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Friday, March 23, 2018

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

Friday, March 23, 2018 - 8:15am to 9:00am 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

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.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Friday Guided Hike @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Friday, March 23, 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

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. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Guided Canoe Trip @ Collier-Seminole State Park

Friday, March 23, 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 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.

Guided Nature Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Friday, March 23, 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.

Shark Program @ Lovers Key State Park

Friday, March 23, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am EDT

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 an interesting and fun talk about sharks. Discover why sharks, which are often feared, are an incredible group of animals which are commonly misunderstood. Explore why they’re important to our ecosystem, and learn what you can do to help protect them. Due to limited space, reservations are required.

Birding at Spoonbill Pond @ Big Talbot Island State Park

Friday, March 23, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm EDT

No reservations are necessary and the program is free with $3 per vehicle park admission.

More Information:
Ranger Station 904-251-2320

Located in the Northeast region at:
Big Talbot Island State Park
State Road A1A North
Jacksonville, FL, FL 32226

Join a Park Ranger for a program that will introduce you to bird watching. Topics include the basic tools available to birdwatchers, and the basics of bird habitat, behavior, and identification. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, bug spray, sunscreen and bottled water.

Additional Information:

The program will begin at the Bluffs parking and pavilions area on Big Talbot Island.

Participation Requirements

Birding at Spoonbill Pond @ Little Talbot Island State Park

Friday, March 23, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm EDT

No reservations are necessary and the program is free with $3 per vehicle park admission.

More Information:
Ranger Station 904-251-2320

Located in the Northeast region at:
Little Talbot Island State Park
12157 Heckscher Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32226

Join a Park Ranger for a program that will introduce you to bird watching. Topics include the basic tools available to birdwatchers, and the basics of bird habitat, behavior, and identification. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, bug spray, sunscreen and bottled water.

Additional Information:

The program will begin at the Bluffs parking and pavilions area on Big Talbot Island.

Participation Requirements

Guided Tours of Historic Koreshan Settlement @ Koreshan State Park

Friday, March 23, 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.

Discover the Marshlands @ St. Andrews State Park

Friday, March 23, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm CDT

Regular park entrance fees apply.

More Information:
Amy Thompson (850)708-6075

Located in the Northwest region at:
St. Andrews State Park
4607 State Park Lane
Panama City Beach, FL 32408

Come learn about the alligators and birds that occupy beautiful St. Andrews marshlands with Ameri-Corps Volunteer Amy who will be highlighting this unique ecosystem.  All ages are encouraged to attend this kid friendly event. 

Additional Information:

Participants should meet at the Gator Lake Boardwalk.

Participation Requirements

River Rhythms - Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

Friday, March 23, 2018 - 4:00pm EDT

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
(352) 236-7156 or craig.littauer@dep.state.fl.us

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

Join us the 4th Friday of every month, for an evening full of music and entertainment featuring a live drum circle. From 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., come and enjoy this musical experience. Like all public drum circles, all voices are welcome. There are a few extra drums but if you have some please bring them along. Also, to increase your comfort, we recommend that you bring a blanket or a chair. In addition to drumming and percussion, singing and dancing are highly encouraged! An audience is always needed so feel free to watch and listen.

Additional Information:

Enter the park through the main entrance located at 5656 East Silver Springs Boulevard (State Road 40).

For more information about the hosts of this event, or to see a flyer, please visit their website, https://m.facebook.com/OcalaDrumCircles/about

Participation requirements.

Fifth Annual Hike & Seek Geocaching: A Land Remembered - 1800s! @ Highlands Hammock State Park

Friday, March 23, 2018 - 7:00pm EDT to Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 12:00pm EDT

Park entry fees of $4.00 per single occupant vehicle and $6.00 per vehicle (up to eight people) apply for day visitors entering the park on Saturday.  Park entry fees are waived after 6:00 pm at night.  Park entry fees will be waived for volunteers who participate in the CITO project on Sunday, March 25.  Meal tickets for the event are $5 per serving for breakfast, $5 per serving for lunch and $10 per serving for dinner.  Event organizers request that geocachers purchase meal tickets in advance to assist planning and preparation. 

More Information:
Email gcbabyruthie@gmail.com for more information.

Located in the Southwest region at:
Highlands Hammock State Park
5931 Hammock Road
Sebring , FL 33872

The "A Land Remembered - 1800s" Weekend Geocaching Event will begin Friday evening in the park recreation hall at 7:00 pm when cachers may get together informally and share laughs, comaraderie, good tunes and friendly competition as they kick off the weekend playing a "Name That Tune Trivia" game based on the old television show.  Registration for the Fifth Annual Hike & Seek will begin at 8:00 am in the park recreation hall followed by breakfast at 8:30 am.  Geocaching will be ongoing throughout the day.  Other activities include the Amazing Race, a competitive foot race with as many as ten organized teams consisting of four to five members per team.  The teams will provide administrative, resource management and maintenance assistance to the park in addition to other race tasks.  Race start time is 9:00 am.  A lunch will be available at 11:30 am with a dinner at 5:00 pm followed by a door prize drawing at 6:00 pm.  New caches will be published and cachers may greet old friends and meet new ones.  Meal tickets must be purchased for all meals.  Cachers may bring beverages and snacks to the Friday night Name That Tune Trivia gathering.  Additionally, a school supply drive will be ongoing throughout the day and the book drive that will benefit the park's Little Free Library is greatly appreciated.  A Cache In - Trash Out (CITO) is scheduled for Sunday morning at 8:30 am.  CITO participants are instructed to meet by the Music In The Park stage in the picnic area and assist the park with a community service project.  Advance registration for the Hike & Seek is required.   Please see Additional Information for registration, participation requirements and other pertinent information. 

Additional Information:

Log your "Will Attend" on www.geocaching.com.  If you are not a member, you may join for free.  For participation requirements, click on the link EEC GEOCACHING EVENTS and the link EEC NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY if participating in the Cache In - Trash Out.  Volunteers are advised to wear sturdy shoes and protective clothing.  Bring gloves, a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, water, cold drinks and snacks. 

Movie Night @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Friday, March 23, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm 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 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.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

An Evening Under the Stars @ Big Lagoon State Park

Friday, March 23, 2018 - 6:00pm CDT

Free event with regular park admission. You must arrive before sunset to pay the park entrance fees. The park closes at sunset, which varies throughout the year. 

More Information:
https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Big-Lagoon

Located in the Northwest region at:
Big Lagoon State Park
12301 Gulf Beach Highway
Pensacola , FL 32507

Escambia Amatuer Astronomer's Association is partnering with Big Lagoon State Park to offer an Evening under the Stars. They will have multiple telescopes available for viewing different celestial objects of interest.

Additional Information:

Please call the Ranger Station (850) 492-1595 for current closing time.

Participation requirements

Firefly Takeover At Blue Spring State Park @ Blue Spring State Park

Friday, March 23, 2018 - 7:45pm to 8:45pm EDT

$10 Per Vehicle

More Information:
Ranger Station at 386-775-3663

Located in the Central region at:
Blue Spring State Park
2100 W. French Avenue
Orange City, FL 32763

Come take a guided tour to see the fireflies light up the Blue Spring sky. The park will extend closing time by one hour to visitors who would like to experience the hundreds of fireflies that visit this time of year.

To participate, please be in the park at least 30 minutes before closing. Obtain an After-Hours parking permit and Event Ticket. The meeting location will be on the Thursby House lawn.

Additional Information:

Be prepared to walk one mile for this event.

Dress appropriately for the weather, this is an outdoor activity.

Bring a flashlight for before and after the event.

Be prepared for mosquitos.

Participation Requirements