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Education Series for the Curious Adult @ Rainbow Springs State Park

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 10:00am EDT to Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 2:00pm EDT

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Park Headspring, 352-465-8555,

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

Rainbow Springs State Park and the Friends of Rainbow Springs invite any and all curious adults interested in learning about a variety of topics such as gardening, native wildlife and pollinators, invasive exotic plants, local Florida history, protection of the River and watershed, the ground beneath your feet and so much more. The Adult Education Series are monthly talks given in a comfortable sit-down setting and will include presentations by local professionals, Master Gardeners, historians, Rainbow Springs State Park staff and volunteers and guest speakers from different occupations and backgrounds. There is something to learn for everyone.

Additional Information:

Presentations will be given in a covered open-air pavilion that is ADA accessible.

Presentations will be approximately one to one and a half hours in length.  

Arrive early to enjoy refreshments and to get a seat. Space is limited. 

Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of Rainbow Springs volunteer citizen support organization.

Check this program flyer monthly or contact the park to learn about which interesting topics will be presented next.

Participation Requirements


April Photo Contest @ Ravine Gardens State Park

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 8:00am EDT to Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 4:00pm EDT

$5 fee to the Friends of Ravine Gardens.

More Information:
Park Office, (386) 329-3721

Located in the Central region at:
Ravine Gardens State Park
1600 Twigg Street
Palatka, FL 32177

The Friends of Ravine Gardens are hosting a Photo Contest during the month of April!  Bring your camera and explore the park to get the perfect shot.  Photographs must be taken within Ravine Gardens State Park.  A printed 8x10 photo must be submitted to the park and a digital copy (.jpg, .tif, .png format) must be emailed to by 4 p.m. on April 30th to qualify.  Contestants must also complete a Photo Release Form upon entry.  The top 3 photographs will receive prizes and all photographs will be displayed at the Friends of Ravine Gardens' 20th Anniversary Celebration on May 16th.  

Additional Information:

Photographs may be in color or black and white.  Photographs may be either vertical or horizontal.  Entry materials will not be returned.

Participation Requirements

Camper’s Campfire Program @ Wekiwa Springs State Park

Saturday, April 18, 2015 (All day)

Free to registered park campers.

More Information:

Located in the Central region at:
Wekiwa Springs State Park
1800 Wekiwa Circle
Apopka, FL 32712

Registered park campers are invited to join us on Saturday evenings, starting 30 minutes after sunset, at the amphitheater adjacent to the general camping area within the park for our Campfire Circle Programs.

Additional Information:

The programs are presented by volunteers and park rangers on a wide range of topics suitable for people of all ages.

Photo Challenge @ Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 8:00am EDT

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:

Located in the Central region at:
Washington Oaks Gardens State Park
6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd.
Palm Coast, FL, FL 32137

Come out to Washington Oaks to participate in our Photo of the Month contest every third Saturday of the month. Anytime on the third Saturday, a brochure with the month's assignment will be distributed at the Park Ranger Station. Photographers of all skill levels are then invited to interpret the monthly challenge and snap away. Participants have five days to submit up to two photos, along with the photo release form to A winner will be chosen by staff and volunteers and the winning photo will be displayed at our Visitor's Center.  

Great American Cleanup @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 8:00am to 12:00pm EDT

Regular park admission waived for participants.

More Information:
Park Services Specialist Art Carton, 561-776-7449 ext. 109

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

Come join us for one of the nation’s largest events, the Great American Beach Clean-up. Show that you care about the marine environment by helping to keep it free of litter.

Additional Information:

Participants will receive refreshments and giveaways.

Trash bags and gloves will be provided. 

Community service hours will also be given to school aged participants.