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Saturday, April 7, 2018

30th Annual Antique Tractor and Engine Show @ Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 9:00am EDT to Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 5:00pm EDT

Free with regular park admission. $5 per car load up to 8 people

More Information:
Events Team (386) 397-7009

Located in the Northeast region at:
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
11016 Lillian Saunders Drive/ US HWY 41
White Springs, FL 32096

Antique tractors and farming equipment reflecting 200 years of rural American history will be on display throughout the festival. Demonstrating the craftsmanship and durability of American farm machinery. Visitors will be able to watch demonstrations of wheat threshing, shingle milling, corn grinding and unusual engines for everyday purposes. Exhibits will include collections of flywheels, hit and miss engines, water pumps, vintage pedal tractors, antique cars and farm equipment. Competitions and games for the whole family! On Saturday, an antique tractor parade will feature everything from customized lawn tractors to restored farm machinery. Tractor Pulls daily!

Additional Information:

Food concessions will be available.

Participation Requirements

Register Here

Washington County Heritage Festival @ Falling Waters State Park

Friday, April 6, 2018 - 10:00am CDT to Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 4:00pm CDT

Cost for entry is $5 per vehicle and offsite parking will be available at RiverTown Community Church on State Park Rd.

More Information:
1-850-638-6130

Located in the Northwest region at:
Falling Waters State Park
1130 State Park Road
Chipley, FL 32428

Florida Farm Bureau and Farm Bureau Insurance are proud to present the 3rd Annual Washington County Heritage Festival at Falling Waters State Park. This year’s event will be held on Friday, April 6, 2018 from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Friday will serve as a field trip day for area schools to learn the rich heritage of Washington County. Come out and experience how life used to be lived by visiting with our demonstrators that will include anything from a blacksmith to a flint knapper to a full agricultural display complete with 4-H show animals, antique tractors and farm implements. We will also have plenty of local arts & crafts vendors selling their homemade wares. North Florida Artillery will have their Civil War reenactors camp set-up with two cannons that will be firing every 45 minutes during the festival. A Kid Zone will be available for the little ones with a bounce house, inflatable slide and pony rides on Saturday. Live entertainment on Saturday will be by Panama City locals the East Bay 3 Band. Great food and the beautiful backdrop of one of the most beautiful state parks in Florida will round out this event. Cost for entry is $5 per vehicle and offsite parking will be available at RiverTown Community Church on State Park Rd. Shuttle service will be available to bring guests to the festival grounds.

Additional Information:

Check out www.floridastateparks.org/fallingwaters, www.visitwcfla.com or call 638-6130 for more information.

Participation Requirements

Coffee with the Birds - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 8:00am to 10:00am EDT

Free with paid park admission.

More Information:
(352) 236 - 7148 ext. 4

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

Every 1st Saturday (October - April), take a walk on the bird side with birdwatchers of varying experience levels, from novice to expert. The short walk leaves from the river trail located in the museum area. Coffee will be provided. Please bring binoculars and sturdy walking shoes as well as anything else you need to be comfortable in the great outdoors, such as a hat, insect repellent, or other personal items. Other birdwatchers will have field guides but feel free to bring your own.

Most months begin at 8:00 a.m. but in the months of December and January the program begins at 9:00 a.m.

Additional Information:

Enter the park from the camping & museum entrance, 1425 NE 58th Avenue, (also known as State Road 35 or Baseline Rd.) to access the Silver River Museum.

This program is in partnership with members of the Village Birders club.

Participation requirements.

Monthly Work Days at Maclay Gardens State Park @ Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 8:00am to 12:00pm EDT

There is no charge for participants in these volunteer work projects.

More Information:
For more information, contact the park at 850-487-4556.

Located in the Northwest region at:
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
3540 Thomasville Road
Tallahassee, FL 32309

Looking for volunteer opportunities for school or work? Want to give back or get involved with the community? Love being outside and want a reason to visit a state park? The Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park invite you to volunteer with us! The first Saturday of the month our Florida Conservation Corps members will provide an opportunity for those in the community who may need volunteer service hours for school, scouts or other civic groups, or who just want to help the park. Children must be at least 12 years of age and anyone under 16 must be accompanied at all times by an adult. Work projects may include weeding, removal of invasive/exotic plants, or other garden or trail maintenance related activity. Be sure to dress for the weather of the day. In the event of rain or other severe conditions, contact the park before coming out. We are eager to help you get the service hours you need while helping the park in return.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Kiwanis Fishathon @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 8:00am to 10:00am EDT

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

In cooperation with the Kiwanis Club of Venice and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, we invite you to come out and catch some fish with us! Open to the first 50 kids, ages 5 to 12 and their parents. We will provide the poles, bait, tackle, and lunch. Prizes will be given in several categories. Park entrance fees will be waived for registered participants. Please call the park to register (941) 483-5956.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Bass Pro Surf Fishing Demonstration @ Henderson Beach State Park

Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 8:00am CDT

Park entrance fees apply.
$6.00 per vehicle 2-8 people, $4.00 for individual entrance

More Information:
Bass Pro Destin, FL 850-269-6200

Located in the Northwest region at:
Henderson Beach State Park
17000 Emerald Coast Parkway
Destin, FL 32541

Join Bass Pro staff on the beach at Henderson for a surf fishing class. Bait, tackle, and instruction provided. Come learn proper techniques for successful surf fishing, no previous experience required. Space is limited, sign up is required. Participants must have a current Florida saltwater fishing license. Sun protection and a water bottle are recommended. This event is free with paid park admission, and is weather permitting.  To sign up, contact Bass Pro Destin at 850-269-6200.
 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

MONTHLY MILITIA MUSTER The First Saturday of Each Month @ Fort Mose Historic State Park

Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 9:00am EDT to Saturday, January 5, 2019 - 11:30am EST

Admission to the Demonstration(s) is free. Visitor Center/Museum admission is $2 per person children under 6 are free.  

More Information:
Carl P. Marchand 904-823-2232 carl.marchand@dep.state.fl.us

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

Experience musket firing demonstrations as the Castillo de San Marcos Militia trains with the Fort Mose Militia. Children are welcomed to participate in Junior Militia training using our handmade wooden toy muskets and authentic militia uniform items. Monthly musters will not be held during July and December.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

First Weekend Union Garrison @ Fort Clinch State Park

Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm EDT

$2.50 Fort Admission in addition to regular park admission.

More Information:
Fort Clinch State Park, 904-277-7274

Located in the Northeast region at:
Fort Clinch State Park
2601 Atlantic Ave
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

This program will allow visitors to interact with living historians to experience life in the fort as it was in 1864. The grounds will be bustling with soldiers in period costumes involved in firing demonstrations, marching drills, cooking and daily activities. Ladies in their dresses, sutlers displaying their wares, fife players and drummer boys bring every part of the civil war era to life. Come join in this unique, family friendly event.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Nature Trail Hike @ Koreshan State Park

Saturday, April 7, 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.

Guided Tours of the Historic Koreshan Settlement @ Koreshan State Park

Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 10:00am EDT to Sunday, December 30, 2018 - 11:00am EST

Guided Tours are $2 for adults, $1 for children under 6 years of age and can be purchased at the Ranger Station (239) 992-0311.

 

More Information:
Ranger Station (239) 992-0311

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

EVERY SATRURDAY and SUNDAY  at 10:00 a.m. Join our guided walking tours and learn about the idealistic Koreshan pioneers and their utopian community. Explore the 19th century Koreshan settlement, venture in some of the remaining buildings, see the Koreshan structures, and gardens. The walking tour is about an hour and a half.

Additional Information:

Park admission is $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.

Guided Nature Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, April 7, 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.

