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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Flight To Freedom 2018 @ Fort Mose Historic State Park

Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 10:00am EST to Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 4:00pm EST

Admission to the heritage event is free, but there is a museum admission fee of $2. Children 5 and under are free.

More Information:
Suzanne Lamb fortmoseftf@gmail.com 904-823-2234

Located in the Central region at:
Fort Mose Historic State Park
15 Fort Mose Trail
St. Augustine, FL 32084

Many people do not know that the first underground railroad in the U.S. didn’t head north, it headed south to Florida. Slaves fleeing slavery in the Carolinas and Georgia often headed to the fortified town of Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose, now known as Fort Mose, in search of freedom.

Volunteers from Florida Living History Inc., in partnership with Fort Mose Historic State Park and the Fort Mose Historical Society, offer visitors an opportunity to look back and glimpse the journey of the people fleeing slavery. Part of Florida Living History Inc.’s educational initiatives for black history month, the annual Flight to Freedom heritage event includes “Freedom Trail” guided tours, colonial Spanish military demonstrations and period culinary demonstrations.

 

Additional Information:

This year all three days are open to both the public and school groups. Schools will want to contact us for scheduling and coordination.  

Suzanne Lamb fortmoseftf@gmail.com 904-823-2234

 

Participation Requirements

 

18th Annual Scrub Jay 5K/10K Race @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 6:30am to 12:00pm EST

Before 2/01/18 $30 / Adult; $15 / Youth (Age 14-18); FREE / Children under 14 || After 2/01/18 $35 / Everyone || Day of Race $40

More Information:
Ranger Station 941-483-5956

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

Registration is required for this Manasota Track Club sanctioned race presented by the Friends of Oscar Scherer Park. All proceeds support Florida Scrub-Jay conservation *(Dogs are not allowed during run.) Please visit www.FriendsofOscarScherer.com or RunSignUp.com to register.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Volunteer Work Day @ San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park

Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 8:30am to 12:00pm EST

Free park entry for volunteers.

More Information:
Ranger Station: (386) 462-7905

Located in the Northeast region at:
San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park
12720 NW 109 Lane
Alachua, FL 32615

The trails are built and maintained by volunteers. The CSO hosts work days on the second Saturday of each month, and invites you to join! Typical work days are from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and include clearing and maintaining existing trails, building new trails, and improving the park's facilities. After the work day, lunch is provided. 

Meet at the CSO building at park headquarters at 8:30 a.m.

Please bring gloves, sunscreen, bug repellent, a water bottle and good humor!

Additional Information:

12720 NW 109th Lane
Alachua, FL 32615-6741
Participantion Requirements 

Air Potato Rodeo and Park Clean-Up @ Ravine Gardens State Park

Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 9:00am to 1:00pm EST

Free for volunteers.

More Information:
Ray Presley, 386-329-3721, raymond.presley@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Central region at:
Ravine Gardens State Park
1600 Twigg Street
Palatka, FL 32177

The Air Potato Rodeo and Park Clean-Up is an annual park beautification day and resource management project held to help control the invasive air potato vine (Dioscorea Bulbifera) that is found at Ravine Gardens. Participants will assist park staff and volunteers in the collection of the potato-like tubers in efforts to control the sprouting and spread of the vine.

YOU HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE! Previous events and volunteer work has been so successful that the number of tubers is now limited. To keep this annual event going, volunteers will also be hunting down trash and other invasive exotic plants.

All ages are invited to participate. As always with this event, scout troops and other service organizations are welcome. Prizes will be awarded for various categories, such as largest potato and most golf balls found.

The first 100 volunteers who register on Eventbrite by 2/2/2017 will be guaranteed a free t-shirt when they check-in onsite for the event. Remaining shirts will be available to volunteers on a first come-first served basis during check-in on the day of the event.

A pizza lunch will be provided for all participants after the event!

Trash bags and tools will be provided. We are asking the participants to bring their own gardening gloves if possible.

Participants should wear long sleeves and pants, as well as closed-toe shoes. Participants should bring a reusable water bottle, bug spray and sunscreen.

 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Register here: Eventbrite

Wildlife Park Arts & Crafts Show @ Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm EST

There is no charge to attend the Arts and Crafts Show in the Visitor Center. However, regular park admission applies for entrance into the wildlife park.

More Information:
Susan Strawbridge; Park Services Specialist; (352) 628-5445

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 host a Wildlife Park Arts and Crafts Show and Sale on Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm.

The exhibit will be in the park’s main entrance and Visitor Center located on US 19 in Homosassa Springs. Visitors will find a one of a kind artwork, photography, and handmade crafts produced.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

 

Watercolor Fellowship @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, February 10, 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

Learn watercolor tips and tricks or simply come and paint with fellow watercolor enthusiasts. Space is limited. Located in the Nature Center. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

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

Saturday, February 10, 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.

Beach Clean-ups @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am EST

Free entry into the park if assisting with the event.

More Information:
(561) 624-6950

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 few hours of sun and surf and help keep MacARthur Beach State Park clean.  Beach clean-ups remove trash which might otherwise end up endangering sea turtles or shorebirds.  Participants will receive gloves and trash bags.  Please bring a reusable water bottle, hat and sunscreen.  Community service hours will be given upon request.  Free entry into the park if assisting with the event.

Additional Information:

Please bring a water bottle, sunscreen and a hat.  Clean-up supplies will be provided.

Guided Canoe Trip @ Collier-Seminole State Park

Saturday, February 10, 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.

Mountain Bike Skills Clinic @ Alafia River State Park

Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 9:00am EST

Regular park admission fees apply.

More Information:
Ranger Station 813-672-5320

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

Brought to you by Aj’s Bikes & Swamp Club (fundraiser for Friends of Alafia) 1. We will be going over the Three key essential to being a successful mountain biker. LEVEL PEDAL 1 FINGER ON THE BRAKES SCANNING THE TRAIL 2. Then focus on Seven Body and Bike Separation Skills that are key to overcoming obstacles in the trails. NEUTRAL READY BRAKING FOWARD BACK SIDE TO SIDE 3. Followed with a Trail ride to use new acquired skills 4. To cap it all off LUNCH !

To register, search http://www.even​tbright.com for events in Lithia, FL. You will find: IMBA Level 1 Clinic INTRO to Mountainbiking

Park Biologist Led Swamp Walk @ Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park

Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 9:30am to 2:30pm EST

Tickets are $75.00 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

This swamp walk, led by Park Biologist Mike Owen, will immerse you in the beauty and diversity of Fakahatchee Strand Preserve, the largest State Park in Florida. For many visitors, a Friends of Fakahatchee Swamp Walk is the highlight of their Florida visit. Participants wade in cool water up to their waists for half a day observing the native wildlife and plants in the Fakahatchee Strand. This is a long, strenuous walk into the heart of the Fakahatchee. Participants will be required to sign a standard release of liability form. Any cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance to receive refund.

Swamp walkers should wear long pants and lace-up boots or sneakers (no waders or open-top boots). A hat and long-sleeved shirt are also recommended. Bring water, snacks, or lunch. Bring bug repellent if you are sensitive. Put anything you do not want to get wet in zip-lock plastic bags. You can change into your dry clothes in the park's restroom for your return home.

Swamp walkers will meet Park Biologist Mike Owen at the Ranger Station off Janes’ Scenic Drive by no later than 9:30 a.m and can expect to be back around 2:30PM.

The Park's ranger station is located at 137 Coast Line Drive, Copeland, FL off of Janes Scenic Drive.  Janes Scenic Drive is only acessible via SR 29 ( between I-75 and US 41) DO NOT rely on incorrect GPS information providing other routes to access Jane Scenic Drive in Copeland.

Additional Information:

All funds raised through ticket sales support the Friends of Fakahatchee,  the park's citizen support organization.  More information about the Friends of Fakahatchee can be found at their website orchidswamp.org.

Nature Trail Hike @ Koreshan State Park

Saturday, February 10, 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.

