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Monday Morning Nature Walks @ Highlands Hammock State Park

Monday, February 5, 2018 - 9:00am EST to Monday, February 26, 2018 - 11:00am EST

Park entry fees of $6.00 per vehicle (up to 8 people), $4.00 per single occupant vehicle, and $2.00 per person for bicyclists and visitors walking into the park on foot apply. There are no additional fees for these guided programs.

More Information:
Call the Ranger Station at 863-386-6094.

Located in the Southwest region at:
Highlands Hammock State Park
5931 Hammock Road
Sebring , FL 33872

Take a leisurely walk with volunteer trail guides Brian and Susan Woodworth as they explore park nature trails, observe birds, spot reptiles and discover what’s blooming. These two self-taught naturalists actively scout trails in advance of their hikes and keep track of the areas where birds and other wildlife are likely to be found. Winter migratory birds are now being sighted in addition to woodpeckers, red-shouldered hawks, and water birds. Alligators, snakes, and otters are sometimes seen.

February walks include the following:

Fern Garden Trail-February 5

Wild Orange Trail-February 12

Young Hammock-February 19

Richard Lieber Memorial Trail-February 26

Each trail is unique and visitors will explore the ecology of hammocks, hardwood swamps and an area that has undergone succession from a pine flatwood to a broad-leafed “ young” hammock due to a lack of fire and learn about their associated flora and fauna. All of the trails are located on the Loop Road.

Meet at the trailhead parking areas shortly before 9 am. Hikes take approximately one hour to 90 minutes. Degree of difficulty of the walks range from easy to moderate. Please dress for the weather and wear hiking boots or sturdy shoes, long pants and protective clothing. Visitors are advised to bring sunscreen, insect repellent, water and snacks. Walking sticks are helpful and binoculars, field guides and cameras are welcome.

The Monday Morning Nature Walks will continue through the end of March. Please see Additional Information for participation requirements.

Additional Information:

Scheduled walks are subject to change depending on conditions.  Visitors are advised to check at the Ranger Station before preceding to the trails. There are no restroom facilities along the Loop Road, so visitors are advised to stop at the restroom in the picnic area prior to the hike.  Florida State Parks are in various stages of accessibility.  To learn more about the participation requirements for this activity, please see the EEC RANGER - LED NATURE WALKS

Stone Age and Primitive Arts Festival @ Ochlockonee River State Park

Friday, February 23, 2018 (All day) to Sunday, February 25, 2018 (All day)

Admission: $4.00 per vehicle

(Up to 8 occupants, additional occupants are $2.00 per person)

More Information:
Ranger Station 850-962-2771

Located in the Northwest region at:
Ochlockonee River State Park
429 State Park Road
Sopchoppy, FL 32358

Ever wonder how pre-historic man put food on the table for the family? How people survived among mammoths and saber-toothed cats? Find out at the 11th annual Stone Age and Primitive Arts Festival! The festival features artists, vendors and demonstrators from all over the country.

Learn from experts how to make your own arrowheads, spear points and stone tools with the ancient art of flintknapping.

Participate in an atlatl throwing or primitive archery contest.

Watch as instructors reveal the secrets behind primitive fire making techniques like the bow drill, hand drill, and the fire saw.

Tour through our vendor village and find everything from pottery, hand woven baskets and jewelry to bows, arrows, spears and the materials to make your own.

 

 

Additional Information:

Festival hours are: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Participation Requirements

Co-Ed Low Impact Exercise Class @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Friday, February 23, 2018 - 8:15am to 9:00am EST

Free with camping or standard park entrance fee

More Information:
Ranger Station 941-483-5956

Located in the Southwest region at:
Oscar Scherer State Park
1843 South Tamiami Trail
Osprey, FL 34229

Wear comfortable shoes and wake up with a morning exercise session led by Kate Isles! Exercises do not require participants to sit or lay down and program is considered accessible. Located in the Screen Room by the Nature Center.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Reconstruction @ Dudley Farm Historic State Park

Friday, February 23, 2018 - 9:00am EST to Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 4:00am EST

Regular park entrance fee of $5.00 (honor box, cash only)

More Information:
Sandra Cashes, (352)472-1142

Located in the Northeast region at:
Dudley Farm Historic State Park
18730 W. Newberry Road
Newberry, FL 32669

                                                             Reconstruction Era

                                     -Visitors are invited to immerse themselves into history-

Dudley Farm Historic State Park will host its annual Reconstruction Era event on February 23rd and 24th, 2018. The Reconstruction Era Event is set during some of the hardest economic and socially difficult years in Florida following the War Between the States (the American Civil War). Living Historians bring to life the trials and troubles faced by people during those times. The year is 1868 and people do not dress, speak or think the same way we do now. Come experience what life was like for a Cow Hunter, a Temperance Marcher, a former slave turned soldier or just the common person trying to stay alive. Step back in time, see how life was. Be forewarned, they are not from our time, they might wonder what is that I-phone in your hand.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Friday Guided Hike @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Friday, February 23, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am EST

Free with camping or standard park entrance fee

More Information:
Ranger Station 941-483-5956

Located in the Southwest region at:
Oscar Scherer State Park
1843 South Tamiami Trail
Osprey, FL 34229

Go on a guided hike with a ranger. Learn about the plants and animals around the park while exploring a trail and hearing some park stories. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

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