Nature Trail Walk @ Curry Hammock State ParkTuesday, March 27, 2018 - 8:00am to 12:00pm EDT
Free with regular park admission.
Join a Ranger for a one-hour guided walk along our moderately difficult, 1.5-mile hiking trail. Come out and enjoy a leisurely stroll through our rockland hammock and take in the flora and fauna of the Florida Keys. Along the way, you will gain an appreciation for the difficulties plants and animals face in the sub-tropical ecosystem.
Bug spray, drinking water and closed-toed shoes or hiking boots are recommended.
The narrow trail limits the walk to twelve people, therefore reservations are recommended.
Coffee Social @ Oscar Scherer State ParkTuesday, March 27, 2018 - 8:00am to 10:00am EDT
Free with camping or standard park entrance fee, but donations are appreciated
Ranger Station 941-483-5956
Wake up with tea or coffee and your fellow campers. Located in the Nature Center.
Tram Tour and Swamp Walk @ Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State ParkTuesday, March 27, 2018 - 9:30am to 1:00pm EDT
Tickets are $60.00 per person and can be purchased here.
NATURALIST led Fakahatchee Tram Tour with Swamp Walk. "This offering combines elements of our longer tram tours and swamp walks to give participants a great introduction to the Fakahatchee," says volunteer naturalist Patrick Higgins.
Each Tram Tour and Swamp Walk begins with a ride on the group's Ghost Rider tram to the site of the swamp walk. After about 90 minutes of walking through the swamp, participants board the tram for the return trip.
Naturalists leading the group will share their insights about the Fakahatchee's flora and fauna on both wet and dry portions of the adventure. Fakahatchee Strand is home to the famous ghost orchid and many other rare plants and animals.
The Tram Tour with Swamp Walk is $60 per person. The tours begin promptly at 9:30 am and conclude by 1 pm.
Participants will be required to sign a standard release of liability form. Any cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance to receive refund.
Participants should be sure to wear sturdy lace-up shoes( no sandals) and long pants and can change to dry clothes at the visitors restrooms for their drive home. This is an outdoor event, so dress appropriately for the weather.
The Tram Tour and Swamp Walk begins at the ranger station off Jane's Scenic Drive. Janes Scenic Drive is accessible ONLY via SR 29 (between HI 75 and US 41) DO NOT rely on incorrect GPS direction providing a different route to Jane Scenic drive in Copeland FL.
All ticket purchases go directly to the Friends of Fakahatchee, the park's citizen support organization. For more information, visit the Friends of Fakahatchee website at orchidswamp.org.
Wading Adventure @ Gasparilla Island State ParkTuesday, March 27, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:30am EDT
Come on an adventure and see what is living under the waves.
Please contact the park office for more information 941-964-0375
Reservations are required, please call ahead.
Guided Nature Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State ParkTuesday, March 27, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am EDT
Free with park admission.
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.
Bring a water bottle, sunscreen and insect repellant.
Nature Program - Gopher Tortoises @ Koreshan State ParkTuesday, March 27, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am EDT
Program 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.
FriendsofKoreshan.org or at the Ranger Station at 239-992-0311
Join a Park Naturalist in the Art Hall of the Koreshan State Park for a talk on gopher tortoises. Tortoises are interesting creatures as well as being an ancient species. They are fun to watch and are extremely interesting but we must never lose sight of the fact that they are endangered. Discussion will touch on behaviors, anatomy and fun facts as well as the ability to hold and see the shells of specimens that lived in Koreshan State Park. There will be time after the talk for questions and clarification.
Space is limited. Participants must reserve a space on FriendsofKoreshan.org or at the Ranger Station at 239-992-0311.
Manatee Program @ Lovers Key State ParkTuesday, March 27, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am EDT
Regular entrance fees apply.
Meet with a Park Naturalist for an interesting and informative talk about our local manatees. Learn what these fascinating creatures are all about and how you can help protect them. Due to limited space, reservations are required.
Campfire Social @ Oscar Scherer State ParkTuesday, March 27, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm EDT
Free for registered campers
Ranger Station 941-483-5956
Meet your fellow campers. Roast marshmallows, hang out around the campfire and have a good time. May bring snacks and non-alcoholic drinks. Program is for registered campers only as it is after hours. Located at the campfire circle between sites 35 and 36. Will be inside the Nature Center if inclement weather.
Firefly Takeover At Blue Spring State Park @ Blue Spring State ParkTuesday, March 27, 2018 - 7:45pm to 8:45pm EDT
$10 Per Vehicle
Ranger Station at 386-775-3663
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.
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.