Pancake Breakfast (with a Ranger) @ Oscar Scherer State ParkThursday, December 21, 2017 - 8:00am to 10:00am EST
$5.00/person; $2.00/child, 12 years and younger
Ranger Station 941-483-5956
Enjoy a breakfast consisting of pancakes, sausage, tea, coffee, and/or juice in the company of a ranger who can answer questions or teach you something new about the park. Note: Ranger will be available from 9:00am - 9:30am. Located in the Nature Center.
Audubon Society Guided Bird Walk @ Oscar Scherer State ParkThursday, December 21, 2017 - 8:30am to 10:00am EST
Free with paid park entrance
Ranger Station 941-483-5956
No pets please. Comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, insect repellent, drinking water, camera and binoculars recommended.
A guided bird walk on sandy hiking trails through the various park habitats, guided by the Venice Audubon Society.
Cast Netting @ Delnor-Wiggins Pass State ParkThursday, December 21, 2017 - 9:30am to 10:30am EST
FREE with regular park admission.
Ranger Station 239-597-6196
Become a self-sufficient fisherman or woman by catching your own bait! Learn the basic techniques of cast netting from a Ranger. Come get your feet wet. It’s fun for the whole family.
Bring sunscreen and a willingness to participate. Reservations required.
Beach Walk & Estuary Tour @ Lovers Key State ParkThursday, December 21, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm EST
Regular Entrance Fees Apply
Take a leisurely one-mile walk over the estuary and along the beach with a Park Naturalist to discover what kind of natural treasures wash up on the shores of Lovers Key State Park. Learn about seashells, crustaceans, starfish and other creatures that can be found in our waters. Come prepared to get wet. Due to limited space, reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588.
Guided Nature Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State ParkThursday, December 21, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am EST
Free with park admission.
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.
Bring a water bottle, sunscreen and insect repellant.
Ghost Rider Tram Tour @ Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State ParkThursday, December 21, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:30pm EST
Tickets for the tram tour are $25.00 per person and are available for purchase here.
(239) 695-1023 (A volunteer will return your call.)
You don’t have to get your feet wet or drive your car down Janes Scenic Drive to see the wonders of the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. The “Ghost Rider” tram, named in honor of the famous Ghost Orchid found in the park, lets you look at wildlife and plants without concentrating on the road. The park is home to more orchid species than any other place on the North American continent. The Preserve is also a haven for diverse wildlife and migratory birds. An experienced guide leads each 2 1/2 hour tram tour and points out interesting aspects of the park. The tour includes a 15 min. walk down an old logging path to see numerous air plants, a variety of ferns, and seasonally blooming orchids. The path is high and dry, but hikers need to wear closed shoes. The 20-passenger tram is wheelchair accessible and some seats face backwards. Participants will be required to sign a standard release of liability form.
This is an outdoor event, so please dress appropriately for the weather. Please wear secure, closed toe shoes for brief walks at tram stops.
The tram leaves at 10 a.m. from the ranger station at 137 Coastline Drive, Copeland, off Janes Scenic Drive. Please arrive early as the tram leaves promptly.
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.
Weekly Ranger Program @ Topsail Hill Preserve State ParkThursday, December 21, 2017 - 9:00am CST
Program is free with regular park admission.
Discuss, learn about and explore the park with a Ranger. Thursday Ranger Program starts at 3pm. Check at the Ranger Station for current week's topic and starting location.
Calling all Crafters - Holiday crafts in the park! @ Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler BeachThursday, December 21, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm EST
Free with paid park admission
Ranger Station 386-517-2086
Join us at the butterfly garden where Volunteer Debbie will show you how to make Santa paintbrush holiday ornaments. All materials will be provided. Adults 13 and older and class is limited to 20 participants. This program is free with paid park admission! You can register for this program at Eventbrite.
CELEBRATION OF LIGHTS @ Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State ParkThursday, December 21, 2017 - 5:30pm to 9:00pm EST
The suggested donation is $5.00 for adults and $2.00 for children.
Susan Strawbridge or Rene Poppe - (352) 628-5343
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.
Karaoke Night @ Oscar Scherer State ParkThursday, December 21, 2017 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm EST
Free for registered campers
Ranger Station 941-483-5956
Channel your inner vocal artist and sing karaoke with fellow campers. Program is for registered campers only as it takes place after hours. Located in the Nature Center.
7th Annual Carols at the Springs @ Wekiwa Springs State ParkThursday, December 21, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm EST
The entrance fee for this event is free and donations are greatly appreciated. The Holiday Songs in the Park is sponsored by the Wekiva Wilderness Trust and made possible by the generous support of numerous local individuals and businesses.
Ranger Station, 407-884-2009
Join us in celebrating the holiday season with the Lake Brantley High School Chorus, as they present the 7th Annual Carols at the Springs!
The Patriot Singers, Spectrum Chamber Choir, Bellissima Chamber Choir and the Candlelight Choir the school’s most advanced choirs, will sing holiday carols at the spring. Enjoy nature’s beauty, as you hear the sounds of the season, during this candlelit evening event!
Bring your flashlights, blankets, chairs and anything you may need to stay comfortable. The Florida State Park Concessions will be open during the event to serve coffee, hot cocoa and dessert.