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Thursday, January 11, 2018

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

Thursday, January 11, 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. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Audubon Society Guided Bird Walk @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Thursday, January 11, 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.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Birding with a Naturalist @ Fort Cooper State Park

Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 9:00am EST

Entrance fee is $3.00/vehicle

More Information:
(352) 726-0315

Located in the Northeast region at:
Fort Cooper State Park
3100 S. Old Floral City Rd.
Inverness, FL 34450

Join us for a naturalist-guided bird walk and learn about our feathered friends at Fort Cooper State Park. The walk will provide an opportunity to observe a variety of birds in diverse habitats. Program will start at the lake to scope the shoreline and open water at 9:00 a.m.

Led by naturalist and member of the National Audobon Society, Dee Bolton. Sponsored by the Friends of Fort Cooper. Please dress for the weather with comfortable walking shoes. Bring water, binoculares and a fields guide, if you have one. 

The monthly walk will be held on the second Thursday of each month: December 14, January 11, February 8, March 8, April 12, and May 10.

Additional Information:

For more information, please view our Participant Requirements

Tram Tour and Swamp Walk @ Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park

Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 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

Guided Nature Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Thursday, January 11, 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 11, 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

Guided Tours of Historic Koreshan Settlement @ Koreshan State Park

Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 2:00pm EST

Guided Tours are $2 per person, $1 for children under 6, with regular park admission.

More Information:
Ranger Station (239) 992-0311 or FriendsofKoreshan.org

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

Join us for a Guided Walking Tour of the Historic Koreshan Settlement. Explore structures and gardens of the 19th century utopian settlement and learn about these idealistic pioneers. The walking tour is about an hour and a half and is accessible to all.

Additional Information:

Park admission is $2 for bicycle/pedestrian, $4 for one person in a vehicle, $5 for up to 8 persons in a vehicle. Walking tour lasts approximately 1 hour and is mostly outdoors on a crushed shell path. Please bring water, proper footware, and sun protection. Wheelchair available upon request.

Requests for these and other tours for clubs, home school associations, and other groups can be made by calling the Ranger Station at (239) 992-0311. We make every effort to accommodate all groups, however we may not be able to fulfill requests made with less than a two week notice.

Music Jam @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm 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

Come jam with fellow campers and area musicians. Anyone with an instrument is welcome to participate! Located outside the Nature Center. Will be held inside the Nature Center if inclement weather.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Weekly Ranger Program @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Thursday, January 11, 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. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Karaoke Night @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Thursday, January 11, 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.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

FL Master Naturalist Learning Series - Volunteer Algae Monitoring Program @

Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm EST

Free!

More Information:
772-398-2779

Located in the region at:
, FL

The Florida Master Naturalist Learning Series topic will be presented on Thursday, January 11, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. at the Savannas Preserve State Park, 2541 SE Walton Road, Port St. Lucie.  The informational evening is presented by the Florida Master Naturalist Program - St. Lucie Chapter. Dr. Susan Hamburger will present a lecture about the monthly water sampling piloting project conducted by citizen scientists along the Treasure Coast as part of the Volunteer Algae Monitoring Program (VAMP). UF/IFAS research and extension faculty developed VAMP in response to the 2016 harmful algae blooms (HABs) in the Indian River Lagoon that resulted in dramatic impacts on businesses, residents, and visitors in Martin, St. Lucie, and Indian River counties. These HAB episodes demonstrate the importance of having informed citizen scientists with an understanding of the problems and threats.

 

Reservations are not required. The Learning Series will be held at the Savannas Preserve State Park Education Center located at 2541 SE Walton Road, Port St Lucie.