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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Pancake Breakfast (with a Ranger) @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Thursday, January 4, 2018 - 8:00am to 10:00am EST

$5.00/person; $2.00/child, 12 years and younger

More Information:
Ranger Station 941-483-5956

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

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. 

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Audubon Society Guided Bird Walk @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Thursday, January 4, 2018 - 8:30am to 10:00am EST

Free with paid park entrance

More Information:
Ranger Station 941-483-5956

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

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.

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Guided Nature Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Thursday, January 4, 2018 - 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.

Ghost Rider Tram Tour @ Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park

Thursday, January 4, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:30pm EST

Tickets for the tram tour are $25.00 per person and are available for purchase here.  

More Information:
(239) 695-1023 (A volunteer will return your call.)

Located in the Southwest region at:
Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park
137 Coastline Drive
Copeland , FL 34137

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.

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

Reading With A Ranger @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Thursday, January 4, 2018 - 10:00am CST

Program is free.

More Information:
Walton County Coastal Branch Library, (850) 267-2809

Located in the Northwest region at:
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Join a Park Ranger at the Walton County Coastal Branch Library for story time.  Learn about the wildlife and activities at the park.  The Library is located at 437 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459. 

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Weekly Ranger Program @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Thursday, January 4, 2018 - 3:00pm 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

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. 

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Guided Hike: Wetland Economics @ Dunns Creek State Park

Thursday, January 4, 2018 - 4:30pm EST

Free with regular park entry of $5.00 per vehicle. Honor box, correct change required.

More Information:
Raymond Presely, 386-329-3721, raymond.presley@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Central region at:
Dunns Creek State Park
320 Sisco Road
Pomona Park, FL 32181

Join us on a guided hike along the wetlands found in Dunns Creek State Park. During this hike, you will learn more about the economics of wetlands and the role they play as a water treatment system.

Participants should wear sturdy shoes and insect repellant. There is no potable water at the park, so please bring water with you. The hike will be just about 1 mile in length.

Please meet the ranger in the park’s day use area, located off of the main park drive at 320 Sisco Road, located off of US17 in Pomona Park (do not stop at the US17 Blue Pond entrance).

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Karaoke Night @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Thursday, January 4, 2018 - 6:30pm 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

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.

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