Party in The Park @ Avalon State Park

Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 10:00am to 3:00pm EST

Admission to Fort Pierce Inlet State Park is FREE

More Information:


Located in the Southeast region at:
Avalon State Park
State Road A1A North
North Hutchinson Island, FL 34949

You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. — Jane Goodall

CALENDAR ANNOUNCEMENT: Immediate

CONTACT: Frank Reichert (772) 519-6312

FORT PIERCE INLET STATE PARK HOSTS

24th ANNUAL ‘PARTY IN THE PARK’

—An Eco-Festival, featuring over 30 eco-exhibitors, nature themed art for sale, food, music and activities for all ages--

Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Fort Pierce Inlet State Park and the Conservation Alliance of Saint Lucie County present the 24th Annual Treasure Coast Party in the Park - Celebrating YOUR Real Florida! - at Fort Pierce Inlet State Park on Saturday, February 10, 2018. This is a FREE Eco-Festival. re will be over 30 Eco-Exhibitors with interactive exhibits, including ORCA (Ocean Research & Conservation Association), Florida Oceanographic, FAU Harbor Branch Ocean Discovery, Anglers for Conservation and the Treasure Coast Wildlife Center. There will be native plants for sale and Butterfly Gardens LLC will be there to help folks learn how to nature-scape their yard. Visitors can browse and purchase nature themed art in a variety of mediums: Oils, Acrylics, Water Colors, Ceramics, Wood, Mixed Media and Sea Glass Jewelry. In addition, visitors can participate in two hands-on art events. Mural Artist Brenda Leigh, who has created the gorgeous 3D murals in Stuart, will lead an event called “Lovin’ Our Lagoon”. She will lead kids of all ages in painting a mural of the lagoon. A Swig of Color will be there to teaching people how to paint their own nature-themed masterpiece! Plus, there will be many other activities including an Ocean Touch Tank, Face Painting, a Nature Scavenger Hunt, Learn to Fish Game, a chance to safely see a live alligator and see and learn about birds of prey up close. Visitors may also participate in the community blood drive. It promises to be a fun filled day for people of all ages! Entrance to the park for this event is FREE!

For additional information, please contact the park office at (772) 468-3985 or find the event online at https://www.facebook.com/events/371010713328404/.

The event will take place:

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

February 10th, 2018

Fort Pierce Inlet State Park

905 Shorewinds Dr.

Fort Pierce, Florida

Party in the Park @ Fort Pierce Inlet State Park

Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 10:00am to 3:00pm EST

Admission to Fort Pierce Inlet State Park is FREE

More Information:


Located in the Southeast region at:
Fort Pierce Inlet State Park
905 Shorewinds Drive
Fort Pierce, FL 34949

You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. — Jane Goodall

CALENDAR ANNOUNCEMENT: Immediate

CONTACT: Frank Reichert (772) 519-6312

FORT PIERCE INLET STATE PARK HOSTS

24th ANNUAL ‘PARTY IN THE PARK’

—An Eco-Festival, featuring over 30 eco-exhibitors, nature themed art for sale, food, music and activities for all ages--

Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Fort Pierce Inlet State Park and the Conservation Alliance of Saint Lucie County present the 24th Annual Treasure Coast Party in the Park - Celebrating YOUR Real Florida! - at Fort Pierce Inlet State Park on Saturday, February 10, 2018. This is a FREE Eco-Festival. re will be over 30 Eco-Exhibitors with interactive exhibits, including ORCA (Ocean Research & Conservation Association), Florida Oceanographic, FAU Harbor Branch Ocean Discovery, Anglers for Conservation and the Treasure Coast Wildlife Center. There will be native plants for sale and Butterfly Gardens LLC will be there to help folks learn how to nature-scape their yard. Visitors can browse and purchase nature themed art in a variety of mediums: Oils, Acrylics, Water Colors, Ceramics, Wood, Mixed Media and Sea Glass Jewelry. In addition, visitors can participate in two hands-on art events. Mural Artist Brenda Leigh, who has created the gorgeous 3D murals in Stuart, will lead an event called “Lovin’ Our Lagoon”. She will lead kids of all ages in painting a mural of the lagoon. A Swig of Color will be there to teaching people how to paint their own nature-themed masterpiece! Plus, there will be many other activities including an Ocean Touch Tank, Face Painting, a Nature Scavenger Hunt, Learn to Fish Game, a chance to safely see a live alligator and see and learn about birds of prey up close. Visitors may also participate in the community blood drive. It promises to be a fun filled day for people of all ages! Entrance to the park for this event is FREE!

For additional information, please contact the park office at (772) 468-3985 or find the event online at https://www.facebook.com/events/371010713328404/.

