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Friday, January 26, 2018

Timucuan Science & History Symposium @ Fort George Island Cultural State Park

Friday, January 26, 2018 - 8:00am to 4:00pm EST

Registration is $45 regular admission, $15 student admission now through January 19th. Lunch is included with registration. Register online at: https://timucuanparks.org/2018-science-history-symposium/

More Information:
Park Services Specialist, 904-251-2811

Located in the Northeast region at:
Fort George Island Cultural State Park
11241 Fort George Road
Jacksonville, FL 32226

Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve is hosting the Seventh Annual Science & History Symposium on Friday, January 26, 2018 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Florida Park Service’s Ribault Club on Fort George Island in Jacksonville, Florida. Researchers, students and community members are welcome to attend and learn more about the exciting research projects occurring in the Timucuan Preserve. A variety of topics ranging from scenic vistas and archeology projects to mosquito populations and bottlenose dolphins will be presented. This year we will have a featured speaker, local meteorologist Mike Buresh. The Timucuan Science & History Symposium is sponsored by the National Park Service, the Florida Park Service, and the Timucuan Parks Foundation.

Additional Information:

More information on the Symposium and the online link to registration can be found at:

https://timucuanparks.org/2018-science-history-symposium/ 

The beautiful Timucuan Preserve is located within the city limits of Jacksonville, Florida. Come experience salt marshes, wildlife, miles of trails, historic sites, and the great outdoors. For more information on the Timucuan Science & History Symposium email timu_science@nps.gov.

Participation Requirements

Timucuan Science & History Symposium @ Little Talbot Island State Park

Friday, January 26, 2018 - 8:00am to 4:00pm EST

Registration is $45 regular admission, $15 student admission now through January 19th. Lunch is included with registration. More information on the Symposium and the

online link to registration can be found at: https://timucuanparks.org/2018-science-history-symposium/ 

The beautiful Timucuan Preserve is located within the city limits of Jacksonville, Florida.

Come experience salt marshes, wildlife, miles of trails, historic sites, and the great

outdoors. For more information on the Timucuan Science & History Symposium email

timu_science@nps.gov.

More Information:
Park Services Specialist, 904-251-2811

Located in the Northeast region at:
Little Talbot Island State Park
12157 Heckscher Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32226

Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve is hosting the Seventh Annual Science &

History Symposium on Friday, January 26, 2018 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Florida Park Service’s Ribault Club on Fort George Island in Jacksonville, Florida. Researchers, students and community members are welcome to attend and learn more about the exciting research projects occurring in the Timucuan Preserve. A variety of topics ranging from scenic vistas and archeology projects to mosquito populations and bottlenose dolphins will be presented. This year we will have a featured speaker, local meteorologist Mike Buresh. The Timucuan Science & History Symposium is sponsored by the National Park Service, the Florida Park Service, and the Timucuan Parks Foundation.

Additional Information:

More information on the Symposium and the online link to registration can be found at: https://timucuanparks.org/2018-science-history-symposium/ The beautiful Timucuan Preserve is located within the city limits of Jacksonville, Florida. Come experience salt marshes, wildlife, miles of trails, historic sites, and the great outdoors. For more information on the Timucuan Science & History Symposium email timu_science@nps.gov.

Participation Requirements

Co-Ed Low Impact Exercise Class @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Friday, January 26, 2018 - 8:15am to 9:00am 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

Wear comfortable shoes and wake up with a morning exercise session led by Kate Isles! Exercises do not require participants to sit or lay down and program is considered accessible. Located in the Screen Room by the Nature Center.

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Friday Guided Hike @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Friday, January 26, 2018 - 9:00am 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

Go on a guided hike with a ranger. Learn about the plants and animals around the park while exploring a trail and hearing some park stories. 

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Guided Canoe Trip @ Collier-Seminole State Park

Friday, January 26, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:30pm EST

$30 per person, (2 people per canoe), plus park entry fee of $5.00 up to 8 people in your car or $4.00 for a single occupant.

Registration is required.

More Information:
For more info contact the Ranger Station at (239) 394-3397

Located in the Southwest region at:
Collier-Seminole State Park
20200 Tamiami Trail E.
Naples, FL 34114

Join park staff for a guided 4 mile paddle.

We stop 3 to 5 times to talk about the plants, animals, the park, and Seminole Indians history of the area.

Ages 12 and up.

$30 per person, (2 people per canoe), plus park entry fee of $5.00 up to 8 people in your car or $4.00 for a single occupant.

Registration is required.

Canoe, life jackets, whistles and paddles are provided.

Wear: Comfortable clothing, your shoes could get wet.

Bring: Water, bug spray, sunscreen, sunglasses, dry bag, hat and a light jacket.

There is no place to get out of the canoe once the trip starts, so a restroom stop is wise just before the trip. A restroom is located in the picnic area in the boat basin.

9:00 am - Meet at the Ranger Station to make payment and then proceed to the boat basin/canoe launch area.

9:15 am – Be at the boat basin/canoe launch for introduction and review of paddling strokes and safety tips.

9:30 am – Canoe Trip starts.

12:30 pm - Canoe Trip ends.

Walk on the Wild Side @ Anastasia State Park

Friday, January 26, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:30am EST

Free with regular park admission fee. ($8.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle. $4.00 per single-occupant vehicle. $2.00 per pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass).

More Information:
Ranger Station: 904-461-2033

Located in the Central region at:
Anastasia State Park
300 Anastasia Park Road
St. Augustine, FL 32080

Join us for a fun and educational hike through Anastasia State Park with one of our experienced and knowledgeable volunteers! This walk starts out on the beautiful shoreline, continues up through the sand dunes, and travels along the boardwalk over the salt marsh. Participants will then have an intermission and rest break at the Windsurf Pavilion. From there the walk will continue along Salt Run, our estuarine habitat, and through the maritime hammock. Participants will discover an assortment of flora and fauna that populate the several ecosystems of Anastasia, and they will increase their knowledge of some history of the park and the surrounding area. The round-trip length is 2.5 miles, but the walk proceeds at a leisurely pace. If a shorter distance is preferred, participants may choose to walk just the first half to Windsurf. Suggested items to bring are binoculars, comfortable walking shoes, a camera, drinking water, bug spray, and sunscreen. Meet in the beach parking lot at the end of the main park road. This event is weather permitting and subject to cancellation.

Additional Information:

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Lu, the Hippopotamus' 58th Birthday @ Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Friday, January 26, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am EST

Regular park admission applies.

More Information:
Susan Strawbridge, Park Services Specialist; (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

Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will celebrate Lu, the hippopotamus’ 58th birthday with two special birthday parties on Friday, January 26, 2018. Lu has been a long-time resident of Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and has fans around the world. People come from all over to help him celebrate his birthday. Students from several area day care centers will join park staff in wishing Lu a Happy 58th Birthday. The students will be encouraged to join in singing a special birthday song written and performed by park volunteer Vicky Iozzia. (Every year Vicky adds another stanza for his latest birthday). The children and other park visitors will enjoy sampling the hundreds of cookies and water. Lu will enjoy a specially made birthday cake (purchased by Friends from Publix). In the afternoon, another party will take place during the park’s alligator and hippopotamus program. Lu will be offered another birthday cake at the 12:30 pm. Alligator/ Hippopotamus program so park visitors have another opportunity to join in the celebration of the birthday of Florida’s only resident hippopotamus. There will be a giant birthday card for visitors to sign to wish Lu a Happy Birthday. Lu has his own “Lu the Hippo” Facebook page.

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Guided Nature Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Friday, January 26, 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.

Sea Turtle Program @ Lovers Key State Park

Friday, January 26, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am EST

Regular Entrance Fees Apply

More Information:
Call 239-463-4588.

Located in the Southwest region at:
Lovers Key State Park
8700 Estero Blvd.
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

Join a Park Ranger to learn about the fascinating life-cycle and journeys of the marine turtles that visit Lovers Key each summer. Learn about their nesting behavior and find out what you can do to help protect them. Due to limited space, reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588.

All About Prescribed Fire @ Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

Friday, January 26, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm EST

The program is free with paid park admission.

More Information:
For more information, contact the park at 850-487-4556.

Located in the Northwest region at:
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
3540 Thomasville Road
Tallahassee, FL 32309

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park invites you to come learn all about Prescribed Fire! Join Ranger Jeff and find out why prescribed fire is important, what equipment is used during a burn, and some of the benefits of regular, planned burning. He will show some of the clothing and safety equipment used in a prescribed burn situation.

Additional Information:

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Guided Tours of Historic Koreshan Settlement @ Koreshan State Park

Friday, January 26, 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.

River Rhythms - Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

Friday, January 26, 2018 - 4:00pm EST

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
(352) 236-7156 or craig.littauer@dep.state.fl.us

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

Join us the 4th Friday of every month, for an evening full of music and entertainment featuring a live drum circle. From 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., come and enjoy this musical experience. Like all public drum circles, all voices are welcome. There are a few extra drums but if you have some please bring them along. Also, to increase your comfort, we recommend that you bring a blanket or a chair. In addition to drumming and percussion, singing and dancing are highly encouraged! An audience is always needed so feel free to watch and listen.

Additional Information:

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

For more information about the hosts of this event, or to see a flyer, please visit their website, https://m.facebook.com/OcalaDrumCircles/about

Participation requirements.

Movie Night @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Friday, January 26, 2018 - 7:00pm 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

Join your fellow campers and watch a movie together. Be sure to put in your vote for which movie. Options displayed in the Ranger Station and at the Nature Center weekly. Refreshments provided. Campers may bring their own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Program is for registered campers only as it takes place after hours. Located in the Nature Center.

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An Evening Under the Stars @ Big Lagoon State Park

Friday, January 26, 2018 - 6:00pm CST

Free event with regular park admission. You must arrive before sunset to pay the park entrance fees. The park closes at sunset, which varies throughout the year. 

More Information:
https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Big-Lagoon

Located in the Northwest region at:
Big Lagoon State Park
12301 Gulf Beach Highway
Pensacola , FL 32507

Escambia Amatuer Astronomer's Association is partnering with Big Lagoon State Park to offer an Evening under the Stars. They will have multiple telescopes available for viewing different celestial objects of interest.

Additional Information:

Please call the Ranger Station (850) 492-1595 for current closing time.

Participation requirements