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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Festival of Lights 2017 @ Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

Friday, December 1, 2017 - 4:30pm EST to Sunday, December 24, 2017 - 8:30pm EST

Holiday Magic Nights: Select Dates $3.00 per person.  Children under 3 Free.

Calendar for Festival of Lights

More Information:
386-397-2733

Located in the Northeast region at:
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
11016 Lillian Saunders Drive/ US HWY 41 or Mailing address: P.O. Drawer G
White Springs, FL 32096

Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park and the Stephen Foster Citizens Support Organization, is preparing to illuminate the park with holiday lights once again! The 2017 Festival of Lights will flip the switch Friday December 1, 2017 and will be ablaze this holiday season until December 24, 2017. The Festival of Lights has grown over the years and has been named a Top 20 Event in the Southeast United States for almost a decade.

Last year was a new beginning for the Festival of Lights and we will continue the rebuilding by constantly working to evolve the Festival, keeping it fresh and enjoyable for all. We are still the well-loved family tradition of the classic Festival of Holiday Magic Nights! Featuring free hot cocoa, popcorn, marshmallow roasting, bonfire, craft activities, snow flurries, train display, Gift Shop, music in the Tower and of course Santa! The last ticket sold and the entry gates will close at 8:30 p.m.

 

Additional Information:

As the Festival of Lights has grown so has the demand for extra hands. Park staff and volunteers have been pulling double duty the past few years working hard to make our visitors smile. We are always looking for volunteers to help us out, if you are interested in helping to decorate or volunteering during the Festival please give us a call at (386) 397-2733. We would love to have you!

 

Participation Requirements

Farmers Market @ Koreshan State Park

Sunday, December 24, 2017 - 8:00am to 1:00pm EST

$1 environmental impact fee

More Information:
More Information: Ranger Station (239) 992-0311

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

Join us in the historic settlement of Koreshans. Our Sunday Farmers Market offers local and organic produce, fresh seafood and dips, unique crafts, local honey, native plants, handcrafted jewelry, food, beautiful art, and cool gifts! A market pass is $1. Contact the Ranger Station at (239) 992-0311 for more information. For vendor info and applications visit http://friendsofkoreshan.org/farmers-market/

Native Plant Sale, Sundays, 8pm - 1pm @ Koreshan State Park

Sunday, December 24, 2017 - 8:00am to 1:00pm EST

FREE during the Sunday Farmers Market

More Information:
Ranger Station (239) 992-0311

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

Learning about and purchasing native plants can be a daunting task, but it just got easier! The Coccoloba Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society volunteers will be selling native plants at the Koreshan State Historic Site Farmers Market Sundays, 8:00am - 1 pm.  Experts will be on hand to help answer your questions and teach you about the wonderful benefits of adding native plants to your landscaping. Volunteers will also explain about the fertilizer ordinance and invasive exotic plants. For more information, visit www.FNPSCoccoloba.org or call (239) 273-8945.

Additional Information:

http://www.fnpscoccoloba.org/

Guided Scrub Jay Walk @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Sunday, December 24, 2017 - 8:30am 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

Learn about this true Florida native and its unique habitat. Meets outside the Nature Center. Comfortable walking shoes, water, sunscreen, binoculars, and/or camera recommended.

Additional Information:

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Eagle Viewing @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Sunday, December 24, 2017 - 9:00am 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

Join the weekly eagle watch and see how our pair of nesting bald eagles are doing. High-powered scope and trail maps are provided. Comfortable shoes, camera and binoculars are suggested. Located at the eagle viewing station along the Green Trail. Note: There is a 20-minute, self-guided walk to the eagle viewing station. 

Additional Information:

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Yoga in the Park, Sundays, 9am - 10am @ Koreshan State Park

Sunday, December 24, 2017 - 9:00am to 10:15am EST

 $10 cash. Park admission is FREE.

More Information:
Ranger Station (239) 992-0311

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

Traditional Yoga class focuses on breathing, stretching and postures. Modifiable for all ages and levels of participants. Over time, this form of yoga will tone the body and focus the mind. Each practice will leave you relaxed, refreshed, and rejuvenated. Beginners welcome! Some mats provided. Bring a water bottle. $10 cash. Park admission FREE.

Additional Information:

Some mats are provided. Bring a water bottle.

Beach Combing @ Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

Sunday, December 24, 2017 - 9:30am to 10:30am EST

FREE with regular park admission.

More Information:
Ranger Station 239-597-6196

Located in the Southwest region at:
Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park
11135 Gulfshore Drive
Naples, FL 34108

Join a Volunteer for a talk about beach treasures. Learn about sea shells, sea creatures and tidal movement. This is a great interactive event!

Guided Nature Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Sunday, December 24, 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.

Living History: William Bartram visits Paynes Prairie @ Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Sunday, December 24, 2017 - 11:00am to 3:00pm EST

Free with park admission

More Information:
352-466-3397

Located in the Northeast region at:
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
100 Savannah Blvd
Micanopy, FL 32667

Join us on Sudays at the Paynes Prairie Visitor Center from 11am to 3pm. Meet William Bartram in 1774 and learn more about the famous naturalist who wrote detailed description of his experiences and observations at Paynes Prairie and the surrounding area during the 1700s. 

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Ranger Program: Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

Sunday, December 24, 2017 - 2:00pm EST

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Ranger station, 352-236-7148 ext.4

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

Take part in a park ranger program, which occurs every Sunday. Topics vary, with each program offering an opportunity to learn something new about Silver Springs State Park and Florida’s unique environment.

Additional Information:

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

Participation requirements.

CELEBRATION OF LIGHTS @ Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Sunday, December 24, 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