Upcoming Events at Silver Springs

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Garden Tour - Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

Sunday, September 9, 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.

Nature Hike with David @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 8:00am EDT

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Call the Ranger Station at 352-236-7148 ext. 4

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

Take a guided hike on the 3rd Saturday of each month, September through May, and learn about the flora and fauna of North Central Florida. David Rakes is an experienced and knowledgeable naturalist with a broad understanding of the natural communities surrounding the Silver River. Each hike will start from a different location in the park and will focus on different plants. You may receive the opportunity to view wildlife such as Florida white-tailed deer, Sherman's fox squirrel, Eastern gopher tortoises, and more.

September 16, 2017: Meet at the Sandhill Trailhead.
The beginning of the great wildflower show underneath the Longleaf pine trees.

October 21, 2017: Meet at the Sandhill Trailhead.
See the Sandhill wildflowers at their best, including Blazing Star, Paintbrush, Summer’s Farewell, Yellow Buttons, Golden Asters and Blue Sage.

November 18, 2017: Meet at the Sandhill Trailhead.
The wildflower show is tapering off but the endemic shrub Garberia heterophylla persists with its wonderful rose-purple tubular flowers. You will be amazed at all the insects they attract.

December 16, 2017: Meet at the Swamp Trailhead.
Focus on seeing the terrestrial Shadow Witch Orchid and the peculiar homes of the Purseweb Spider.

January 20, 2018: Meet at the Sandhill Trailhead.
Learn about the five different species of pine trees found in the park as well as the endemic Florida Deep Digger Scarab Beetle that digs down in the sandy soil from five to almost eight feet deep.

February 17, 2018: Meet at the Sandhill Trailhead.
The walk will focus on the earliest flowering shrubs and trees such as the Eastern Red Bud and the Flatwoods Plum.

March 17, 2018: Meet at the Sink Hole Trailhead.
Let’s count trees! No, not every tree, but how many different species are in these woodlands.

April 21, 2018: Meet at the River Trailhead.
On the way to the Silver River you will see the Pinkroot wildflower and the arboreal Manatee Tree Snail. With luck you may see the Prothonotary Warbler, formerly known as the Golden Swamp Warbler.

May 19, 2018: Meet at the Sandhill Trailhead.
Resident songbirds such as the Pine Warbler and Summer Tanager will sing their little heads off while you walk through the piney woods.

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 any of the trailheads.

Sturdy walking shoes, a canteen and insect repellant is suggested. No pets, please. This program may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Call the ranger station for the latest information.

Participation requirements.

Pickin' in the Park - Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 1:00pm EDT

Free with paid 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 enjoy local and visiting musicians perform acoustic music in a scenic area near the springs. Instruments usually include a banjo, guitar, fiddle, upright bass, and accordion. They may vary from month to month. Feel free to bring your own instrument and join in or just listen and enjoy. Hand claps and foot taps welcome!

Additional Information:

Enter the park through the main entrance located at 5656 East Silver Springs Blvd. (SR 40).

Participation requirements.

Cracker Village Tour - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, September 22, 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.

River Rhythms - Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

Friday, September 28, 2018 - 4:00pm EDT

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
(352) 236-7156 or craig.littauer@dep.state.fl.us

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

Join us the 4th Friday of every month, for an evening full of music and entertainment featuring a live drum circle. From 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., come and enjoy this musical experience. Like all public drum circles, all voices are welcome. There are a few extra drums but if you have some please bring them along. Also, to increase your comfort, we recommend that you bring a blanket or a chair. In addition to drumming and percussion, singing and dancing are highly encouraged! An audience is always needed so feel free to watch and listen.

Additional Information:

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

For more information about the hosts of this event, or to see a flyer, please visit their website, https://m.facebook.com/OcalaDrumCircles/about

Participation requirements.

Coffee with the Birds - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 8:00am to 10:00am EDT

Free with paid 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

Every 1st Saturday (October - April), take a walk on the bird side with birdwatchers of varying experience levels, from novice to expert. The short walk leaves from the river trail located in the museum area. Coffee will be provided. Please bring binoculars and sturdy walking shoes as well as anything else you need to be comfortable in the great outdoors, such as a hat, insect repellent, or other personal items. Other birdwatchers will have field guides but feel free to bring your own.

Most months begin at 8:00 a.m. but in the months of December and January the program begins at 9:00 a.m.

Additional Information:

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

This program is in partnership with members of the Village Birders club.

Participation requirements.

Florida Safari - Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

Sunday, October 7, 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.

Cracker Village Tour - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, October 13, 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, October 14, 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.

Nature Hike with David @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 8:00am EDT

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Call the Ranger Station at 352-236-7148 ext. 4

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

Take a guided hike on the 3rd Saturday of each month, September through May, and learn about the flora and fauna of North Central Florida. David Rakes is an experienced and knowledgeable naturalist with a broad understanding of the natural communities surrounding the Silver River. Each hike will start from a different location in the park and will focus on different plants. You may receive the opportunity to view wildlife such as Florida white-tailed deer, Sherman's fox squirrel, Eastern gopher tortoises, and more.

September 16, 2017: Meet at the Sandhill Trailhead.
The beginning of the great wildflower show underneath the Longleaf pine trees.

October 21, 2017: Meet at the Sandhill Trailhead.
See the Sandhill wildflowers at their best, including Blazing Star, Paintbrush, Summer’s Farewell, Yellow Buttons, Golden Asters and Blue Sage.

November 18, 2017: Meet at the Sandhill Trailhead.
The wildflower show is tapering off but the endemic shrub Garberia heterophylla persists with its wonderful rose-purple tubular flowers. You will be amazed at all the insects they attract.

December 16, 2017: Meet at the Swamp Trailhead.
Focus on seeing the terrestrial Shadow Witch Orchid and the peculiar homes of the Purseweb Spider.

January 20, 2018: Meet at the Sandhill Trailhead.
Learn about the five different species of pine trees found in the park as well as the endemic Florida Deep Digger Scarab Beetle that digs down in the sandy soil from five to almost eight feet deep.

February 17, 2018: Meet at the Sandhill Trailhead.
The walk will focus on the earliest flowering shrubs and trees such as the Eastern Red Bud and the Flatwoods Plum.

March 17, 2018: Meet at the Sink Hole Trailhead.
Let’s count trees! No, not every tree, but how many different species are in these woodlands.

April 21, 2018: Meet at the River Trailhead.
On the way to the Silver River you will see the Pinkroot wildflower and the arboreal Manatee Tree Snail. With luck you may see the Prothonotary Warbler, formerly known as the Golden Swamp Warbler.

May 19, 2018: Meet at the Sandhill Trailhead.
Resident songbirds such as the Pine Warbler and Summer Tanager will sing their little heads off while you walk through the piney woods.

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 any of the trailheads.

Sturdy walking shoes, a canteen and insect repellant is suggested. No pets, please. This program may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Call the ranger station for the latest information.

Participation requirements.

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