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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Hikes to Deep Hole @ Myakka River State Park

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 8:00am to 12:00pm EST

Reservations are required, limited to 6 participants per trip.

Cost is $20 per person suggested donation which will include entrance fees to the park. 

This exclusive trip is sponsored by the Friends of Myakka River. Your donation will be used to help care for the park and river. 

 

More Information:
www.MyakkaHikes.com Steve White (203) 493-6283

Located in the Southwest region at:
Myakka River State Park
13208 State Road 72
Sarasota, FL 34241

Have a National Geographic type moment in the wilds of Myakka on a wildlife trek led by an experienced nature guide. Deep Hole in Myakka's wilderness preserve is one of the best places in the park to view eagles, wading birds like roseate spoonbills and sandhill cranes, ducks, shorebirds, and of course alligators. 

This is a 5-mile hike through moderatly rough terrain, on sandy soils and along the lakeshore. 

Trips are offered the first and third Wednesday of every month December thru April.

 

Additional Information:

For more information about scheduled and private hikes and to make reservations, please visit www.MyakkaHikes.com or call Steve White at (203) 493-6283.

Kayak Tour @ Curry Hammock State Park

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 8:00am to 12:00pm EST

Single Kayak Rental: $17.20

Double Kayak Rental: $21.50

More Information:
305-289-2690

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

Take a 90-minute paddle around one of the islands that comprise Curry Hammock State Park. This ranger-led tour will give you an appreciation for the fragility of the nearshore ecosystem. You will see some of the damage man has caused and learn of the ongoing effort to preserve this valuable resource.

Additional Information:

Tours are limited to six kayaks. Visitors should bring their own or rent from the park.

Registration is recommended.

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

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 8:15am to 9:00am EST

Free with camping or standard park entrance fee

More Information:
Ranger Station 941-483-5956

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

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

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Camper Coffee @ Myakka River State Park

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am EST

There are no fees required to attend camper coffee, however donations to help cover the cost of refreshments and supplies are greatly appreciated. Any proceeds will go directly to the Friends of Myakka River to help protect, preserve and support Myakka River State Park. 

 

 

More Information:
More information: 941-373-7839 or 941-361-6511

Located in the Southwest region at:
Myakka River State Park
13208 State Road 72
Sarasota, FL 34241

This is a great time to come and visit with your fellow campers, meet our fantastic volunteers and rangers, and find out about all the great things that Myakka River State Park has to offer. See if you can stump the staff with a question about the park! We serve fresh, hot coffee, tea and treats provided by the Friends of Myakka River. Bring your mug and join in the camaraderie around the fire!

Camper Coffee is generally hosted at the rustic Log Pavilion located just north of the Ranger Station along the park drive. 

Additional Information:

We will be relocating camper coffee to the fire circle at Big Flats Campground while the Log Pavilion is closed for repairs for the following dates: 1/24/18, 1/31/18, 2/7/18, & 2/14/18.

Big Flats Campground is located three miles north of the Ranger Station near the lake area. 

Guided Paddle (Or Walk) @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:30am EST

Paddle is free with camping or standard park entrance fee

Rentals are $10.70 / hour; $42.80 / day

More Information:
Ranger Station 941-483-5956

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

Paddle along South Creek and learn about the park and the estuarine critters. Please register between 8:00am and 8:45am at the Ranger Station. May bring own vessel or rent one from the Ranger Station. Some paddling experience recommended as it is a group tour.

Note: South Creek is a tidal water, therefore if water is too shallow for a paddle, a walk will be offered instead. 

 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Florida Scrub Jay Walks @ Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 9:00am EST

Park entry fees apply.

More Information:


Located in the Southeast region at:
Jonathan Dickinson State Park
16450 S.E. Federal Highway
Hobe Sound, FL 33455

Join us October throught May on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. to see these endangered birds found only in Florida!

Meet at the bike trailhead parking lot before Pine Grove Campground.

Contact the Kimbell Center for more information (561) 745-5551.

Guided Nature Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Wednesday, February 21, 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.

Gasparilla Island Beach Walk @ Gasparilla Island State Park

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am EST

$3 per vehicle State Park entrance fee

More Information:
941-964-0375

Located in the Southwest region at:
Gasparilla Island State Park
880 Belcher Rd
Boca Grande, FL 33921

Meet at the picnic pavilion next door to the Port Boca Grande Lighthouse. Join a Park Ranger to learn about the park’s coastal plants, animals, and a little local history too. The walk is approximately one-third mile and lasts about one hour. Wear comfortable walking shoes and a hat, sunscreen and drinking water are recommended. All programs are weather dependent.

Additional Information:

Online sign up availible at:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c4badac28aaf58-gasparilla2

Native Plants as Food and Medicine Hike @ St. Andrews State Park

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am CST

Program is free with paid park admission.

More Information:
David Morris, (850)708-6100

Located in the Northwest region at:
St. Andrews State Park
4607 State Park Lane
Panama City Beach, FL 32408

Join volunteer Judith Scott for a 1 hour, .5 mile hike through maritime hammock, and explore the natural and cultural significance of many native plants.

