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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Nature Hike with David @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 8:00am EDT

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Call the Ranger Station at 352-236-7148 ext. 4

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

Take a guided hike on the 3rd Saturday of each month, September through May, and learn about the flora and fauna of North Central Florida. David Rakes is an experienced and knowledgeable naturalist with a broad understanding of the natural communities surrounding the Silver River. Each hike will start from a different location in the park and will focus on different plants. You may receive the opportunity to view wildlife such as Florida white-tailed deer, Sherman's fox squirrel, Eastern gopher tortoises, and more.

September 16, 2017: Meet at the Sandhill Trailhead.
The beginning of the great wildflower show underneath the Longleaf pine trees.

October 21, 2017: Meet at the Sandhill Trailhead.
See the Sandhill wildflowers at their best, including Blazing Star, Paintbrush, Summer’s Farewell, Yellow Buttons, Golden Asters and Blue Sage.

November 18, 2017: Meet at the Sandhill Trailhead.
The wildflower show is tapering off but the endemic shrub Garberia heterophylla persists with its wonderful rose-purple tubular flowers. You will be amazed at all the insects they attract.

December 16, 2017: Meet at the Swamp Trailhead.
Focus on seeing the terrestrial Shadow Witch Orchid and the peculiar homes of the Purseweb Spider.

January 20, 2018: Meet at the Sandhill Trailhead.
Learn about the five different species of pine trees found in the park as well as the endemic Florida Deep Digger Scarab Beetle that digs down in the sandy soil from five to almost eight feet deep.

February 17, 2018: Meet at the Sandhill Trailhead.
The walk will focus on the earliest flowering shrubs and trees such as the Eastern Red Bud and the Flatwoods Plum.

March 17, 2018: Meet at the Sink Hole Trailhead.
Let’s count trees! No, not every tree, but how many different species are in these woodlands.

April 21, 2018: Meet at the River Trailhead.
On the way to the Silver River you will see the Pinkroot wildflower and the arboreal Manatee Tree Snail. With luck you may see the Prothonotary Warbler, formerly known as the Golden Swamp Warbler.

May 19, 2018: Meet at the Sandhill Trailhead.
Resident songbirds such as the Pine Warbler and Summer Tanager will sing their little heads off while you walk through the piney woods.

Additional Information:

Enter the park through the camping & museum entrance, 1425 NE 58th Avenue, (also known as State Road 35 or Baseline Rd.) to access any of the trailheads.

Sturdy walking shoes, a canteen and insect repellant is suggested. No pets, please. This program may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Call the ranger station for the latest information.

Participation requirements.

Spring Bird Walk @ Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 8:00am to 9:30am EDT

Cost is $3/vehicle or Annual Florida Park Pass

More Information:
kristin.n.wood@dep.state.fl.us; 352-793-4781

Located in the Southwest region at:
Dade Battlefield Historic State Park
7200 CR 603
Bushnell, FL 33513

Spring bird walk to see Dade's resident and migrant birds.  Binoculars recommended, loaners available.  Walk will involve walking on nature trails up to 1.5 miles. 

Hiking for Health at O'Leno State Park / Community Walk @ O'Leno State Park

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 8:30am to 10:00am EDT

Free park entry to walk participants.

More Information:
Wendy Bragdon (386) 758 - 1193

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

Make a commitment to being healthy and active!

Join in on a family friendly Community Walk while enjoying the beauty of O’Leno State Park.  The Florida Department of Health in Columbia County is hosting a Community Health Walk along the park's scenic paved drive.  Stop at the Ranger Station after the first 1.5 miles or continue back down the drive for a 3 mile hike. Florida Department of Health in Columbia County will be on hand to help you track your weight and BMI.  Community Walks will take place the third Saturday of each month. Free park entry to walk participants.

Health checks begin at 8:30 a.m.

Walk begins at 9:00 a.m.

 

Additional Information:

For more information, please view the Participation Requirements and event flyer.

Tropical Hardwood Forest Nature Walk @ Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am EDT

The walk is free with the park entrance fee of $2.50 per person.

More Information:
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Ranger Station, (305) 451-1202

Located in the Southeast region at:
Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park
County Road 905, Mile Marker 106
Key Largo, FL 33037

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.

Additional Information:

The walk is conducted on both asphalt and unpaved trails. Participants may choose to stop at any point and easily return to the entrance.

