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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Coffee with the Birds - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, January 6, 2018 - 8:00am to 10:00am EST

Free with paid park admission.

More Information:
(352) 236 - 7148 ext. 4

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

Every 1st Saturday (October - April), take a walk on the bird side with birdwatchers of varying experience levels, from novice to expert. The short walk leaves from the river trail located in the museum area. Coffee will be provided. Please bring binoculars and sturdy walking shoes as well as anything else you need to be comfortable in the great outdoors, such as a hat, insect repellent, or other personal items. Other birdwatchers will have field guides but feel free to bring your own.

Most months begin at 8:00 a.m. but in the months of December and January the program begins at 9:00 a.m.

Additional Information:

Enter the park from the camping & museum entrance, 1425 NE 58th Avenue, (also known as State Road 35 or Baseline Rd.) to access the Silver River Museum.

This program is in partnership with members of the Village Birders club.

Participation requirements.

Dade's Battle @ Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

Saturday, January 6, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm EST

Cost is $5/person, children under 6 free.  Parking $3/vehicle. 

More Information:
kristin.n.wood@dep.state.fl.us; 352-793-4781

Located in the Southwest region at:
Dade Battlefield Historic State Park
7200 CR 603
Bushnell, FL 33513

Dade's Battle includes battle reenactment of the beginning of the Second Seminole War on December 28th, 1835 at 2 pm each day.  Other activities include period soldier, Seminole and civilian camps, sutler trade fair, historic arts and crafts demonstrations, full scale cannon firing, tree cutting and barricade building and 19th century games and activities for children. 

Junior Ranger @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, January 6, 2018 - 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

Coffee in the Campground @ Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park

Saturday, January 6, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am EST

Programs are free with your paid admission in to the park.

More Information:
Skip Schipper (850) 927-2111 or George.Schipper@dep.state.fl.us

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

A Park Ranger or volunteer will give interpretive programs on many topics which may include Apalachicola Bay seafood, panhandle seashells, campfire cooking, flora and fauna of St. George Island, birding and sea turtles.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Bringing a breakfast related dish is welcomed.

Coffee is provided by the Friends of Franklin County State Parks.

The Coffee in the Campground is held in the interpretive building behind site #28 in the family campground.

First Saturday of the Year Hike @ Ponce de Leon Springs State Park

Saturday, January 6, 2018 - 8:00am to 10:00am CST

Regular park entrance fees apply.

More Information:
For more information contact Fred Provost at (850) 836-4281.

Located in the Northwest region at:
Ponce de Leon Springs State Park
2860 State Park Road.
Ponce de Leon Springs, FL 32455

Ponce de Leon Springs State Park is excited to host a First Saturday Hike with members of the Florida Trail Association Panhandle Chapter.

They will be leading hikes at two parks on Satuday January 6, 2018.  The first will be at Ponce de Leon Springs State Park and will be featuring two sites within the park.

Participants will meet at the parking area behind the ranger station, 2860 Ponce de Leon Springs Rd, Ponce de Leon, FL.  A short warm up hike can be done within the main recreation area. 

From there all participants will use their own vehicles to travel to another portion of the park property where they will park and begin the hike.

This is a moderate hike, 1.4 miles long and expected to take about an hour to complete.  Sections may be wet or submerged depending on seasonal conditions. 

All ages welcome.  Pets are also invited, but must abide by park pet regulations. 

 

 

Additional Information:

Trails are along existing forest service roads, and as such are fairly level.  Wheeled mobility aids may have difficulty traversing sections of the trail unless designed for off hard surface use.  It is mostly wide paths with a mixture of mowed grass  and sandy/packed dirt areas, but may have branches, briars or other small obstructions so closed toe shoes are advised.  Also, the trail crosses two low water areas, while they are currently dry, they may be a few feet wide and several inches of running water after heavy rains. 

