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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Florida Challenge @ Alafia River State Park

Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 7:00am to 2:00pm EST

regular park admission in addition to participant registration fees.

More Information:
Jim Hartnett 813-232-5200

Located in the Southwest region at:
Alafia River State Park
14326 S CR 39
Lithia, FL 33547

The Florida Challenge running race takes place on the mountain bike trails for a great running experience in a rare terrain in Florida. For more information visit http://www.tamparaces.com  All bike trails will be CLOSED until 2pm.

Farmers Market @ Koreshan State Park

Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 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, January 28, 2018 - 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, January 28, 2018 - 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:

Participation Requirements

Eagle Viewing @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 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:

Participation Requirements

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

Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 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.

Guided Canoe Trip @ Collier-Seminole State Park

Sunday, January 28, 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 6 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.

Beach Combing @ Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 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!

2018 Camellia Flower Show - Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm EST

This event is free with paid park admission.

More Information:
Park Events Office, 352-261-5842

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

The gardens of Silver Springs have long had ornamental Camellia shrubs and their blooms have pleased countless visitors every winter. For the second year in a row, the park is proud to partner with the Ocala Camellia Society to host their annual flower show in the paradise ballroom. Over 1,000 blooms will be entered in many show categories but only a fraction will be judged worthy of the top prizes.


The two day event schedule is as follows:

Saturday:
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.: Judged show participants must enter their blooms during this time.
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.: A plant sale will be held and visitors may purchase their own Camellias and other plants.
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.: The paradise ballroom will be open to the public to look at the blooms. Please do not try to enter the ballroom before this time as the judges need time to work.

Sunday:
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.: The paradise ballroom will be open to the public all day since the judging has been already been completed.
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.: A plant sale will be held and visitors may purchase their own Camellias and other plants.
TBD: At different times during the day, park rangers will lead tours of the park's gardens.

Additional Information:

Participation requirements.

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

For more information about the Ocala Camellia Society, visit their website and facebook page.

Guided Nature Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Sunday, January 28, 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.

Pack Walk - Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 10:00am 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

***PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE FOR DECEMBER: The pack walk will take place on the 3RD SUNDAY, 12/17, and will feature "Santa Claus" so that dog owners and pack walkers can take photos with Santa.***

In partnership with the Marion County Animal Services, Silver Springs State Park presents an opportunity to make a difference in the life of a shelter dog. Every 4th Sunday, join volunteers and park staff as we walk a pack of well-behaved dogs through the park's gardens and trails. This program gives the animals exercise as well as a chance to socialize with other dogs and other people. All of the dogs are available for long-term adoption but you can also "adopt" a dog for the morning and take it for a walk with the group. For only a small amount of time you can make a huge difference in the life of a shelter animal. Hikers and walkers are welcome to join the group even if they do not want to hold a leash. Please note, only visitors 16 years or older may walk a shelter dog.

Additional Information:

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

For more information about Marion County Animal Services please visit their website or facebook page.

Park staff and volunteers with "their" dogs (photo).

Participation requirements.

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

Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 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. 

Additional Information:

Participant Requirements 

Ranger Program: Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 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.

Guided Tours of Historic Koreshan Settlement @ Koreshan State Park

Sunday, January 28, 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.

Concert in the Park @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 2:30pm 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 our resident musicians, Bill & Kate Isles, and some occasional special guests, for live music in the Lake Osprey picnic area! Located on the stage outside the Nature Center. You are welcome to bring your own chair to place out on the grass.

(If inclement weather, program may be moved to the Nature Center or the Screen Room, based on crowd size)

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements