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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Nature Hike with David @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, September 15, 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.

33rd Annual International Coastal Cleanup For Broward County @ Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park

Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 8:00am to 5:00pm EDT

Free to participants

More Information:
John.Frosbutter@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Southeast region at:
Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park
6503 North Ocean Drive
Dania Beach, FL 33004

Volunteers go the various locations established by the County to cleanup the beaches and waterways in the adjacent areas. Various organizations, clubs, schools, and sea cadets assist with registration and assigning areas to clean.

Terrain Titan: Mount Olympus Championship @ Alafia River State Park

Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 8:15am to 2:00pm EDT

Regular park admission fees in addition to race registraion fees

More Information:
Ground Hog Events 813-466-0064 or GroundHogEvents@gmail.com

Located in the Southwest region at:
Alafia River State Park
14326 S CR 39
Lithia, FL 33547

Ground Hog events is providing a 5K, 13.1 & Ultra Trail Run through hiking and equestrian trails. For more information on this event please visit http://groundhogevents.com/mount-olympus-champ/4594203764

Swamp Stomp Leftover Race @ Hillsborough River State Park

Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm EDT

$30.00 per participant

Parking $10.00 per vehicle parking fee, cash only please, unless you are registered as a camper

Insurance $5.00 per participant, cash at time of check in

More Information:
Ranger Station: (813) 987-6771

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

We began our SwampStomp races in 2016 and we continue to seek out new and exciting obstacles and "Swamp Swag" to keep our Stompers coming back.  Over our last three races we have accumulated some pretty cool swag and rather than let cool stuff go to waste, why not have a "leftover race"? 

Any and all leftover t-shirts and medals will be distributed at this race. This will be a great opportunity to collect a previous Swamp Stomp medal that you missed or really love!  (Although you have the option to select your t-shirt size, we cannot guarantee we have an ample stock of that size.  We will do our best to match your needs.)

Proceeds benefits the Hillsborough River State Park Preservation Society.

 

Additional Information:

Register online at Red Podium

Participation Requirements

Guided Nature Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, September 15, 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.

Junior Ranger Programs, 3rd Saturday Monthly, 10am - 11am @ Koreshan State Park

Saturday, September 15, 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 

International Coastal Cleanup Day - Beach Cleanup @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 9:15am CDT

Registered volunteers receive free admission during event. 

More Information:
850-267-8330

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

Help keep the beach safe for the threatened and endangered species that call our beach home.  Volunteers check in at Tram Stop #3 (after the 9am tram arrives). Bring hat, sunscreen and water bottle. Dress appropriately for the weather.  Gloves, trash bags and buckets will be provided.  To register as a beach clean up volunteer please call 850-267-8330 and provide your name, email address, phone number and number of people coming. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Park entrance is located at 7525 W.  County Hwy 30A Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459.   Beach clean up volunteers will need to park in the day use parking lot and either walk to the beach access or take the tram to tram station #3.