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Sunday, March 25, 2018

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. 

Farmers Market @ Koreshan State Park

Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 8:00am to 1:00pm EDT

$1 environmental impact fee

More Information:
More Information: Ranger Station (239) 992-0311

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

Join us in the historic settlement of Koreshans. Our Sunday Farmers Market offers local and organic produce, fresh seafood and dips, unique crafts, local honey, native plants, handcrafted jewelry, food, beautiful art, and cool gifts! A market pass is $1. Contact the Ranger Station at (239) 992-0311 for more information. For vendor info and applications visit http://friendsofkoreshan.org/farmers-market/

Native Plant Sale, Sundays, 8pm - 1pm @ Koreshan State Park

Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 8:00am to 1:00pm EDT

FREE during the Sunday Farmers Market

More Information:
Ranger Station (239) 992-0311

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

Learning about and purchasing native plants can be a daunting task, but it just got easier! The Coccoloba Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society volunteers will be selling native plants at the Koreshan State Historic Site Farmers Market Sundays, 8:00am - 1 pm.  Experts will be on hand to help answer your questions and teach you about the wonderful benefits of adding native plants to your landscaping. Volunteers will also explain about the fertilizer ordinance and invasive exotic plants. For more information, visit www.FNPSCoccoloba.org or call (239) 273-8945.

Additional Information:

http://www.fnpscoccoloba.org/

Guided Scrub Jay Walk @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 8:30am 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 about this true Florida native and its unique habitat. Meets outside the Nature Center. Comfortable walking shoes, water, sunscreen, binoculars, and/or camera recommended.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Guided Park Excursion @ Savannas Preserve State Park

Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am EDT

Free with state park admission.

More Information:
772-398-2779

Located in the Southeast region at:
Savannas Preserve State Park
2541 Walton Road
Port St. Lucie, FL 34952

Traverse the park with a park naturalist as your guide. Free with paid park admission ($2 a person, or $3 for a vehicle with up to 8 people). Reservations required - Call (772) 398-2779. The group will meet at 9 am on March 25th at the Savannas Preserve State Park Education Center located at 2541 SE Walton Road.

Eagle Viewing @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 9:00am 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

Join the weekly eagle watch and see how our pair of nesting bald eagles are doing. High-powered scope and trail maps are provided. Comfortable shoes, camera and binoculars are suggested. Located at the eagle viewing station along the Green Trail. Note: There is a 20-minute, self-guided walk to the eagle viewing station. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Yoga in the Park, Sundays, 9am - 10am @ Koreshan State Park

Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:15am EDT

 $10 cash. Park admission is FREE.

More Information:
Ranger Station (239) 992-0311

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

Traditional Yoga class focuses on breathing, stretching and postures. Modifiable for all ages and levels of participants. Over time, this form of yoga will tone the body and focus the mind. Each practice will leave you relaxed, refreshed, and rejuvenated. Beginners welcome! Some mats provided. Bring a water bottle. $10 cash. Park admission FREE.

Additional Information:

Some mats are provided. Bring a water bottle.

Guided Canoe Trip @ Collier-Seminole State Park

Sunday, March 25, 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.

Guided Nature Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Sunday, March 25, 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.

Pack Walk - Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

Sunday, March 25, 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

***PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE FOR DECEMBER: The pack walk will take place on the 3RD SUNDAY, 12/17, and will feature "Santa Claus" so that dog owners and pack walkers can take photos with Santa.***

In partnership with the Marion County Animal Services, Silver Springs State Park presents an opportunity to make a difference in the life of a shelter dog. Every 4th Sunday, join volunteers and park staff as we walk a pack of well-behaved dogs through the park's gardens and trails. This program gives the animals exercise as well as a chance to socialize with other dogs and other people. All of the dogs are available for long-term adoption but you can also "adopt" a dog for the morning and take it for a walk with the group. For only a small amount of time you can make a huge difference in the life of a shelter animal. Hikers and walkers are welcome to join the group even if they do not want to hold a leash. Please note, only visitors 16 years or older may walk a shelter dog.

Additional Information:

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

For more information about Marion County Animal Services please visit their website or facebook page.

Park staff and volunteers with "their" dogs (photo).

Participation requirements.

Living History: William Bartram visits Paynes Prairie @ Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm EDT

Free with park admission

More Information:
352-466-3397

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

Join us on Sudays at the Paynes Prairie Visitor Center from 11am to 3pm. Meet William Bartram in 1774 and learn more about the famous naturalist who wrote detailed description of his experiences and observations at Paynes Prairie and the surrounding area during the 1700s. 

Additional Information:

Participant Requirements 

Walk with a Ranger @ Sebastian Inlet State Park

Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm EDT

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Ranger Terry O'Toole, 772-388-2750

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

Enjoy a leisurely walk with a knowledgeable Park Ranger while learning about Sebastian Inlet State Park and the plants and animals that call it home.

Additional Information:

Meet at the Sebastian Inlet State Park Fishing Museum on the south side of Sebastian Inlet.

Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a hat, water, and sun protection.

Polarized sunglasses and/or binoculars are recommended but not necessary.

Participation Requirements

Ranger Program: Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 2:00pm 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

Take part in a park ranger program, which occurs every Sunday. Topics vary, with each program offering an opportunity to learn something new about Silver Springs State Park and Florida’s unique environment.

Additional Information:

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

Participation requirements.

Concert in the Park @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Sunday, March 25, 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