Critter Crafts for Kids @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, April 7, 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

Yoga at the Hopper @ Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park

Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am EDT

Free with your paid entry into the park. Free for annual pass holders

More Information:
352-955-2008

Located in the Northeast region at:
Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park
4732 Millhopper Road
Gainesville, FL 32653

Devils Millhopper Geological State Park is offering free beginners yoga with your paid park entry on the first Saturday of every month until December. Come enjoy the park for a morning of yoga with volunteer instructor Maggie.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements and Event Flyer

Gopher Tortoise: Superhero of the scrub, pine, and coastal dunes @ Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach

Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am EDT

This program is free with paid 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

Learn about this threatened keystone species and the easy ways you can help, followed by an optional walk to see burrows in the park. Appropriate footwear recommended.

All ages are welcome, minors must be accompanied by an adult. This event is subject to cancellation due to weather conditions. We will be meeting at the Cedar pavilion on the west side of the park. You can register for this program at Eventbrite.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Kayaking the mangroves guided tour @ Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park

Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 10:00am EDT

There is a three dollar fee to enter the park, exact change is required

More Information:
727-816-1890

Located in the Southwest region at:
Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park
8737 US Highway 19 North
Port Richey , FL 34668

Join one of our park rangers for a guided paddle through Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park.  This tour is perfect for kayakers of all skill levels and lasts about an hour.  You will learn about our history as well as our plants and wildlife.  If the tides are not cooperating then we substitute the paddle with a guided nature hike.  The tour lasts about an hour to an hour and a half.

Additional Information:

We recomend bug spray, sun block, and closed toed water shoes for the paddle. 

Ranger History Program @ Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

Saturday, April 7, 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 throughout the cooler months of the year for a program on the history surrounding Dade's Battle of 1835.  This talk at the breastworks in front of the museum will include a static display of period weapons, uniforms and accoutrements. (Note: Program may be superceded by park events.)

11th Annual O’Leno Ole’ Chili Cookoff @ O'Leno State Park

Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm EDT

 Park admission for this event is free with the donation of one can of food per person to be donated to a local food bank.

More Information:
386-454-1853

Located in the Northeast region at:
O'Leno State Park
410 SE O'Leno Park Road
High Springs, FL 32643

Bring your favorite chili recipe and compete with the best during the CASI-sanctioned category of this chili cook off. You do not have to be a member to participate. There will be prizes for 1st – 10th place in the Cook-off, and 1st – 3rd place for Showmanship. CASI rules can be found at www.chili.org.

Or, compete in the Open category where anything goes! There will be 2 Open categories – Open with Meat and Open Vegetarian. There are trophies for 1st – 3rd place winners, and cash prizes of $50 for 1st place and $25 for 2nd place in each Open category. Contestants must be 18 years or older.

Purchase a sample kit and vote for the winner of the “Peoples’ Choice” Award. A cash prize of $100 will be presented for the “Peoples’ Choice”!

Chili Cook-Off Registration Fee: $20.00 per team for either category, or both for $35.00. Park admission for this event is free with the donation of one can of food per person to be donated to a local food bank. For pre-registration and more information, email Friends of O’Leno at FriendsofOleno@windstream.net.

Tickets will be on sale for a drawings of chance for items generously donated by local businesses. All proceeds from the Chili Cook-off will be used for the care of our animal ambassadors at the O’Leno State Park Nature Center, and to enhance the public’s understanding of their unique contributions to our environment.

Additional Information:

 Participation Requirements

History Tours @ Camp Helen State Park

Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am CDT

Tour is free with paid park admission.

More Information:
Camp Helen State Park, (850) 233-5059

Located in the Northwest region at:
Camp Helen State Park
23937 Panama City Beach Parkway
Panama City Beach, FL 32413

Camp Helen State Park invites you to go beyond your park visit, and discover the past and present, on a ranger guided walking tour where you can learn about the rich history of Camp Helen’s Historic District. Led by informative and entertaining rangers, you will discover and connect with the history that literally surrounds Camp Helen State Park, a Nationally Registered Historic Place.

Additional Information:

Tours begin promptly at 10:00 am, so please meet in the Visitor Center and be sure to bring water and wear comfortable walking attire. Tours take place in the outdoors and may be subject to cancellation due to inclement weather conditions. Please see Participation Requirements.

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

Saturday, April 7, 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.

Surf Fishing for Pompano PowerPoint @ Sebastian Inlet State Park

Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm EDT

Free with regular park admission

More Information:
772-388-2750

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

Learn how to fish Sebastian Inlet’s surf zone and adjacent beach.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Saturday Ranger Program @ Manatee Springs State Park

Saturday, April 7, 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

 

Guided Tours of the Historic Koreshan Settlement @ Koreshan State Park

Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 2:00pm EDT to Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 3:00pm EDT

Guided Tours are $2 for adults, $1 for children under 6 years of age and can be purchased at the Ranger Station (239) 992-0311.

More Information:
Ranger Station (239) 992-0311

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

EVERY SATRURDAY and SUNDAY in APRIL at 2:00 p.m. Join our guided walking tours and learn about the idealistic Koreshan pioneers and their utopian community. Explore the 19th century Koreshan settlement, venture in some of the remaining buildings, see the Koreshan structures, and gardens. The walking tour is about an hour and a half.

Additional Information:

Park admission is $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.

The Endangered Sawfish of the Florida Keys @ John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm EDT

Free with park entrance fee.

More Information:
Lindsey Crews, Park Services Specialist, 305-451-9570.

Located in the Southeast region at:
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
Mile Marker 102.5 Overseas Highway
Key Largo, FL 33037-0487

Sawfish are large shark-like rays that used to be relatively common in Florida waters, including the Keys. Today, Florida's sawfish are endangered, and scientists are striving to learn as much as possible about this iconic and fascinating fish. Havenworth Coastal Conservation President Tonya Wiley has been conducting conservation biology studies of sawfish since 2001, including research on the endangered smalltooth sawfish in Florida. She has become an authority on the biology and ecology of the species. She is an appointed member of the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Smalltooth Sawfish Recovery Implementation Team, a multi-institutional panel of experts working to protect the remaining sawfish population in the U.S. and to prevent the species from going extinct.  Havenworth Coastal Conservation was founded to promote the sustainable use and conservation of marine resources through research, outreach, and education.

During the presentation, you'll see a three foot sawfish replica, feel some real sawfish rostra (saws), and get some great sawfish swag. Tonya will give interesting facts about sawfish, updates on current research projects, explanations of management tools such as the Endangered Species Act, descriptions of ways you can be involved in the recovery of sawfish, and other information about the unique and endangered smalltooth sawfish.

Additional Information:

Presentation will be held at the Visitor Center and Aquarium Auditorium.

An Evening Under the Stars @ Big Lagoon State Park

Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 6:00pm to 11:00pm CDT

Free event with regular park admission. You must arrive before sunset to pay the park entrance fees. The park closes at sunset, which varies throughout the year. 

More Information:
850-492-1595

Located in the Northwest region at:
Big Lagoon State Park
12301 Gulf Beach Highway
Pensacola , FL 32507

Escambia Amatuer Astronomer's Association is partnering with Big Lagoon State Park to offer an Evening under the Stars. They will have multiple telescopes available for viewing different celestial objects of interest.

Additional Information:

Please call the Ranger Station (850) 492-1595 for current closing time.

Participation Requirements

Guided Night Paddle @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm EDT

$20 / person

More Information:
Ranger Station 941-483-5956

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

Arrive at 7:20pm. Paddle begins at 7:50pm.
 

Take a paddle up South Creek under the moonlight. Experienced paddlers only, please. Can bring your own vessel or rent one from the park. You can register up to 1 month in advanced at the Ranger Station. No reservations taken by phone. Start times are listed as thirty minutes prior to sunset to allow time to safely get onto the water.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements