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Monday, February 26, 2018

Monday Morning Nature Walks @ Highlands Hammock State Park

Monday, February 5, 2018 - 9:00am EST to Monday, February 26, 2018 - 11:00am EST

Park entry fees of $6.00 per vehicle (up to 8 people), $4.00 per single occupant vehicle, and $2.00 per person for bicyclists and visitors walking into the park on foot apply. There are no additional fees for these guided programs.

More Information:
Call the Ranger Station at 863-386-6094.

Located in the Southwest region at:
Highlands Hammock State Park
5931 Hammock Road
Sebring , FL 33872

Take a leisurely walk with volunteer trail guides Brian and Susan Woodworth as they explore park nature trails, observe birds, spot reptiles and discover what’s blooming. These two self-taught naturalists actively scout trails in advance of their hikes and keep track of the areas where birds and other wildlife are likely to be found. Winter migratory birds are now being sighted in addition to woodpeckers, red-shouldered hawks, and water birds. Alligators, snakes, and otters are sometimes seen.

February walks include the following:

Fern Garden Trail-February 5

Wild Orange Trail-February 12

Young Hammock-February 19

Richard Lieber Memorial Trail-February 26

Each trail is unique and visitors will explore the ecology of hammocks, hardwood swamps and an area that has undergone succession from a pine flatwood to a broad-leafed “ young” hammock due to a lack of fire and learn about their associated flora and fauna. All of the trails are located on the Loop Road.

Meet at the trailhead parking areas shortly before 9 am. Hikes take approximately one hour to 90 minutes. Degree of difficulty of the walks range from easy to moderate. Please dress for the weather and wear hiking boots or sturdy shoes, long pants and protective clothing. Visitors are advised to bring sunscreen, insect repellent, water and snacks. Walking sticks are helpful and binoculars, field guides and cameras are welcome.

The Monday Morning Nature Walks will continue through the end of March. Please see Additional Information for participation requirements.

Additional Information:

Scheduled walks are subject to change depending on conditions.  Visitors are advised to check at the Ranger Station before preceding to the trails. There are no restroom facilities along the Loop Road, so visitors are advised to stop at the restroom in the picnic area prior to the hike.  Florida State Parks are in various stages of accessibility.  To learn more about the participation requirements for this activity, please see the EEC RANGER - LED NATURE WALKS

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

Monday, February 26, 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

Guided Canoe Trip @ Collier-Seminole State Park

Monday, February 26, 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.

Yoga on the Gazebo at Lovers Key State Park @ Lovers Key State Park

Monday, February 26, 2018 - 9:30am to 10:30am EST

$10 per class plus park entry fee.

More Information:
for additional information:

Located in the Southwest region at:
Lovers Key State Park
8700 Estero Blvd.
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

The Friends of Lovers Key (FOLKS) and the Naples Yoga Center (NYC) offer Monday morning yoga at the gazebo at Lovers Key through April. Your participation helps to fund the future Welcome and Discovery Center, as a portion of the class fee will be donated to the FOLKS.

Bring a yoga mat, water, and any props you may need. Be sure to give yourself time to park, and take the tram down to the gazebo.

Morning Beach Exploratory Walk @ Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach

Monday, February 26, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am 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

Join our volunteer Master Naturalist Dale Grussing on a beach walk. You will learn about the natural beach ecosystem including native plant and animal species, nesting sea turtles, geology of the park, waves, currents, and rip tides. This tour combines morning exercise with an educational eco tour.

All ages are welcome and minors must be accompanied by an adult. Walking shoes and appropriate dress, sunscreen, and drinking water are recommended. Participants should be able to walk in sand and uneven terrain on the beach. Special accommodations are available upon request prior to the event. This event is subject to cancellation due to weather conditions. We will be meeting at the beachside pavilion located on the east side of the park. RSVP for this program at Eventbrite.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Guided Nature Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Monday, February 26, 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.

Walk on the Wild Side @ Anastasia State Park

Monday, February 26, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:30pm EST

Free with regular park admission fee. ($8.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle. $4.00 per single-occupant vehicle. $2.00 per pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass).

More Information:
Ranger Station: 904-461-2033

Located in the Central region at:
Anastasia State Park
300 Anastasia Park Road
St. Augustine, FL 32080

Join us for a fun and educational hike through Anastasia State Park with one of our experienced and knowledgeable volunteers! This walk starts out on the beautiful shoreline, continues up through the sand dunes, and travels along the boardwalk over the salt marsh. Participants will then have an intermission and rest break at the Windsurf Pavilion. From there the walk will continue along Salt Run, our estuarine habitat, and through the maritime hammock. Participants will discover an assortment of flora and fauna that populate the several ecosystems of Anastasia, and they will increase their knowledge of some history of the park and the surrounding area. The round-trip length is 2.5 miles, but the walk proceeds at a leisurely pace. If a shorter distance is preferred, participants may choose to walk just the first half to Windsurf. Suggested items to bring are binoculars, comfortable walking shoes, a camera, drinking water, bug spray, and sunscreen. Meet in the beach parking lot at the end of the main park road. This event is weather permitting and subject to cancellation.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements