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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Scrub Jay Monitoring Training @ Savannas Preserve State Park

Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 8:00am to 12:00pm EDT

Free

More Information:


Located in the Southeast region at:
Savannas Preserve State Park
2541 Walton Road
Port St. Lucie, FL 34952

Become a Citizen Scientist and learn how to identify Florida Scrub Jays by sight, sound and behavior, in order to assist in a statewide monitoring program! Participants should come prepared with long pants, closed-toed shoes, binoculars, water and snacks. Your skills will be put to the test during monitoring hikes scheduled for June 15, 16, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 and July 1. The training session is FREE for participants. Reservation required. Please email Jacqui Sulek at jsulek@audubon.org.

Volunteer Work Day @ San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park

Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 8:30am to 12:00pm EDT

Free park entry for volunteers.

More Information:
Ranger Station: (386) 462-7905

Located in the Northeast region at:
San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park
12720 NW 109 Lane
Alachua, FL 32615

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!

Additional Information:

12720 NW 109th Lane
Alachua, FL 32615-6741
Participantion Requirements 

Second Saturday Paddle @ Hillsborough River State Park

Saturday, June 9, 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.   

More Information:
Email: Park Services Specialist, Alex Kinder, at: douglas.kinder@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Southwest region at:
Hillsborough River State Park
15402 US 301 N.
Thonotosassa, FL 33592

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
  • Photography
  • 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.

 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

World Oceans Day Celebration @ John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

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

Participation is free with park entrance fee; $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.

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

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is celebrating World Oceans Day with programs and activities for all the members of your family!

All Day Activities: Bottle Cap Mural, Coloring, Skip the Straw Challenge, Photo Booth, Junior Ranger

Programming:

9:00 a.m. – Opening at the Visitor Center and Aquarium

10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. - Nature Program

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Ribbon Cutting ceremony with BJ Royster at the Gazebo

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Little Explorers

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Mangrove Walk

1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Nature Program

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Photo Scavenger Hunt

2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. - Scavenger hunt turned in and prizes awarded

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Filming of the Movie, “Chasing Coral,” and panel by World Federation for Coral Reef Conservation

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.

Women's Fishing Clinic @ Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park

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

Program and entrance fees are free to participants.

More Information:
Heather.Sneed@MyFWC.com or (850) 487-0554

Located in the Northwest region at:
Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park
1900 E. Gulf Beach Drive
St. George Island, FL 32328

Participants will take home a lifelong hobby and leave with a new appreciation for the marine environment. They will learn the basics of conservation stewardship, fishing ethics, angling skills, safety and the vulnerability of Florida’s marine ecosystems in a fun, laid-back atmosphere.

Lessons include knot tying, cast netting, rod and reel rigging, how to be a responsible marine resource steward, marine fish and habitat identification, catch-and-release techniques and more.

If conditions allow, women will have the opportunity to practice their newly learned skills by fishing from shore. This event is a catch-and-release activity. All participants must have a valid recreational saltwater fishing license unless exempt. Saltwater fishing licenses can be purchased at your local tackle shop or online. Learn more by visiting MyFWC.com/License.

Fishing equipment and bait are provided during the clinic but participants are encouraged to bring their own gear.

 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Advanced registration is required.

Morning Nature Walk @ Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Saturday, June 9, 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. Enjoy the habitat before the heat of the day sets in. The perfume of magnolia blossoms may still linger in the air. Glean tidbits of park history and observe the nuances of nature with the aid of your guide. Arrive early and fuel up with breakfast 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

Junior Ranger Program @ Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 9:30am to 3:30pm EDT

This event is free to park visitors.

More Information:
Leigh-Anne.Carlson@dep.state.fl.us

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

Come visit our Junior Ranger table on Saturday from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm Learn how to become a Junior Ranger and join us for lots of cool nature activities! Children can complete the Junior Ranger CORE activities, collect passport stamps, and earn an official Junior Ranger badge, patch, or pin! Junior Ranger activities are appropriate for children aged 6 and up, but we will also have critter coloring pages and puzzles available for all ages.

No reservation required. Meet us inside the Visitor Center located within the main park entrance, off US 441 in Micanopy.

Additional Information:

Participant Requirements 

Junior Ranger Program @ Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 9:30am to 3:30pm EDT

This event is free to park visitors.

More Information:
Leigh-Anne.Carlson@dep.state.fl.us

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

Come visit our Junior Ranger table on Saturday from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm Learn how to become a Junior Ranger and join us for lots of cool nature activities! Children can complete the Junior Ranger CORE activities, collect passport stamps, and earn an official Junior Ranger badge, patch, or pin! Junior Ranger activities are appropriate for children aged 6 and up, but we will also have critter coloring pages and puzzles available for all ages. No reservation required. Meet us inside the Visitor Center located within the main park entrance, off US 441 in Micanopy.

Additional Information:

Participant Requirements

Cracker Village Tour - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 10:00am EDT

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
352-236-7148 ext. 4

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

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.

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 the Silver River Museum.

For more information about the Silver River Museum visit their website.

Participation requirements.

Guided Nature Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, June 9, 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.

Breakfast with a Ranger @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Saturday, June 9, 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) 

More Information:
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, (850) 267-8330

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

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.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Second Saturday Gamble Jam @ Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach

Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 2:00pm to 5:30pm EDT

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Ranger Station 386-517-2086

Located in the Central region at:
Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach
3100 S. Oceanshore Blvd
Flagler Beach, FL 32136

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.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

An Evening Under the Stars @ Big Lagoon State Park

Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 7:00pm to 11:00pm CDT

Free event with regular park admission. You must arrive before sunset to pay the park entrance fees. The park closes at sunset, which varies throughout the year. 

More Information:
850-492-1595

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

Escambia Amatuer Astronomer's Association is partnering with Big Lagoon State Park to offer an Evening under the Stars. They will have multiple telescopes available for viewing different celestial objects of interest.

Additional Information:

Please call the Ranger Station (850) 492-1595 for current closing time.

Participation Requirements