Additional Information:

Participants should meet at the Gator Lake boardwalk.

Participation Requirements

Guided Tours of Historic Koreshan Settlement @ Koreshan State Park

Wednesday, February 21, 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.

Life as the St. Andrews Hermit @ St. Andrews State Park

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm CST

Program is free with paid park admission.

More Information:
David Morris, (850)708-6100

Located in the Northwest region at:
St. Andrews State Park
4607 State Park Lane
Panama City Beach, FL 32408

Shipwrecked on the St. Andrews peninsula after a hurricane in 1929, Norwegian sailor Theodore Tollofson called the area in and around present day St. Andrews State Park home for years thereafter.  Join volunteer Judith Scott as we take a trip back in time to uncover the mystery of "Teddy the Hermit."

Additional Information:

The program will be held in the St. Andrews State Park campground by Bathhouse #3.

Participation Requirements

A Walk Through the Camellias @ Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm EST

The program is free with paid Garden 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 take a walk through the camellias! We will meet in the Visitor Center for a brief discussion on the history of the camellia, its growing requirements and propagation culture. Then we will go for a walk, looking at the beautiful diversity of blooms we have here at Maclay Gardens. Be sure to wear closed-toed shoes and long pants. 
 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Game Night @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm EST

Free for registered campers

More Information:
Ranger Station 941-483-5956

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

Come join us for cards and games and make some new friends. Various games are provided, but you are welcome to bring your own. Program is for registered campers only as it is after hours. Located in the Nature Center.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Florida Tales Story Hour @ Myakka River State Park

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm EST

There are no fees for this program.

More Information:
Park Ranger Station (941) 361-6511

Located in the Southwest region at:
Myakka River State Park
13208 State Road 72
Sarasota, FL 34241

Some of our Florida tales contain historical fiction, and some are merely legend, but all are great fun! Join us for an hour of entertainment sure to amuse and enlighten people of all ages. Our volunteers and staff will be on hand to share their favorite Cracker folklore and Florida history tidbits, vital to understanding The Real Florida!  Refreshments and snacks are provided by the Friends of Myakka River and donations are greatly appreciated. 

Story hour is generally hosted at the rustic Log Pavilion located just north of the ranger station along the park drive.

Additional Information:

Story hour will be relocated to the campfire circle while the Log Pavilion is closed for repairs on the following dates: 1/24/18, 1/31/18/, 2/7/18, & 2/14/18.

The 27th Annual Delicate Balance of Nature Lecture Series @ Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm EST

Free to the public.

More Information:
For more information call the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Ranger Station at 305-451-1202

Located in the Southeast region at:
Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park
County Road 905, Mile Marker 106
Key Largo, FL 33037

Now in its 27th consecutive year, the Delicate Balance of Nature Lecture Series begins Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Sponsored by Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park, this year the talks will be held at Key Largo School cafetorium, MM 105, oceanside, Overseas Highway. The presentations cover a variety of topics from hurricanes and gardening to bats and marine debris. The doors open at 7 p.m.; the talks begin at 7:30 p.m. and last for approximately one hour. Admission is free. The series runs through March 7, but takes a break on February 14. Bring your own cushion or folding chair for added seating comfort. Please help us to accommodate those who are chemically sensitive by not wearing fragrances and other scented products. For more information or or accessibility needs, call Elena Muratori or the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Ranger Station at 305-451-1202. See this year's agenda under Park Brochures on this park's main page.

Additional Information:

Bring your own cushion or folding chair for added seating comfort. Please help us to accommodate those who are chemically sensitive by not wearing fragrances and other scented products. For more information or or accessibility needs, call Elena Muratori or the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Ranger Station at 305-451-1202. See this year's agenda under Park Brochures on this park's main page.

The 27th Annual Delicate Balance of Nature Lecture Series @ John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm EST

Free to the public.

More Information:
Elena Muratori or the John Pennekamp Coral Reef Ranger Station at 305-451-1202

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

Now in its 27th consecutive year, the Delicate Balance of Nature Lecture Series begins Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Sponsored by Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park, this year the talks will be held at Key Largo School cafetorium, MM 105, oceanside, Overseas Highway. The presentations cover a variety of topics from hurricanes and gardening to bats and marine debris. The doors open at 7 p.m.; the talks begin at 7:30 p.m. and last for approximately one hour. Admission is free. The series runs through March 7, but takes a break on February 14. Bring your own cushion or folding chair for added seating comfort. Please help us to accommodate those who are chemically sensitive by not wearing fragrances and other scented products. For more information or or accessibility needs, call Elena Muratori or the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Ranger Station at 305-451-1202. See this year's agenda under Park Brochures on this park's main page.

Additional Information:

Bring your own cushion or folding chair for added seating comfort. Please help us to accommodate those who are chemically sensitive by not wearing fragrances and other scented products. For more information or or accessibility needs, call Elena Muratori or the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Ranger Station at 305-451-1202. See this year's agenda under Park Brochures on this park's main page.