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Friday, March 2, 2018

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

Friday, March 2, 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.

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Dirty Fridays @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Friday, March 2, 2018 - 8:00am CST

Admission is free for project time.

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

Welcome to "Dirty Fridays" at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park! Here is a wonderful, low-key volunteer opportunity to get a little dirty on the First Friday of every month while helping to beautify the park grounds! Projects include working in the butterfly garden, driveway medians and other fun landscape features that make Topsail one of a kind! Bring some water, gloves, insect repellent and a lunch to enjoy afterwards! Garden groups are always welcome to share in the fun!

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Friday Guided Hike @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Friday, March 2, 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

Go on a guided hike with a ranger. Learn about the plants and animals around the park while exploring a trail and hearing some park stories. 

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Guided Canoe Trip @ Collier-Seminole State Park

Friday, March 2, 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.

Plowing Up the Past @ Dudley Farm Historic State Park

Friday, March 2, 2018 - 9:30am EST to Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 3:00pm EST

Regular park entrance fee of $5.00 (honor box, cash only)

More Information:
Sandra Cashes (352) 472-1142, sandra.cashes@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Northeast region at:
Dudley Farm Historic State Park
18730 W. Newberry Road
Newberry, FL 32669

                                                                       Plowing Up the Past

                     -Visitors are invited to view educational demonstrations of American farming history-

Join us at Dudley Farm and see how fields were plowed for the spring plantings. See different types of field plows and antique tractors. These antique tractors are a display of farming equipment and a way of life circa 1930’s and 1940’s, a reflection of rural American history. Observe, as the participants work the land plowing and disking. Volunteers in period clothing will be at the farmstead demonstrating period crafts and interpreting the farms history. We will also have the Southern Syrupmakers Association here at the park having a cane syrup tasting contest. Come and vote for your favorite cane syrup!

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First Friday Garden Walks @ Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

Friday, March 2, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am EST

Program included with park entry. 

More Information:
386-446-6783

Located in the Central region at:
Washington Oaks Gardens State Park
6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd.
Palm Coast, FL, FL 32137

Join us for a Ranger guided tour of our Historic District and Gardens the first Friday of each month.  Learn about the history of Washington Oaks, while taking in the beauty of the Gardens.  Participants meet in the Garden parking lot.  Please wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring water. 

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Guided Nature Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Friday, March 2, 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 @ Lovers Key State Park

Friday, March 2, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:45am EST

Regular entrance fees apply.

More Information:
Call 239-463-4588.

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

Join a Park Ranger for a guided hike along our Black Island Trail. Learn about the fascinating vegetation and wildlife that reside in this maritime hammock. Do some bird watching, and maybe learn a little local history. Due to limited space, reservations are required.

Guided Tours of Historic Koreshan Settlement @ Koreshan State Park

Friday, March 2, 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.

Movie Night @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Friday, March 2, 2018 - 7:00pm 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

Join your fellow campers and watch a movie together. Be sure to put in your vote for which movie. Options displayed in the Ranger Station and at the Nature Center weekly. Refreshments provided. Campers may bring their own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Program is for registered campers only as it takes place after hours. Located in the Nature Center.

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153rd ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF NATURAL BRIDGE REENACTMENT @ Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park

Saturday, March 3, 2018 (All day) to Sunday, March 4, 2018 (All day)

Parks entrance fees will be waived for the event.  The CSO will accept donations of $3.00 per person for adults and $1.00 for children under the age of six.

More Information:
Bonnie Allen, Event Coordinator (850) 925-6216 or email Bonnie.Allen@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Northwest region at:
Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park
7502 Natural Bridge Rd.
Tallahassee, FL 32305

153rd ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF NATURAL BRIDGE - 41st ANNUAL REENACTMENT OF THE SECOND LARGEST CIVIL WAR BATTLE IN FLORIDA

Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park, in partnership with the Natural Bridge Historical Society, Inc. (CSO) invites you to the 41st annual reenactment of the Battle of Natural Bridge. The event commemorates the 153rd Anniversary of the Civil War battle which took place 12 miles south of Tallahassee. Early on the morning of March 6, 1865, shots rang out in southern Leon County where the St. Marks River temporarily flows underground then reemerges, thus forming a natural bridge; these shots marked the opening skirmish of the Battle of Natural Bridge. Over the course of the day, Union troops, including the 2nd and 99th United States Colored Troops (USCT), attempted to charge over the Natural Bridge. Each charge was repulsed by artillery and small arms fire by the Confederate defenders. By days end, Union forces retreated to the protection of the Federal fleet at St. Marks. Tallahassee became the only Southern Capital east of the Mississippi River not to succumb to military capture by Union Troops during the Civil War.

Saturday, March 3rd, you are invited to mingle with civil war reenactors and observe a Confederate-Union skirmish, cavalry demonstrations, artillery shows and medical treatment examples. Sunday, March 4th will be official Opening Ceremonies and Dedication, followed by a full-scale reenactment of the Battle of Natural Bridge at 2:30 p.m. Refreshments, including hamburgers, hotdogs, snacks and soft drinks will be available for purchase both days beginning at 12:00 p.m. Parking is available

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