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Week of October 1, 2017

Farmers Market @ Koreshan State Park

July 23, 2017 - 8:00am to 1:00pm EDT-July 22, 2018 - 8:00am to 1:00pm EDT
$1 environmental impact fee
More Information:
More Information: Ranger Station (239) 992-0311

Located in the Southwest region at:
Koreshan State Park
3800 Corkscrew Road
Estero, FL 33928

Join us in the historic settlement of Koreshans. Our Sunday Farmers Market offers local and organic produce, fresh seafood and dips, unique crafts, local honey, native plants, handcrafted jewelry, food, beautiful art, and cool gifts! A market pass is $1. Contact the Ranger Station at (239) 992-0311 for more information. For vendor info and applications visit http://friendsofkoreshan.org/farmers-market/

Native Plant Sale, Sundays, 8pm - 1pm @ Koreshan State Park

July 23, 2017 - 8:00am to 1:00pm EDT-July 22, 2018 - 8:00am to 1:00pm EDT
FREE during the Sunday Farmers Market
More Information:
Ranger Station (239) 992-0311

Located in the Southwest region at:
Koreshan State Park
3800 Corkscrew Road
Estero, FL 33928

Learning about and purchasing native plants can be a daunting task, but it just got easier! The Coccoloba Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society volunteers will be selling native plants at the Koreshan State Historic Site Farmers Market Sundays, 8:00am - 1 pm.  Experts will be on hand to help answer your questions and teach you about the wonderful benefits of adding native plants to your landscaping. Volunteers will also explain about the fertilizer ordinance and invasive exotic plants. For more information, visit www.FNPSCoccoloba.org or call (239) 273-8945.

Additional Information:

http://www.fnpscoccoloba.org/

Guided Scrub Walk @ Oscar Scherer State Park

April 16, 2017 - 8:30am EDT-October 29, 2017 - 8:30am EDT
There is no cost to participate other than normal park entrance fees for day-use visitors.
More Information:
Ranger Station 941-483-5956

Located in the Southwest region at:
Oscar Scherer State Park
1843 South Tamiami Trail
Osprey, FL 34229

This weekly walk begins at the Nature Center and includes an informative walk through an ancient dune system.  This unique habitat is home to the threatened Florida scrub-jay and a variety of plants and other animals.  Participants should wear comfortable footwear for walking in soft sand.  Cameras and binoculars are suggested.  Space is limited to 15 people.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Guided Tours of Historic Koreshan Settlement @ Koreshan State Park

July 22, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am EDT-October 4, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am EDT
Guided Tours are $2 per person, $1 for children under 6, with regular park admission.
More Information:
Ranger Station (239) 992-0311

Located in the Southwest region at:
Koreshan State Park
3800 Corkscrew Road
Estero, FL 33928

Join us for a Guided Walking Tour of the Historic Koreshan Settlement. Explore structures and gardens of the 19th century utopian settlement and learn about these idealistic pioneers. The walking tour is about an hour and a half and is accessible to all.

 

Additional Information:

Park admission is $2 for bicycle/pedestrian, $4 for one person in a vehicle, $5 for up to 8 persons in a vehicle. Walking tour lasts approximately 1 hour and is mostly outdoors on a crushed shell path. Please bring water, proper footware, and sun protection. Wheelchair available upon request.

Requests for these and other tours for clubs, home school associations, and other groups can be made by calling the Ranger Station at (239) 992-0311. We make every effort to accommodate all groups, however we may not be able to fulfill requests made with less than a two week notice.

Ranger Program: Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

April 10, 2016 - 2:00pm EDT-April 1, 2018 - 2:00pm 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

Take part in a park ranger program, which occurs every Sunday. Topics vary, with each program offering an opportunity to learn something new about Silver Springs State Park and Florida’s unique environment.

Additional Information:

Enter the park through the main entrance located at 5656 East Silver Springs Boulevard (State Road 40).

Participation requirements.

October Photo Challenge @ Ravine Gardens State Park

October 2, 2017 - 8:00am EDT to October 27, 2017 - 4:00pm EDT
Free with regular park entrance fee.
More Information:
Raymond Presley, (386) 937-0933, raymond.presley@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Central region at:
Ravine Gardens State Park
1600 Twigg Street
Palatka, FL 32177

The Friends of Ravine Gardens, Inc., is hosting a photo challenge during each month of 2017. Each month will have a different theme. Contact the park at (386) 329-3721 on the start date of each challenge to request the theme of the month.

Bring your camera and explore the park to get the perfect shot and submit your photo for a chance to win! Along with recognition, the winner will be awarded two, day entry passes good for Florida’s 174 award-winning state parks, trails and historic sites, up to 8 people for most parks. Monthly first-place winners are also automatically entered to win a grand prize at the end of the 2017 Photo Contest term.

Monthly Submissions will be open the first Monday of each month, and run until the last Friday of the month. This month’s contest will run starting on 10/02/2017 and all entries must be received by 10/27/2017.

Photographs must be taken within Ravine Gardens State Park. You may submit up to two photos. Digital photographs must be a minimum resolution of 1024x768 (or higher) pixels. All photographs must be submitted in a digital format (in either a .jpg, .tif, or .png format) and emailed to raymond.presley@dep.state.fl.us.

Contestants must also complete a photo release form upon entry, which can be found here.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Dade Pioneers @ Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

September 5, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm EDT-May 1, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm EDT
Cost is $10/child for school year and includes membership in Dade Battlefield Society
More Information:
kristin.n.wood@dep.state.fl.us; 352-793-4781

Located in the Southwest region at:
Dade Battlefield Historic State Park
7200 CR 603
Bushnell, FL 33513

Dade Pioneers is an after school program for ages 8-18.   Each program consists of nature and history programs, crafts, games and food. 

Eco Fitness Classes @ Oleta River State Park

February 1, 2017 (All day)-February 7, 2018 (All day)
More Information:


Located in the Southeast region at:
Oleta River State Park
3400 NE 163rd Street
North Miami Beach, FL 33160

"By combining health-fitness with outdoor recreation, Eco Fitness appeals to those seeking to increase time spent exercising and connecting with nature. Through a strategically formulated exercise regimen, participants will see adaptation to their physical abilities as well as an increase in their love for the great outdoors. 

Eco Fitness Classes incorporate Kayaking/Stand Up Paddleboarding, Mountain Biking, Swimming and Plyometrics over the course of 2 hours for the low price of $40.00 per class.

Classes are held the first 2 weeks of the month; Wednesday evenings, Friday and Saturday mornings."

Please Contact BG Oleta River Outdoors for exact times.

Guided Paddle (or Walk) @ Oscar Scherer State Park

April 19, 2017 - 9:00am EDT-October 25, 2017 - 9:00am EDT
Canoe/kayak rentals apply to both day-use visitors and campers at $10.00 plus tax per hour.Folks are welcome to bring their own paddling gear instead of renting.Program is free with paid park entrance for those providing their own paddling equipment.If the program features a walk instead of a paddle, program is free with paid park entrance.
More Information:
Ranger Station 941-483-5956

Located in the Southwest region at:
Oscar Scherer State Park
1843 South Tamiami Trail
Osprey, FL 34229

(Must arrive at 8:30am)

Learn about the life in South Creek or take a leisurely stroll through one or more of the park’s seven natural communities. South Creek is a tidal water therefore the water may sometimes be too shallow for a paddle; a guided walk will be an alternate option.  Either way, be prepared to explore a slice of the “Real Florida."  Bring your camera and binoculars for wildlife viewing.  Registration is between 8 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. at the Ranger Station on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the paddle.

 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Pets are not permitted on the paddle trip.

Geocaching Around Topsail @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

November 9, 2016 - 9:00am to 2:00pm CST-November 15, 2017 - 9:00am to 2:00pm CST
 Standard state park entry fees will apply however there are no additional fees for programming.
More Information:
Ranger Station 850-267-8330

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

Topsail Hill State Park invites you to enjoy our “one of a kind” geocache program.  Visitors can check in at the Camp Store and pick up the geocache packet.  This activity will take you to various points throughout the Preserve.  Note: the hiking and biking trails are easy to moderate in difficulty, some are paved, sand and gravel, or hard pack.

What is Geocaching you ask?  Well, it is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches", at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world. Geocaching was originally similar to the 160-year-old game letterboxing, which uses clues and references to landmarks embedded in stories.  Geocachers are free to take a treasure, or “swag” (except the logbook, pencil, or stamp) from the cache in exchange for leaving something of similar or higher value behind.

Enter the park through the main gate and park staff will direct you to the Camp Store, you will need a GPS or a smart phone capable with GPS. 

Additional Information:

Program Requirements

Guided Tours of Historic Koreshan Settlement @ Koreshan State Park

July 22, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am EDT-October 4, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am EDT
Guided Tours are $2 per person, $1 for children under 6, with regular park admission.
More Information:
Ranger Station (239) 992-0311

Located in the Southwest region at:
Koreshan State Park
3800 Corkscrew Road
Estero, FL 33928

Join us for a Guided Walking Tour of the Historic Koreshan Settlement. Explore structures and gardens of the 19th century utopian settlement and learn about these idealistic pioneers. The walking tour is about an hour and a half and is accessible to all.

 

Additional Information:

Park admission is $2 for bicycle/pedestrian, $4 for one person in a vehicle, $5 for up to 8 persons in a vehicle. Walking tour lasts approximately 1 hour and is mostly outdoors on a crushed shell path. Please bring water, proper footware, and sun protection. Wheelchair available upon request.

Requests for these and other tours for clubs, home school associations, and other groups can be made by calling the Ranger Station at (239) 992-0311. We make every effort to accommodate all groups, however we may not be able to fulfill requests made with less than a two week notice.

Audubon Society Guided Bird Walk @ Oscar Scherer State Park

October 5, 2017 - 8:30am to 10:00am EDT-April 26, 2018 - 8:30am to 10:00am EDT
Free with paid park entrance
More Information:
Ranger Station 941-483-5956

Located in the Southwest region at:
Oscar Scherer State Park
1843 South Tamiami Trail
Osprey, FL 34229

No pets please. Comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, insect repellent, drinking water, camera and binoculars recommended.

A guided bird walk on sandy hiking trails through the various park habitats, guided by the Venice Audubon Society.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Weekly Ranger Program @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

June 1, 2017 - 9:00am CDT-December 27, 2018 - 9:00am CST
Program 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

Discuss, learn about and explore the park with a Ranger.  Thursday Ranger Program starts at 3pm.  Check at the Ranger Station for current week's topic and starting location. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Reading With A Ranger @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

June 1, 2017 - 10:00am CDT-May 7, 2020 - 10:00am CDT
Program is free.
More Information:
Walton County Coastal Branch Library, (850) 267-2809

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

Join a Park Ranger at the Walton County Coastal Branch Library for story time.  Learn about the wildlife and activities at the park.  The Library is located at 437 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Eco Fitness Classes @ Oleta River State Park

January 13, 2017 (All day)-December 1, 2017 (All day)
More Information:


Located in the Southeast region at:
Oleta River State Park
3400 NE 163rd Street
North Miami Beach, FL 33160

"By combining health-fitness with outdoor recreation, Eco Fitness appeals to those seeking to increase time spent exercising and connecting with nature. Through a strategically formulated exercise regimen, participants will see adaptation to their physical abilities as well as an increase in their love for the great outdoors. 

Eco Fitness Classes incorporate Kayaking/Stand Up Paddleboarding, Mountain Biking, Swimming and Plyometrics over the course of 2 hours for the low price of $40.00 per class.

Classes are held the first 2 weeks of the month; Wednesday evenings, Friday and Saturday mornings."

Please Contact BG Oleta River Outdoors for exact times.

Dirty Fridays @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

November 4, 2016 - 8:00am CDT-October 5, 2018 - 8:00am CDT
Admission is free for project time.
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

Welcome to "Dirty Fridays" at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park! Here is a wonderful, low-key volunteer opportunity to get a little dirty on the First Friday of every month while helping to beautify the park grounds! Projects include working in the butterfly garden, driveway medians and other fun landscape features that make Topsail one of a kind! Bring some water, gloves, insect repellent and a lunch to enjoy afterwards! Garden groups are always welcome to share in the fun!

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

First Friday Garden Walks @ Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

September 1, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am EDT-August 3, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am EDT
Program included with park entry. 
More Information:
386-446-6783

Located in the Central region at:
Washington Oaks Gardens State Park
6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd.
Palm Coast, FL, FL 32137

Join us for a Ranger guided tour of our Historic District and Gardens the first Friday of each month.  Learn about the history of Washington Oaks, while taking in the beauty of the Gardens.  Participants meet in the Garden parking lot.  Please wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring water. 

Additional Information:

Participation requirements

Junior Ranger Program @ Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

July 28, 2017 - 10:00am to 3:00pm EDT-December 22, 2017 - 10:00am to 3:00pm EST
The program is free with park entry and for annual park pass holders.
More Information:
Ranger Station: (352) 466 - 3397

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

Come visit our Junior Ranger table from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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 smokey bear stories 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. 

Explore the Shore @ Long Key State Park

October 6, 2017 - 1:00pm EDT
Free with paid park admission.
More Information:
(305) 664-4815

Located in the Southeast region at:
Long Key State Park
67400 Overseas Hwy
Long Key, FL 33001

Visitors will enjoy a Ranger guided walk on the shoreline exploring what the tide has brought in. We might discover things washed ashore from all over the world such as seabeans, animal skulls, shells, jellyfish, crabs, and plants and flowers! Please bring water to drink, wear shoes that can get wet, and wear sunscreen and a hat. Additionally, you may wish to bring sunglasses, bug spray, cameras and binoculars. We leave from the Day Use Ocean Overlook at 1:00 P.M.

Additional Information:

To participate in this program you must be able to walk over uneven/soft surfaces, or ask at the ranger station to borrow our beach friendly wheelchair.

Sunset Paddle Tour @ Oleta River State Park

December 23, 2016 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm EST-December 15, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm EST
The Tour is 2 hours long and $35.00 per Adult or $25.00 per College Student.
More Information:


Located in the Southeast region at:
Oleta River State Park
3400 NE 163rd Street
North Miami Beach, FL 33160

Have you ever gone Kayaking at night? Sunset Kayak/SUP Tours are available every Friday evening at the BG Oleta River Outdoor Center. We paddle for 1 hour before arriving at Sandspur Island where we will take a break and watch the sun go down. Once the sun has set, your Guide will turn on bright colorful lights located on the front and back of your Kayak or SUP before a 30 minute paddle back to the Outdoor Center.

 

Eco Fitness Classes @ Oleta River State Park

January 14, 2017 (All day)-December 2, 2017 (All day)
More Information:


Located in the Southeast region at:
Oleta River State Park
3400 NE 163rd Street
North Miami Beach, FL 33160

"By combining health-fitness with outdoor recreation, Eco Fitness appeals to those seeking to increase time spent exercising and connecting with nature. Through a strategically formulated exercise regimen, participants will see adaptation to their physical abilities as well as an increase in their love for the great outdoors. 

Eco Fitness Classes incorporate Kayaking/Stand Up Paddleboarding, Mountain Biking, Swimming and Plyometrics over the course of 2 hours for the low price of $40.00 per class.

Classes are held the first 2 weeks of the month; Wednesday evenings, Friday and Saturday mornings."

Please Contact BG Oleta River Outdoors for exact times.