The event will take place:

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

February 10th, 2018

Fort Pierce Inlet State Park

905 Shorewinds Dr.

Fort Pierce, Florida

Cracker Village Tour - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 10:00am EST

Free with regular 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

Come and discover what life was like at the turn of the century in the Florida "piney woods." The cracker homestead is a replica of a 19th century pioneer settlement. This collection of buildings represents a small "Cracker'' settlement dating to the 1890s. A typical homestead of the time would have included a cabin and outbuildings such as a barn, pantry, smokehouse, and outhouse. Schoolhouses, churches, and blacksmith shops would have been found in settlements that homesteaders visited to attend social gatherings and barter for supplies. During the tour, these buildings will be open for viewing and on most tours the blacksmith's forge will be fired up. Meet at the Cracker Village across from the Silver River museum.

Additional Information:

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

For more information about the Silver River Museum visit their website.

Participation requirements.

Cast Iron Rangers @ Honeymoon Island State Park

Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 10:00am EST

Free with park entry.

More Information:
todd.andrews@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Southwest region at:
Honeymoon Island State Park
#1 Causeway Blvd.
Dunedin, FL 34698

Join the Rangers at beautiful Honeymoon Island State Park to learn about primitive camp cooking. We will be using authentic recipes passed down to us from the Scharrer family, who homesteaded on "Hog Island" beginning in 1895. Topics will include fire building and maintenance, equipment, safety, technique, recipes, and "leave no trace" stewardship. Samples will be provided - please see the ingredient list for potential food allergies. 

RSVP Required.

Additional Information:

Eligibility Criteria

Crabbing Basics: making it Delicious, keeping it Sustainable @ Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach

Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am EST

This program is free with park admission!

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

The tidal salt marsh of our park is home to the Atlantic Blue Crab, a popular seafood and keystone species of the local ecosystem. Learn to catch these tasty crustaceans in a one hour hands-on program, appropriate for adults and families. We will be meeting at the Cedar Pavilion, on the west side of the park.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Guided Nature Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, February 10, 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, February 10, 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

Nature Photography @ Big Talbot Island State Park

Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am EST

No reservations are necessary and the program is free with regular park admission of $3 per vehicle.

More Information:
Ranger Station, 904-251-2320

Located in the Northeast region at:
Big Talbot Island State Park
State Road A1A North
Jacksonville, FL, FL 32226

Join a professional photographer with over 30 years experience to capture the beauty of Boneyard Beach on film. Learn how to see the photo before you shoot. The idea is to give photographers more confidence in using their camera, teaching visualization of the photo and composition tips.

Additional Information:

This class is for beginning to intermediate photographers of all ages with Camera phones to Single Lens Reflex. The program will take place starting at the Bluffs parking area and pavilions on Big Talbot Island.

Participation Requirements

Nature Photography @ Little Talbot Island State Park

Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am EST

 No reservations are necessary and the program is free with regular park admission of $3 per vehicle.

More Information:
Ranger Station, 904-251-2320

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

Join a professional photographer with over 30 years experience to capture the beauty of Boneyard Beach on film. Learn how to see the photo before you shoot. The idea is to give photographers more confidence in using their camera, teaching visualization of the photo and composition tips.

Additional Information:

This class is for beginning to intermediate photographers of all ages with Camera phones to Single Lens Reflex. The program will take place starting at the Bluffs parking area and pavilions on Big Talbot Island.

Participation Requirements

Breakfast with a Ranger @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 9:00am CST

Suggested donation to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park $5/Adult and $3/Child.  (Does not include park admission fee) 

More Information:
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, (850) 267-8330

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

The Citizen Support Organization, Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, invites you and your family to enjoy Breakfast with a Ranger.  Join the Rangers of Topsail Hill for a full service breakfast where visitors will learn about the park, its history and wildlife, and be able to ask the rangers all the questions you have been dying to ask.  This program is ideal for the whole family to enjoy.  To cover the cost of food please bring a donation $5/Adult and $3/Child which goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park.  All donations are used for various park enhancement projects and program supplies.  Breakfast is served in the Clubhouse.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Fort Foster Rendezvous @ Fort Foster State Historic Site

Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 10:00am to 3:00pm EST

Public admission for this event is $5.00 donation, per person.

More Information:
Park Services Specialist, Alex Kinder: douglas.kinder@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Southwest region at:
Fort Foster State Historic Site
15402 U.S. 301 N.
Thonotosassa, FL 33592

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Fort Foster State Historic Site, hosts its 22nd Annual Fort Foster Rendezvous.

This event is a living history reenactment featuring military, Seminole, and civilian reenactors, sutlers, traders, and craft demonstrations. On “School Days”, Wednesday, 02/07/18 thru Friday 02/9/18, Bay Area schools are invited to bring their students out to see this living history event. The fee is $2.00 per student (teachers/chaperones are free). The "School Days" Registration form is available online, at the park, or by calling (813) 987-6771.

On 02/10/18 and 02/11/18, there will be skirmishes, as the reenactor Seminoles attempt to burn the bridge over the Hillsborough River and the reenactor soldiers defend it. Refreshments will be available for visitors' enjoyment. The Fort Foster State Historic Site is located adjacent to Hillsborough River State Park on U.S. 301 North, 9 miles north of Fowler Avenue and 6 miles south of Zephyrhills.

 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Dig and Discover: Archaeology for Kids! @ Hontoon Island State Park

Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:00pm EST

There is no fee for this program 

More Information:
(386)736-5309

Located in the Central region at:
Hontoon Island State Park
2309 River Ridge Rd
DeLand, FL 32720

The whole family is invited to discover more about the early inhabitants of Hontoon Island! You will have the opportunity to conduct an excavation where mock artifacts will be located and carefully removed. See real artifacts that were found on Hontoon Island and piece together the mysteries of the Mayaca tribe that lived on the island before Europeans arrived in the 1500s.

Please RSVP in advance for this program by emailing Karianne.M.Rivera@dep.state.fl.us or calling (386)736-5309.

Dig and Discover: Archaeology for Kids! 

 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements 

Ranger History Program @ Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

Saturday, February 10, 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 throughout the cooler months of the year for a program on the history surrounding Dade's Battle of 1835.  This talk at the breastworks in front of the museum will include a static display of period weapons, uniforms and accoutrements. (Note: Program may be superceded by park events.)

Tomoka Remembers- Scales & Tails Florida's Most Iconic Species- The American Alligator @ Tomoka State Park

Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm EST

Program included with regular entrance fees. Admission Fees are: $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:
386-676-4050

Located in the Central region at:
Tomoka State Park
2099 North Beach Street
Ormond Beach, FL 32174

Now is your chance to ask "Everything you’ve always wanted to know about Alligators"! Our guest speaker, Vincent Deem, a research scientist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will share his expertise and knowledge in a fun program at our recreation hall inside Tomoka State Park. As a research member of the Alligator Research Program within the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI), Vincent’s work centers around providing the critical scientific data needed to successfully manage and conserve one of the State of Florida’s most iconic species, the American alligator (alligator mississippiensis). So come join us from 11am-1pm, check out some live gators and bring your questions.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements 

Little Explorers Program @ John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm EST

Participation is free with park entrance fee; $8.00 per car, plus 50 cents per person, up to 8 people per car; $4.50 for single occupant; $2.50 per bicyclist or pedestrian; free if under 6 years of age. You can also use your state park annual pass to enter the park.

More Information:
Lindsey Crews, Park Services Specialist (305) 451-9570.

Located in the Southeast region at:
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
Mile Marker 102.5 Overseas Highway
Key Largo, FL 33037-0487

Designed for the youngest explorers, children 6 and under, this program will feature a new topic every month. This month’s topic is Octopuses! Come join us to learn about these fascinating animals, read a book, and do a craft. The explorers will meet at the Visitor Center at 11:30 a.m. Participants will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian to participate.

Additional Information:

For more information, or accessibility needs, please contact Lindsey Crews at the Visitor Center and Aquarium, (305) 451-9540. For information on how to get an annual pass, please call the Ranger Station at (305) 451-1202.

Cruisin' Food Fest @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm EST

Free with Park admission.

More Information:
(561) 624-6950

Located in the Southeast region at:
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive
North Palm Beach, FL 33408

Join us on the second Saturday of each month from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. for Cruisin' Food Fest.  Everyone is welcome! Come check out some cool cars, trucks, motorcycles, great food, vendors and awesome music at your favorite state park. 

Saturday Ranger Program @ Manatee Springs State Park

Saturday, February 10, 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

 

Tram Tour @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, February 10, 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 Tours of Historic Koreshan Settlement @ Koreshan State Park

Saturday, February 10, 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.

Second Saturday Gamble Jam @ Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach

Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 2:00pm to 5:30pm EST

Free with regular park admission.

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

Join us at Gamble Rogers on the second and fourth Saturday of every month for a Jam Session in the park. Musicians of all skill levels are encouraged to bring instruments and a chair to join the circle for a casual, acoustic jam session. Instruments of all types are welcome; however, there is no power source near the pavilion.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

North Atlantic Right Whales @ Fort George Island Cultural State Park

Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST

No reservations are necessary and the program is free.

More Information:
Ranger Station, 904-251-2320

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

North Atlantic right whales visit Northeast Florida waters to give birth to calves December through March. Join a ranger to learn about one of the world's most endangered large mammals.

Additional Information:

This program will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park.

Participation Requirements

North Atlantic Right Whales @ Little Talbot Island State Park

Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST

No reservations are necessary and the program is free.

More Information:
Ranger Station, 904-251-2320

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

North Atlantic right whales visit Northeast Florida waters to give birth to calves December through March. Join a ranger to learn about one of the world's most endangered large mammals.

Additional Information:

This program will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park.

Participation Requirements

Concert in the Park @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, February 10, 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

Sweethearts Forever @ Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 4:45pm to 8:00pm EST

$99 Donation per couple to the Friends of Wakulla Springs State Park.

www.wakullasprings.org/news-events/

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

Valentine’s Day is upon us. Looking for the perfect romantic event for you and your partner? Only 30 couples will be able to enjoy this rare and elegant evening on the Wakulla River and in the Lodge at Wakulla Springs. The night begins with a wine tasting on the patio of the Waterfront Visitors Center. From there, guests take their places on a river boat and float gently along while bathed in the golden rays of a setting sun. Upon return, they will casually stroll to the lodge for a difficult choice between scrumptious options on a special Valentine’s menu. Spaces for the event can be reserved by visiting www.wakullasprings.org/news-events/. Your nonrefundable donation also includes a Family Membership to the Friends of Wakulla Springs State Park.

 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Meet at the Waterfront Visitors Center.

INCLUDES:
One-Year Family Membership to The Friends of Wakulla Springs State Park
Wine Tasting for Two
River Boat Tour for Two
Dinner in Lodge (1 Appetizer, 2 Entrees, 2 Desserts)

OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL PURCHASES:
Dinner Beverages
Gratuity

www.wakullasprings.org/news-events/

 

Loving The Lighthouse @ Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm EST

 A suggested Mininimum Donation of $10.00 or more to help support the Friends of Cape Florida Inc.

Free entry to the Members of the Friends of Cape Florida Inc.

More Information:
Art.Yerian@dep.state.fl.us.

Located in the Southeast region at:
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
1200 South Crandon Boulevard
Key Biscayne, FL 33149

  A Pre-Valentine's Day Celebration and a romantic view of the Cape Florida Lighthouse and surrounding area. Lighthouse and Lighthouse Keepers Cottage tours. Complimentary appetizers & beverages for purchase will be available while enjoying great views, bon fire and music.

  Weather Permitting

February Moonlight Concert @ The Barnacle Historic State Park

Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm EST

Adults: $10.00

Members of The Barnacle Society: $8.00

Children 6-9: $3.00

Children under 6: Free

More Information:
Ranger Station: (305) 442-6866

Located in the Southeast region at:
The Barnacle Historic State Park
3485 Main Highway
Miami, FL 33133

Relax in your favorite folding chair and enjoy an evening of music under the moonlight as Miami-raised folk artist Keith Johns returns to The Barnacle's front porch for an encore performance. Keith's dynamic, beautifully layered music reflects the variety of emotions present in all of our lives: At times joyful and celebratory, at times sorrowful and longing. He delivers richly nuanced stories in his unique voice with lyrics that are soulful and honest. Come out early and enjoy your own picnic with family and friends. The gate opens one hour before show time for entry and ticket sales.

Additional Information:

Moonlight Concert Participation Requirements

The Barnacle is a pedestrian park. Metered parking is available throughout Coconut Grove. Visitors with a Disabled Person Parking Permit may call the Ranger Station for additional parking information.

No pets, please.

Campfire Program @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, February 10, 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