Bring what you'd normally take on a hike of this duration, such as a bottle of water, a snack, bug spray, etc.  Weather appropriate clothing is suggested. 

With this being a proposed trail, we'll be inviting the participants to make suggestions and recommendations as to what markers, structures (such as locations for benches and trash cans), and informational signage they'd like to see along the path.  So please bring your hiking experiences with you to share.

Participation Requirements

Family Birding @ Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Saturday, January 6, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am EST

Hikes are free, but regular park admission fees apply.  Park admission at La Chua Trail is $4.00 per vehicle, cash only, or free with a Florida State Parks Annual Pass.

More Information:
Ranger Station 352-466-3397

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

We welcome you the first Saturday of each month November through April, to join us for a hike on La Chua Trail and learn about birds.  Children are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult.  This birding hike is an out-and-back trip of up to 3 miles in total length, in an open marsh habitat with a large diversity of plants and wildlife.  Meet us in the La Chua Trail parking lot; the north entrance to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, by 9:00 a.m.

Hikes are limited to 20 people.  Reserve your spot on www.prairiefriends.org.   Registration for each hike will open approximately 30 days prior to the hike date.

Binoculars are available for loan during the hike, but supplies are limited and preference given first to those with reservations.

No pets permitted.

This program is supported by Paynes Prairie and Alachua Audubon volunteers.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

First Weekend Union Garrison @ Fort Clinch State Park

Saturday, January 6, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm EST

$2.50 Fort Admission in addition to regular park admission.

More Information:
Fort Clinch State Park, 904-277-7274

Located in the Northeast region at:
Fort Clinch State Park
2601 Atlantic Ave
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

This program will allow visitors to interact with living historians to experience life in the fort as it was in 1864. The grounds will be bustling with soldiers in period costumes involved in firing demonstrations, marching drills, cooking and daily activities. Ladies in their dresses, sutlers displaying their wares, fife players and drummer boys bring every part of the civil war era to life. Come join in this unique, family friendly event.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Spend Your Morning With A Park Ranger @ Fanning Springs State Park

Saturday, January 6, 2018 - 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

 

Nature Trail Hike @ Koreshan State Park

Saturday, January 6, 2018 - 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.

Guided Nature Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, January 6, 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.

Critter Crafts for Kids @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, January 6, 2018 - 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

Ghost Rider Tram Tour @ Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park

Saturday, January 6, 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

ICHE NIPPY DIP DAY @ Ichetucknee Springs State Park

Saturday, January 6, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm EST

Free with regular park admission - $6 per vehicle, up to eight people.

 

For additional information, contact the park at (386) 497-4690.

More Information:
(386) 497-4690.

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

Ichetucknee Springs State Park Staff would like to invite you to the “Annual Iche Nippy Dip Day.” Participate in an old tradition of starting your New Year by taking a “nippy dip” in the beautiful, clear 72 degree water of the Ichetucknee Springs headspring. For the uninitiated, this is a perfect time to start your new tradition by taking the “nippy dip!” The first “dip shift” is at 10:00 a.m. with the last “dip shift” at 11:00 a.m.

Campfire with Primitive Fire Demonstration Prior to the Nippy Dip. Hot Chocolate and S'mores avalible for around the Fire Once the dip is over!

There will be a Chili Cook-off from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. benefiting Relay for Life - Sponssored by Team Buccaneer. Come sample lots of Chili ! Chili sampling is $5.00.

The headspring is located at the North Entrance, off Elim Church Road (County Road 238). Come join the fun!

Additional Information:

 Participation Requirements

 

Ranger History Program and Historic Weapons Firing Demonstration @ Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

Saturday, January 6, 2018 - 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 through the cooler months of the year for a program on the history surrounding Dade's Battle of 1835, highlighted by a firing demonstration featuring the park's replica 1816 U.S. Flintlock Musket.  (Note: Program may be superceded by park events.)

Bike Ride to Hidden Spring @ Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Saturday, January 6, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:30pm EST

Free with regular park admission.

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 bicycle tour through its varying forest communities to "Hidden Spring". The six-mile round trip journey will take participants through hardwood uplands, longleaf flatwoods, and cypress sloughs. Surrounded by nature, guests will make stops to investigate the connections between plants, fungi, wildlife, and human history. Arrive early and fuel up with breakfast or follow-up your adventure with lunch in the historic Wakulla Springs Lodge.

 

Additional Information:

Participants will need to bring a bicycle with good suspension, water, snacks (i.e. fruit or granola), and a bicycle helmet.

Arrive early and be prepared to depart at 10:30.

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

Meet in the parking lot of the Lodge at Wakulla Springs.

Participation Requirements

History Tours @ Camp Helen State Park

Saturday, January 6, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am CST

Tour is free with paid park admission.

More Information:
Camp Helen State Park, (850) 233-5059

Located in the Northwest region at:
Camp Helen State Park
23937 Panama City Beach Parkway
Panama City Beach, FL 32413

Camp Helen State Park invites you to go beyond your park visit, and discover the past and present, on a ranger guided walking tour where you can learn about the rich history of Camp Helen’s Historic District. Led by informative and entertaining rangers, you will discover and connect with the history that literally surrounds Camp Helen State Park, a Nationally Registered Historic Place.

Additional Information:

Tours begin promptly at 10:00 am, so please meet in the Visitor Center and be sure to bring water and wear comfortable walking attire. Tours take place in the outdoors and may be subject to cancellation due to inclement weather conditions. Please see Participation Requirements.

Saturday Ranger Program @ Manatee Springs State Park

Saturday, January 6, 2018 - 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

 

Concert In The Park @ Lake Louisa State Park

Saturday, January 6, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:15pm EST

Entrance fees apply - $5 per vehicle for up to 8 people, $4 per single person vehicle.

More Information:


Located in the Central region at:
Lake Louisa State Park
7305 U.S. Highway 27
Clermont, FL 34714

Bring a blanket or chair, sit back and relax to the inspirational yet soothing sounds of the Regis College Glee Club of the Greater Boston Area. This event will take place at the Lake Louisa Beach. Concert is free with paid entrance fee.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Tram Tour @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, January 6, 2018 - 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

Guided Night Paddle @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, January 6, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm EST

$20 / person

More Information:
Ranger Station 941-483-5956

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

Arrive at 5:31pm. Paddle begins at 5:51pm.
 

Take a paddle up South Creek under the moonlight. Experienced paddlers only, please. Can bring your own vessel or rent one from the park. You can register up to 1 month in advanced at the Ranger Station. No reservations taken by phone. Start times are listed as thirty minutes prior to sunset to allow time to safely get onto the water.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Campfire Program @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, January 6, 2018 - 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

2018 Americana Concert Series @ Camp Helen State Park

Saturday, January 6, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm CST

Event is free and everyone is welcome. Donations will go directly to the Friends of Camp Helen State Park to be used to benefit the park's resource management projects and interpretative programs.

More Information:
Camp Helen State Park, 850-233-5059

Located in the Northwest region at:
Camp Helen State Park
23937 Panama City Beach Parkway
Panama City Beach, FL 32413

Come join the Friends of Camp Helen State Park and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for a series of unique concerts featuring the best American roots musicians today.  This impressive series of five indoor concerts held on Saturday evenings at 6:30pm are held in the Lodge at Camp Helen State Park. Seating inside is limited to 125 people.  Additional seating is available outside on the porch of the historic log cabin style lodge. Refreshments will be served.

Musician lineup:

January 6, 2018 The Currys

January 20, 2018 Sally Springs & Ted Lyons

February 3, 2018 Lucky Mud

February 17, 2018 Brian Smalley 

March 3, 2018 2PM

Additional Information:

For additional contact information visit www.friendsofcamphelen.org

Participation Requirements