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Saturday, March 3, 2018

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!

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

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

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Coffee with the Birds - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 8:00am to 10:00am EST

Free with paid park admission.

More Information:
(352) 236 - 7148 ext. 4

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

Every 1st Saturday (October - April), take a walk on the bird side with birdwatchers of varying experience levels, from novice to expert. The short walk leaves from the river trail located in the museum area. Coffee will be provided. Please bring binoculars and sturdy walking shoes as well as anything else you need to be comfortable in the great outdoors, such as a hat, insect repellent, or other personal items. Other birdwatchers will have field guides but feel free to bring your own.

Most months begin at 8:00 a.m. but in the months of December and January the program begins at 9:00 a.m.

Additional Information:

Enter the park from the camping & museum entrance, 1425 NE 58th Avenue, (also known as State Road 35 or Baseline Rd.) to access the Silver River Museum.

This program is in partnership with members of the Village Birders club.

Participation requirements.

2018 Race the Tortoise 5K Run @ O'Leno State Park

Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 8:00am to 10:00am EST

Entry fee waived with the purchase of 5K registration fee.

More Information:
386-454-1853

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

Race starts at 8 AM, Registration begins at 6:45 AM

We want YOU at the 2018 Race the Tortoise 5K Run/Walk (3.1 miles) to be held at OʼLeno State Park on March 3, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. This event is hosted by Friends of OʼLeno, Inc.

This is an out and back certified race course (FL09012EBM) with mile markers. It is on the Park’s main road which is both scenic and paved. The start and finish lines are near the main parking area approximately 1.5 miles from the Park’s entrance.

This is a family-friendly, running and walking event promoting a healthy lifestyle and the beauty of OʼLeno State Park. Some participants will be racing for prize money and awards, some to achieve a personal best, and some to complete their first running event. Whether you run fast, slow, or walk, come out and challenge yourself to Race the Tortoise. All levels of ability welcome. Visit our website at friendsofoleno.org for more details, and to register for this event.

The proceeds from the race will help provide for the creatures in the Park’s Nature Center and to help expand its exhibits.

“Care for your heart…take part.”

Additional Information:

 Participation Requirements

 

Tropical Hardwood Forest Nature Walk @ Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park

Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am EST

The walk is free with the park entrance fee of $2.50 per person.

More Information:
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Ranger Station, (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

Join Native Nursery Volunteer Jenny Doyle for an informative and enjoyable walk through a tropical hardwood hammock. Jenny will focus the walk on forest habitat hurricane survival, following Hurricane Irma's visit to the park last September. The walk is free with the park entrance fee of $2.50 per person. Long sleeves and pants and insect repellent are suggested. Limited to 15 participants. Meet at the park's main entrance (former Port Bougainville archway), 1/2 mile north of the point where U.S. Highway 1 and County Road 905 converge.

Additional Information:

The walk is conducted on both asphalt and unpaved trails. Participants may choose to stop at any point and easily return to the entrance.

Haz-Mat Recycling and Tire Amnesty Day @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 8:00am to 12:00pm CST

Park admission is free for those dropping off recyclables during the event.

More Information:
Christopher.Whittle@dep.state.fl.us

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

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and Walton County invite you to the Walton County Solid Waste & Recycling and Tire Amnesty Day! Items being accepted are:

Pesticides - Used Oil - Stale Gasoline – Solvents – Fertilizers – Paint – Paint Thinners – Paint Strippers – Batteries – Furniture Polish – Brake Fluid – Engine Degreasers – Anti-Freeze – Pool Chemicals – Insecticides – Spot Removers

Waste tire amnesty will also be held on the same date, during the same hours and locations. Walton county residents may bring up to 12 tires per residence.  No gas cylinders or explosives please. 

Due to hazardous nature of certain components in home computers, old computer hardware including processors, monitors, keyboards, printers, scanners will be accepted. 

Locations:

Walton County Fairgrounds, Highway 83 North (9th Avenue), Defuniak Springs,

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, 7525 W. Scenic Hwy 30A, Santa Rosa Beach

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Watercolor Fellowship @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, March 3, 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, March 3, 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

Great American Cleanup @ Honeymoon Island State Park

Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EST

Waived

More Information:


Located in the Southwest region at:
Honeymoon Island State Park
#1 Causeway Blvd.
Dunedin, FL 34698

Honeymoon Island Administration will be partnering with Keep Pinellas Beautiful again this year for the Great American Cleanup. We will be conducting a number of critical projects around the park. All ages and ability levels are welcome. The event will be Saturday, March 3rd from 9am - Noon. Please remember to bring appropriate work attire, close-toed shoes, gloves, sunscreen, and plenty of water.

See you at the Park! 

Additional Information:

RSVP here

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

Saturday, March 3, 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.

Family Birding @ Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am EST

Hikes are free, but regular park admission fees apply.  Park admission at La Chua Trail is $4.00 per vehicle, cash only, or free with a Florida State Parks Annual Pass.

More Information:
Ranger Station 352-466-3397

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

We welcome you the first Saturday of each month November through April, to join us for a hike on La Chua Trail and learn about birds.  Children are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult.  This birding hike is an out-and-back trip of up to 3 miles in total length, in an open marsh habitat with a large diversity of plants and wildlife.  Meet us in the La Chua Trail parking lot; the north entrance to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, by 9:00 a.m.

Hikes are limited to 20 people.  Reserve your spot on www.prairiefriends.org.   Registration for each hike will open approximately 30 days prior to the hike date.

Binoculars are available for loan during the hike, but supplies are limited and preference given first to those with reservations.

No pets permitted.

This program is supported by Paynes Prairie and Alachua Audubon volunteers.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

First Weekend Union Garrison @ Fort Clinch State Park

Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm EST

$2.50 Fort Admission in addition to regular park admission.

More Information:
Fort Clinch State Park, 904-277-7274

Located in the Northeast region at:
Fort Clinch State Park
2601 Atlantic Ave
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

This program will allow visitors to interact with living historians to experience life in the fort as it was in 1864. The grounds will be bustling with soldiers in period costumes involved in firing demonstrations, marching drills, cooking and daily activities. Ladies in their dresses, sutlers displaying their wares, fife players and drummer boys bring every part of the civil war era to life. Come join in this unique, family friendly event.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Spend Your Morning With A Park Ranger @ Fanning Springs State Park

Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am EST

Program free with paid Park Admission.

Admission:

$6 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.

$4 for a single occupant vehicle.

$2 for pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.

More Information:
Ranger Station: 352-463-3420

Located in the Northeast region at:
Fanning Springs State Park
18020 N.W. HWY 19
Fanning Springs, FL 32693

Spend the morning with a Ranger!!! Come enjoy a morning discussing various topics with a Park Ranger. Topics may range from Manatee’s in the spring to ecological fires in the forest.

Additional Information:

 Participation Requirements

 

Guided Canoe Trip @ Collier-Seminole State Park

Saturday, March 3, 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 6 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.

Mushroom Log Workshop @ Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 9:30am to 12:00pm EST

Program Fee: $50.

More Information:
For more information or to RSVP, 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 our Mushroom Log Workshop! Participants will each receive two logs to inoculate with the mushroom spawn variety of their choice – Shiitake, Oyster, Lion’s Mane, or Turkey Tail.  Participants must specify their variety choice at time of registration - both logs will be the same variety.  Participants will drill the appropriate holes in the logs, use a mallet to hammer in the mushroom plugs, and then seal the plugs with wax.  The logs are yours to take home!  Then WAIT 9-12 months for the first flush of mushrooms and enjoy home grown mushrooms for years thereafter.
 

Additional Information:

RSVP is required. Please call 850-487-4556 to RSVP by Monday, February 19th. Space is limited.

Participation Requirements

Azalea Days @ Ravine Gardens State Park

Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm EST

$4.00 per person, children 6 and under are free.

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 as we celebrate the end of azalea season at our historic 23rd Annual Azalea Days event! Spend the day at Ravine Gardens touring through arts and craft vendors or take a stroll through our historic gardens. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase during the event.

Saturday: This year we are adding live entertainment! The line up along with the schedule of events will be announced on the Friends of Ravine Gardens Facebook page.

Sunday: Guided Hikes will be offered at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm. They will begin at the formal gardens and travel about 1.5 miles down the terraces and over the park's suspension bridge. For those who may have difficulty traversing the uneven terrain on the hike, ranger programs discussing the history of the park will be offered at the large pavilion at 12:00pm and 2:00pm.

Unfortunately, due to Hurricane Irma, we will not be able to provide wagon tours this year.

Plan to make a day of it by visiting the Florida Azalea Festival in downtown Palatka, only minutes from Ravine Gardens State Park. For more information visit www.flazaleafest.com.

Vendors spots are still available! Please contact Raymond Presley at raymond.presley@dep.state.fl.us or call (386) 329-3721.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

IMPORTANT PARKING NOTICE: Parking within the park is limited and fills up quickly. Please plan to park in the parking lot adjacent to the park (near the National Guard Armory).

Cash only. No ATM on site.

All proceeds benefit the Friends of Ravine Gardens.

Nature Trail Hike @ Koreshan State Park

Saturday, March 3, 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.

World War II Weekend @ Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm EST

Cost is $3/person; age 6 and under, WWII Vets free

More Information:
kristin.n.wood@dep.state.fl.us; 352-793-4781

Located in the Southwest region at:
Dade Battlefield Historic State Park
7200 CR 603
Bushnell, FL 33513

World War II Weekend includes a battle engagement between Allied and German Forces each day at 2 pm.  The event also commemorates the most widespread armed conflict in history and includes Allied and Axis uniformed reenactors, authentic camps and equipment, mechanized military vehicles, weapons demonstrations and food vendors. 

Additional Information:

www.dadebattlefield.com

NatureScaping @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 10:00am to 3:00pm EST

Free entry into the park for this event.

More Information:
(561) 776-7449, ext. 109

Located in the Southeast region at:
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive
North Palm Beach, FL 33408

Join us for our annual FREE ENTRY, outdoor "Green" event, NatureScaping. The event will appeal to children and adults alike, featuring exhibitors, environmentally-themed vendors, Florida native plants for sale, Food Truck Invasion, music, children’s crafts, animal exhibits, free paddle boarding, kayak obstacle course, door prizes, talks and more.

Guided Nature Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, March 3, 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, March 3, 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

Ghost Rider Tram Tour @ Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park

Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:30pm EST

Tickets for the tram tour are $25.00 per person and are available for purchase 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

You don’t have to get your feet wet or drive your car down Janes Scenic Drive to see the wonders of the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. The  “Ghost Rider” tram, named in honor of the famous Ghost Orchid found in the park, lets you look at wildlife and plants without concentrating on the road. The park 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.  An experienced guide leads each 2 1/2 hour tram tour and points out interesting aspects of the park. The tour includes a 15 min. walk down an old logging path to see numerous air plants, a variety of ferns, and seasonally blooming orchids.  The path is high and dry, but hikers need to wear closed shoes. The 20-passenger tram is wheelchair accessible and some seats face backwards.  Participants will be required to sign a standard release of liability form.

This is an outdoor event, so please dress appropriately for the weather.  Please wear secure, closed toe shoes for brief walks at tram stops.

The tram leaves at 10 a.m. from the ranger station at 137 Coastline Drive, Copeland, off Janes Scenic Drive.   Please arrive early as the tram leaves promptly.

Additional Information:

All ticket purchases go directly to the Friends of Fakahatchee, the park's citizen support organization.  For more information, visit the Friends of Fakahatchee website at orchidswamp.org

Ranger History Program and Historic Weapons Firing Demonstration @ Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

Saturday, March 3, 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 through the cooler months of the year for a program on the history surrounding Dade's Battle of 1835, highlighted by a firing demonstration featuring the park's replica 1816 U.S. Flintlock Musket.  (Note: Program may be superceded by park events.)

Carol Fiddia Laxton Talk @ Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park

Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 11:00am EST

Free with park entry - $3/vehicle

More Information:
(352) 466-3672 Please leave a message and it will be returned.

Located in the Northeast region at:
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park
18700 S. CR 325
Cross Creek, FL 32640

Carol Fiddia Laxton will be presenting her reflections on Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings at the barn at the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park on Saturday, March 3rd at 11 a.m.

Mrs. Laxton is the daughter of Leonard Fiddia and granddaughter of Piety Fiddia. Rawlings stayed with Leonard and Piety in 1931 while doing research for her first Florida novel, South Moon Under. Leonard married in 1932 and Carol was born a few years later. Come join us to hear a firsthand accound of the Fiddia family and Rawlings' relationship with them.

Additional Information:

Participant Requirements

History Tours @ Camp Helen State Park

Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am CST

Tour is free with paid park admission.

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

Camp Helen State Park invites you to go beyond your park visit, and discover the past and present, on a ranger guided walking tour where you can learn about the rich history of Camp Helen’s Historic District. Led by informative and entertaining rangers, you will discover and connect with the history that literally surrounds Camp Helen State Park, a Nationally Registered Historic Place.

Additional Information:

Tours begin promptly at 10:00 am, so please meet in the Visitor Center and be sure to bring water and wear comfortable walking attire. Tours take place in the outdoors and may be subject to cancellation due to inclement weather conditions. Please see Participation Requirements.

Saturday Ranger Program @ Manatee Springs State Park

Saturday, March 3, 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

 

Tram Tour @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, March 3, 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, March 3, 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.

Concert in the Park @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, March 3, 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)

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Guided Night Paddle @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm EST

$20 / person

More Information:
Ranger Station 941-483-5956

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

Arrive at 6:02pm. Paddle begins at 6:32pm.
 

Take a paddle up South Creek under the moonlight. Experienced paddlers only, please. Can bring your own vessel or rent one from the park. You can register up to 1 month in advanced at the Ranger Station. No reservations taken by phone. Start times are listed as thirty minutes prior to sunset to allow time to safely get onto the water.

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Campfire Program @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, March 3, 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.

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2018 Americana Concert Series @ Camp Helen State Park

Saturday, March 3, 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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Ranger Guided Night Walk @ Manatee Springs State Park

Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm EST

Free with park Admission

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

This is a leisurely stroll around Manatee Springs to enjoy the sights and sounds of the natural communities around the springs and boardwalk. Bring binoculars, if you have them, to look at the objects in the night sky, and, bring a flashlight to help get you back to your car or campsite safely. Meet at Mortimer the manatee at the Main Springs.

Additional Information:

This is an after hours event. The park gate closes at 7:00 pm, please arrive before 7:00 pm if you are not camping in the park.

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