Upcoming Events at Silver Springs

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Cracker Village Tour - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 10:00am 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

Come and discover what life was like at the turn of the century in the Florida "piney woods." The cracker homestead is a replica of a 19th century pioneer settlement. This collection of buildings represents a small "Cracker'' settlement dating to the 1890s. A typical homestead of the time would have included a cabin and outbuildings such as a barn, pantry, smokehouse, and outhouse. Schoolhouses, churches, and blacksmith shops would have been found in settlements that homesteaders visited to attend social gatherings and barter for supplies. During the tour, these buildings will be open and unlocked and on most tours the blacksmith's forge will be fired up. Meet at the Cracker Village across from the Silver River museum.

Additional Information:

Enter the park through the camping & museum entrance, 1425 NE 58th Avenue, (also known as State Road 35 or Baseline Rd.) to access the Silver River Museum.

For more information about the Silver River Museum visit their website.

Participation requirements.

Pack Walk - Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 10:00am 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

In partnership with the Marion County Animal Services, Silver Springs State Park presents an opportunity to make a difference in the life of a shelter dog. Every 4th Sunday, join volunteers and park staff as we walk a pack of well-behaved dogs through the park's gardens and trails. This program gives the animals exercise as well as a chance to socialize with other dogs and other people. All of the dogs are available for long-term adoption but you can also "adopt" a dog for the morning and take it for a walk with the group. For only a small amount of time you can make a huge difference in the life of a shelter animal. Hikers and walkers are welcome to join the group even if they do not want to hold a leash. Please note, only visitors 16 years or older may walk a shelter dog.

Additional Information:

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

For more information about Marion County Animal Services please visit their website or facebook page.

Park staff and volunteers with "their" dogs (photo).

Participation requirements.

Florida Safari - Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

Sunday, June 3, 2018 - 10:00am 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

On the first Sunday of every month join park staff for a tram tour of the longleaf pine forest. Learn about the park's land management practices and how we care for our natural resources. Wildlife sightings are common but not guaranteed. Possible fauna seen during this program include white-tailed deer, gopher tortoise, Sherman's fox squirrel, and wild turkey.

Along the way the tram will stop so participants can take a short guided walk on the swamp trail. A park ranger will lead visitors down the boardwalk to the Silver River. After the hike the tram will return to the main entrance.

Additional Information:

A limit of 15 spaces are available. To R.S.V.P., call the ranger station, 352-236-7148 ext. 4. You may only reserve a space for the upcoming month's program.

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

Participation requirements.

2018 Summer Adventure Camp - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 8:30am to 4:00pm EDT

$185 per session, per camper, includes all materials, such as rocket kit, art supplies, t-shirt, snacks, lunch, insurance, and admission fees. Personal checks, money orders, and cash are accepted. No credit cards. Make checks and money orders payable to: Silver River Museum.

More Information:
Call the Silver River Museum, 352-236-5401, or email drucilla.dickensheet@marion.k12.fl.us

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

From "Spears to Rockets", campers will learn about Stone Age Tools, Pioneer Ingenuity, and Modern Marvels while doing activities that center on team-building games, fun crafts, and friendly competitions. Educational topics cover a wide range of Florida history and science, such as:

  • Ice Age: tomahawk throws, archery, and archaeology dig
  • Pioneer Life: exploring the pine forest, animal track ID, campfire cooking, candle making
  • Modern times: pontoon boat ride, rocket launching, movie night

This camp is a program of Marion County Public Schools and the Silver River Museum & Environmental Education Center.

  • This is a day camp with no overnight stays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • There are three one-week sessions (June 4 through June 22)
  • Ages 8-12.

Additional Information:

Enter the park through the camping & museum entrance, 1425 NE 58th Avenue, (also known as State Road 35 or Baseline Rd.) to access the Silver River Museum.

For camp application packets and more details, or for more information about the Silver River Museum, visit their website.

Campers are accepted to the Silver River Museum Summer Adventure Camp on a first come, first serve basis.  Capacity will vary.  Payment must accompany registration forms. When a camp session is booked full, campers may be placed on a waiting list. In the event of an opening, campers on waiting lists will be contacted in the order in which their applications were received.

For participation requirements, please contact the camp director to decide whether the program is a good fit for your camper.

2018 Summer Adventure Camp - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 8:30am to 4:00pm EDT

$185 per session, per camper, includes all materials, such as rocket kit, art supplies, t-shirt, snacks, lunch, insurance, and admission fees. Personal checks, money orders, and cash are accepted. No credit cards. Make checks and money orders payable to: Silver River Museum.

More Information:
Call the Silver River Museum, 352-236-5401, or email drucilla.dickensheet@marion.k12.fl.us

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

From "Spears to Rockets", campers will learn about Stone Age Tools, Pioneer Ingenuity, and Modern Marvels while doing activities that center on team-building games, fun crafts, and friendly competitions. Educational topics cover a wide range of Florida history and science, such as:

  • Ice Age: tomahawk throws, archery, and archaeology dig
  • Pioneer Life: exploring the pine forest, animal track ID, campfire cooking, candle making
  • Modern times: pontoon boat ride, rocket launching, movie night

This camp is a program of Marion County Public Schools and the Silver River Museum & Environmental Education Center.

  • This is a day camp with no overnight stays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • There are three one-week sessions (June 4 through June 22)
  • Ages 8-12.

Additional Information:

Enter the park through the camping & museum entrance, 1425 NE 58th Avenue, (also known as State Road 35 or Baseline Rd.) to access the Silver River Museum.

For camp application packets and more details, or for more information about the Silver River Museum, visit their website.

Campers are accepted to the Silver River Museum Summer Adventure Camp on a first come, first serve basis.  Capacity will vary.  Payment must accompany registration forms. When a camp session is booked full, campers may be placed on a waiting list. In the event of an opening, campers on waiting lists will be contacted in the order in which their applications were received.

For participation requirements, please contact the camp director to decide whether the program is a good fit for your camper.

2018 Summer Adventure Camp - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 8:30am to 4:00pm EDT

$185 per session, per camper, includes all materials, such as rocket kit, art supplies, t-shirt, snacks, lunch, insurance, and admission fees. Personal checks, money orders, and cash are accepted. No credit cards. Make checks and money orders payable to: Silver River Museum.

More Information:
Call the Silver River Museum, 352-236-5401, or email drucilla.dickensheet@marion.k12.fl.us

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

From "Spears to Rockets", campers will learn about Stone Age Tools, Pioneer Ingenuity, and Modern Marvels while doing activities that center on team-building games, fun crafts, and friendly competitions. Educational topics cover a wide range of Florida history and science, such as:

  • Ice Age: tomahawk throws, archery, and archaeology dig
  • Pioneer Life: exploring the pine forest, animal track ID, campfire cooking, candle making
  • Modern times: pontoon boat ride, rocket launching, movie night

This camp is a program of Marion County Public Schools and the Silver River Museum & Environmental Education Center.

  • This is a day camp with no overnight stays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • There are three one-week sessions (June 4 through June 22)
  • Ages 8-12.

Additional Information:

Enter the park through the camping & museum entrance, 1425 NE 58th Avenue, (also known as State Road 35 or Baseline Rd.) to access the Silver River Museum.

For camp application packets and more details, or for more information about the Silver River Museum, visit their website.

Campers are accepted to the Silver River Museum Summer Adventure Camp on a first come, first serve basis.  Capacity will vary.  Payment must accompany registration forms. When a camp session is booked full, campers may be placed on a waiting list. In the event of an opening, campers on waiting lists will be contacted in the order in which their applications were received.

For participation requirements, please contact the camp director to decide whether the program is a good fit for your camper.

2018 Summer Adventure Camp - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 8:30am to 4:00pm EDT

$185 per session, per camper, includes all materials, such as rocket kit, art supplies, t-shirt, snacks, lunch, insurance, and admission fees. Personal checks, money orders, and cash are accepted. No credit cards. Make checks and money orders payable to: Silver River Museum.

More Information:
Call the Silver River Museum, 352-236-5401, or email drucilla.dickensheet@marion.k12.fl.us

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

From "Spears to Rockets", campers will learn about Stone Age Tools, Pioneer Ingenuity, and Modern Marvels while doing activities that center on team-building games, fun crafts, and friendly competitions. Educational topics cover a wide range of Florida history and science, such as:

  • Ice Age: tomahawk throws, archery, and archaeology dig
  • Pioneer Life: exploring the pine forest, animal track ID, campfire cooking, candle making
  • Modern times: pontoon boat ride, rocket launching, movie night

This camp is a program of Marion County Public Schools and the Silver River Museum & Environmental Education Center.

  • This is a day camp with no overnight stays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • There are three one-week sessions (June 4 through June 22)
  • Ages 8-12.

Additional Information:

Enter the park through the camping & museum entrance, 1425 NE 58th Avenue, (also known as State Road 35 or Baseline Rd.) to access the Silver River Museum.

For camp application packets and more details, or for more information about the Silver River Museum, visit their website.

Campers are accepted to the Silver River Museum Summer Adventure Camp on a first come, first serve basis.  Capacity will vary.  Payment must accompany registration forms. When a camp session is booked full, campers may be placed on a waiting list. In the event of an opening, campers on waiting lists will be contacted in the order in which their applications were received.

For participation requirements, please contact the camp director to decide whether the program is a good fit for your camper.

2018 Summer Adventure Camp - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 8:30am to 4:00pm EDT

$185 per session, per camper, includes all materials, such as rocket kit, art supplies, t-shirt, snacks, lunch, insurance, and admission fees. Personal checks, money orders, and cash are accepted. No credit cards. Make checks and money orders payable to: Silver River Museum.

More Information:
Call the Silver River Museum, 352-236-5401, or email drucilla.dickensheet@marion.k12.fl.us

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

From "Spears to Rockets", campers will learn about Stone Age Tools, Pioneer Ingenuity, and Modern Marvels while doing activities that center on team-building games, fun crafts, and friendly competitions. Educational topics cover a wide range of Florida history and science, such as:

  • Ice Age: tomahawk throws, archery, and archaeology dig
  • Pioneer Life: exploring the pine forest, animal track ID, campfire cooking, candle making
  • Modern times: pontoon boat ride, rocket launching, movie night

This camp is a program of Marion County Public Schools and the Silver River Museum & Environmental Education Center.

  • This is a day camp with no overnight stays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • There are three one-week sessions (June 4 through June 22)
  • Ages 8-12.

Additional Information:

Enter the park through the camping & museum entrance, 1425 NE 58th Avenue, (also known as State Road 35 or Baseline Rd.) to access the Silver River Museum.

For camp application packets and more details, or for more information about the Silver River Museum, visit their website.

Campers are accepted to the Silver River Museum Summer Adventure Camp on a first come, first serve basis.  Capacity will vary.  Payment must accompany registration forms. When a camp session is booked full, campers may be placed on a waiting list. In the event of an opening, campers on waiting lists will be contacted in the order in which their applications were received.

For participation requirements, please contact the camp director to decide whether the program is a good fit for your camper.

Cracker Village Tour - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 10:00am EDT

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
352-236-7148 ext. 4

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

Come and discover what life was like at the turn of the century in the Florida "piney woods." The cracker homestead is a replica of a 19th century pioneer settlement. This collection of buildings represents a small "Cracker'' settlement dating to the 1890s. A typical homestead of the time would have included a cabin and outbuildings such as a barn, pantry, smokehouse, and outhouse. Schoolhouses, churches, and blacksmith shops would have been found in settlements that homesteaders visited to attend social gatherings and barter for supplies. During the tour, these buildings will be open for viewing and on most tours the blacksmith's forge will be fired up. Meet at the Cracker Village across from the Silver River museum.

Additional Information:

Enter the park through the camping & museum entrance, 1425 NE 58th Avenue, (also known as State Road 35 or Baseline Rd.) to access the Silver River Museum.

For more information about the Silver River Museum visit their website.

Participation requirements.

Garden Tour - Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

Sunday, June 10, 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.

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