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Cracker Village Tour - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 10:00am EST

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

Saturday, December 23rd only:

Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the cracker village will additionally feature a cast iron cooking demonstration as well as a firing of the new wood-fired pottery kiln. The kiln will be opened on December 27th and the pottery made will be available for purchase in the museum gift shop.

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.

GeoCaching -Manatee Springs SP: Family, Friends, Fun & Food #3 @ Manatee Springs State Park

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm EST

Free with park admission

More Information:
Lon Sullivan AKA "Trail Walker") 352.224.8895

Located in the Northeast region at:
Manatee Springs State Park
11650 NW 115 Street
Chiefland, FL 32626


This event will include a pot luck meal, games, prizes, and the chance to hike the MSSP trails in search of TWELVE new and three existing geocaches.
Who knows, maybe the manatees will be in the springs!

You can see the information related to the event without having an account / membership (which is free), but You will need one to get certain details or to log a "Will attend" Those interested can access the information by logging on to Geocaching in Florida. Click on Other Search Options, scroll down to Search by GC Code.  Search for: GC7FPYJ

Please post your "Will attend" so we know what size pavilion to reserve, and bring your favorite dish or dessert. IMPORTANT: This is a "pot-luck" lunch, so please bring your signature good eats. Some sort of basic meat will be provided.

Additional Information:

 Participation Requirements

We HIGHLY recommend that you wear good hiking boots, bring a walking stick, carry some bug spray...and don't forget the water!!

Guided Nature Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am EST

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. 

Additional Information:

Bring a water bottle, sunscreen and insect repellant.

Critter Crafts for Kids @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am 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 about the plants and animals at Oscar Scherer by making critter crafts. Materials are provided. Located in the Nature Center. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Cracker Days @ Rainbow Springs State Park

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm EST

$2.00 Park Admission.

More Information:
For more information, call 352-465-8555.

Located in the Northeast region at:
Rainbow Springs State Park
19158 SW 81st Place Road
Dunnellon, FL 34432

We invite you to experience a piece of history at Rainbow Springs State Park. Learn about campfire cooking, turkey calls, corn grinding and more. See cattle whip cracking and more Cracker Days demonstrations.

Enjoy browsing the handcrafters as you listen to the Bluegrass sounds by Shade Tree Pickers or dulcimer folk music by the Front Porch Folks.

Come and join us for food, games and good ole’ fun!  Experience an unforgettable event, an exciting time for everyone, as we peek down history’s corridors!

Additional Information:

 Participation Requirements

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