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Anastasia State Recreation Area

Bahia Honda State Park

Big Lagoon/Perdido Key State Recreation Area

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Recreation Area

Blue Spring State Park

Caladesi Island State Park

Cayo Costa State Park

Collier-Seminole State Park

Deleon Springs State Recreation Area

Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Recreation Area

Don Pedro Island State Recreation Area

Egmont Key State Park

Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve

Fort Cooper State Park

Fanning Springs State Recreation Area

Florida Caverns State Park

Ft. Pierce Inlet State Recreation Area

Ft. Zachary Taylor State Historic Site

Gamble Plantation State Historic Site

Gasparilla Island State Recreation Area

Gold Head State Park

Grayton Beach State Recreation Area

Henderson Beach State Recreation Area

Highlands Hammock State Park

Hillsborough River State Park

Honeymoon Island State Recreation Area

Hugh Taylor Birch State Recreation Area

Indian Key State Historic Site

John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

John U. Lloyd Beach State Recreation Area

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Koreshan State Historic Site

Lake Kissimmee State Park

Little Manatee River State Recreation Area

Manatee Springs State Park

Myakka River State Park

Oscar Scherer State Park

Paynes Creek State Historic Site

Rainbow Springs State Park

Rocky Bayou State Recreation Area

San Marcos De Apalache State Historic Site

Sebastian Inlet State Park

St. Andrews State Recreation Area

St. Joseph Peninsula State Park

The Barnacle State Historic Site

Torreya State Park

Wakulla Springs State Park

Washington Oaks State Gardens

Withlacoochee State Trail

Ybor City State Museum


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Florida State Parks Calendar of Events
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District 1 / Northwest Florida

District 2 / Northeast Florida

District 3 / Central Florida

District 4 / Southwest Florida

District 5 / Southeast Florida

DISTRICT 1 / NORTHWEST FLORIDA

Big Lagoon/Perdido Key State Recreation Area
(850) 492-1595
BEACH WALK
July - August
Join a Park Ranger each Saturday for a slide program and a beach walk to learn about the endangered sea turtles. Advanced reservations required.

PICKING IN THE PARK
July through September 1st Saturday of each month
A n old fashioned jam session. General public is invited to participate, bring your fiddle, banjo, or guitar. Call park for exact date and time.

ANNUAL COASTAL CLEANUP
September 19
Join volunteers for the 11th annual coastal clean up along the seashore of Perdido Key and Big Lagoon. Meet at the Park boat ramp picnic area.

VOLUNTEER ACTION
Big Lagoon And Perdido Key State Recreation Areas.
Volunteers augment the day to day operation of Big Lagoon and Perdido Key State Recreation Areas by performing a variety of tasks, including but not limited to, campground host, maintenance projects, natural resource management projects, and visitor services. Contact Jim Crane, Park Service Specialist 850-492-0794.

CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK
December 4-5
Celebrate the "spirit of the season" with the magic of twinkling lights and glowing luminaries. Candle-lit paths take you through a fantasy land of wonderment with carolers, musicians, storytelling and more. Call for details and time.

Florida Caverns State Park
(850) 482-1228

CAVERNS CHRISTMAS
December 11 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The third annual special celebration. Park entrance fees will be waived. Lights and special decorations for all to enjoy. Call for details.

Grayton Beach State Recreation Area
(850) 231-4210

ONGOING INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS
May - September Saturdays
Join park staff on Saturday evenings, Memorial Day - Labor Day for a variety of interpretive programs. Call the park for information on program subjects, dates and times.

Henderson Beach State Recreation Area
(850) 837-7550

ANNUAL COASTAL CLEANUP
September (TBA)
Join volunteers for the annual beach cleanup. Call ahead for details and event location.

Rocky Bayou State Recreation Area
(850) 833-9144

ON-GOING INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS
Memorial Day - Labor Day
Call the park for information on program subjects, dates and times.

St. Andrews State Recreation Area
(850) 233-5142

NATURE'S GALLERY
November 14 & 15 (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
Nature's Gallery '98 is an exciting fall festival celebrating Florida's art, crafts, history and environment. The event features primitive craft demonstrations and historical reenactments, and native wildlife from land and sea. Great food. Free park entry. On or off site parking available.

San Marcos De Apalache State Historic Site
(850) 922-6007

A POINT IN TIME
October 24
A living history interpretation of five eras of occupation on this site. Also, archaeological techniques will be demonstrated by state archaeologists. Several related vendors and exhibitors will be attending. Call park for time.

Torreya State Park
(850) 643-2674

ON-GOING INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS
October thru January
The breathtaking array of color is enhanced by the 150 foot bluffs, scenic views, and hiking along the many creeks and streams in the park. Daily Monday - Friday (10 a.m.)
Saturday, Sunday & Holidays (10 a.m., 2 p.m., & 4 p.m.)
Tours of the Historic Gregory house give you the perspective of living in an 1849 plantation home. Tour fees: $1.00/adults, .50/children 13 & under. Park entrance is free.

