Highlands Hammock Presents Florida Series Four! @ Highlands Hammock State ParkTuesday, January 9, 2018 - 7:00pm EST to Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 8:00pm EST
Park entry fees of $6.00 per vehicle (up to 8 people) and $4.00 per single occupant vehicle apply. Park entry fees are waived after 6:00 pm. All of the programs are sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the Florida Department State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, Highlands Hammock State Park, and the Friends of Highlands Hammock State Park, Inc.
Call the Ranger Station at 863-386-6094.
Highlands Hammock is celebrating Florida and its rich cultural heritage through a series of lectures that examine keystones in Florida history and environmental issues from the 1820s through the Great Depression, WW II and the present. This Tuesday evening lecture series featuring scholars in the Florida Humanity Council Speakers Bureau is free and open to the public in the park recreation hall. "Meet and Greet" informal book sales and signings are from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm followed by the lectures from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. These programs are sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the Florida Department State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, Highlands Hammock State Park, and the Friends of Highlands Hammock State Park, Inc. The 2018 series of four lectures is scheduled to begin in January as follows:
January 9 - Florida and World War II - Gary Mormino, Professor of History Emeritus, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg
On the eve of Pearl Harbor, Florida was the smallest state in the South. Today, Florida is a Sunbelt megastate. World War II is the lynchpin. The war galvanized Floridians, resulting in the influx of two million servicemen. WWII also ignited a modern civil rights movement, new roles for women, and the dawn of the Florida Dream. Explore Florida’s role in the war with Dr. Gary Mormino as he examines the great social, cultural, and economic forces that transformed Florida into the “Sunshine State,” now the third most populous in the country.
February 6 - RAIN: A History For Stormy Times - Cynthia Barnett, Florida Author and Journalist
Take an engaging natural and cultural tour of RAIN, from its key roles in civilization, religion, and art to the peculiar history of the world’s first raincoat to the rain obsessions of our “Founding Forecaster,” Thomas Jefferson. In the wake of Hurricane Irma, Barnett will focus on hurricanes and examine the increasingly violent storm events of the past two decades. Discover how many communities are coming to live differently with rain and forming a new water ethic in America. Rain is a shared experience which connects all of us – as profound as prayer and art, as practical as economics, as genuine as an exchange between strangers on a stormy day.
February 20 - The Legacy of Franklin Roosevelt's WPA in Florida - David Schmidt, Curator, Florida Civilian Conservation Corps Museum
The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was one of FDR’s most controversial programs to put people to work during the Great Depression. The buildings, bridges, post offices and other projects that were completed during the 1930s and 40s constitute a significant infrastructure now largely forgotten. Even less well known are the New Deal initiatives that included art, photography, film, literature, music and theater. Roosevelt scholar David Schmidt looks closely at WPA works in Florida including the 1942 mural of saber-toothed cats by the great American wildlife artist Charles R. Knight that was rescued from the Sebring Post Office and now hangs in the Sebring Public Library.
March 6 - Florida Transportation History: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (and Steamboats, Too!) - Steven Noll, Professor of History, University of Florida, Gainesville
Florida's history as a territory and a state can be told through the changing methods of transportation designed to move people and goods both to Florida and within Florida. Examining the changing transportation networks in the state, Dr. Steve Noll will trace how Florida changed from a backwoods frontier to one of the most important states in the union. Tying transportation history to social history, travel on a journey that moves from the Bellamy Road of the 1820s to the modern transportation issues currently facing the Sunshine State.
Please see Additional Information for participation requirements.
For participation requirements, review EEC INDOORS TALKS PRESENTATIONS.
Nature Trail Walk @ Curry Hammock State ParkTuesday, March 6, 2018 - 8:00am to 12:00pm EST
Free with regular park admission.
Join a Ranger for a one-hour guided walk along our moderately difficult, 1.5-mile hiking trail. Come out and enjoy a leisurely stroll through our rockland hammock and take in the flora and fauna of the Florida Keys. Along the way, you will gain an appreciation for the difficulties plants and animals face in the sub-tropical ecosystem.
Bug spray, drinking water and closed-toed shoes or hiking boots are recommended.
The narrow trail limits the walk to twelve people, therefore reservations are recommended.
Coffee Social @ Oscar Scherer State ParkTuesday, March 6, 2018 - 8:00am to 10:00am EST
Free with camping or standard park entrance fee, but donations are appreciated
Ranger Station 941-483-5956
Wake up with tea or coffee and your fellow campers. Located in the Nature Center.
Tram Tour and Swamp Walk @ Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State ParkTuesday, March 6, 2018 - 9:30am to 1:00pm EST
Tickets are $60.00 per person and can be purchased here.
NATURALIST led Fakahatchee Tram Tour with Swamp Walk. "This offering combines elements of our longer tram tours and swamp walks to give participants a great introduction to the Fakahatchee," says volunteer naturalist Patrick Higgins.
Each Tram Tour and Swamp Walk begins with a ride on the group's Ghost Rider tram to the site of the swamp walk. After about 90 minutes of walking through the swamp, participants board the tram for the return trip.
Naturalists leading the group will share their insights about the Fakahatchee's flora and fauna on both wet and dry portions of the adventure. Fakahatchee Strand is home to the famous ghost orchid and many other rare plants and animals.
The Tram Tour with Swamp Walk is $60 per person. The tours begin promptly at 9:30 am and conclude by 1 pm.
Participants will be required to sign a standard release of liability form. Any cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance to receive refund.
Participants should be sure to wear sturdy lace-up shoes( no sandals) and long pants and can change to dry clothes at the visitors restrooms for their drive home. This is an outdoor event, so dress appropriately for the weather.
The Tram Tour and Swamp Walk begins at the ranger station off Jane's Scenic Drive. Janes Scenic Drive is accessible ONLY via SR 29 (between HI 75 and US 41) DO NOT rely on incorrect GPS direction providing a different route to Jane Scenic drive in Copeland FL.
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.
Guided Nature Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State ParkTuesday, March 6, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am EST
Free with park admission.
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.
Bring a water bottle, sunscreen and insect repellant.
Nature Program - Nature Hike @ Koreshan State ParkTuesday, March 6, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am 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.
FriendsofKoreshan.org or at the Ranger Station at 239-992-0311
Join a park naturalist for a walk on the Nature Trails of Koreshan State Park. 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 Park picnic area near the kayak launch. Note: 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.
Space is limited. Participants must reserve a space on FriendsofKoreshan.org or at the Ranger Station at 239-992-0311.
Dade Pioneers @ Dade Battlefield Historic State ParkTuesday, March 6, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm EST
Cost is $10/child for school year and includes membership in Dade Battlefield Society
Dade Pioneers is an after school program for ages 8-18. Each program consists of nature and history programs, crafts, games and food.
Campfire Social @ Oscar Scherer State ParkTuesday, March 6, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm EST
Free for registered campers
Ranger Station 941-483-5956
Meet your fellow campers. Roast marshmallows, hang out around the campfire and have a good time. May bring snacks and non-alcoholic drinks. Program is for registered campers only as it is after hours. Located at the campfire circle between sites 35 and 36. Will be inside the Nature Center if inclement weather.