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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Nature Trail Walk @ Curry Hammock State Park

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 8:00am to 12:00pm EST

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
305-289-2690

Located in the Southeast region at:
Curry Hammock State Park
56200 Overseas Hwy.
Marathon, FL 33050

Join a Ranger for a one-hour guided walk along our moderately difficult, 1.5-mile hiking trail. Come out and enjoy a leisurely stroll through our rockland hammock and take in the flora and fauna of the Florida Keys. Along the way, you will gain an appreciation for the difficulties plants and animals face in the sub-tropical ecosystem.

Additional Information:

Bug spray, drinking water and closed-toed shoes or hiking boots are recommended.

The narrow trail limits the walk to twelve people, therefore reservations are recommended.

Coffee Social @ Oscar Scherer State Park

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

Free with camping or standard park entrance fee, but donations are appreciated

More Information:
Ranger Station 941-483-5956

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

Wake up with tea or coffee and your fellow campers. Located in the Nature Center. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Tram Tour and Swamp Walk @ Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park

Tuesday, January 30, 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

Pine Needle Basket Class @ Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 10:00am to 1:00pm EST

Cost is $3/vehicle or Annual Florida Park Pass plus $5/person activity fee, 12 and under free

More Information:
kistin.n.wood@dep.state.fl.us

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

Pine needle basket class using long leaf pine needles to make a small basket.  All materials will be provided. 

Guided Nature Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Tuesday, January 30, 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.

Nature Program - Shells @ Koreshan State Park

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am 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:
FriendsofKoreshan.org or at the Ranger Station at 239-992-0311

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

Join a park naturalist in the Art Hall of the Koreshan State Park for a talk on shells and the mysterious creatures that reside inside. Find out how the shells are formed and built. Discussion will touch on behaviors, anatomy, and fun facts, as well as having the opportunity to hold and see the shells of specimens that lived in the Gulf of Mexico and Estero Bay. There will be time after the talk for questions and clarification.

Additional Information:

Space is limited. Participants must reserve a space on FriendsofKoreshan.org or at the Ranger Station at 239-992-0311

FROGRS Guided Kayak Tour @ Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm EST

The cost of the tour is $35 per person and includes the rental of a single kayak, tandem kayak or canoe. It will be $10 if you bring your own kayak. You can pay with a credit card online through PayPal here, or make payment of cash or check at the ranger station. The proceeds benefit the Friends of Gamble Rogers State Park (FROGRS), our community service organization.

Park admission for the day is not included.

More Information:
Ranger Station 386-517-2086

Located in the Central region at:
Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach
3100 S. Oceanshore Blvd
Flagler Beach, FL 32136

Register now for our two-hour guided kayak tour exploring the salt marsh. Learn about the importance of this dynamic ecosystem while paddling peacefully in one of the park’s kayaks. All levels of experience are welcome. Participant's will receive a brief demonstration on: safety, gear requirements and basic kayaking techniques. Bring bug repellent, water and dress appropriately for the weather. Kids in double kayaks must be at least 12 years old. Kids in single kayaks must be at least 16 years old.

Registration is limited to the first 12 people and payment is needed to secure your reservation.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Marsh by Moonlight - Guided Kayaking @ Savannas Preserve State Park

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

$15.00 per person, plus state park admission.

More Information:
(772) 398-2779

Located in the Southeast region at:
Savannas Preserve State Park
2541 Walton Road
Port St. Lucie, FL 34952

Enjoy the serenity of the Savannas Basin Marsh by moonlight during these limited-edition tours. The cost is $15.00 per person for a donation to the Friends of Savannas, plus State Park admission fee. ($2.00 per person or $3.00 for a vehicle up to 8 people) All equipment is included with your donation. Participants should dress for the weather and bring drinking water. Time of arrival will be different for each tour. Reservations required by calling the Savannas Preserve State Park Education Cenetr at (772) 398-2779. The Savannas is located at 2541 Walton Road, Port St. Lucie.

Moonlight Paddle @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm CST

$40 includes watercraft rental, PFD, paddle, park admission fee, glow sticks, tram ride to Campbell Lake and a donation to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park.  Space is limited and advance registration is required. 

More Information:
850-267-8333 or friendsofthsp@gmail.com

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

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for a Moonlight Paddle on January 30, 2018 from 4:00p.m. - 7:00p.m. Experience Campbell Lake on a Ranger guided paddling tour. Participants must be experienced canoers/kayakers over 12 yrs old. Program is $40 per person. Space is limited. Advanced online registration is required and can be done at www.topsailparkfriends.org. Program fee includes watercraft rental, PFD, paddle, park admission fee, glow sticks, tram ride to Campbell Lake and a donation to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Program is weather dependent. In order to prevent the introduction of invasive species in to Campbell Lake, which is a rare Coastal Dune Lake, watercraft and gear from outside the park is not allowed.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Campfire Social @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Tuesday, January 30, 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

Meet your fellow campers. Roast marshmallows, hang out around the campfire and have a good time. May bring snacks and non-alcoholic drinks. Program is for registered campers only as it is after hours. Located at the campfire circle between sites 35 and 36. Will be inside the Nature Center if inclement weather.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements