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Week of October 29, 2017

Pumpkin Patch @ Camp Helen State Park

September 27, 2017 - 8:00pm CDT to October 31, 2017 - 4:00pm CDT
Regular park entrance fees apply.
More Information:
Camp Helen State Park, (850)233-5058

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

The Friends of Camp Helen State Park will be hosting a pumpkin patch within the park from September 27, 2017 until October 31, 2017.  Bring the family to the park to pick out the perfect pumpkin.  Proceeds benefit the the Friends of Camp Helen State Park and support park activities.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Hayride with Ranger Crowe and Friends! @ Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

October 18, 2017 - 5:00pm EDT to November 3, 2017 - 7:00pm EDT
The event is free with paid park admission.
More Information:
For information, contact the park at 850-487-4556.

Located in the Northwest region at:
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
3540 Thomasville Road
Tallahassee, FL 32309

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park invites you to enjoy an afternoon hayride through the Gardens! Ranger Crowe and friends will give a guided tour of the Scarecrows in the Gardens exhibits, telling the story of why each scarecrow was designed and built. Afterwards, you will be able to vote for your scarecrow! Hayrides will take place every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from October 18th through November 3rd.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

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

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!

Painting with Palm Boots with Carol Applegate @ Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

October 29, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm EDT
Cost is $3/car plus $5 activity fee/person 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

Participants will paint on Sabal Palm Tree boots with all materials provided. 

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.

Music and Wine in the Gardens @ Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

October 29, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm EDT
Tickets are $20 per person and include park entry, 2 glasses of wine, light appetizers, and the sound of Fermin Spanish Guitar.  
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 an evening of Music and Wine in the Gardens on October 29th.  Featuring Fermin Spanish Guitar and wine with light appetizers provided by the Uncaged Tasting Room.  Bring a blanket and a picnic!  Tickets available at Eventbrite.com  Sponsored by the Friends of Washington Oaks.  Additional details can be found at www.washingtonoaks.org  

Additional Information:

Participation requirements  

The Haunted Ballet @ The Barnacle Historic State Park

October 26, 2017 - 8:00pm EDT-October 29, 2017 - 8:00pm EDT
$20.00-$30.00
More Information:
Ranger Station (305) 442-6866

Located in the Southeast region at:
The Barnacle Historic State Park
3485 Main Highway
Miami, FL 33133

Come meet the spirits! Bid welcome to those from a bygone era who haunt the lands of Coconut Grove. Watch as they dance their stories beneath the moonlit sky and try to escape their tragic endings night after magical night. Creator and founder, Crystal Karaginis Peattie, has produced this show for everyone to enjoy in her backyard of Coconut Grove. An open walk-through concept, various dances have been choreographed by a group of Miami’s most talented artists and performed across the five-acre property. The dancers will be fictional characters based on the history of Coconut Grove, specifically from the late 1800s and early 1900s. A haunting feast for the eyes, ears, and soul, this show is not to be missed.

Additional Information:

Haunted Ballet Participation Requirements

Two performances per night on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday beginning at 8:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. One performance on Sunday at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets available at the gate or at www.Eventbrite.com.

Please park curbside or in a nearby lot.

No pets, please.

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.

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

Gentle Yoga at Paynes Prairie @ Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

November 1, 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:

Please note: Due to the holiday on Tuesday, class this week is on WEDNESDAY. This is just for one week only, and we'll resume our Tuesday scheduling next week.

Participation Requirements

Dade Bird Walk @ Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

November 2, 2017 - 8:00am to 11:00am EDT
$3/car or Annual Florida Park Pass
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 Bird Walk on the trails of Dade to see the fall birds.  Bring a pair of binoculars if you have them or borrow a park loaner pair. 

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

Beginning Paddle Boarding @ Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

November 2, 2017 - 9:30am to 10:30am EDT
Program fee is $15.00 for equipment plus regular park admission
More Information:
Naples Beach Adventures 239-431-0958

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

Join Park staff as they teach you the basics of paddle boarding and paddle board safety. You will then have an opportunity to get in the water and test your new found knowledge!

Additional Information:

Ages 12 years and older. Program is weather and water condition dependent. Space is limited and reservations are required. Contact Naples Beach Adventures to reserve a spot and equipment at 239-431-0958.

Beginning Paddle Boarding 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. 

Wild Foods Foraging Class @ Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

November 3, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:30pm EDT
Cost is $3/car or Florida Annual Park Pass plus $5/person 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

Wild foods foraging class will include walking to collect wild edibles and preparing some to eat.  Bring water, hat, sunscreen and insect repellant. 

Walk on the Wild Side @ Lovers Key State Park

November 3, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am EDT
Regular Entrance Fees Apply
More Information:
Call 239-463-4588.

Located in the Southwest region at:
Lovers Key State Park
8700 Estero Blvd.
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

Join one of our Park Rangers for a guided hike along our Black Island Trail. Learn about the fascinating vegetation and wildlife that reside in this maritime hammock. Do some bird watching, and learn a little history. Due to limited space, reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588.

Plastic Pollution: It's Everyone's Problem @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

November 3, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am CDT
Progran 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

Join Dr. Laura Tiu, Marine Scientist and Sea Grant Extension Agent for Walton and Okaloosa Counties and learn about Microplastics. The rise of plastic use can be traced from the production of celluloid combs of the early 1900's to the explosion of plastic production after World War II, to the introduction of bottled water in the late 1980's. After nearly a century of plastic production, we have discovered negative environmental impacts that we never anticipated. Now the questions are how bad is it and what can we do to combat our plastic addiction? 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

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.