Volunteer Work Day @ San Felasco Hammock Preserve State ParkSaturday, August 11, 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!
12720 NW 109th Lane
Alachua, FL 32615-6741
Second Saturday Paddle @ Hillsborough River State ParkSaturday, August 11, 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, Ava Foster, Ava.L.Foster@FloridaDEP.gov
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.
Guided Kayak Tour @ St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State ParkSaturday, August 11, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EDT
Free with park entry fee of $2.00.
Experience St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park by way of kayak. This is a unique opportunity to visit one of Florida's magnificent barrier islands. You will paddle through mangrove lined creeks and visit a pristine, undeveloped beach. Your guide will point out various plant and animal species, including some that are rare or endangered, as well as providing insight into the management activities used at the park. Visitors of all ages and skill levels are welcome. The tour is approximately 3 hours long.
Free with park entry fee of $2.00.
Kayak Rentals: $26.50 for single, $37.10 for double.
Reservations are required, please contact Park office (772) 219-1880.
What to bring: drinking water, snacks, sunscreen and bug repellent.
No pets or alcoholic beverages are allowed.
Junior Ranger Program @ Paynes Prairie Preserve State ParkSaturday, August 11, 2018 - 9:30am to 3:30pm EDT
Free with park admission ($6/vehicle with up to 8 people or $4/single occupant vehicle)
Come visit our Junior Ranger table on Saturdays 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.
Cracker Village Tour - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State ParkSaturday, August 11, 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.
Guided Nature Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State ParkSaturday, August 11, 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.
Marjorie's Birthday Celebration @ Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State ParkSaturday, August 11, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm EDT
$3.00 per vehicle
Come join the fun as we celebrate Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Birthday. Event begins at 10:00 AM with a Ranger led tour of the farm, followed by live music and refreshments including homemade watermelon sherbet, Marjorie's homemade mango ice cream and cake.
Breakfast with a Ranger @ Topsail Hill Preserve State ParkSaturday, August 11, 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.
Gamble Jam @ Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler BeachSaturday, August 11, 2018 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm EDT
free with park admission
Musicians gather to play in remembrance of James Gamble Rogers IV, a renowned Florida folk singer, entertainer and storyteller whom our park is named after. Musicians of all levels are encouraged to bring instruments and a chair and participate in a casual acoustic jam session.
Instruments of all types are welcome but no power is available at the pavilion. Meet other musicians, practice or just have fun listening! Join us in a picnic pavilion in the river side area of the park.
This event is free with park admission.
Mars Viewing @ Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State ParkSaturday, August 11, 2018 - 6:45pm to 9:30pm EDT
Free with park admission
Join us along with a small group from NASA at Little Lake Johnson to view the stars and get a glimpse at Mars, at its closest in 15 years. Visitors are welcome to bring something to sit on, binoculars, and your family and friends!
Star Gazing @ Henderson Beach State ParkSaturday, August 11, 2018 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm CDT
Regular park entrance fees apply.
Join the Northwest Florida Astronomy Association on August 11th from 6:00pm- 10:00pm and view the beauty of the universe. They will start by setting up solar telescopes at 4:30 pm to safely observe our closest star, the Sun. Once the sun sets, they will transition to night time observing. Objects visible will depend on the season and time of night and normally include bright galaxies, star clusters and planets. Event is weather permitting, please call Henderson Beach State Park at 850-837-7550 the day of the event for further information. Event is free with paid park entrance fees . Entrance fees are as follows: $6.00 per vehicle 2-8 people, $4.00 for individual entrance. All participants must arrive prior to sunset, which occurs at 8:00pm.
Perseid Meteor Shower Night Walk @ Dade Battlefield Historic State ParkSaturday, August 11, 2018 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm EDT
$3 per vehicle park entrance fee
Join park staff and volunteers on a guided night walk along Dade Battlefield's trails followed by a viewing of the annual Perseid Meteor Shower, weather permitting. Bring chairs/blankets, flashlights and insect repellent.
Essential Eligibility Criteria
Dade Battlefield Historic State Park
Perseid Meteor Shower Night Walk
In order to participate in this program, one:
• Must have the ability to follow visual and/or verbal instructions independently or with the assistance of a companion.
• Must have the ability to traverse flat terrain of asphalt and/or grassy trails at night for up to 1 1/2 miles, independently or with the assistance of a companion and flashlight.
• Must have the ability to withstand exposure to changes in weather conditions as well as darkness for up to 2 hours.