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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Monthly Bird Walk on Pepper Creek Trail @ Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 8:00am to 9:30am EDT

There is no charge to participate in the monthly bird walks.

More Information:
Susan Strawbridge, (352) 628-5445

Located in the Northeast region at:
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
4150 S. Suncoast Blvd. (US 19)
Homosassa, FL 34446

Novice and experienced birders are invited to take a guided bird walk on Pepper Creek Trail. Leaders from Citrus County Audubon will lead the walk. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them. This leisurely-paced walk is on a fully accessible (paved) trail that winds through a hydric hammock along Pepper Creek. Please call the park office at (352) 628-5343 Mondays through Fridays to register.

Additional Information:

 Participation Requirements

 

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

Saturday, March 24, 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.

Watercolor Fellowship @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, March 24, 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 24, 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 24, 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 24, 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.

Naturalist Led Swamp Walk @ Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park

Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 9:30am to 2:30pm EDT

Tickets are $75.00 per person and can be purchased 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

This swamp walk led by an experienced Naturalist will immerse you in the beauty and diversity of the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve the largest State Park in Florida. For many visitors, a Friends of Fakahatchee Swamp Walk is the highlight of their Florida visit. Participants wade in cool water up to their waists for half a day observing the native wildlife and plants in the Fakahatchee Strand. This is a long, strenuous walk into the heart of the Fakahatchee. Participants will be required to sign a standard release of liability form. Any cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance to receive refund.

Swamp walkers should wear long pants and lace-up boots or sneakers (no waders or open-top boots). A hat and long-sleeved shirt are also recommended. Bring water, snacks, or lunch. Bring bug repellent if you are sensitive. Put anything you do not want to get wet in zip-lock plastic bags. You can change into your dry clothes in the park's restroom for your return home.

Swamp walkers meet the Naturalist at the Ranger Station off Janes’ Scenic Drive no later than 9:30 a.m and can expect to be back around 2.30PM.

The Park's ranger station is located at 137 Coast Line Drive, Copeland, FL off of Janes Scenic Drive, Janes Scenic drive is only acessible via SR 29 ( between I-75 and US 41) DO NOT rely on incorrect GPS information providing other routes to access Jane Scenic drive in Copeland.

Additional Information:

All funds raised from tickets sold support the Friends of Fakahatchee, the park's citizen support organization.  More information about the Friends of Fakahatchee can be found at their website orchidswamp.org.

Dog Days Celebration @ Ravine Gardens State Park

Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm EDT

Free with regular park entry fee of $5.00 per vehicle.

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

Ravine Gardens love's one of our frequent visitors, the dog! Join us as we celebrate a human’s best friend with demonstrations, speakers and dog friendly vendors. Don’t have a best friend yet? No worries, pet adoptions will be available. Come on out and find the love of your life!

Think your pupper has what it takes? Join our Best Dressed Pooch contest at 11:00am. To participate, register here. Prizes will be awarded to the top three best dressed pooches! The contest will begin at 11:00am. Contestants will need to be registered either through Eventbrite or be onsite by 10:15am to register. All pre-registerd contestants must arrive by 10:45am.

Well behaved dogs are invited to participate in the day’s festivities. Please make sure your dog is leashed and is following the Florida State Park’s pet policy.

 

Vendor spots are still available. Please contact Ray at raymond.presley@dep.state.fl.us or 386-329-3721 for information on how you can participate.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Nature Trail Hike @ Koreshan State Park

Saturday, March 24, 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.

Cracker Village Tour - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 10:00am EDT

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Ranger Station, 352-236-7148 ext. 4

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

Saturday, December 23rd only:

Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the cracker village will additionally feature a cast iron cooking demonstration as well as a firing of the new wood-fired pottery kiln. The kiln will be opened on December 27th and the pottery made will be available for purchase in the museum gift shop.

Come and discover what life was like at the turn of the century in the Florida "piney woods." The cracker homestead is a replica of a 19th century pioneer settlement. This collection of buildings represents a small "Cracker'' settlement dating to the 1890s. A typical homestead of the time would have included a cabin and outbuildings such as a barn, pantry, smokehouse, and outhouse. Schoolhouses, churches, and blacksmith shops would have been found in settlements that homesteaders visited to attend social gatherings and barter for supplies. During the tour, these buildings will be open and unlocked and on most tours the blacksmith's forge will be fired up. Meet at the Cracker Village across from the Silver River museum.

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 the Silver River Museum.

For more information about the Silver River Museum visit their website.

Participation requirements.

Historic Park Tours @ Dudley Farm Historic State Park

Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am EDT

Regular park entrance fee of $5.00/car (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

                                                                              - A Historic Park Tour -

Join us and discover an authentic working farm owned by the Dudleys from post Civil War to mid-1940s.  Follow a park staff or docent in period clothing as they talk about the homestead consisting of eighteen restored buildings, farm animals, gardens and local history.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Guided Nature Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, March 24, 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.

Spring Fling @ Little Manatee River State Park

Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 10:00am to 3:00pm EDT

Event is free with paid park admission.  Food, native plants, and other items will be available for purchase.  Donations are gratefully accepted.

Park entrance fees:

$5/vehicle (2-8 persons)

$4/vehicle (1 person)

$2/person (entering on foot, bicycle, horse, bus, and extra persons with Individual Pass Holders)

More Information:
Ranger Station 813-671-5005; or Kate Smithson at kathryn.smithson@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Southwest region at:
Little Manatee River State Park
215 Lightfoot Rd.
Wimauma, FL 33598

A wild world awaits at Little Manatee River State Park! Explore the wonders of the natural environment waiting around every bend. Visit a variety of environmental displays and exhibits from local agencies and conservation groups.  Displays and activities will highlight unique local ecosystems, wildlife, and native plants. Guided programs and activities include a wildlife obstacle course, dip netting, fishing, arts and crafts, and much more. Join us for a day of recreation and education, with food, music, and fun for all ages in the Real Florida!

Additional Information:

The Spring Fling will take place in the main picnic area. Booths will be set up throughout the picnic area, with many booths directly adjacent to the parking lot. Additional programs, activities, and displays will take place in park pavilions, located approximately 1/3 mile from the parking lot. Most areas of the picnic area are wheelchair accessible, with some sections of soft sand. Overflow parking lot is located approximately 2/3 mile from picnic area on the main park drive. The park tram will make a regular circuit from overflow parking to main event area.

Florida State Parks are in various stages of accessibility. For more information on accessibility of individual programs, please review the “Participation Requirements” under “Park Documents” tab, or call the Ranger Station at 813-671-5005. Should you need assistance to make your full participation in this event possible, please contact Kate Smithson by calling the Ranger Station. Up to two full weeks may be needed to make accommodations.

If you are a food vendor, environmental educator or volunteer who would like to participate in this year's Spring Fling, please contact Kate Smithson by calling the park Ranger Station.

Critter Crafts for Kids @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, March 24, 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

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

Saturday, March 24, 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.)

Wakulla Springs Car and Bike Show @ Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm EDT

The event is free with paid 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

The event marks the return to Wakulla Springs State Park of exquisitely restored vehicles. Enjoy food vendors and other displays. This is a family event near the playground and provides access to the beach and river boat cruises.

Additional Information:

For more information please visit WakullaSprings.org.

Participation Requirements

River Fishing Workshop @ Sebastian Inlet State Park

Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:15pm EDT

Free with regular park admission fees

More Information:
Terry OToole 772-388-2750

Located in the Central region at:
Sebastian Inlet State Park
9700 South Highway A.1.A.
Melbourne Beach, FL 32951

River Fishing Workshop

"River/Lagoon fishing class designed to introduce anglers to the tactics of river/lagoon fishing.  Anglers will learn why it's important to know the how, where and when of river fishing. Topics and discussion will center on rods/reels, various fishing rigs, hard and soft plastic baits, live baiting, knots, state and local regulations. Anglers should bring a pen/pencil and something to write on.

Meet at the Sebastian Fishing Museum.

Additional Information:

EEC River Fishing Workshop updated

Saturday Ranger Program @ Manatee Springs State Park

Saturday, March 24, 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 24, 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

Fourth Saturday Gamble Jam @ Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach

Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm EDT

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Ranger Station 386-517-2086

Located in the Central region at:
Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach
3100 S. Oceanshore Blvd
Flagler Beach, FL 32136

Join us at Gamble Rogers on the second and fourth Saturday of every month for a Jam Session in the park. Musicians of all skill levels are encouraged to bring instruments and a chair to join the circle for a casual, acoustic jam session. Instruments of all types are welcome; however, there is no power source near the pavilion. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Concert in the Park @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, March 24, 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 24, 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