Morning Nature Walk @ Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:30am EDT

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Park Services Specialist Jeff Hugo, 850-561-7286

Located in the Northwest region at:
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park
465 Wakulla Park Drive
Wakulla Springs, FL 32327

Join a ranger-led trek through Wakulla Springs State Park’s varying forest communities. Forest wildflowers are blooming. Migrating songbirds are passing through. The habitat beckons. Let your guide make the most of your visit as he points out nature's nuances. Arrive early and fuel up with breakfast prior to the walk in the historic Wakulla Springs Lodge.

 

Additional Information:

Space is limited. Please call 850-561-7286 to register.

Meet in the lobby of the Lodge at Wakulla Springs.

Participation Requirements

Spanish-American War Living History Weekend @ Fort Clinch State Park

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm EDT

Park Entrance $6.00/vehicle Fort Entrance $2.50/person

More Information:
(904) 277-7274

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

Join us for a Living History Weekend commemorating the use of Fort Clinch during the Spanish-American War. The Fort will be filled with uniformed interpreters and participants will also be able to enjoy exhibits of the armament and period military equipment.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Spend Your Morning With A Park Ranger @ Fanning Springs State Park

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am EDT

Program free with paid Park Admission.

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.

More Information:
Ranger Station: 352-463-3420

Located in the Northeast region at:
Fanning Springs State Park
18020 N.W. HWY 19
Fanning Springs, FL 32693

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.

Additional Information:

 Participation Requirements

 

Music in the Park Bluegrass Festival @ Fort Cooper State Park

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 9:30am to 4:00pm EDT

Advance tickets can be purchased in the Park office at $10 per person (At the gate on the day of the event $13). Children 12 years and under are free. 

More Information:
352-726-0315

Located in the Northeast region at:
Fort Cooper State Park
3100 S. Old Floral City Rd.
Inverness, FL 34450

​The Friends of Fort Cooper have announced the line–up and schedule of the five bands that will be playing at its seventh annual Music in the Park Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, April 21.  Gates open at 9:30 a.m.

11:00 a.m.        Pasture Prime

12:15 p.m.       Backwater Bluegrass

  1:30                The Baileys

  2:45                Still House Shakers

  4:00                The Possums

Vendors will feature the following items: pulled pork sandwiches, rack of ribs, philly cheese steak, Italian and polish sausage & sub, grilled chicken club, hot dogs, hamburgers, funnel cakes, fried oreos, snickers and twinkies and homemade ice cream selections. Get your grub on! The festival will go on rain or shine. Visitors are asked to bring lawn chairs. No coolers or alcohol are allowed. Tin Roof Shack Productions directs this popular Festival on the shore of Lake Holithlakaha at Fort Cooper State Park.

Additional Information:

Participant Requirements

2nd Annual Arts and Crafts Fun at the Ruins @ Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm EDT

All activities and programs included in entrance fee.

More Information:
386-517-2084

Located in the Central region at:
Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park
3501 Old Kings Road
Flagler Beach, FL 32136

Save the date and make plans to come out for some family fun and a day full of the arts and history. Spring Art in the park returns on Saturday, April 21 from 10am-2pm. Activities, workshops and event schedule are in the planning stages so check back for more details. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements 

Nature Trail Hike @ Koreshan State Park

Saturday, April 21, 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.

Putnam County Earth Day Celebration @ Dunns Creek State Park

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm EDT

Regular park entrance fee of $5.00 per vehicle. This is an honor box park, exact change is required. The park is unable to accept credit cards at this time.

Tent Camping $10.00 per site per night, RV/Camper/Equestrian Trailer Camping $20.00 per site, per night.

More Information:
Friends of Dunns Creek State Park, fodcspcso@gmail.com

Located in the Central region at:
Dunns Creek State Park
320 Sisco Road
Pomona Park, FL 32181

Join the Friends of Dunns Creek State Park as they host the third annual Putnam County Earth Day Celebration! Enjoy live entertainment, nature tours, camping, and much more! There will also be free eco presentations by a variety of impressive environmental organizations, and games for kids. Food will be available for purchase during the event.

Activities will include:

  • Live entertainment
  • Guided nature hikes
  • Kayak tours
  • Wagon tours
  • Kids games
  • Food for sale

Proceeds from the event are used by the Friends of Dunns Creek State Park, a Citizen Support Organization (CSO), to assist in the maintenance and improvement of the Park.

If you are an environmentally-friendly vendor or would like to volunteer for this event, please call 386-329-3721 or email raymond.presley@dep.state.fl.us.

