2018 Swamp Stomp @ Hillsborough River State ParkSaturday, May 12, 2018 - 8:00am to 5:00pm EDT
Tickets start at $35.00 per person
There will be a $10.00 per vehicle parking fee unless you are registered as a camper and an additional $5 insurance fee.
It is anticipated that this event will sell out, so plan on registering early!
Ranger Station: (813) 987-6771
Water, fire, mud, heights & tunnels, this event has it all! This adventure will take you cross country through several Florida habitats & introduce you to the challenges of the "Real Florida". As you try to conquer the 30+ obstacles, some man-made & some natural, you will be challenged to survive the terrain. You & your friends will crawl like a crawfish through thick mud, train like a lifeguard in the half acre pool, run through the woods like a panther & jump the fire line like a Wildland firefighter. This run will test your fears, push your abilities & give you a true sense of accomplishment as you cross the finish line.
Elite & Open waves available.
We are encouraging you to please car pool due to limited parking. Camping reservations must be made online the day before you wish to camp (if you wish to camp Friday night, reservations need to made on Thursday). All sites have electric and water.
For camping reservations, please visit Reserve America.
All runners will receive a race shirt, bib and a finishers medal.
This is a rain or shine event. No rain checks or refunds.
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13th Annual Turtle Trot 5k run @ Lovers Key State ParkSaturday, May 12, 2018 - 8:00am to 12:00pm EDT
Youth early registration (through 5/11/17) $25.00
Adults Early registration (through 5/11/17) $35.00
All entries race day $40.00
Non-refundable and Non-transferable.
Make checks payable to: Fort Myers Track Club
This unique trail course takes runners through a shady maritime hammock ecosystem on a hard-packed shell path. No part of the course requires running through beach sand. The course ends at our pavilion overlooking the beach where refreshments will be served and awards will be presented. Stick around after the race for the Family Fun Day - Bring the kids for an afternoon of special games & crafts, music, prizes & contests!.
Please go to www.friendsofloverskey.org/events to register.
Volunteer Work Day @ San Felasco Hammock Preserve State ParkSaturday, May 12, 2018 - 8:30am to 12:00pm EDT
Free park entry for volunteers.
Ranger Station: (386) 462-7905
The trails are built and maintained by volunteers. The CSO hosts work days on the second Saturday of each month, and invites you to join! Typical work days are from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and include clearing and maintaining existing trails, building new trails, and improving the park's facilities. After the work day, lunch is provided.
Meet at the CSO building at park headquarters at 8:30 a.m.
Please bring gloves, sunscreen, bug repellent, a water bottle and good humor!
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Second Saturday Paddle @ Hillsborough River State ParkSaturday, May 12, 2018 - 8:45am EDT
Regular park admission fees apply. If all kayaks are reserved and/or you do not have your own, canoes and a limited number of kayaks are available for rent through the park's concession.
Email: Park Services Specialist, Alex Kinder, at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Take a leisurely 90 minute paddle down the Hillsborough River and learn about the natural history and communities that make the Hillsborough River watershed so unique and important. This volunteer-led tour will be enjoyable for individuals, families and groups.
The focus changes for each month's tour. Themes will be:
- The human and natural history of the Hillsborough River
- Adaptive paddling; as well as
- Project days to remove invasive exotic plants and river clean-up.
You can bring your own kayak or canoe or rent one from the park's concession.
We have a limited amount of kayaks (tandem and single) available for reservation without charge. Reservations are recommended! We ask that paddlers "Sign Up" through Sign Up Genius to reserve a kayak.
Beach Cleanup @ John D. MacArthur Beach State ParkSaturday, May 12, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am EDT
Park entry is free if participating in the event.
(561) 776-7449, ext. 9
Join us for a few hours of sun and surf and help keep MacArthur Beach State Park clean. Beach cleanups help remove trash which might otherwise end up endangering sea turtles or shorebirds. Participants will receive gloves and trash bags. Please bring a reusable water bottle, hat and sunscreen. Community service hours will be given upon request. Free entry into the Park if assisting with the event.
Clean-up Day @ Ichetucknee Springs State ParkSaturday, May 12, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EDT
Free entry for participants.
Ranger Station (386) 497-4690
Join our CSO, the Friends of Ichetucknee Springs State Park, will host their first volunteer spring park clean-up days. Bring your family, friends, students, or coworkers to spend the day outdoors giving back to your community by helping to clean up trash and debris around Dampier's Dock. We will be in the woods, so please dress comfortably and appropriately, this includes closed-toe shoes and long pants. Also, please come prepared with sunscreen, bug spray, a refillable water bottle, and work gloves if you have them. We will meet at the South Entrance Education Center. Hope to see you there!
Morning Nature Walk @ Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State ParkSaturday, May 12, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:30am EDT
Free with regualr park admission.
Park Services Specialist Jeff Hugo, 850-561-7286
Join a ranger-led trek through Wakulla Springs State Park’s varying forest communities. Enjoy the habitat before the heat of the day sets in. The songbirds have returned with their melodies of spring. 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.
Space is limited. Please call 850-561-7286 to register.
Meet in the lobby of the Lodge at Wakulla Springs.
Annual Free Kids' Fishing Clinic @ Fort Clinch State ParkSaturday, May 12, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EDT
Park admission and event are free for registered participants.
Ranger Station 904-277-7274
Fort Clinch State Park is partnering with Fish Florida, The Friends of Fort Clinch, Inc. and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to conduct a Kids’ Fishing Clinic to teach lessons on knot tying, fishing ethics, tackle, habitat, casting, conservation and more. The clinic is open to children ages five to 15 and will be held at the beach access and Jetty parking lot at Fort Clinch State Park. The first 250 children to register online will take home their own rod and reel combo provided by Fish Florida through their sailfish license plate funding. A free hot dog lunch will be provided to every participant. Bring your family to enjoy a fun day of saltwater fishing. Space is limited and online registration is required to participate.
Cracker Village Tour - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State ParkSaturday, May 12, 2018 - 10:00am EDT
Free with regular park admission.
352-236-7148 ext. 4
Come and discover what life was like at the turn of the century in the Florida "piney woods." The cracker homestead is a replica of a 19th century pioneer settlement. This collection of buildings represents a small "Cracker'' settlement dating to the 1890s. A typical homestead of the time would have included a cabin and outbuildings such as a barn, pantry, smokehouse, and outhouse. Schoolhouses, churches, and blacksmith shops would have been found in settlements that homesteaders visited to attend social gatherings and barter for supplies. During the tour, these buildings will be open for viewing and on most tours the blacksmith's forge will be fired up. Meet at the Cracker Village across from the Silver River museum.
Dudley Kids Day - Berry-licious @ Dudley Farm Historic State ParkSaturday, May 12, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm EDT
Regular park entrance fee of $5.00 (honor box, cash only)
Sandra Cashes, (352) 472-1142, email@example.com
-Children can participate in educational demonstrations and crafts -
Join us at the farm on the second Saturday of the month for our Dudley Kids Day. Children and adults alike, ages 5 to 65, can join in the fun! There are hands on demonstrations, crafts, old fashioned games and even some education. Learn about history, and a farming way of life.
Guided Nature Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State ParkSaturday, May 12, 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.
Breakfast with a Ranger @ Topsail Hill Preserve State ParkSaturday, May 12, 2018 - 9:00am CDT
Suggested donation to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park $5/Adult and $3/Child. (Does not include park admission fee)
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, (850) 267-8330
The Citizen Support Organization, Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, invites you and your family to enjoy Breakfast with a Ranger. Join the Rangers of Topsail Hill for a full service breakfast where visitors will learn about the park, its history and wildlife, and be able to ask the rangers all the questions you have been dying to ask. This program is ideal for the whole family to enjoy. To cover the cost of food please bring a donation $5/Adult and $3/Child which goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. All donations are used for various park enhancement projects and program supplies. Breakfast is served in the Clubhouse.
Introduction to Snorkeling @ John D. MacArthur Beach State ParkSaturday, May 12, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm EDT
Free with park admission.
Saturdays in May, learn the basics of snorkeling including proper fin and mask selection/fitting, how to clean your mask, snorkeling safety, diving techniques and more. This is a land based course and is free with Park admission. Reservations required, space is limited, call for information at (561) 624-6952.
We Love Manatees @ Tomoka State ParkSaturday, May 12, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm EDT
This program is included in the regular park entrance fee. Echo Rangers need only show your badge for free entry.
Join volunteers Deb and Doug from Save the Manatee Club to learn about these gentle and popular Florida natives. Enjoy hands-on fun with a manatee puppet activity, manatee trivia game, puzzles and a Q & A session. After the program, you might see some manatees in the river while you enjoy the river-front deck of our campstore, The Tomoka Outpost.
Little Explorers Program: Birds @ John Pennekamp Coral Reef State ParkSaturday, May 12, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm EDT
Participation is free with park entrance fee or annual pass; $8.00 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.
Park Services Specialist Lindsey Crews (305) 451-9570
This program is for the young explorers in your family! Little Explorers is designed for children 6 and under and a new topic is featured every month. May's topic: Birds! Come join us to learn about these fascinating animals, play games, and meet new friends. To participate, the explorers will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and meet at the Visitor Center at 11:30 a.m.
For more information, including accessibility needs, contact the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Visitor Center at (305) 451-9570.
Cruisin Food Fest @ John D. MacArthur Beach State ParkSaturday, May 12, 2018 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm EDT
The event is free with park entry.
Join us the second Saturday of each month from 12-4 p.m. for Cruisin Food Fest. Check out some cool cars, food trucks and awesome music.
Particpants can enter their car in the event the day of the show. There is no charge to enter the car show.
Second Saturday Gamble Jam @ Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler BeachSaturday, May 12, 2018 - 2:00pm to 5:30pm EDT
Free with regular park admission.
Ranger Station 386-517-2086
Join us at Gamble Rogers on the second and fourth Saturday of every month for a Jam Session in the park. Musicians of all skill levels are encouraged to bring instruments and a chair to join the circle for a casual, acoustic jam session. Instruments of all types are welcome; however, there is no power source near the pavilion.
Celebration of Stewardship @ Savannas Preserve State ParkSaturday, May 12, 2018 - 4:00pm to 9:00pm EDT
Calling all stewards! Come on out on Saturday, May 12th from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and celebrate with the community and it’s many stewards. Visitors will learn about what the Savannas Preserve State Park and other stewardship-based organizations around the St. Lucie County and Martin County has to offer to the community.
This Celebration of Stewardship will feature arts & crafts stations, animal shows, educational booths, nature hikes focusing on the beneficial relationship between fire and Florida ecosystems, presentations by the St. Lucie Audubon on their organization’s history of stewardship, and a ‘Savannas 101’ presented by two of our park’s longest serving volunteers. Weather permitting, Savannas Preserve State Park staff will perform prescribed fire demonstrations and showcase wildland firefighting equipment and practices. At 7:00 p.m., we will begin a screening of a popular Disney Pixar film (Rated G for general admission) that depicts a destroyed Earth that’s void of stewards except one lonely trash compactor that inadvertently brings hope back to Earth through his adventures. Food will be available at Joe’s Dawgs Food Stand. Beverages will be available for purchase before the film screening.
The Savannas Education Center is located at 2541 SE Walton Road, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34952. Admission to the event is free, but an optional donation of a canned food item will be collected and donated to the Treasure Coast Food Bank. For more information about Celebration of Stewardship, please call the Education Center at (772) 398-2779 or go online to www.FriendsofSavannas.org. To learn more about Florida’s award-winning state parks, visit www.FloridaStateParks.org.
* This event has been supported by Volunteer Florida and AmeriCorps.
Music in the Park: Summer Concert Series with The Grapes of Roth @ Anastasia State ParkSaturday, May 12, 2018 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm EDT
This exciting music concert is free with paid park admission. Regular park admission is $8 per vehicle with 2-8 occupants, $4 per single-occupant vehicle, and $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists. This event is weather permitting and subject to cancellation.
Ranger Station, 904-461-2033
The Grapes of Roth are an energetic classic rock trio based in Saint Augustine, Florida and founded by veteran area solo performer Elizabeth Roth. Performing in venues from Daytona to Saint Augustine to Jacksonville, this is a band made up of three talented friends who just happen to share similar tastes in music and the same philosophy towards their craft – they believe that their job is to make sure audiences have a good time!
Anastasia State Park is hosting a summer concert series in partnership with Cape Leisure. Each concert will begin with a jam session from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. located at the Island Beach Grill inside the park. Each month will feature a different local musician or band for a two-hour show at our beach pavilion from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Come enjoy a beautiful evening at Anastasia State Park, delicious food and drink specials from Island Beach Grill, and a wide variety of music from featured musicians.
May Moonlight Concert @ The Barnacle Historic State ParkSaturday, May 12, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm EDT
Members of The Barnacle Society: $8.00
Children 6-9: $3.00
Children under 6: Free
Ranger Station, (305) 442-6866
Relax in your favorite lawn chair and enjoy an evening of great music under the moonlight as the award-winning Pitbull of Blues Band brings its own breed of blues to The Barnacle's front porch. Come out early and enjoy your own picnic with family and friends. The gate opens one hour before show time for park entry and ticket sales.