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Sunday, April 22, 2018

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.

Island Earth Days @ Honeymoon Island State Park

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 11:00am EDT to Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 5:00pm EDT
More Information:


Located in the Southwest region at:
Honeymoon Island State Park
#1 Causeway Blvd.
Dunedin, FL 34698

Fun for the whole family. The event features live music, environmental displays, wildlife displays, childrens games and food vendors. The event is free with paid park admission.

Farmers Market @ Koreshan State Park

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 8:00am to 1:00pm EDT

$1 environmental impact fee

More Information:
More Information: Ranger Station (239) 992-0311

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

Join us in the historic settlement of Koreshans. Our Sunday Farmers Market offers local and organic produce, fresh seafood and dips, unique crafts, local honey, native plants, handcrafted jewelry, food, beautiful art, and cool gifts! A market pass is $1. Contact the Ranger Station at (239) 992-0311 for more information. For vendor info and applications visit http://friendsofkoreshan.org/farmers-market/

Fakahatchee Grind @ Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 8:00am to 8:00pm EDT

Ticket prices vary for the different routes. 

More Information:
The park office can be reached at (239) 695-4593

Located in the Southwest region at:
Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park
137 Coastline Drive
Copeland , FL 34137

The Fakahatchee Grind, hosted by Singletrack Samurai, is a series of three cycling routes through Fakahatchee Strand and the surrounding areas.  The Full Grind at 85 miles and the Half Grind at 64 miles are a combination of road and dirt tracks.  The backcountry route at 45 miles is a beautiful ride through the prairie and strand swamp of Fakahatchee, mostly along old tram trails.  More information on the routes and how to purchase tickets can be found here.  This event, previously set for March 11th, was rescheduled due to wildfires in Picayune Strand State Forest and Fakahatchee Strand.

Additional Information:

Camping will be available for participants on Saturday and Sunday nights and can be added to the ticket price.

Native Plant Sale, Sundays, 8pm - 1pm @ Koreshan State Park

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 8:00am to 1:00pm EDT

FREE during the Sunday Farmers Market

More Information:
Ranger Station (239) 992-0311

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

Learning about and purchasing native plants can be a daunting task, but it just got easier! The Coccoloba Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society volunteers will be selling native plants at the Koreshan State Historic Site Farmers Market Sundays, 8:00am - 1 pm.  Experts will be on hand to help answer your questions and teach you about the wonderful benefits of adding native plants to your landscaping. Volunteers will also explain about the fertilizer ordinance and invasive exotic plants. For more information, visit www.FNPSCoccoloba.org or call (239) 273-8945.

Additional Information:

http://www.fnpscoccoloba.org/

The Elements of Earth Day @ Wekiwa Springs State Park

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 8:30am to 3:30pm EDT

Free with park admission.

More Information:
Ranger Station 407-884-2009

Located in the Central region at:
Wekiwa Springs State Park
1800 Wekiwa Circle
Apopka, FL 32712

 Come out to Wekiwa Springs State Park to celebrate Earth day! There will be four programs over the course of the day, held at various locations as follows: 

                                    1.Water-8:30-9:30 on the Concession Deck.

                                    2. Air-10:30-11:30 playground area

                                    3. Fire-12:30-1:30 Lower Zone 2 Parking area

                                    4. Earth-2:30-3:30 Picnic area

Description: Explore the natural elements that make our Earth unique in four hands on activities focused on Water, Air, Fire and Earth.

Water: Enviroscape

 We all live in a watershed.  Learn about point and non-point sources of pollution to our watershed through exploring a visual and tactile model.

Air:  Puff Mobile-The Power of Air

Explore the power of air first hand with this STEM based activity.  Join us to build your own mini wind powered vehicle and then go head to head racing against other participants.

Fire: Prescribed Burning: The Basics

Have you ever wondered why rangers set fires? Discover the basic principles of prescribed burning and how this process protects our natural resources.  Put on some fire gear, learn the tools of the trade and see a demonstration of “Fire on the Ground.”

Earth: Litter We Know

It is time to get clean and creative!  Join us on a short walk to pick up litter that will be used to design your own anti-litter awareness collage. 

Additional Information:

Bring a camera, bug spray, sunscreen, hat for sun protection, hydration liquids, lunch or snacks.

Dress appropriately for the weather, as all activities will take place in an outdoor setting.

Ask for map at the Ranger Station upon arrival for activity locations in the park.

Participation Requirements

Guided Bird Walk @ Anastasia State Park

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 8:30am to 10:30am EDT

Program is 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:


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

Come meet the birds at Anastasia State Park on this monthly bird walk! This fun and informative walk is open to participants of all birding levels. Participants will observe a diverse variety of shore birds, marsh birds, and hammock birds by walking the beach, boardwalks, nature trails, and other areas. Please dress for the weather and bring binoculars, water, comfortable walking shoes, and a field guide if you have one. Meet at the Island Beach Shop & Grill pavilion located at the end of the main park drive. This event is weather permitting and subject to cancellation.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Guided Scrub Jay Walk @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 8:30am to 10:00am 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 this true Florida native and its unique habitat. Meets outside the Nature Center. Comfortable walking shoes, water, sunscreen, binoculars, and/or camera recommended.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Earth Day Celebration and Volunteer Interest Meeting @ John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm EDT

Participation is free with park entrance fee; $8 per car, plus 50 cents per person, up to 8 people per car; $4.50 for single occupant; $2.50 per bicyclist or pedestrian; free if under 6 years of age.

More Information:
Park Services Specialist Lindsey Crews, (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

Join us at the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Visitor Center and Aquarium to celebrate Earth Day! Activities will include nature walks, indoor programs, and crafts. Programs will be available for visitors of all ages. At 5PM, the Visitor Center will open for a Volunteer Interest Meeting. Join volunteer team leaders from John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park to learn about the many ways you can get involved! Hear from staff and current volunteers about opportunities and events you can participate in.

Additional Information:

For more information, including accessibility needs, please contact the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Visitor Center and Aquarium at (305) 451-9570.

Earth Day Celebration - Chalk Walk and Scavenger Hunt! @ Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm EDT

Chalk Walk Entry Fees: Children 6-11 years $5; Youth 12-17 years $10; Adults 18+ $15.

Others are free with paid park admission.

Garden fees still apply.

 

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

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park invites you to join us as we celebrate Earth Day! Launched on April 22, 1970, Earth Day is a global event with an estimated one billion people in 192 countries taking part each year. Earth Day 2018 will focus on mobilizing the world to end plastic pollution. Maclay Gardens will participate in this civic engagement event by hosting a chalk walk and scavenger hunt on Sunday, April 22nd. The theme for the chalk walk will be "The Real Florida!".  Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place in each age group, as well as for Best In Show. Our Florida Conservation Corps members will lead the Scavenger Hunt in the afternoon. There will also be a "Say No to the Plastic Straw" pledge booth. So come learn how you can do your part to help our planet and enjoy some fun activities too! 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Guided Nature Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Sunday, April 22, 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.

Pack Walk - Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 10:00am EDT

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Ranger Station, 352-236-7148 ext. 4

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

In partnership with the Marion County Animal Services, Silver Springs State Park presents an opportunity to make a difference in the life of a shelter dog. Every 4th Sunday, join volunteers and park staff as we walk a pack of well-behaved dogs through the park's gardens and trails. This program gives the animals exercise as well as a chance to socialize with other dogs and other people. All of the dogs are available for long-term adoption but you can also "adopt" a dog for the morning and take it for a walk with the group. For only a small amount of time you can make a huge difference in the life of a shelter animal. Hikers and walkers are welcome to join the group even if they do not want to hold a leash. Please note, only visitors 16 years or older may walk a shelter dog.

Additional Information:

Enter the park through the main entrance located at 5656 East Silver Springs Boulevard (State Road 40).

For more information about Marion County Animal Services please visit their website or facebook page.

Park staff and volunteers with "their" dogs (photo).

Participation requirements.

Earth Day Celebration @ Big Lagoon State Park

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 10:00am to 3:00pm CDT

This event is free with regular paid park entrance.

More Information:
850-492-1595

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

Big Lagoon State Park invites you to join us for our 2018 Earth Day Celebration at the Amphitheater. The event will include ranger-guided hikes, educational programs, various nature-related demonstrators and vendors, as well as a Junior Ranger Program for children. Come enjoy Earth Day at your local state park. We hope to see you here!
 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Living History: William Bartram visits Paynes Prairie @ Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm EDT

Free with park admission

More Information:
352-466-3397

Located in the Northeast region at:
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
100 Savannah Blvd
Micanopy, FL 32667

Join us on Sudays at the Paynes Prairie Visitor Center from 11am to 3pm. Meet William Bartram in 1774 and learn more about the famous naturalist who wrote detailed description of his experiences and observations at Paynes Prairie and the surrounding area during the 1700s. 

Additional Information:

Participant Requirements 

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

Sunday, April 22, 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.

Walk with a Ranger @ Sebastian Inlet State Park

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm EDT

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Ranger Terry O'Toole, 772-388-2750

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

Enjoy a leisurely walk with a knowledgeable Park Ranger while learning about Sebastian Inlet State Park and the plants and animals that call it home.

Additional Information:

Meet at the Sebastian Inlet State Park Fishing Museum on the south side of Sebastian Inlet.

Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a hat, water, and sun protection.

Polarized sunglasses and/or binoculars are recommended but not necessary.

Participation Requirements

Discovery Hour in the Park @ Wekiwa Springs State Park

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 2:00pm EDT to Sunday, September 30, 2018 - 3:00pm EDT

Discovery Hour programs are free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Ranger Station: (407) 884-2009

Located in the Central region at:
Wekiwa Springs State Park
1800 Wekiwa Circle
Apopka, FL 32712

Join us on Sunday afternoons in the park's Interpretative Pavilion above the springs. The programs are presented by volunteers and park rangers on a wide range of topics suitable for people of all ages.

Schedule below is subject to change without notice.    

   

Apr 22     Florida raptors

Apr 29     History of Wekiva

May 6       Florida Critters

May 13     Florida Endangered Animals

May 20     Mayflies, Dragonflies, Damselflies

May 27     Florida Retiles

June 3       Edible Florida

June 10     Mosquitoes

June 17     Butterflies & Moths

June 24     Protecting Florida’s water resources

July 1        Kids story time

July 8        Survival 101

July 15      How to find bugs in your backyard

July 22      Florida threatened wildlife

July 29      Reptiles

Aug 5        Kids story time

Aug 12      Beetles

Aug 19      Edible Florida plants

Aug 26      Florida Critters

Sept 2       Reptiles

Sept 9       Lady Bugs

Sept 16     Edible Florida

Sept 23     Florida Critters

Sept 30     Kids Story time

   

Additional Information:

Bring a camera, bug spray, sunscreen, hat for sun protection, hydration liquids, lunch or snacks.

Participation Requirements