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Trapper Nelson Interpretive Tour @ Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm EDT
More Information:
libby.reinert@dep.state.fl.us

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.

Junior Ranger Program @ Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 9:30am to 3:30pm EDT

Free with park admission ($4/single occupant vehicle, $6/with 2-8 people or $2 if you ride in on your bike!)

More Information:
Leigh-Anne.Carlson@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Northeast region at:
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
100 Savannah Blvd
Micanopy, FL 32667

Come visit our Junior Ranger table on Saturdays from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.

Learn how to become a Junior Ranger and join us for lots of cool nature activities! Children can complete the Junior Ranger CORE activities, collect passport stamps, and earn an official Junior Ranger badge, patch, or pin! Junior Ranger activities are appropriate for children aged 6 and up, but we will also have critter coloring pages and puzzles available for all ages.

No reservation required. Meet us inside the Visitor Center located within the main park entrance, off US 441 in Micanopy.

Additional Information:

Participant Requirements

Nature Adventures @ Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am EDT

Park entry fees apply.

More Information:
libby.reinert@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Southeast region at:
Jonathan Dickinson State Park
16450 S.E. Federal Highway
Hobe Sound, FL 33455

Join us every Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. for activities that encourage kids to discover, explore, and have fun! Topics may include wildlife, insects, freshwater ecology, scavenger hunts, paddling, nature hikes, and more! Programs are appropriate for families with kids of all ages, individuals, and organized groups. Times may vary, and registration may be required. Please contact the Kimbell Education Center in the park for more information.

Guided Nature Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, July 21, 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. 

Additional Information:

Bring a water bottle, sunscreen and insect repellant.

Fort Taylor Living History Weekend @ Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm EDT

Regular park admission applies

More Information:
kevin.bowes@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Southeast region at:
Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park
601 Howard England Way
Key West, FL 33040

Join us as we celebrate our rich history at Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park. The third weekend of each month, Fort Taylor is transformed into a Union-occupied encampment. Local and regional re-enactors portray life as it was in 1861 during the American Civil War. Firing and cooking demonstrations are all part of the excitement as our volunteers take visitors on a trip through time to see, hear and smell what life was like in a Federal Fort during the War. Participation varies, and usually depends upon weather conditions and other events in town. For more information, or to get involved, please contact Kevin Bowes at kevin.bowes@dep.state.fl.us. Thank you for your support of Fort Taylor and "see you in the past."

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