Upcoming Events at Oleno

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Literacy Day At O'leno @ O'Leno State Park

Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 9:00am to 2:00pm EDT

Free entry with a new/slightly used children's book

More Information:
james.south@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Northeast region at:
O'Leno State Park
410 SE O'Leno Park Road
High Springs, FL 32643

Come join us on Saturday, September 15, 2018 to celebrate Literacy Day! Get free entry to the park by bringing a new or gently used children's book or library card. All donated books will go to support the Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses and will be redistributed to children in other programs. Booths will be set up by High Springs and Columbia County libraries. There will be entertainment aplenty - storytelling, children's activities and a ranger led river walk. Hot dogs and burgers will be available for purchase.

National Public Lands Day 2018 @ O'Leno State Park

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

Entry fee waived for participants

More Information:
james.south@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Northeast region at:
O'Leno State Park
410 SE O'Leno Park Road
High Springs, FL 32643

Join us for National Public Lands Day to give back to the outdoor spaces that you love. We will be doing some minor trail maintenance along the river trail. Please bring gloves and water. Lunch will be provided and entry fees are waived for participants.

Alligator Warrior Fest @ O'Leno State Park

Friday, October 19, 2018 - 9:00am EDT to Monday, October 22, 2018 - 5:00pm EDT

Park entrance is $5/vehicle (2-8 people)

More Information:
james.south@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Northeast region at:
O'Leno State Park
410 SE O'Leno Park Road
High Springs, FL 32643

Alligator Warrior Festival is an annual non-profit event, in memory of the years between 1800 and 1859, when Lake City Florida was still called Alligator, Florida, and in memory of its most famous resident, the Seminole commander, Alligator Warrior. This three day event includes a reenactment of the 1836 Battle of San Felasco Hammock. In addition to the reenactment, the event is a festival that celebrates Native American and immigrant American cultures with music and dancing, living-history camps, demonstrators of historic skills, traders, craftspeople, and food vendors. For more information please visit Alligator Warrior Festival or email secretary@alligatorfest.org.

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2019 Race The Tortoise 5k Run @ O'Leno State Park

Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 7:00am to 8:00am EST

Entry fee waived with purchase of 5K registration fee.

More Information:
james.south@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Northeast region at:
O'Leno State Park
410 SE O'Leno Park Road
High Springs, FL 32643

Race starts at 8 AM, Registration begins at 6:45 AM We want YOU at the 2019 Race the Tortoise 5K Run/Walk (3.1 miles) to be held at OʼLeno State Park on March 2, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. This event is hosted by Friends of OʼLeno, Inc. This is an out and back certified race course (FL09012EBM) with mile markers. It is on the park's main road which is both scenic and paved. The start and finish lines are near the main parking area approximately 1.5 miles from the park's entrance. This is a family-friendly, running and walking event promoting a healthy lifestyle and the beauty of OʼLeno State Park. Some participants will be racing for prize money and awards, some to achieve a personal best, and some to complete their first running event. Whether you run fast, slow, or walk, come out and challenge yourself to Race the Tortoise. All levels of ability welcome. Visit our website at friendsofoleno.org for more details, and to register for this event. The proceeds from the race will help provide for the creatures in the park's Nature Center and to help expand its exhibits. "Care for your heart…take part."

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12th Annual O'leno Ole' Chili Cookoff @ O'Leno State Park

Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 11:00am to 3:00pm EDT

Park entrance fee is waived with donation of a canned good

More Information:
James.South@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Northeast region at:
O'Leno State Park
410 SE O'Leno Park Road
High Springs, FL 32643

Bring your favorite chili recipe and compete with the best during the CASI-sanctioned category of this chili cook off. You do not have to be a member to participate. There will be prizes for 1st – 10th place in the Cook-off, and 1st – 3rd place for Showmanship. CASI rules can be found at www.chili.org. Or, compete in the Open category where anything goes! There will be two Open categories – Open with Meat and Open Vegetarian. There are trophies for 1st – 3rd place winners, and cash prizes of $50 for 1st place and $25 for 2nd place in each Open category. Contestants must be 18 years or older. Purchase a sample kit and vote for the winner of the "Peoples' Choice" Award. A cash prize of $100 will be presented for the "Peoples' Choice"! Chili Cook-Off Registration Fee: $20.00 per team for either category, or both for $35.00. Park admission for this event is free with the donation of one can of food per person to be donated to a local food bank. For pre-registration and more information, email Friends of O'Leno at FriendsofOleno@windstream.net. Tickets will be on sale for a "drawing of chance" for items generously donated by local businesses. All proceeds from the Chili Cook-off will be used for the care of our animal ambassadors at the O'Leno State Park Nature Center, and to enhance the public's understanding of their unique contributions to our environment.

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