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Saturday, September 22, 2018

National Public Lands Day @ Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EDT

Park entrance fee is waived for registered participants

More Information:
jackie.m.turner@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Northwest region at:
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park
465 Wakulla Park Drive
Wakulla Springs, FL 32327

Wakulla Springs State Park will have a special event to improve and protect our Public Lands. Volunteers are needed. Space is limited, and registration is required. Following lunch, registered participants will be welcomed to take a guided river boat tour of the Wakulla River. Volunteers need to provide work clothes and shoes. Work gloves, a water bottle, and a lunch are also suggested and encouraged. Registration is required. Please register to be a part of this event by calling Jackie Turner at 850-561-7281.

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Cracker Village Tour - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 10:00am EDT

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Ranger Station, 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 and unlocked 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.

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Guided Nature Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, September 22, 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.

National Public Lands Day @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Saturday, September 22, 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. Scenic Highway 30A
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Come celebrate National Public Lands Day at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park with a "Cache In, Cache Out" Adventure.  Explore the park with thirteen geocache locations and pick up trash as you go.  Participants can check in at the Park Store between 9am - 2pm and when finished they check back in for their prize.  Participants will need a GPS or a smart phone capable with GPS, water, weather appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes. 

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Surf Fishing Workshop @ Sebastian Inlet State Park

Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:15pm EDT

Free with regular park admission

More Information:
Terry OToole 772-388-2750

Located in the Central region at:
Sebastian Inlet State Park
9700 South Highway A.1.A.
Melbourne Beach, FL 32951

Surf Fishing Workshop

Surf fishing class designed to introduce anglers to the basics of surf fishing. Discussion centers on the equipment needed to enjoy a productive surf fishing day at the beach. Topics include: rod and reel selection, standard pompano rig, choosing bait and more.  Anglers should bring a pen/pencil and something to write on.

Meet at the Sebastian Fishing Museum.

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Moonlight Paddle - Lake Powell, A Rare Natural Phenomena @ Camp Helen State Park

Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm CDT

Program is $35 per person, cash only. Fee includes watercraft rental, life jacket, paddle, glow sticks, park admission fee, and a donation to the Friends of Camp Helen State Park. Watercraft and gear from outside the park are not permitted.

Space is limited. Advanced reservations are required to participate and can be done by calling Camp Helen State Park at (850) 233-5059.

More Information:
Camp Helen State Park at (850) 233-5059

Located in the Northwest region at:
Camp Helen State Park
23937 Panama City Beach Parkway
Panama City Beach, FL 32413

Come and join the Department of Environmental Protection and Camp Helen State Park for a moonlight paddle on Lake Powell, Florida’s largest coastal dune lake. The experience will be a mostly quiet excursion led by Rangers and will give visitors a unique opportunity to view one of the rarest lakes in the world, while under a nearly full moon. The trip is approximately 2 hours and will begin with a brief safety review and interpretation on Lake Powell and why coastal dune lakes are such a rare natural phenomenon. Participants must be experienced paddlers and 12 years of age or older.

Additional Information:

Program is weather dependent. Please check the forecast prior to arrival. If there is a chance of inclement weather on program day, call the Park for further information. As with all water sports, there is a chance of getting wet so dress appropriately. Please help us keep the trip on schedule by being on time and bring everything that you need with you to the Visitor Center.

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