Nature Hike with David @ Silver Springs State ParkSaturday, October 20, 2018 - 8:00am EDT
Free with regular park admission.
Call the Ranger Station at 352-236-7148 ext. 4
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.
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.
World Water Monitoring Day @ Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State ParkSaturday, October 20, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm EDT
Park entrance is waived for registered participants.
Wakulla Springs State Park will be participating in World Water Monitoring Day (WWMD). World Water Monitoring Day is an international water monitoring event. WWMD was started to involve local citizens in basic water quality monitoring and to increase public awareness of local water quality issues. At Wakulla Springs, volunteers are needed to collect water chemistry data from 4 springs and 20 sinkholes on park property.
Guided Nature Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State ParkSaturday, October 20, 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.
Junior Ranger Programs, 3rd Saturday Monthly, 10am - 11am @ Koreshan State ParkSaturday, October 20, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am EDT
FREE with Park admittance.
Ranger Station (239) 992-0311
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/.
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
Surf Fishing Workshop @ Sebastian Inlet State ParkSaturday, October 20, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:15pm EDT
Free with regular park admission
Terry OToole 772-388-2750
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.
26th Annual Haunted Woods @ Hillsborough River State ParkSaturday, October 20, 2018 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm EDT
Ages 13 and up $10.00/each. Ages 12 and under FREE!
Ranger Station: (813) 987-6771
Sponsored by the Hillsborough River State Park Preservation Society, this event includes the Haunted Trail, Coloring Contests, and Family Tram Ride (Tram runs Saturday Night ONLY!). Food and refreshments will be available and music will be filling the air. There will be a Costume Contest both nights. All ages - 6:00 pm - Prizes! It is a safe alternative to Trick-Or-Treating! Bring the whole family and come walk through our Haunted Woods for a scary, fun time.
Proceeds benefit the Hillsborough River State Park Preservation Society.
Moonlight Paddle - Lake Powell, A Rare Natural Phenomena @ Camp Helen State ParkSaturday, October 20, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm 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.
Camp Helen State Park at (850) 233-5059
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.
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.