30th Annual Antique Tractor and Engine Show @ Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State ParkThursday, 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
Events Team (386) 397-7009
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!
Coffee with the Birds - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State ParkSaturday, April 7, 2018 - 8:00am to 10:00am EDT
Free with paid park admission.
(352) 236 - 7148 ext. 4
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.
Kiwanis Fishathon @ Oscar Scherer State ParkSaturday, April 7, 2018 - 8:00am to 10:00am EDT
Ranger Station 941-483-5956
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.
MONTHLY MILITIA MUSTER The First Saturday of Each Month @ Fort Mose Historic State ParkSaturday, 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.
Carl P. Marchand 904-823-2232 email@example.com
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.
Tropical Hardwood Forest Nature Walk @ Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State ParkSaturday, April 7, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am EDT
The walk is free with the park entrance fee of $2.50 per person.
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Ranger Station, (305) 451-1202
Join Native Nursery Volunteer Jenny Doyle for an informative and enjoyable walk through a tropical hardwood hammock. Jenny will focus the walk on forest habitat hurricane survival, following Hurricane Irma's visit to the park last September. The walk is free with the park entrance fee of $2.50 per person. Long sleeves and pants and insect repellent are suggested. Limited to 15 participants. Meet at the park's main entrance (former Port Bougainville archway), 1/2 mile north of the point where U.S. Highway 1 and County Road 905 converge.
The walk is conducted on both asphalt and unpaved trails. Participants may choose to stop at any point and easily return to the entrance.
Family Birding @ Paynes Prairie Preserve State ParkSaturday, April 7, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am EDT
Hikes are free, but regular park admission fees apply. Park admission at La Chua Trail is $4.00 per vehicle, cash only, or free with a Florida State Parks Annual Pass.
Ranger Station 352-466-3397
We welcome you the first Saturday of each month November through April, to join us for a hike on La Chua Trail and learn about birds. Children are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. This birding hike is an out-and-back trip of up to 3 miles in total length, in an open marsh habitat with a large diversity of plants and wildlife. Meet us in the La Chua Trail parking lot; the north entrance to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, by 9:00 a.m.
Hikes are limited to 20 people. Reserve your spot on www.prairiefriends.org. Registration for each hike will open approximately 30 days prior to the hike date.
Binoculars are available for loan during the hike, but supplies are limited and preference given first to those with reservations.
No pets permitted.
This program is supported by Paynes Prairie and Alachua Audubon volunteers.
First Weekend Union Garrison @ Fort Clinch State ParkSaturday, April 7, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm EDT
$2.50 Fort Admission in addition to regular park admission.
Fort Clinch State Park, 904-277-7274
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.
Spend Your Morning With A Park Ranger @ Fanning Springs State ParkSaturday, April 7, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am EDT
Program free with paid Park Admission.
$6 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.
$4 for a single occupant vehicle.
$2 for pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.
Ranger Station: 352-463-3420
Spend the morning with a Ranger!!! Come enjoy a morning discussing various topics with a Park Ranger. Topics may range from Manatee’s in the spring to ecological fires in the forest.
Nature Trail Hike @ Koreshan State ParkSaturday, 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.
Ranger Station (239) 992-0311
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.
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 Nature Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State ParkSaturday, April 7, 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.
Critter Crafts for Kids @ Oscar Scherer State ParkSaturday, April 7, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am EDT
Free with camping or standard park entrance fee
Ranger Station 941-483-5956
Learn about the plants and animals at Oscar Scherer by making critter crafts. Materials are provided. Located in the Nature Center.
Ranger History Program @ Dade Battlefield Historic State ParkSaturday, 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.
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 ParkSaturday, 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.
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.
History Tours @ Camp Helen State ParkSaturday, April 7, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am CDT
Tour is free with paid park admission.
Camp Helen State Park, (850) 233-5059
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.
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.
Saturday Ranger Program @ Manatee Springs State ParkSaturday, 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.
Christopher Dixon Park Services Specialist (352) 493-6736
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.
Guided Night Paddle @ Oscar Scherer State ParkSaturday, April 7, 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm EDT
$20 / person
Ranger Station 941-483-5956
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.