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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Pancake Breakfast (with a Ranger) @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 8:00am to 10:00am EST

$5.00/person; $2.00/child, 12 years and younger

More Information:
Ranger Station 941-483-5956

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

Enjoy a breakfast consisting of pancakes, sausage, tea, coffee, and/or juice in the company of a ranger who can answer questions or teach you something new about the park. Note: Ranger will be available from 9:00am - 9:30am. Located in the Nature Center. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Audubon Society Guided Bird Walk @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 8:30am to 10:00am EST

Free with paid park entrance

More Information:
Ranger Station 941-483-5956

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

No pets please. Comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, insect repellent, drinking water, camera and binoculars recommended.

A guided bird walk on sandy hiking trails through the various park habitats, guided by the Venice Audubon Society.

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Participation Requirements

Bird Walk @ Fort Cooper State Park

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EST

Free with park entry - $3/vehicle

More Information:
352-726-0315

Located in the Northeast region at:
Fort Cooper State Park
3100 S. Old Floral City Rd.
Inverness, FL 34450

Join us every Thursday in February and March at Fort Cooper State Park to enjoy the birding that this park has to offer. Led by a park volunteer, this weekly fun and informative walk is open to participants of all birding levels. Participants will observe a diverse variety of birds by walking the beach, nature trails and other areas. Participants should meet down by Lake Holathlikaha and are encouraged to bring their own binoculars and bird guides! 

Additional Information:

Due to weather, please call ahead to make sure the event will still take place. For more information, view the participant requirements

Guided Nature Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Thursday, March 1, 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.

Reading With A Ranger @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 10:00am CST

Program is free.

More Information:
Walton County Coastal Branch Library, (850) 267-2809

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

Join a Park Ranger at the Walton County Coastal Branch Library for story time.  Learn about the wildlife and activities at the park.  The Library is located at 437 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459. 

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Participation Requirements

Guided Tours of Historic Koreshan Settlement @ Koreshan State Park

Thursday, March 1, 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.

Music Jam @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm 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

Come jam with fellow campers and area musicians. Anyone with an instrument is welcome to participate! Located outside the Nature Center. Will be held inside the Nature Center if inclement weather.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Weekly Ranger Program @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 3:00pm CST

Program is free with regular park admission. 

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

Discuss, learn about and explore the park with a Ranger.  Thursday Ranger Program starts at 3pm.  Check at the Ranger Station for current week's topic and starting location. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Songwriters @ Sunset @ Lovers Key State Park

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 4:45pm to 6:45pm EST

Regular entrance fees apply.

More Information:
239-463-4588

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

Live music at the Gazebo on the beach at Lovers Key State Park. Featured musicians: Annie Wenz, Robert Bidney, and David Hintz.

Moon Lit Tram Tour @ Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm EST

Tickets for the tour are $35.00 per person and reservations can be made here.

More Information:
(239) 695-1023 (A volunteer will return your call)

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

Thanks to the Moon Lit Fakahatchee Tram Tours, you can now view the magnificent Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park under the illumination of a full moon. The “Ghost Rider” tram, named in honor of the famous Ghost Orchid found in the park, lets you tour the park without concentrating on the road. The Fakahatchee is home to more orchid species than any other place on the North American continent. The Preserve is also a haven for diverse wildlife and migratory birds.

All tours start as the sun is setting, prime time for photography and spotting some of the mammal residents of the Strand as well as birds settling in for the evening.

The 24-passenger tram is high and dry and will provide an excellent platform for viewing park features illuminated by moonlight. City-dwellers will be amazed at how their vision changes as their eyes adapt to the light the moon provides.

An experienced naturalist lead each tram tour and will demonstrate communication with denizens of the night, including fireflies, bats and owls. The tram is wheelchair accessible and some seats face backwards. Participants will be required to sign a standard release of liability form. Any cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance to receive refund.

The tram leaves from the ranger station at 137 Coastline Drive, Copeland, off 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 dirve in Copeland.

ARRIVE EARLY, this tour departs in time for the sunset and moonrise.

NOTE: PLEASE CHECK WEATHER REPORTS AND DRESS APPROPRIATELY FOR THIS ADVENTURE. EVENINGS CAN BE COOL WHEN THIS TOUR IS OFFERED.

Moon Over Myakka Bike Ride @ Myakka River State Park

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 5:15pm to 8:15pm EST

$10 per person ($8 for Friends Members)

More Information:
Michelle Keirsey 941-373-7839

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

Moon Over Myakka Bike Ride

Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 5:15p.m.

Meet at the Visitors’ Center near the Ranger Station.

Join volunteer guides on a leisurely bike ride along the main drive to experience Myakka River State Park after dark. View sunset across Big Flats and the moon over Upper Myakka Lake. Learn a little of Myakka’s history, watch for deer at dusk and listen for barred owls.  At the end of our ride, climb the Canopy Walkway Tower to see the distant lights of Sarasota.

Distance: 10 miles – we’ll take a break at the halfway point.

Equipment needed: bicycle with front and rear lights, bug spray and water bottle.  A helmet is strongly recommended and is mandatory for anyone under the age of 16. 

Reservation Required: Phone 941-373-7839 to ensure your spot.

 

Additional Information:

Participants must be at least 12 years of age and anyone under the age of 18 must be acompanied by an adult. 

Eligibility Requirements

MRSP Moon Over Myakka Bike Tour

Marsh by Moonlight - Guided Kayaking @ Savannas Preserve State Park

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm EST

$15.00 per person, plus state park admission.

More Information:
(772) 398-2779

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

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

Karaoke Night @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Thursday, March 1, 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

Channel your inner vocal artist and sing karaoke with fellow campers. Program is for registered campers only as it takes place after hours. Located in the Nature Center.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements