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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Nature Hike with David @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 8:00am EDT

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Call the Ranger Station at 352-236-7148 ext. 4

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

Take a guided hike on the 3rd Saturday of each month, September through May, and learn about the flora and fauna of North Central Florida. David Rakes is an experienced and knowledgeable naturalist with a broad understanding of the natural communities surrounding the Silver River. Each hike will start from a different location in the park and will focus on different plants. You may receive the opportunity to view wildlife such as Florida white-tailed deer, Sherman's fox squirrel, Eastern gopher tortoises, and more.

September 16, 2017: Meet at the Sandhill Trailhead.
The beginning of the great wildflower show underneath the Longleaf pine trees.

October 21, 2017: Meet at the Sandhill Trailhead.
See the Sandhill wildflowers at their best, including Blazing Star, Paintbrush, Summer’s Farewell, Yellow Buttons, Golden Asters and Blue Sage.

November 18, 2017: Meet at the Sandhill Trailhead.
The wildflower show is tapering off but the endemic shrub Garberia heterophylla persists with its wonderful rose-purple tubular flowers. You will be amazed at all the insects they attract.

December 16, 2017: Meet at the Swamp Trailhead.
Focus on seeing the terrestrial Shadow Witch Orchid and the peculiar homes of the Purseweb Spider.

January 20, 2018: Meet at the Sandhill Trailhead.
Learn about the five different species of pine trees found in the park as well as the endemic Florida Deep Digger Scarab Beetle that digs down in the sandy soil from five to almost eight feet deep.

February 17, 2018: Meet at the Sandhill Trailhead.
The walk will focus on the earliest flowering shrubs and trees such as the Eastern Red Bud and the Flatwoods Plum.

March 17, 2018: Meet at the Sink Hole Trailhead.
Let’s count trees! No, not every tree, but how many different species are in these woodlands.

April 21, 2018: Meet at the River Trailhead.
On the way to the Silver River you will see the Pinkroot wildflower and the arboreal Manatee Tree Snail. With luck you may see the Prothonotary Warbler, formerly known as the Golden Swamp Warbler.

May 19, 2018: Meet at the Sandhill Trailhead.
Resident songbirds such as the Pine Warbler and Summer Tanager will sing their little heads off while you walk through the piney woods.

Additional Information:

Enter the park through the camping & museum entrance, 1425 NE 58th Avenue, (also known as State Road 35 or Baseline Rd.) to access any of the trailheads.

Sturdy walking shoes, a canteen and insect repellant is suggested. No pets, please. This program may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Call the ranger station for the latest information.

Participation requirements.

Hiking for Health at O'Leno State Park / Community Walk @ O'Leno State Park

Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 8:30am to 10:00am EDT

Free park entry to walk participants.

More Information:
Wendy Bragdon (386) 758 - 1193

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

Make a commitment to being healthy and active!

Join in on a family friendly Community Walk while enjoying the beauty of O’Leno State Park.  The Florida Department of Health in Columbia County is hosting a Community Health Walk along the park's scenic paved drive.  Stop at the Ranger Station after the first 1.5 miles or continue back down the drive for a 3 mile hike. Florida Department of Health in Columbia County will be on hand to help you track your weight and BMI.  Community Walks will take place the third Saturday of each month. Free park entry to walk participants.

Health checks begin at 8:30 a.m.

Walk begins at 9:00 a.m.

 

Additional Information:

For more information, please view the Participation Requirements and event flyer.

Volunteer Workday @ Ravine Gardens State Park

Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EDT

Free for volunteers.

More Information:
Raymond 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 at our monthly volunteer work day. This month we will work cleaning up and planting in the garden beds. All ages are invited to enjoy a day of working in the garden. Basic gardening tools will be provided, however if you have your own, feel free to bring them. Participants should wear clothing appropriate for working outdoors and closed-toed shoes. Participants should bring a reusable water bottle, bug spray and sunscreen.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Fort Cooper Days @ Fort Cooper State Park

Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm EDT

13 years and older $7.00 

12 years and under are free 

More Information:
For more information, call 352-726-0315.

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

Come and enjoy modern and period artisans, living history demonstrations, exhibits, food and refreshments. The sound of musket volleys and the smell of gunpowder will greet visitors to Fort Cooper State Park as it celebrates Fort Cooper Days on March 17th and 18th. Experience Florida's history... the April 1836 skirmishes of the Second Seminole War on the shores of Lake Holathlikaha. Watch as volunteers re-enact an attack between a group of Seminoles and members of the First Georgia Battalion of Volunteers. Re-enactments occur at 11 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. each day.

Additional Information:

This event is hosted by The Friends of Fort Cooper.

Participation Requirements

Monday Morning Nature Walk @ Lake June-in-Winter Scrub Preserve State Park

Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am EDT

The park entry fee of $2.00 per vehicle applies and exact change is required for payment in the Iron Ranger deposit box.

More Information:
Call the Highlands Hammock Ranger Station at 863-386-6094 for more information.

Located in the Southwest region at:
Lake June-in-Winter Scrub Preserve State Park
Daffodil Road
Lake Placid, FL 33852

Explore Lake June with volunteer trail guides Brian and Susan Woodworth. This walk is an “off the beaten path” field trip that includes hiking the Tomoka Run Trail through scrubby flatwoods, bayhead, and scrub. Hikers may walk a short distance down a sugar sand trail or along the entrance road to observe Florida scrub-jays. Bald eagles, red-shouldered hawks and Florida water birds may be sighted and gopher tortoises are sometimes seen. Visitors may also walk down to the lakeshore to observe wading birds. The degree of difficulty of this walk ranges from easy to moderate to difficult. Visitors will drive to the far south end of Daffodil Road in Lake Placid and meet at the main entrance of the park at 9:00 a.m. The walk will take one hour to 90 minutes, and may be extended to two hours depending on bird sightings. 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. Water is essential as there are no drinking fountains or other sources of water or facilities on site. Walking sticks may be helpful and binoculars, field guides and cameras are useful.  Please see Additional Information for participation requirements and other pertinent information.

Additional Information:

Scheduled walks are subject to change depending on conditions. Visitors are advised to call the Ranger Station at Highlands Hammock before proceeding to Lake June for a scheduled walk. Other than a solar outhouse, there are no restroom facilities at Lake June.  Florida State Parks are in various stages of accessibility. To learn more about the participation requirements for this activity, please review EEC RANGER - LED NATURE WALKS LAKE JUNE.

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

Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am EDT

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.

Morning Nature Walk @ Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:30am EDT

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Park Services Specialist Jeff Hugo, 850-561-7286

Located in the Northwest region at:
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park
465 Wakulla Park Drive
Wakulla Springs, FL 32327

Join a ranger-led trek through Wakulla Springs State Park’s varying forest communities. Leaves are budding, dogwood's are blooming, and life is awakening in the park's forests. The habitat beckons. Let your guide make the most of your visit as he points out nature's nuances. Arrive early and fuel up with breakfast prior to the walk in the historic Wakulla Springs Lodge.

Additional Information:

 

Space is limited. Please call 850-561-7286 to register.

Meet in the lobby of the Lodge at Wakulla Springs.

Participation Requirements

Confederate Garrison Weekend @ Fort Clinch State Park

Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm EDT

$6.00 per vehicle park admission/$2.50 Fort 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 1861. 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 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

Watercolor Fellowship @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am EDT

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 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EDT

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

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

Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am EDT

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 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:30pm EDT

$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.

Nature Trail Hike @ Koreshan State Park

Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am EDT

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.

Antiques, Arts and Collectibles Day @ Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 10:00am to 3:00pm EDT

Park entrance fee of $5.00 per car load. Up to 8 people per car

More Information:
Patricia Cromer, (386) 397-4408

Located in the Northeast region at:
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
11016 Lillian Saunders Drive/ US HWY 41 or Mailing address: P.O. Drawer G
White Springs, FL 32096

Collectors and vendors from all over will gather to display their antiques, unique art, and collectibles. Browse a variety of collectibles and a fantastic display of antique and classic cars, military vehicles, antique bikes and more! Hand built dioramas and scale models will be on display highlighting the local history of the turpentine and logging industries.

New this year is our Swap Meet area! Browse car related items and find the part you’ve been searching for! Kid’s activities and food concessions will be available.

Visit Cousin Thelma Boltin’s Gift Shop for handmade items created by local artists and crafters, locally made jams, jellies, syrups, honey, and refreshments.

Play at the playground, have a picnic, rent a bicycle, or canoe from the Gift Shop or go for a hike along the Suwannee River. Visit the Craft Cabins where you can learn a primitive craft or sign up for a variety of workshops. Call the Gift Shop any time at 386-397-1920 to schedule a workshop.

Additional Information:

Register here

OR

To register as a vendor please call Patricia Cromer at (386) 397-4408

To register a vehicle contact the Gift Shop (386) 397-1920

Participation Requirements

Guided Nature Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am EDT

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 17, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am EDT

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

Living History Weekend @ Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 10:00am EDT to Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 2:00pm EDT

Regular park admission applies.

More Information:
Kevin Bowes (305) 292-6850 kevin.bowes@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Southeast region at:
Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park
601 Howard England Way
Key West, FL 33040

Dear Civil War Enthusiast,

We invite you to participate in Living History at Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park on the third weekend of each month.  These events portray the time period of 1861-1862 at a Federal fortress. First person interpretation, weapons demonstrations and camp life are featured from 10am-2pm each day. Union and Confederate soldiers, townspeople, craftspeople, and performers, are all part of the re-enactments, which focus on educating the public by sharing the history of Fort Taylor and life during the Civil War.

Additional Information:

If you are interested in getting involved and want to re-enact, please contact Kevin Bowes for assistance and information.

Junior Ranger Programs, 3rd Saturday Monthly, 10am - 11am @ Koreshan State Park

Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am EDT

FREE with Park admittance.

More Information:
Ranger Station (239) 992-0311

Located in the Southwest region at:
Koreshan State Park
3800 Corkscrew Road
Estero, FL 33928

Come in for a fun learning experience and become a Junior Ranger! Discover and learn about plants, animals, and other secrets of the park. Meet in the picnic area at 10:00am. Ideal for children ages 6-12. Parental presence required. For more information call 239-992-0311, or visit http://friendsofkoreshan.org/events/.

Additional Information:

​Parental presence required. Meet in the picnic area at 10:00 a.m. for a fun learning experience! Reservations requested, please call (239) 992-0311 

Spring Festival and Car Show @ De Leon Springs State Park

Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm EDT

$6.00 per vehicle: 2-8 people

$4.00 per vehicle: one person only

$4.00 per motorcycle

$2.00 per person for pedestrians, bicyclists, and extra passengers

Children under 6 FREE

More Information:
Ranger Station: 386-985-4212

Located in the Central region at:
De Leon Springs State Park
601 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
De Leon Springs, FL 32130

Come enjoy the Spring Festival and Car Show!

This exciting event includes Custom Cars, Hot Rods, Classic Cars, Antique Cars, and Live Music underneath the sprawling oak trees and natural beauty of De Leon Springs State Park.

601 Ponce De Leon Blvd, De Leon Springs, FL 32130

 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Event sponsored by the Friends of De Leon Springs State Park.

The park's goal is to provide access to the event for people of all abilities. If you have special needs please contact the park before your arrival.

Variety of Performing Musicians @ Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 10:00am to 3:00pm EDT

Free with park admission. $5.00 per car load, up to 8 people per vehicle

More Information:
Patricia Cromer, Museum Docent (386) 397-4408

Located in the Northeast region at:
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
11016 Lillian Saunders Drive/ US HWY 41 or Mailing address: P.O. Drawer G
White Springs, FL 32096

Come enjoy a variety of performing musicians! Hammer Dulcimer, violin, piano, flute and more happening throughout the day in our Carillon Tower.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

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

Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 10:30am EDT

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.)

Saturday Ranger Program @ Manatee Springs State Park

Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm EDT

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 17, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm EDT

$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 17, 2018 - 2:00pm EDT

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 17, 2018 - 2:30pm EDT

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

Campfire Program @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm EDT

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.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements