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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Great Backyard Bird Count at Maclay Gardens @ Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 6:00am to 9:00am 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 join us for the annual Great Backyard Bird Count. Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds. On Saturday, February 17th, Park Rangers and local birding experts will assist participants as we gather data and tally the numbers and kinds of birds we see in the park. Be sure to wear closed-toed shoes, long pants, and bring your binoculars!

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

2018 Everglades Ultras @ Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 6:30am to 8:30pm EST
More Information:


Located in the Southwest region at:
Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park
137 Coastline Drive
Copeland , FL 34137

The Fakahatchee is Florida's largest state park.  Its diverse habitats include bald cypress swamps, prairies, tropical hardwood hammocks and pine rock lands.  Fakahatchee features the largest variety of orchids and bromeliads on the continent, Florida panther, black bear, deer, alligators, bobcats, Everglades mink and migratory birds too numerous to count.  Runners will have the chance to see it all, traveling along old logging trams, the trails preserved and maintained for access to various sections of the park.  Aid stations will be placed along the race route.

There are three distinct trail races:

- 50 mile race starting at 6:30am

- 50 kilometer race starting at 7:30am

- 25 kilometer race starting at 9:00am

For more details or to register visit evergladesultras.com.

Additional Information:

Registration is limited to 300 runners.

Nature Hike with David @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 8:00am EST

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Call the Ranger Station at 352-236-7148 ext. 4

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

Take a guided hike on the 3rd Saturday of each month, September through May, and learn about the flora and fauna of North Central Florida. David Rakes is an experienced and knowledgeable naturalist with a broad understanding of the natural communities surrounding the Silver River. Each hike will start from a different location in the park and will focus on different plants. You may receive the opportunity to view wildlife such as Florida white-tailed deer, Sherman's fox squirrel, Eastern gopher tortoises, and more.

September 16, 2017: Meet at the Sandhill Trailhead.
The beginning of the great wildflower show underneath the Longleaf pine trees.

October 21, 2017: Meet at the Sandhill Trailhead.
See the Sandhill wildflowers at their best, including Blazing Star, Paintbrush, Summer’s Farewell, Yellow Buttons, Golden Asters and Blue Sage.

November 18, 2017: Meet at the Sandhill Trailhead.
The wildflower show is tapering off but the endemic shrub Garberia heterophylla persists with its wonderful rose-purple tubular flowers. You will be amazed at all the insects they attract.

December 16, 2017: Meet at the Swamp Trailhead.
Focus on seeing the terrestrial Shadow Witch Orchid and the peculiar homes of the Purseweb Spider.

January 20, 2018: Meet at the Sandhill Trailhead.
Learn about the five different species of pine trees found in the park as well as the endemic Florida Deep Digger Scarab Beetle that digs down in the sandy soil from five to almost eight feet deep.

February 17, 2018: Meet at the Sandhill Trailhead.
The walk will focus on the earliest flowering shrubs and trees such as the Eastern Red Bud and the Flatwoods Plum.

March 17, 2018: Meet at the Sink Hole Trailhead.
Let’s count trees! No, not every tree, but how many different species are in these woodlands.

April 21, 2018: Meet at the River Trailhead.
On the way to the Silver River you will see the Pinkroot wildflower and the arboreal Manatee Tree Snail. With luck you may see the Prothonotary Warbler, formerly known as the Golden Swamp Warbler.

May 19, 2018: Meet at the Sandhill Trailhead.
Resident songbirds such as the Pine Warbler and Summer Tanager will sing their little heads off while you walk through the piney woods.

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 any of the trailheads.

Sturdy walking shoes, a canteen and insect repellant is suggested. No pets, please. This program may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Call the ranger station for the latest information.

Participation requirements.

Love Tracks 5K Fun Run/ Walk @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 7:00am to 11:00am CST

Race entrance fees are $5 for children, $10 for adults, $15 for adults with a dog ($5 for each additional dog). For the safety of participants dogs are only allowed to enter with an adult. All race participants registered by January 26, 2018 will get a bag and a t-shirt. The registered dogs will get a bandanna.

