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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

Beach Combing @ Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 9:30am to 10:30am EDT

FREE with regular park admission.

More Information:
Ranger Station 239-597-6196

Located in the Southwest region at:
Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park
11135 Gulfshore Drive
Naples, FL 34108

Join a Volunteer for a talk about beach treasures. Learn about sea shells, sea creatures and tidal movement. This is a great interactive event!

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

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.

Music in the Park - Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 12:00pm EDT

This event is free with paid park admission.

More Information:
Call the park ranger station, 352-236-7148 and then press menu option 4

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

The Friends of Silver Springs are proud to present a new music series.

Every Saturday and Sunday, visit the park to hear live music, both amplified and acoustic. These small, intimate sessions will not be on the big stage but will be up close and personal near the glass bottom boats and the water.


Saturday, March 17

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Frankie Jay and the Chicken Parade

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. - KOS Brass Quintet


Sunday, March 18

12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Mike Coker


Saturday, March 24

12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Mike Coker


Sunday, March 25

12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Mama Gina


Saturday, March 31

12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Smithson & French


Sunday, April 1

12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Mama Gina


Saturday, April 7

12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Mike Coker


Sunday, April 8

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. - KOS Brass Quintet


Saturday, April 14

12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Mike Coker


Sunday, April 15

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - KOS Brass Quintet


Saturday, April 21

12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Mike Coker


Sunday, April 22

12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Mama Gina


Saturday, April 28

12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Mike Coker


Sunday, April 29

12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Smithson & French


Don't forget to check out our other music series, the Pickin' in the Park and the River Rhythms, each month on the 3rd Sunday and 4th Friday respectively.

Additional Information:

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

For more information on the Friends of Silver Springs and how you can get involved visit their website.

Participation 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

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

Sunday, March 25, 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