

17-Mar 10:00AM

14-Apr  10:00AM

15-Sep  10:00AM

13-Oct  10:00AM

17-Nov  12:00PM

15-Dec  12:00PM

 

Saturday Ranger Program @ Manatee Springs State Park

Saturday, December 16, 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

 

Surf Fishing Workshop @ Sebastian Inlet State Park

Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:15pm EST

Free with park admission

More Information:
Terry OToole 772-388-2750

Located in the Central region at:
Sebastian Inlet State Park
9700 South Highway A.1.A.
Melbourne Beach, FL 32951

Join us for a surf fishing class designed to introduce anglers to the basics of surf fishing. Discussion will focus on the equipment needed to enjoy a productive surf fishing day at the beach. Topics include: rod and reel selection, standard pompano rig, choosing bait and more will be discussed. The class is designed to introduce anglers to the basics of surf fishing. Anglers should bring a pen/pencil and something to write on. Meet at the Sebastian Fishing Museum.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Tram Tour @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, December 16, 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.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Historic Sunset River Boat Cruise @ Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm EST

$10.00 for everyone 13 years old and up.

$7.00 for children ages 3 -12.

More Information:
Park Services Specialist Jeff Hugo, 850-561-7286

Located in the Northwest region at:
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park
465 Wakulla Park Drive
Wakulla Springs, FL 32327

Wakulla Springs State Park will host a ranger-led river boat journey on the Wakulla River as the sun begins its descent over the treetops. The historic sunset river cruise diverges from the conventional tour as it focuses on taking visitors back in time to reveal the history of the Wakulla River from the ingenuity of Paleo-Indians to some of the glorious moments of the Lodge at Wakulla Springs. The river’s serene settings and accommodating wildlife garnish the event.  Guests should come prepared for the early evening chill and may also wish to plan ahead for a romantic dinner in the Lodge Restaurant.

Additional Information:

Space is limited.  Please call (850) 561-7286 to make your reservation for the cruise. 

Please call (850) 421-2000 to make your dinner reservation.

Meet at the Waterfront Visitors Center.

Participation Requirements

Star Gazing Party @ Collier-Seminole State Park

Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 5:30pm to 9:30pm EST

The regular admission fee is $5.00 per vehicle.

More Information:
For more info contact the Ranger Station at (239) 394-3397

Located in the Southwest region at:
Collier-Seminole State Park
20200 Tamiami Trail E.
Naples, FL 34114

Bring your chairs and enjoy a relaxing night under the stars at Collier-Seminole State Park.  You will be viewing the night skies with The Everglades Astronomical Society.  There will be an interpretive presentation followed by constellation viewing using telescopes to view stars, galaxies, planets and nebulae.  Come watch the night sky open up to you!

Additional Information:

Event may be cancelled due to weather.

Christmas Candlelight Open House @ Eden Gardens State Park

Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm CST

The event is FREE but donations are appreciated and will go directly to the Friends of Eden Gardens State Park to help maintain the park.

More Information:
Eden Gardens State Park(s), 850-267-8320

Located in the Northwest region at:
Eden Gardens State Park
181 Eden Gardens Road
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

The Staff and Friends of Eden Gardens State Park invite you and your family to the Christmas Candlelight Open House. The historic Wesley House is open to the public one evening only, for self-guided tours to show off its holiday finery. All the windows bear boughs of holly and wreaths, and each room is decorated for the season. The garden’s walks are lined with candlelit luminaries. Refreshments such as hot cocoa, hot cider, and cookies will be available as well as musical entertainment.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Holiday Light Show @ Ravine Gardens State Park

Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm EST

Free with regular park entry fees.

More Information:
Park Office, (386) 329-3721

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

Ravine Gardens is excited to extend our light show from our Caroling the Ravines event to two more nights in December. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, grab a picnic dinner and sit in the historic Court of States while you enjoy dancing lights and holiday sounds.

Additional Information:

This is a self-guided program and will not include the additional activities from the Caroling the Ravine event.

Participation Requirements

Campfire Program @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, December 16, 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.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Winter Waterland @ Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

Saturday, December 16, 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.

SUP Yoga @ Oleta River State Park

Sunday, December 17, 2017 (All day)

$30.00 + tax

More Information:


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.