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

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for Love Tracks, a 5K Fun Run/Walk on February 17, 2018 from 7:00a.m. – 11:00a.m. While on a paved trail through the park race participants will enjoy a beautiful view of long leaf pines, saw palmettos and a variety of other plants and animals.  Those running or walking the 5K without a dog will start at 8:00a.m. Those running or walking with a dog will start at 8:45a.m. Race entrance fees are $5 for children, $10 for adults, $15 for adults with a dog ($5 for each additional dog). For the safety of participants dogs are only allowed to enter with an adult. All race participants registered by January 26, 2018 will get a bag and a t-shirt. The registered dogs will get a bandanna. Post-race celebration will be 8:30a.m. – 11:00a.m.  All funds raised for during this event will benefit the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and help them further their mission of supporting the park.  Online registration available at www.topsailparkfriends.org. Limited race day registration will be available on a first come first serve basis between 7:00a.m. – 7:50a.m.   If you would like to volunteer during the race, please contact the park volunteer coordinator at (850)622-2309. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

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Hiking for Health at O'Leno State Park / Community Walk @ O'Leno State Park

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 8:30am to 10:00am EST

Free park entry to walk participants.

More Information:
Wendy Bragdon (386) 758 - 1193

Located in the Northeast region at:
O'Leno State Park
410 SE O'Leno Park Road
High Springs, FL 32643

Make a commitment to being healthy and active!

Join in on a family friendly Community Walk while enjoying the beauty of O’Leno State Park.  The Florida Department of Health in Columbia County is hosting a Community Health Walk along the park's scenic paved drive.  Stop at the Ranger Station after the first 1.5 miles or continue back down the drive for a 3 mile hike. Florida Department of Health in Columbia County will be on hand to help you track your weight and BMI.  Community Walks will take place the third Saturday of each month. Free park entry to walk participants.

Health checks begin at 8:30 a.m.

Walk begins at 9:00 a.m.

 

Additional Information:

For more information, please view the Participation Requirements and event flyer.

2018 Silver River Knap-In and Prehistoric Arts Festival - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm EST

Festival admission is $5.00 per person. Children five and under admitted free. State park admission fees are waived for the event.

More Information:
Silver River Museum 352-236-5401

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

Don't miss the 2018 Silver River Knap-In and Prehistoric Arts Festival. Expert flint knappers, archaeologists, potters, hide tanners, bow makers and other specialists in prehistoric skills will gather from across the eastern U.S. to demonstrate and sell their arts. Vendors will offer reproduction stone tools, raw stone, flint knapping tools, unique crafts, food and more.

There will be archery, tomahawk and atlatl dart throwing demonstrations each day. A flint knapping competition and on-going prehistoric skills demonstrations will also take place. Besides the knap-in, visitors can explore the Silver River Museum, hike or bike the trails of the state park, take a ranger-led tram ride through the woods, or canoe and kayak on the pristine Silver River.

Flint knapping is the art of making stone tools by controlling how stone breaks in order to create specific shapes and sharp edges. Arrow and spear points, knives, axes, scrapers, drill bits and a variety of other tools can be made from flint (also called chert) by removing portions of the stone through various techniques. Before metal working was developed, this craft was extremely important.

All proceeds from the Silver River Knap-In benefit the educational programs of the Silver River Museum & Environmental Education Center.

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 information about becoming a volunteer, vendor, exhibitor, or performer, visit the festival website or call the Silver River Museum.

Participation requirements.

Guided Park Excursion @ Savannas Preserve State Park

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am EST

Free with 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

Traverse the park with a park naturalist as your guide! Free with paid park admission ($2 a person, or $3 for a vehicle with up to 8 people). Reservations required - Call (772) 398-2779. The group will meet at 9 am on February 17th at the Savannas Preserve State Park Education Center located at 2541 SE Walton Road, and will caravan to the Hawk's Bluff Trail in Jensen Beach.

Citrus Watercolor Society Spring Show and Sale @ Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 9:00am EST to Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 4:30pm EST

There is no charge to attend the exhibit. Regular park admission will apply for entrance in to the Wildlife Park.

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

The Citrus Watercolor Club will be holding its Spring Arts in the Park exhibit and sale in the Visitor Center featuring the artwork of local watercolorists. Originals, prints and cards will be available for purchase. The Citrus Watercolor Club donates 20% of sales from the show to the Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park.

Additional Information:

 Participation Requirements

 

Prairie Days & Prairie Nights @ Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:00pm EST

Park Admission is $4

More Information:
863-462-5360

Located in the Central region at:
Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park
33104 NW 192nd Ave.
Okeechobee, FL 34972

Bring the whole family to celebrate the 21st Anniversary of Kissimmee Prairie Preserve! This will be a day long event with swamp buggy rides, guided walks, kids activities, a prescribed fire demonstration, an astronomy presentation and more! Please see event flyer for more details on activities offered.

Watercolor Fellowship @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, February 17, 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

Junior Ranger @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm 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

Learn what it takes to become a Junior Ranger and work on your Junior Ranger CORE or Passport activities! Located in the Nature Center.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

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

Saturday, February 17, 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.

Guided Canoe Trip @ Collier-Seminole State Park

Saturday, February 17, 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.

Volunteer Work Day @ Ravine Gardens State Park

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EST

Free entry for participants.

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

Join us at our monthly volunteer work day. This month we will work on cleaning the garden beds and starting to prepare the garden beds for planting in the spring. All ages are invited to enjoy a day of working in the garden. Basic gardening tools will be provided, however if you have your own, feel free to bring them. Participants should wear clothing appropriate for working outdoors and closed-toed shoes. Participants should bring a reusable water bottle, bug spray and sunscreen.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Nature Trail Hike @ Koreshan State Park

Saturday, February 17, 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.

Shorebird Walk @ Bald Point State Park

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am EST

This program is free with paid park admission of $4/vehicle (up to 8 passengers).

More Information:
Bald Point State Park 850-349-9146 or Ochlockonee River State Park 850-962-2771

Located in the Northwest region at:
Bald Point State Park
146 Box Cut Road
Alligator Point, FL 32346

Florida’s coastal areas are home to a wide variety of migratory, wintering and nesting shorebirds and seabirds. Join Bald Point State Park, in partnership with Audubon Florida, for a leisurely walk along the beach searching for both rare and common birds. Learn behaviors, identification tips, stewardship and the threats facing these amazing birds.

Additional Information:

Since a portion of this walk will be along the shoreline, dogs are not allowed.

Participation Requirements

Guided Nature Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, February 17, 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 17, 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

It's a Ride in the Park @ Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am EST

No fee for program.  Park admission fees apply.

More Information:
Ranger Station 352-466-3397

Located in the Northeast region at:
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
100 Savannah Blvd
Micanopy, FL 32667

Meet in the parking lot by the Lake Wauberg picnic pavilions in Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park for a casual bike ride on the paved roads within the park.  Total mileage will be approximately 6-8 miles, and the route will take place on paved roads.  We will ride at a casual, easy pace that suits the entire group.  No riders left behind!  This ride will provide a nice introduction to the various trailheads and facilities within the main entrance to the park, and an opportunity for family-friendly exercise in the outdoors.  

All ages are welcome; those under 18 are required to wear a helmet. 

Enter the park at the main entrance in Micanopy.  You can get directions to the picnic pavilions at the ranger station.

Additional Information:

 Participation Requirements

Living History Weekend @ Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 10:00am EST to Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 2:00pm EST

Regular park admission applies.

More Information:
Kevin Bowes (305) 292-6850 kevin.bowes@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Southeast region at:
Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park
601 Howard England Way
Key West, FL 33040

Dear Civil War Enthusiast,

We invite you to participate in Living History at Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park on the third weekend of each month.  These events portray the time period of 1861-1862 at a Federal fortress. First person interpretation, weapons demonstrations and camp life are featured from 10am-2pm each day. Union and Confederate soldiers, townspeople, craftspeople, and performers, are all part of the re-enactments, which focus on educating the public by sharing the history of Fort Taylor and life during the Civil War.

Additional Information:

If you are interested in getting involved and want to re-enact, please contact Kevin Bowes for assistance and information.

Junior Ranger Programs, 3rd Saturday Monthly, 10am - 11am @ Koreshan State Park

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am EST

FREE with Park admittance.

More Information:
Ranger Station (239) 992-0311

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

Come in for a fun learning experience and become a Junior Ranger! Discover and learn about plants, animals, and other secrets of the park. Meet in the picnic area at 10:00am. Ideal for children ages 6-12. Parental presence required. For more information call 239-992-0311, or visit http://friendsofkoreshan.org/events/.

Additional Information:

​Parental presence required. Meet in the picnic area at 10:00 a.m. for a fun learning experience! Reservations requested, please call (239) 992-0311 

Ranger History Program @ Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

Saturday, February 17, 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.)

Camellia Festival 2018 @ Eden Gardens State Park

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm CST

Event is free to the public with regular paid park admission.

More Information:
www.friendsofeden.org

Located in the Northwest region at:
Eden Gardens State Park
181 Eden Gardens Road
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

The Friends of Eden Gardens and Eden Gardens State Park invite people of all ages to come out to the annual Camellia Festival and enjoy a fun filled and educational day. Festivities will include talks on camellia identification, air layering (propagation), general care of camellias and floral and waxing blossoms demonstrations. There will be living history demonstrators in the park teaching about the skills of past generations including 19th century fishing, turpentining, candle making, stilling, beekeeping and local history talks. The event will also have cultural and archaeological enthusiasts talking about and displaying artifacts. Live music, food vendors, and many other exciting presenters will be attending.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Calling all Crafters - Rock painting in the park @ Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm EST

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

Spend the afternoon enjoying the park while painting rocks! Materials will be provided, and you can paint up to 3 rocks.

All ages are welcome, minors must be accompanied by an adult. This event is subject to cancellation due to weather conditions. We will be meeting at the butterfly garden on the west side of the park. RSVP for this program at Eventbrite.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Saturday Ranger Program @ Manatee Springs State Park

Saturday, February 17, 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

 

Surf Fishing Workshop @ Sebastian Inlet State Park

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:15pm EST

Free with regular park admission

More Information:
772-388-2750

Located in the Central region at:
Sebastian Inlet State Park
9700 South Highway A.1.A.
Melbourne Beach, FL 32951

Surf fishing class designed to introduce anglers to the basics of surf fishing.  Discussions center on the equipment needed to enjoy a productive surf fishing day at the beach. Topics include rod and reel selection, standard pompano rig, choosing bait and more. Anglers should bring a pen/pencil and something to write on.  Meet at the Sebastian Fishing Museum.

Additional Information:

EEC Surf Fishing Sebastian Inlet

Scavenger Hunt @ Cayo Costa State Park

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm EST

Standard Entrance Fee

More Information:


Located in the Southwest region at:
Cayo Costa State Park
4 Nautical Miles West of Pine Island (26.685789, -82.245381)
Cayo Costa, FL 33922

Come Join us for a beach Scavenger Hunt on the undeveloped Barrier island, Cayo Costa and see what you can find along the shore.

Please contact the park office for more information 941-964-0375

Tram Tour @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, February 17, 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 17, 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.

Talbot Critters @ Fort George Island Cultural State Park

Saturday, February 17, 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

Join a park ranger to learn about the common wildlife species that inhabit the natural communities of the undeveloped barrier islands of northeast Florida.

