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Week of October 8, 2017

Fl. Championship series @ Alafia River State Park

October 8, 2017 - 7:30am to 2:00pm EDT
event fees with Gone Riding
More Information:
Goneriding.com

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

The annual Fl. Championship Series race has returned. All bike trails are closed until 2pm.

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

Yoga in the Park, Sundays, 9am - 10am @ Koreshan State Park

July 23, 2017 - 9:00am to 10:15am EDT-July 22, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:15am EDT
 $10 cash. Park admission is FREE.
More Information:
Ranger Station (239) 992-0311

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

Traditional Yoga class focuses on breathing, stretching and postures. Modifiable for all ages and levels of participants. Over time, this form of yoga will tone the body and focus the mind. Each practice will leave you relaxed, refreshed, and rejuvenated. Beginners welcome! Some mats provided. Bring a water bottle. $10 cash. Park admission FREE.

Additional Information:

Some mats are provided. Bring a water bottle.

First Weekend Union Garrison @ Fort Clinch State Park

January 3, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EST-December 2, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EST
$2.50 Fort Admission in addition to regular park admission.
More Information:
Fort Clinch State Park, 904-277-7274

Located in the Northeast region at:
Fort Clinch State Park
2601 Atlantic Ave
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

This program will allow visitors to interact with living historians to experience life in the fort as it was in 1864. The grounds will be bustling with soldiers in period costumes involved in firing demonstrations, marching drills, cooking and daily activities. Ladies in their dresses, sutlers displaying their wares, fife players and drummer boys bring every part of the civil war era to life. Come join in this unique, family friendly event.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Beach Combing @ Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

October 8, 2017 - 9:30am to 10:30am EDT-October 29, 2017 - 9:30am to 10:30am EDT
FREE with regular park admission
More Information:
Ranger Station 239-597-6196

Located in the Southwest region at:
Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park
11135 Gulfshore Drive
Naples, FL 34108

Join a Volunteer for a talk about beach treasures. Learn about sea shells, sea creatures and tidal movement. This is a great interactive event!

Bluegrass Music with the Conch Stomp Band @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

January 8, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm EST-December 10, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm EST
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 the Conch Stomp Band for some foot-stomping and toe-tapping tunes on the second Sunday of each month!  Live Bluegrass in the Amphitheater from 1-3:00 p.m.

Garden Tour - Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

June 14, 2015 - 1:00pm to 1:45pm EDT-May 13, 2018 - 1:00pm to 1:45pm EDT
Free with regular park admission.
More Information:
Call the ranger station 352-236-7148 ext. 4

Located in the Central region at:
Silver Springs State Park
1425 NE 58th Avenue
Ocala, FL 34470

Visit the gardens at Silver Springs State Park, on the 2nd Sunday of each month, for our Garden Tour. Join a park ranger for information about the gardens' history, learn about the different seasonal flowers and blooms, as well as about pollinators like hummingbirds and butterflies. The tour passes through the following gardens: Courtyard Garden, Crossroads Garden, Camellia Garden, Fire & Water Garden, and the tour ends at the Wildflower Garden. After the tour, visitors are free to continue exploring the garden pathways and trails or walk back along the river.

Additional Information:

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

Participation requirements.

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.

Folk Jam and Song Circle @

October 8, 2017 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm EDT
This program is free with paid park admission ($2.00 a person or $3.00 for a vehicle with up to 8 people).
More Information:


Located in the region at:
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Enjoy the wonder of old-fashioned porch music right here at Savannas Preserve State Park! Pull up a chair and listen, or bring an instrument and join in the jam. No reservations required. 

Birding at MacArthur Beach @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

October 8, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm 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

Bird lovers can join a Ranger-led educational walk identifying many species of birds that make their home in John D. MacArthur Beach State Park.  Reservations recommended.  Visitors should bring binoculars or rent them in the Gift Shop.  For more information and reservations call Nature Center.

Additional Information:

Please bring a water bottle, hat and sunscreen.

Gentle Yoga at Paynes Prairie @ Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

October 10, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm EDT
Class is free with park admission.  Donations are accepted and will go to Friends of Paynes Prairie and support outreach activities at Paynes Prairie.  All of the supplies for this class have been provided by Friends of Paynes Prairie.
More Information:
Ranger Station 352-466-3397

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

This series is designed to release stress and tension after the work day and will include breathing exercises, follow the 26 basic Kripalu postures, and a guided relaxation.  All skill levels are welcome.  Is it your first time?  No problem, this is an excellent class for beginners.  If you have a mat, please bring it with you.  You may also like to bring a cushion or towel to use as a prop.  We have some extra mats, bolsters, and blocks for participants to use as well.  These tools are excellent for providing additional support in various postures to assist in relaxation and stretching, so if you have limited mobility, no problem, we have some great tools to help you be comfortable and enjoy your experience.

Classes will be held in the Paynes Prairie Visitor Center from 6:30-7:30 pm on most Tuesday evenings.  Visit www.prairiefriends.org for specific class dates, and to RSVP. 

RSVPs are limited to 10 due to limited space in the Visitor Center.  Please RSVP on the Friends of Paynes Prairie Webpage HERE.  This is helpful if you would like to be notified of cancellation or any other changes with the class.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Eco Fitness Classes @ Oleta River State Park

February 8, 2017 (All day)-February 14, 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 andSaturday 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.

Wellness Walk @ Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

October 11, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:00am EDT
Free with Park Admission
More Information:
Ranger Station 352-466-3397

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

Be active while enjoying nature in a Florida State Park.

Join us for a walk of up to 3 miles on the Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail.  

Meet us in the La Chua Trail parking lot.

We will walk at a pace that suits the group, or you're welcome to move at your own pace.  Join us and do what you can.  

Check the weather and dress accordingly.  Bring a water bottle - there is a water fountain near the parking lot, but not anywhere else along the walk. 

Please RSVP on the Friends of Paynes Prairie webpage HERE so that we can contact you if anything changes or the walk is cancelled for any reason. 

Our intention is to offer Wellness Walks throughout the year, so if you're looking for a new routine to get out and be active, join us and we can help to keep you motivated!

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

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

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

Pine Needle Basket Class @ Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

October 12, 2017 - 10:00am to 1:00pm EDT
Cost is $3/car or Florida Annual Park Pass plus $5 activity fee for 13 and up. 
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

Pine Needle basket class using long leaf pine needles and raffia.  All materials are provided for participants.  Class size is limited to 10, please  pre-register. 

Weekly Ranger Program @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

June 1, 2017 - 3:00pm CDT-December 27, 2018 - 3:00pm 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

Eden's Vintage Film Series 2017 @ Eden Gardens State Park

October 12, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm CDT-October 26, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm CDT
The event is FREE but donations are appreciated and will go directly to the Friends of Eden Garden State Park to help with the preservation of the park.
More Information:
Eden Gardens State Park (850) 267-8322

Located in the Northwest region at:
Eden Gardens State Park
181 Eden Gardens Road
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Friends of Eden Gardens State Park invite you and your family for movie nights under the stars. The Fourth Annual Eden Vintage Film Series kicks off on October 12 with ‘E.T'.

Films will be shown outside near the pavilion.  Bring your chairs, blankets, coolers, bug spray, and loved ones and enjoy the movies under the stars on the giant blow-up screen. Refreshments such as popcorn, drinks, water and candy are available for donations. As always, costumes are encouraged for each film.

The schedule for the movie series is as follows:
October 12, 6:30 p.m. – E.T.
October 19, 6:30 p.m. – Frogs
October 26, 6:30 p.m. – Young Frankenstein

 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Eco Fitness Classes @ Oleta River State Park

February 10, 2017 (All day)-March 9, 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.

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. 

Art in the Park - Watercolor @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

October 13, 2017 - 9:00am to 2:00pm CDT
Class fee $25 plus regular park admission
More Information:
Friends of Topsail Hill, friendsofthsp@gmail.com

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

Art in the Park -  Create your own watercolor with local artist Carol Dickson. Class fees for the Oct 13th class are $25 and include all instruction and materials needed. Regular park admission applies and is paid at ranger station on the day of class. All classes need a minimum of 5 participants to occur. Classes are limited to 10 participants and participants must be at least 12 years of age. Registration is due 7 days before class date and can be done in the park store or online at www.topsailparkfriends.org. The park store is open seven days a week 8am – 5pm.  A different theme and technique are used each class.  For more information about Art in the Park please email friendsofthsp@gmail.com.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Ranger Guided Trail Walk @ Long Key State Park

October 13, 2017 - 10:00am 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

Enjoy a leisurely, Ranger guided walk along the 1.1 mile Golden Orb Trail loop. Visitors will enjoy learning about the diverse plant life and the various habitats that are vital to the Florida Keys ecology. It is highly recommended that participants bring water to drink and wear a hat and sunscreen. Please note that periodically the trail will flood during high tides so we recommend that you wear shoes that can get wet. Additionally, you may wish to bring sunglasses, bug spray, cameras and binoculars. We leave from the Board Walk at 10:00 A.M.

Additional Information:

To participate in this program you must be able to walk on uneven surfaces and walk small inclines.

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

February 11, 2017 (All day)-March 10, 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.