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2018 Race the Tortoise 5K Run @ O'Leno State Park

Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 8:00am to 10:00am EST

Entry fee waived with the purchase of 5K registration fee.

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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 2018 Race the Tortoise 5K Run/Walk (3.1 miles) to be held at OʼLeno State Park on March 3, 2018 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 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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 Participation Requirements


MONTHLY MILITIA MUSTER The First Saturday of Each Month @ Fort Mose Historic State Park

Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 9:00am EST to Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 11:30am EST

Admission to the Demonstration(s) is free. Visitor Center/Museum admission is $2 per person children under 6 are free.  

More Information:
Carl P. Marchand 904-823-2232

Located in the Central region at:
Fort Mose Historic State Park
15 Fort Mose Trail
St. Augustine, FL 32084

Experience musket firing demonstrations as the Castillo de San Marcos Militia trains with the Fort Mose Militia. Children are welcomed to participate in Junior Militia training using our handmade wooden toy muskets and authentic militia uniform items. Monthly musters will not be held during July and December.

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Tropical Hardwood Forest Nature Walk @ Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park

Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am EST

The walk is free with the park entrance fee of $2.50 per person.

More Information:
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Ranger Station, (305) 451-1202

Located in the Southeast region at:
Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park
County Road 905, Mile Marker 106
Key Largo, FL 33037

Join Native Nursery Volunteer Jenny Doyle for an informative and enjoyable walk through a tropical hardwood hammock. Jenny will focus the walk on forest habitat hurricane survival, following Hurricane Irma's visit to the park last September. The walk is free with the park entrance fee of $2.50 per person. Long sleeves and pants and insect repellent are suggested. Limited to 15 participants. Meet at the park's main entrance (former Port Bougainville archway), 1/2 mile north of the point where U.S. Highway 1 and County Road 905 converge.

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The walk is conducted on both asphalt and unpaved trails. Participants may choose to stop at any point and easily return to the entrance.

Haz-Mat Recycling and Tire Amnesty Day @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 8:00am to 12:00pm CST

Park admission is free for those dropping off recyclables during the event.

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Located in the Northwest region at:
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and Walton County invite you to the Walton County Solid Waste & Recycling and Tire Amnesty Day!

Items being accepted are:

  • Pesticides
  • Used Oil
  • Stale Gasoline
  • Solvents
  • Fertilizers
  • Paint, Paint Thinners, Paint Strippers
  • Batteries
  • Furniture Polish
  • Brake Fluid
  • Engine Degreasers
  • Anti-Freeze
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Insecticides
  • Spot Removers

Waste tire amnesty will also be held on the same date, during the same hours and locations. Walton county residents may bring up to 12 tires per residence.  No gas cylinders or explosives please. 

Due to hazardous nature of certain components in home computers, old computer hardware including processors, monitors, keyboards, printers, scanners will be accepted. 


  • Walton County Fairgrounds, Highway 83 North (9th Avenue), Defuniak Springs
  • Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, 7525 W. Scenic Hwy 30A, Santa Rosa Beach

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Watercolor Fellowship @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, March 3, 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

Learn watercolor tips and tricks or simply come and paint with fellow watercolor enthusiasts. Space is limited. Located in the Nature Center. 

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