Additional Information:

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

Participation Requirements

Talbot Critters @ Little Talbot Island State Park

Saturday, February 17, 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

Join a park ranger to learn about the common wildlife species that inhabit the natural communities of the undeveloped barrier islands of northeast Florida.

Additional Information:

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

Participation Requirements

Wildlife Walk @ Ochlockonee River State Park

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm EST

Program is free with paid park admission of $4/vehicle

More Information:
850-962-2771

Located in the Northwest region at:
Ochlockonee River State Park
429 State Park Road
Sopchoppy, FL 32358

Join a ranger for a 1.5 mile guided walk through the varied habitats of Ochlockonee River State Park. 

Additional Information:

With recent rains trail may be wet and may not be accessible with strollers. 

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Concert in the Park @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, February 17, 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)

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Participation Requirements

Historic Sunset River Boat Cruise @ Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm EST

Everyone 13 years old and up:     $10.00

Children ages 3-12:                     $ 7.00

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

Wakulla Springs State Park will host a ranger-led river boat journey on the Wakulla River as the sun begins its descent over the treetops. The historic sunset river cruise diverges from the conventional tour as it focuses on taking visitors back in time to reveal the history of the Wakulla River from the ingenuity of Paleo-Indians to some of the glorious moments of the Lodge at Wakulla Springs. The river’s serene settings and accommodating wildlife garnish the event.  Guests should come prepared for the early evening chill and may also wish to plan ahead for a romantic dinner in the Lodge Restaurant.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Meet at the Waterfront Visitors Center.

Space is limited. Please call 850-561-7286 to reserve a space for the tour.

For dinner reservations (available separate from event), please call 850-421-2000.

Campfire Program @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, February 17, 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:

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Night Sounds at Sebastian Inlet State Park concert with SIRSY @ Sebastian Inlet State Park

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm EST

Free with regular park admission

More Information:
www.sirsy.com

Located in the Central region at:
Sebastian Inlet State Park
9700 South Highway A.1.A.
Melbourne Beach, FL 32951

SIRSY is an Indie Pop Rock duo that The Boston Globe calls “Little band, big sound.” SIRSY’s music is chock full of soul and sincerity, with a touch of sass. They have 6 CD’s of original music. Their lyrics can be a little dark or introspective but their stage presents radiates joy. The Times Union says “Clever, smart songs with more hooks than a tackle box.”  Melanie Krahmer’s voice is capable of a lion’s roar or a floaty whisper. Rich Libutti’s guitar work has been called “Killer rock guitar riffs” by Instrumental Magazine. Together they have created a dynamic, full sound. Their newest CD was produced by Grammy-winning producers, Paul Kolderie and Sean Slade.  The concert will take place at the pavilions on Coconut Point, located on the south side of Sebastian Inlet.

Additional Information:

EEC Night Sounds Concert updated

2018 Americana Concert Series @ Camp Helen State Park

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm CST

Event is free and everyone is welcome. Donations will go directly to the Friends of Camp Helen State Park to be used to benefit the park's resource management projects and interpretative programs.

More Information:
Camp Helen State Park, 850-233-5059

Located in the Northwest region at:
Camp Helen State Park
23937 Panama City Beach Parkway
Panama City Beach, FL 32413

Come join the Friends of Camp Helen State Park and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for a series of unique concerts featuring the best American roots musicians today.  This impressive series of five indoor concerts held on Saturday evenings at 6:30pm are held in the Lodge at Camp Helen State Park. Seating inside is limited to 125 people.  Additional seating is available outside on the porch of the historic log cabin style lodge. Refreshments will be served.

Musician lineup:

January 6, 2018 The Currys

January 20, 2018 Sally Springs & Ted Lyons

February 3, 2018 Lucky Mud

February 17, 2018 Brian Smalley 

March 3, 2018 2PM

Additional Information:

For additional contact information visit www.friendsofcamphelen.org

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