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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Kayak Tour @ Curry Hammock State Park

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 8:00am to 12:00pm EDT

Single Kayak Rental: $17.20

Double Kayak Rental: $21.50

More Information:
305-289-2690

Located in the Southeast region at:
Curry Hammock State Park
56200 Overseas Hwy.
Marathon, FL 33050

Take a 90-minute paddle around one of the islands that comprise Curry Hammock State Park. This ranger-led tour will give you an appreciation for the fragility of the nearshore ecosystem. You will see some of the damage man has caused and learn of the ongoing effort to preserve this valuable resource.

Additional Information:

Tours are limited to six kayaks. Visitors should bring their own or rent from the park.

Registration is recommended.

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

Wednesday, March 28, 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

Camper Coffee @ Myakka River State Park

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am EDT

There are no fees required to attend camper coffee, however donations to help cover the cost of refreshments and supplies are greatly appreciated. Any proceeds will go directly to the Friends of Myakka River to help protect, preserve and support Myakka River State Park. 

 

 

More Information:
More information: 941-373-7839 or 941-361-6511

Located in the Southwest region at:
Myakka River State Park
13208 State Road 72
Sarasota, FL 34241

This is a great time to come and visit with your fellow campers, meet our fantastic volunteers and rangers, and find out about all the great things that Myakka River State Park has to offer. See if you can stump the staff with a question about the park! We serve fresh, hot coffee, tea and treats provided by the Friends of Myakka River. Bring your mug and join in the camaraderie around the fire!

Camper Coffee is generally hosted at the rustic Log Pavilion located just north of the Ranger Station along the park drive. 

Additional Information:

We will be relocating camper coffee to the fire circle at Big Flats Campground while the Log Pavilion is closed for repairs for the following dates: 1/24/18, 1/31/18, 2/7/18, & 2/14/18.

Big Flats Campground is located three miles north of the Ranger Station near the lake area. 

Guided Paddle (Or Walk) @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:30am EDT

Paddle is free with camping or standard park entrance fee

Rentals are $10.70 / hour; $42.80 / day

More Information:
Ranger Station 941-483-5956

Located in the Southwest region at:
Oscar Scherer State Park
1843 South Tamiami Trail
Osprey, FL 34229

Paddle along South Creek and learn about the park and the estuarine critters. Please register between 8:00am and 8:45am at the Ranger Station. May bring own vessel or rent one from the Ranger Station. Some paddling experience recommended as it is a group tour.

Note: South Creek is a tidal water, therefore if water is too shallow for a paddle, a walk will be offered instead. 

 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Guided Nature Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Wednesday, March 28, 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.

Gasparilla Island Beach Walk @ Gasparilla Island State Park

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am EDT

$3 per vehicle State Park entrance fee

More Information:
941-964-0375

Located in the Southwest region at:
Gasparilla Island State Park
880 Belcher Rd
Boca Grande, FL 33921

Meet at the picnic pavilion next door to the Port Boca Grande Lighthouse. Join a Park Ranger to learn about the park’s coastal plants, animals, and a little local history too. The walk is approximately one-third mile and lasts about one hour. Wear comfortable walking shoes and a hat, sunscreen and drinking water are recommended. All programs are weather dependent.

Additional Information:

Online sign up availible at:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c4badac28aaf58-gasparilla2

Walk on the Wild Side @ Anastasia State Park

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm EDT

Free with regular park admission fee. ($8.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle. $4.00 per single-occupant vehicle. $2.00 per pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass).

More Information:
Ranger Station: 904-461-2033

Located in the Central region at:
Anastasia State Park
300 Anastasia Park Road
St. Augustine, FL 32080

Join us for a fun and educational hike through Anastasia State Park with one of our experienced and knowledgeable volunteers! This walk starts out on the beautiful shoreline, continues up through the sand dunes, and travels along the boardwalk over the salt marsh. Participants will then have an intermission and rest break at the Windsurf Pavilion. From there the walk will continue along Salt Run, our estuarine habitat, and through the maritime hammock. Participants will discover an assortment of flora and fauna that populate the several ecosystems of Anastasia, and they will increase their knowledge of some history of the park and the surrounding area. The round-trip length is 2.5 miles, but the walk proceeds at a leisurely pace. If a shorter distance is preferred, participants may choose to walk just the first half to Windsurf. Suggested items to bring are binoculars, comfortable walking shoes, a camera, drinking water, bug spray, and sunscreen. Meet in the beach parking lot at the end of the main park road. This event is weather permitting and subject to cancellation.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Native Plants as Food and Medicine Hike @ St. Andrews State Park

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am CDT

Program is free with paid park admission.

More Information:
David Morris, (850)708-6100

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

Join volunteer Judith Scott for a 1 hour, .5 mile hike through maritime hammock, and explore the natural and cultural significance of many native plants.

Additional Information:

Participants should meet at the Gator Lake boardwalk.

Participation Requirements

In Observation Of Our Feathered Friends’ Hike And Marsh Walk @ Fort Mose Historic State Park

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 12:00pm to 12:30pm EDT

The Event Is Free.

More Information:
Carl P. Marchand

Located in the Central region at:
Fort Mose Historic State Park
15 Fort Mose Trail
St. Augustine, FL 32084

Bring in the Spring at Fort Mose Historic State Park! Join Birding Expert Susan Killeen on a hike and birding exploration of our Salt Marsh and the Secondary Fort Site Island (established 1752). Visitors are asked to meet at the Visitor Center for a brief historical video at 12:00 p.m. Marsh walk will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. and conclude by 1:30 p.m. Bring your rubber boots, binoculars, cameras, water, and any other pertinent items, to make your travel through the estuary more enjoyable. We look forward to hosting you for this event.

Additional Information:

Bring your rubber boots, binoculars, cameras, water, and any other pertinent items, to make your travel through the estuary more enjoyable.

Reptiles of Florida @ St. Andrews State Park

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm CDT

Program is free with paid park admission.

More Information:
David Morris, (850)708-6100

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

Join volunteer Judith Scott as we explore some of the reptiles native to Florida. We will discuss these creatures and the important role they plan in our ecosystem.

Additional Information:

Participants should meet in the Environmental Interpretive Center.

Participation Requirements

Game Night @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 6:30pm 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

Come join us for cards and games and make some new friends. Various games are provided, but you are welcome to bring your own. Program is for registered campers only as it is after hours. Located in the Nature Center.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Florida Tales Story Hour @ Myakka River State Park

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm EDT

There are no fees for this program.

More Information:
Park Ranger Station (941) 361-6511

Located in the Southwest region at:
Myakka River State Park
13208 State Road 72
Sarasota, FL 34241

Some of our Florida tales contain historical fiction, and some are merely legend, but all are great fun! Join us for an hour of entertainment sure to amuse and enlighten people of all ages. Our volunteers and staff will be on hand to share their favorite Cracker folklore and Florida history tidbits, vital to understanding The Real Florida!  Refreshments and snacks are provided by the Friends of Myakka River and donations are greatly appreciated. 

Story hour is generally hosted at the rustic Log Pavilion located just north of the ranger station along the park drive.

Additional Information:

Story hour will be relocated to the campfire circle while the Log Pavilion is closed for repairs on the following dates: 1/24/18, 1/31/18/, 2/7/18, & 2/14/18.

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

Wednesday, March 28, 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