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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Nature Hike with David @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, May 19, 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.

Run for Wakulla Springs @ Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 8:00am to 10:30am EDT

Fees vary. Please visit http://wakullasprings.org/news-events for more information.

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

Experience the primal beauty of the old growth southern forest as you run through the sanctuary at Wakulla Springs State Park.  Special arrangements have been made to open this rarely accessed area for this event.

Additional Information:

Please visit http://wakullasprings.org/news-events  for more information.

Participation Requirements

Sea Turtles Everywhere @ Stump Pass Beach State Park

Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 8:30am to 11:30am EDT

standard entrance fee

More Information:


Located in the Southwest region at:
Stump Pass Beach State Park
South end of Manasota Key 900 Gulf Blvd
Englewood, FL 34233

Come join a Park Ranger and learn everything you can about the sea turtles that call Stump Pass Beach State Park home.

Please contact the park office for more information 941-964-0375.

24th Annual Tour of Gardens @ Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am EDT

Tickets are $30 Advance; $35 at the event. Tickets will go on sale beginning in April 2018.

More Information:
For more information, contact the park at 850-487-4556 or visit www.friendsofmaclaygardens.org

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 and the Friends of Maclay Gardens invite you to the 24th Annual Tour of Gardens on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Starting at 9:00 a.m., enjoy a breakfast on the grounds of beautiful Maclay Gardens State Park. During breakfast, participants receive a map of several diverse and spectacular residential landscapes and a wonderful community garden located in the Greater Tallahassee area. A silent auction will also be held. Tours are self-guided. Gardens are open from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. All visitors to these privately-owned gardens must wear the wristband received with the map at the beginning of the day to be granted entry.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

 

International Museum Day @ Highlands Hammock State Park

Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm EDT

Park entry fees of $6.00 per vehicle (up to 8 people),$4.00 per single occupant vehicle, and $2.00 per bicyclist or those who walk on foot apply.  There are no additional fees for CCC Museum visitation or programs. 

More Information:
Call the Ranger Station at 863-386-6094.

Located in the Southwest region at:
Highlands Hammock State Park
5931 Hammock Road
Sebring , FL 33872

One of the gems of Highlands Hammock State Park is the State of Florida Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Museum. On Saturday, May 19, Museum docents will be offering tours throughout the day in conjunction with International Museum Day, which is officially May 18, 2018. Two special speaker programs are scheduled to mark this event. Former Park Ranger and CCC Museum Curator Darrel Smith will reflect on the life of a CCC recruit in his living history presentation, "The Best of Times, Worst of Times." Smith’s narrative captures the hard scrabble times of the 1930s and the renewal of hope that came from working in the Corps.  Smith, who enjoyed an eight year friendship with former CCC alumnus Velmar Mack, brings the Great Depression to life and honors Mack and the legacy of our “CCC boys” who built Highlands Hammock and parks all across the country.  Join the "CCC Man" and discover the hardships and high points of living hand to mouth in those "another day, another dollar" times of a young corpsman circa 1936, when working in the Civilian Conservation Corps became "a vacation from poverty." This presentation will be held from 10:00 am to 11:00 am.

CCC Museum Curator, David Schmidt, will present a program on Charles R. Knight, the great American wildlife artist who became internationally famous for his groundbreaking and authoritative paintings of dinosaurs, mammoths, and the early humans of ancient Earth. Knight had an enormous impact on museum paleontology and changed how museums exhibited their collections of fossils. He created the murals for the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the Field Museum in Chicago. One of the most prominent WPA artists, he completed the 1942 mural of saber-toothed cats and mastodons for the Sebring Post Office which now hangs in the Sebring Public Library. Schmidt, who is a Roosevelt scholar, has conducted extensive research on the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Works Project Administration, two of the most successful programs initiated by Franklin Roosevelt to counter unemployment during the Depression. Children who participate in a CCC “History Detective” Scavenger Hunt will receive a free pair of beginner binoculars. This program will be held from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm and will be shown a second time at 1:00 pm. The Museum will be open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm in recognition of International Museum Day.  Please see Additional Information for participation requirements. 

Additional Information:

Click on EEC INDOORS TALKS PRESENTATIONS to review the participation requirements. 

Dolphin Paddle On Salt Run @ Anastasia State Park

Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am EDT
More Information:
chanell.guillaume@dep.state.fl.us

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

Join Anastasia Watersports and Marineland Dolphin Adventure at Anastasia State Park as we team up to offer a fun-filled interpretive paddle of Salt Run. Our estuarine tidal marsh is teeming with plant and animal life - hop into a kayak, paddle onto Salt Run, and keep an eye for birds, turtles, manatees, and especially dolphins. Anastasia Watersports staff provides illuminating details about our ecosystem and the myriad wildlife that inhabit it. Terran, our dolphin expert from Marineland, will fill you in on fascinating facts about the dolphins that are born, breed, and thrive in our waterway. The event will start with 30 minutes of classroom discussion, followed by 90 minutes of paddling. Come out and enjoy real, undiscovered Florida! Program fee: $40/person, includes boat rental, $25/person, provide your own boat. Park admission fees: ($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). Please call Anastasia Watersports at (904) 460-9111 or email, info@anastasiawatersports.com to make a reservation.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Pine Needle Basket Class @ Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 10:00am to 1:00pm EDT

Cost is $3/car or Annual Florida 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

Participants will make a long leaf pine needle basket with all materials provided. 

Guided Nature Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, May 19, 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.

Kids to Parks Day @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 9:00am to 2:00pm CDT

Event is free with regular park admission

More Information:
850-267-8330

Located in the Northwest region at:
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
7525 W County Hwy 30A
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park on Kids to Parks Day for a Kid Safety Expo and a “Cache In, Trash Out” Adventure on May 19, 2018 from 9:00a.m. - 2:00p.m. Participants will be exploring the park by foot while looking for thirteen geocache locations. At each location visited, event participants will learn more about the area of the park they are in and help maintain it by picking up trash as they go. The Kids Safety Expo will be from 9:00a.m. until 12:00p.m. and will have fun activities for kids to learn about being safe (bike, paddling, boating, fire, beach etc).  Check in and out for the “Cache In, Trash Out” adventure will be at the clubhouse. between 9am - 2pm. Participants will need a GPS or a smart phone capable with GPS, water, weather appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes.  Event is free with regular park admission.  For more information about Kids to Parks Day and the park, please call the Ranger Station at 850-267-8330

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park sends out periodic emails regarding programs, events, news and volunteer opportunities.  You can sign up to receive these emails through the links provided below.  To receive emails regarding programs and events at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park please sign up here.  To receive emails regarding park news such as prescribed fires, park closures or wildlife sightings at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park please sign up here.  To receive emails regarding volunteer opportunities at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park please sign up here

Living History Weekend @ Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 10:00am EDT to Sunday, May 20, 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, May 19, 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 

Introduction to Snorkeling @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm 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

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.

Kids To Parks Day @ Highlands Hammock State Park

Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm EDT

Park entry fees of $6.00 per vehicle (up to eight people), $4.00 per single occupant vehicle, and $2.00 for bicyclists or those who walk on foot apply.  There are no additional fees for the Junior Ranger program. 

More Information:
Call the Ranger Station at 863-386-6094.

Located in the Southwest region at:
Highlands Hammock State Park
5931 Hammock Road
Sebring , FL 33872

Children and families may celebrate Kids To Parks Day and join thousands of young people all across the country in supporting the preservation of parks and the stewardship of conservation lands. Ranger Laura McMullen will introduce the Junior Ranger program and guide children and parents through a booklet presenting a series of four core areas focusing on Recreation, Natural Resources, Cultural Resources and Service. Children may begin working on an activity immediately following the presentation. Children who complete the program will receive the booklet, a certificate, membership card and passport. The passport may then be used to work on additional Junior Ranger activities within Florida State Parks. The program is recommended for youngsters between the ages of seven to twelve years old. Children under seven will need assistance from a parent and all children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information about the Junior Ranger program, visit www.floridastateparks.org/things-to-do/junior-ranger. Kids To Parks Day was initiated by the National Park Trust for the purpose of creating stewards for tomorrow. Young people and their families are extended a special invitation to explore park trails, visit the Civilian Conservation Corps Museum, and enhance natural and cultural resource appreciation through stewardship and the Junior Ranger program. The program will begin at 11:00 am Saturday morning and conclude around 1:00 pm. Those planning to attend are advised that they must arrive by 11:00 am.  Meet at the CCC Museum in the picnic area.   Please see Additional Information to review the participation requirements and other pertinent information.  

Additional Information:

All children must be accompanied by an adult or parent.  Those planning to participate must arrive by 11:00 am as the introduction to the Junior Ranger program takes approximately one hour.  Ranger Laura will be available from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm to provide assistance with completing activities.  Click on EEC JUNIOR RANGER PROGRAM to review the participation requirements.  Please dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes and bring water, sunscreen, insect repellent, and snacks. 

#20for20in2018 @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Sunday, May 20, 2018 (All day)

Event is free.  This event is NOT inside the park.  It is outside the park at various locations throughout Walton County, Florida.  Check the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park's Facebook page for clues on the location of the gift. 

More Information:
850-267-8330

Located in the Northwest region at:
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
7525 W County Hwy 30A
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park as it celebrates its twentieth birthday of being a Florida State Park in 2018.  To celebrate, the park is giving away twenty presents.  On the 20th of each month, starting in February, there will be one or two gift(s) hidden somewhere in Walton County, Florida for people to find.  Hints about where the gift is hidden will be posted on the Facebook page of the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park that day until the gift is found.   The first person to arrive at the location where the gift is will get to take it home with them.  There will also be a Birthday Party in August as part of the Sea Turtle Baby Shower event that month so stay tuned for more information. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park sends out periodic emails regarding programs, events, news and volunteer opportunities.  You can sign up to receive these emails through the links provided below.  Please note you will need to sign up through each link of the type of emails you wish to receive.  Signing up for one does not sign you up for the others. To receive emails regarding programs and events at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park please sign up here.  To receive emails regarding park news such as prescribed fires, park closures or wildlife sightings at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park please sign up here.  To receive emails regarding volunteer opportunities at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park please sign up here.