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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Coffee Social @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 8:00am to 10:00am EST

Free with camping or standard park entrance fee, but donations are appreciated

More Information:
Ranger Station 941-483-5956

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

Wake up with tea or coffee and your fellow campers. Located in the Nature Center. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Tram Tour and Swamp Walk @ Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 9:30am to 1:00pm EST

Tickets are $60.00 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

NATURALIST led Fakahatchee Tram Tour with Swamp Walk.  "This offering combines elements of our longer tram tours and swamp walks to give participants a great introduction to the Fakahatchee," says volunteer naturalist Patrick Higgins.

Each Tram Tour and Swamp Walk begins with a ride on the group's Ghost Rider tram to the site of the swamp walk. After about 90 minutes of walking through the swamp, participants board the tram for the return trip.

Naturalists leading the group will share their insights about the Fakahatchee's flora and fauna on both wet and dry portions of the adventure. Fakahatchee Strand is home to the famous ghost orchid and many other rare plants and animals.

The Tram Tour with Swamp Walk is $60 per person. The tours begin promptly at 9:30 am and conclude by 1 pm.

Participants will be required to sign a standard release of liability form. Any cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance to receive refund.

Participants should be sure to wear sturdy lace-up shoes( no sandals) and long pants and can change to dry clothes at the visitors restrooms for their drive home. This is an outdoor event, so dress appropriately for the weather.

The Tram Tour and Swamp Walk begins at the ranger station off Jane's Scenic Drive.  Janes Scenic Drive is accessible ONLY via SR 29 (between HI 75 and US 41) DO NOT rely on incorrect GPS direction providing a different route to Jane Scenic drive in Copeland FL.

Additional Information:

All ticket purchases go directly to the Friends of Fakahatchee, the park's citizen support organization.  For more information, visit the Friends of Fakahatchee website at orchidswamp.org

Fishing Clinic @ Lovers Key State Park

Tuesday, December 19, 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

Join Park Naturalists to learn a variety of tackle and fresh bait rigs, find out the best places to drop a line, and learn about the rules and regulations that pertain to game fishing in Southwest Florida. Due to limited space, reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588.

Guided Nature Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Tuesday, December 19, 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.

CELEBRATION OF LIGHTS @ Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 5:30pm to 9:00pm EST

The suggested donation is $5.00 for adults and $2.00 for children.

More Information:
Susan Strawbridge or Rene Poppe - (352) 628-5343

Located in the Northeast region at:
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
4150 S. Suncoast Blvd. (US 19)
Homosassa, FL 34446

The annual Celebration of Lights at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will run six evenings from December 19 through Christmas Eve, and then again on December 26 for an after-Christmas party. The community is invited to come and enjoy Sebastian’s Winter Wonderland, a spectacular, synchronized light and sound show. A variety of entertainment will be offered nightly and refreshments will be available. This event is sponsored by the Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park.

Additional Information:

For more information, download our Celebration of Lights flyer!

Participation Requirements

Campfire Social @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Tuesday, December 19, 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

Meet your fellow campers. Roast marshmallows, hang out around the campfire and have a good time. May bring snacks and non-alcoholic drinks. Program is for registered campers only as it is after hours. Located at the campfire circle between sites 35 and 36. Will be inside the Nature Center if inclement weather.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements