Upcoming Events at Ravine Gardens

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Photo Contest @ Ravine Gardens State Park

Monday, February 1, 2016 - 8:00am EST to Monday, February 29, 2016 - 4:00pm EST

The entry fee for the contest is $5.  Proceeds to benefit the Friends of Ravine Gardens, Inc.

More Information:
Park Office, 386-329-3721

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

The Friends of Ravine Gardens are hosting a Photo Contest during the month of February!  Bring your camera and explore the park to get the perfect shot.  The top 3 photographs will receive prizes and all photographs will be displayed at our Azalea Days event on March 5th and 6th.

Additional Information:

Photographs must be taken within Ravine Gardens State Park.  A printed 8x10 photo must be submitted to the park and a digital copy (.jpg, .tif or .png format) must be emailed to RavineGardensStatePark@gmail.com by 4 p.m. on February 29th to qualify.  Contestants must also complete a Photo Release Form upon entry.

Air Potato Rodeo @ Ravine Gardens State Park

Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 9:00am to 1:00pm EST

Park admission is free for all volunteers.

More Information:
Park Office, 386-329-3721

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

The Air Potato Rodeo is an annual park beautification day and resource management project held to help control the air potato vine (Dioscorea bulbifera) that is widespread at Ravine Gardens.  Controlling this pest plant is crucial in maintaining the historic beauty of the formal gardens in the park.  Air Potato wranglers will assist park staff and volunteers in the collection of the potato-like tubers in efforts to control the sprouting and spread of the vine.

All ages are invited to enjoy a day of resource management fun, refreshments and community involvement.  Prizes will be given for the most potatoes collected for individuals and groups.  We will also have prizes for the largest potato, smallest potato and weirdest potato, as well as the most golf balls collected. Admission into the park is free to participants and the first 100 volunteers to check-in the day of the event will receive a free t-shirt.  Lunch will be provided by the Friends of Ravine Gardens, our Citizen Support Organization (CSO).

Additional Information:

Gloves, trash bags and tools will be provided. Participants should wear long sleeves and pants, as well as closed-toe shoes. Participants should bring a reusable water bottle, bug repellent and sun screen.

Register by visiting our website or by calling the park at (386) 329-3721.

Participation Requirements

Saturday Wagon Tours @ Ravine Gardens State Park

Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm EST

Free with regular park admission.  Donations to the Friends of Ravine Gardens are accepted.

More Information:
Park Office, 386-329-3721

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

Take a guided wagon tour around the beautiful ravine at Ravine Gardens State Park and see our azaleas in bloom!  Learn about the history of the ravine and the park, as well as the plants, animals, and ecosystems that make Ravine Gardens a diverse place to visit.

Tours will leave every half hour, departing at 1 pm, 1:30 pm, 2 pm, and 2:30 pm. Tours last approximately 25 minutes and will start from the front of the Roy E. Campbell Civic Center. Each tour is limited to 20 participants.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Celebrating Arts and History @ Ravine Gardens State Park

Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 2:00pm to 6:00pm EST

Admission is $5 per person, which includes park entry fees.

More Information:
Shirley Edwards, 904-235-2292 or Park Office, 386-329-3721

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

Join Emagine Arts and the Friends of Ravine Gardens as they celebrate Black History Month!  Celebrating Arts and History will feature live jazz music, artwork from local artisans, and sensational southern desserts.  The event will take place inside the Civic Center.  Visitors can arrive any time between 2 and 6 pm!

Additional Information:

Proceeds from the event to benefit the Friends of Ravine Gardens.

Participation Requirements

Saturday Wagon Tours @ Ravine Gardens State Park

Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm EST

Free with regular park admission.  Donations to the Friends of Ravine Gardens are accepted.

More Information:
Park Office, 386-329-3721

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

Take a guided wagon tour around the beautiful ravine at Ravine Gardens State Park and see our azaleas in bloom!  Learn about the history of the ravine and the park, as well as the plants, animals, and ecosystems that make Ravine Gardens a diverse place to visit.

Tours will leave every half hour, departing at 1 pm, 1:30 pm, 2 pm, and 2:30 pm. Tours last approximately 25 minutes and will start from the front of the Roy E. Campbell Civic Center. Each tour is limited to 20 participants.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Swamp Stomp @ Ravine Gardens State Park

Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 9:00am to 11:00am EST

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Park Office, 386-329-3721

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

Join Ranger Justin as he leads a walk through Ravine Gardens State Park and the Water Works Environmental Educational Center to the St. Johns River.  This off-trail hike explores the undeveloped eastern side of the park.  The wet, muddy and uneven terrain is challenging and is intended only for hikers prepared for the tough walk. The hike will wind through mucky floodplain and will sometimes be blocked by fallen trees and branches.

Additional Information:

The hike will be approximately 1 mile total and is expected to last 2 hours.  Rubber or waterproof boots, bug repellent, sunscreen, and water are recommended for the walk.  Recommended for ages 12 and up; children must be accompanied by an adult.

Space is limited to 10 participants and reservations are required. Please RSVP by calling the park at (386) 329-3721.

Participation Requirements

Saturday Wagon Tours @ Ravine Gardens State Park

Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm EST

Free with regular park admission.  Donations to the Friends of Ravine Gardens are accepted.

More Information:
Park Office, 386-329-3721

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

Take a guided wagon tour around the beautiful ravine at Ravine Gardens State Park and see our azaleas in bloom!  Learn about the history of the ravine and the park, as well as the plants, animals, and ecosystems that make Ravine Gardens a diverse place to visit.

Tours will leave every half hour, departing at 1 pm, 1:30 pm, 2 pm, and 2:30 pm. Tours last approximately 25 minutes and will start from the front of the Roy E. Campbell Civic Center. Each tour is limited to 20 participants.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

20th Annual Azalea Days @ Ravine Gardens State Park

Saturday, March 5, 2016 - 10:00am to 5:00pm EST

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Park Office, 386-329-3721

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

Experience Ravine Gardens at its best with our 100,000 azaleas in bloom this time of year!  Spend your day at the park as you enjoy guided wagon tours, music, vendors featuring arts, crafts, and plants, and much more!  See nature's colorful display up-close by taking a ranger-narrated wagon tour around the park's 1.8 mile loop through thousands of blooming azaleas.  Walk along picturesque hiking trails to enjoy a spectacular view of colorful plants, including azaleas, dogwoods, magnolias, and camellias.  Food and refreshments will be available for purchase during the event.

Additional Information:

If you are interested in being a vendor, please contact Kristine Kastenbaum by phone at 386-329-3721 or by email at Kristine.Kastenbaum@dep.state.fl.us.

Participation Requirements

20th Annual Azalea Days @ Ravine Gardens State Park

Sunday, March 6, 2016 - 10:00am to 4:00pm EST

Free with regular park entry.

More Information:
Park Office, 386-329-3721

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

Experience Ravine Gardens at its best with our 100,000 azaleas in bloom this time of year!  Spend your day at the park as you enjoy guided wagon tours, music, vendors featuring arts, crafts, and plants, and much more!  See nature's colorful display up-close by taking a ranger-narrated wagon tour around the park's 1.8 mile loop through thousands of blooming azaleas.  Walk along picturesque hiking trails to enjoy a spectacular view of colorful plants, including azaleas, dogwoods, magnolias, and camellias.  Food and refreshments will be available for purchase during the event.

Additional Information:

If you are interested in being a vendor for the event, please contact Kristine Kastenbaum by phone at 386-329-3721 or by email at Kristine.Kastenbaum@dep.state.fl.us.

Participation Requirements

Saturday Wagon Tours @ Ravine Gardens State Park

Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm EST

Free with regular park admission.  Donations to the Friends of Ravine Gardens are accepted.

More Information:
Park Office, 386-329-3721

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

Take a guided wagon tour around the beautiful ravine at Ravine Gardens State Park and see our azaleas in bloom!  Learn about the history of the ravine and the park, as well as the plants, animals, and ecosystems that make Ravine Gardens a diverse place to visit.

Tours will leave every half hour, departing at 1 pm, 1:30 pm, 2 pm, and 2:30 pm. Tours last approximately 25 minutes and will start from the front of the Roy E. Campbell Civic Center. Each tour is limited to 20 participants.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

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