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Trapper Nelson Interpretive Tour @ Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm EDT
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Located in the Southeast region at:
Jonathan Dickinson State Park
16450 S.E. Federal Highway
Hobe Sound, FL 33455

The 60 passenger Loxahatchee Queen III takes visitors on a one-and-a-half-hour tour of the river, with a stop at the restored 1930s camp of Trapper Nelson, the "Wildman of the Loxahatchee." At the site, park staff lead visitors around the grounds and buildings of a true Florida original, who made his living off the land as a trapper and fur trader. Once fame caught up with Trapper, however, he evolved himself and his home into one of the area's first tourist attractions, "Trapper's Zoo and Jungle Gardens." Trapper's unsolved death in 1968 gives a fitting sense of mystery to the site. A visual interpretation of Trapper's is available at the Visitor's Center, on the Loxahatchee Queen, or on site by request. A gently sloped and wheelchair friendly sidewalk leads to a small pier to the boat dock; passengers must be able to get onto the pontoon boat without a wheelchair. A beach wheelchair is also available for use on site with advanced noticed. Please contact the Ranger Station, (772) 546-2771, or the Kimbell Center, (561) 745-5551 for more information. Trapper's is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 7 days a week (schedule may vary throughout the year), and is accessible only by canoe, boat or by the concession's tour boat. Call the park concession at (561) 746-1466 for information on times and prices for the Loxahatchee Queen III.

Nature Days for Children @ Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EDT

Cost is $40/child for 5 sessions or $10/day, ages 8 - 12. 

More Information:; 352-793-4781

Located in the Southwest region at:
Dade Battlefield Historic State Park
7200 CR 603
Bushnell, FL 33513

Nature Days Camp program that includes daily programs on birds, reptiles and amphibians, plants, insects and spiders and mammals.  Program includes walks, games, crafts and daily snacks. 

Ancient Dunes Trail Hike @ Anastasia State Park

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am EDT

Free with regular park entry fees.

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Located in the Central region at:
Anastasia State Park
300 Anastasia Park Road
St. Augustine, FL 32080

Come enjoy a guided hike through ancient dunes shaded by a maritime hammock. Discover the park's natural communities while exploring this unique trail. Although only a mile long, this hike is more challenging than our other trails due to the natural sloping landscape.

Please meet at the Hilltop Picnic Area, near the parking lot, and we will walk into the hammock together. Suggested items to bring are binoculars, comfortable walking shoes, a camera, drinking water, bug spray, and sunscreen. This event is weather permitting and subject to cancellation.

This activity is Junior Ranger Passport Eligible! If you are a Florida State Park Junior Ranger, you can participate in this program to receive a Recreation Stamp in your Junior Ranger Passport.

Guided Nature Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am EDT

Free with park admission.

More Information:
(561) 624-6952

Located in the Southeast region at:
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive
North Palm Beach, FL 33408

Join us for a guided exploration of MacArthur Beach State Park daily at 10:00 a.m.  Meet in front of the Park's Nature Center. 

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Bring a water bottle, sunscreen and insect repellant.

Weekly Ranger Program @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 9:00am CDT

Program is free with regular park admission. 

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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

Discuss, learn about and explore the park with a Ranger.  Thursday Ranger Program starts at 3pm.  Check at the Ranger Station for current week's topic and starting location. 

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