 

Primitive Camping

Primitive camping will be hosted by the Friends of Dunns Creek on Friday, April 20 through Sunday April 23, 2018. Guests will be treated to a group campfire and music. Camping is only available during special events, so make sure to claim your spot! Pre-registration is required.

Check-in for campers begins Friday, 04/20/2018 at noon; final check-out is Sunday, 04/23/2018 by 4 pm. We ask that if you are only staying for Friday night, that you either checkout prior to the event at 10:00am on Saturday or plan to leave after the event at 4:00pm. Primitive camping only - there is no drinking water or electricity provided. There is a vault toilet located a short walk from the primitive camping area. Individual campfires are not permitted. Pets are welcome and must be confined to a six-foot leash or less at all times. Quiet hour times of 11:00pm - 7:00am will be enforced.

Primitive tent camping is available for $10 per site, per night. Primitive RV/Camper/Equestrian camping is available for $20 per site, per night. All camping is currently permitted and managed through the Friends of Dunns Creek State Park and is only available during special events.

Tent Camping Registration - Click Here

RV/Camper/Equestrian Trailer Registration - Click Here

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Guided Nature Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, April 21, 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 21, 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

Dade Craft - Trash to Treasures Craft Workshop @ Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm EDT

Cost is $3/vehicle or Florida Annual Park Pass plus $5/person activity fee for ages 13 and up. 

More Information:
kristin.n.wood@dep.state.fl.us; 352-793-4781

Located in the Southwest region at:
Dade Battlefield Historic State Park
7200 CR 603
Bushnell, FL 33513

Trash to Treasures will include making several crafts out of recycled material from paper making to glass crafts. 

Living History Weekend @ Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 10:00am EDT to Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 2:00pm EDT

Regular park admission applies.

More Information:
Kevin Bowes (305) 292-6850 kevin.bowes@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Southeast region at:
Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park
601 Howard England Way
Key West, FL 33040

Dear Civil War Enthusiast,

We invite you to participate in Living History at Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park on the third weekend of each month.  These events portray the time period of 1861-1862 at a Federal fortress. First person interpretation, weapons demonstrations and camp life are featured from 10am-2pm each day. Union and Confederate soldiers, townspeople, craftspeople, and performers, are all part of the re-enactments, which focus on educating the public by sharing the history of Fort Taylor and life during the Civil War.

Additional Information:

If you are interested in getting involved and want to re-enact, please contact Kevin Bowes for assistance and information.

Junior Ranger Programs, 3rd Saturday Monthly, 10am - 11am @ Koreshan State Park

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am EDT

FREE with Park admittance.

More Information:
Ranger Station (239) 992-0311

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

Come in for a fun learning experience and become a Junior Ranger! Discover and learn about plants, animals, and other secrets of the park. Meet in the picnic area at 10:00am. Ideal for children ages 6-12. Parental presence required. For more information call 239-992-0311, or visit http://friendsofkoreshan.org/events/.

Additional Information:

​Parental presence required. Meet in the picnic area at 10:00 a.m. for a fun learning experience! Reservations requested, please call (239) 992-0311 

29th Annual Earth Day Celebration @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm 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

Come celebrate Earth Day at Oscar Scherer State Park with live music, fun-filled activities for kids, various environmental and informational booths and more! Park entrance fees will be waived for event participants.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Old Fashioned River Party @ Manatee Springs State Park

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:30pm EDT

Event is free with regular park admission. Hours and Fees

More Information:
Christopher Dixon (352) 493-6736

Located in the Northeast region at:
Manatee Springs State Park
11650 NW 115 Street
Chiefland, FL 32626

Come enjoy the 25th annual event and listen to bluegrass, old-time, and folk music from a variety of local bands. The bands will be playing at the pavilion next to the concession stand, and food will be available. Bring the family and lawn chairs for a day of good music and good times.

Additional Information:

Some extras you might want to bring are insect repellant, sunscreen, and smiles.

Participation requirements

Ranger History Program and Historic Weapons Firing Demonstration @ Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

Saturday, April 21, 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 through the cooler months of the year for a program on the history surrounding Dade's Battle of 1835, highlighted by a firing demonstration featuring the park's replica 1816 U.S. Flintlock Musket.  (Note: Program may be superceded by park events.)

Animal Activities and Games for Children @ Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm EDT

Cost is $3/vehicle or Annual Florida Park Pass

More Information:
kristin.n.wood@dep.state.fl.us; 352-793-4781

Located in the Southwest region at:
Dade Battlefield Historic State Park
7200 CR 603
Bushnell, FL 33513

Children wildlife games and activities that focus on birds, reptiles and amphibians and mammals.