St. Joseph Peninsula State Park
(850) 227-1327

SEA TURTLE PROGRAM
August (call for date )
Join a park Ranger each Saturday for a slide program and a beach walk to learn about endangered sea turtles. Reservations Required.

SCALLOP DAY FESTIVAL
Date TBA
Celebrate Scallop Day and Marine Enviromental education in Port St. Joe at Frank Pate Park from 9am to 5pm. Park entrance will be free this day to promote marine ecology and enviromental awareness. Call for more information.

Wakulla Springs State Park
(850) 224-5950

ESPECIALLY FOR KIDS
July 11 (10am - 12 p.m.)
Bring the children to an exciting outdoor learning experience. Park rangers interpret nature with an accent on the environment. Free with park admission.

SUNSET CRUISE
July 18 (7:30 p.m.)
Top off a day of summer fun with a trip down the Wakulla River at sunset. A unique opportunity for the whole family. Adults $6.00 Children $3.00. Dinner available at the Wakulla Springs Lodge. Call for dinner reservations.

SUNRISE BOAT TOUR & BREAKFAST
August 8 (7 a.m.)
Enjoy the early morning sights and sounds of wildlife as you cruise the Wakulla River. Breakfast in the Lodge follows the cruise. $14.00 per person.

ESPECIALLY FOR KIDS
August 1 (10 - 12 a.m.)
Bring the children to an exciting outdoor learning experience. Park rangers interpret nature with an accent on the environment. Free with park admission.

SUNSET CRUISE
August 15 (7:30 p.m.)
Top off a day of summer fun with a trip down the Wakulla River at sunset. A unique opportunity for the whole family. Adults $6.00 Children $3.00. Dinner available at the Wakulla Springs Lodge. Call for dinner reservations

SUNRISE BOAT TOUR & BREAKFAST
September 5 7:00am
Enjoy the early morning sights and sounds of wildlife as you cruise the Wakulla River. Breakfast in the Lodge follows the cruise. $14.00 per person

LABOR DAY ROD RUN
September 6 (9 a.m. 4:30p.m.)
The Tallahassee Street Rodders will have antique and custom autos on display. Open to the public. Free with park admission.

MEDICINAL PLANT WALK
September 12 (9 - 11 a.m.)
Two-hour walk with a park biologist to discover the common plants with unique healing properties. Park entrance fee. Call for reservations.

TWILIGHT CRUISE & DINNER
September 19 (6 p.m.)
Set sail for a romantic evening. Celebrate with a dinner at the Lodge, then take someone special on a cruise down the Wakulla River. $24 per person. Reservations required.

TWILIGHT CRUISE & DINNER
October 10 (5:30 p.m.)
Take a romantic cruise followed by a sumptuous dinner at the Wakulla Springs Lodge. $24.00 per person. Reservations required

SALUTE TO OL' BLUE EYES" DINNER DANCE
October 23 (7:00 p.m.)
Sixteen piece swing band takes you back to the 40's with an unforgettable night of dining and dancing. $27.50 per person. Reservations required.

WETLANDS TOURS
October 24 (9 a.m. - 11 a.m.)
Explore the area floodplain and learn about the plant and animal life that rely on this enviroment for their existence. Free Park Admission. Breakfast and lunch available at the Wakulla Springs Lodge.

SPOOKY SPRINGS
October 31 (7 p.m.)
The strange and mysterious come alive with ghoulies and ghosts from the past. Share the park and the river with things that go bump in the night. Adults $8.00 each. Children under 15, $4.00 each. Dinner available at the Wakulla Springs Lodge Call (850) 224-5950 for information.

TWILIGHT CRUISE & DINNER
November 14 (5:30 p.m.)
Cuddle up on a Romantic cruise on the Wakulla River, followed by dinner at the Historic Wakulla Springs Lodge. $24 per person. Reservations Required

FIRESIDE STORIES
November 29 (8 p.m.)
Sit before a crackling fire in the Lodge lobby and listen to delightful tales of Florida folklore. Free.

HOLIDAY CRUISE & DINNER
December 19 (5:30 p.m.)
Take an evening out of the hectic holiday season to enjoy a romantic cruise down the Wakulla River followed by a dinner in the Wakulla Lodge. Join us after dinner for a old fashioned sing-along by the Christmas Tree. $24 per person.

FIRESIDE CHAT
December 26 (8 p.m.)
Sit before a crackling fire in the Lodge lobby and listen to delightful tales of Florida folklore. Dinner is available before the talk at the Wakulla Springs Lodge Dining Room. Free.

NEW YEAR'S EVE GALA
December 31 (8 p.m. - ?)
Welcome in the new year with an evening of dining and dancing. Full dinner buffet , dancing to the sounds of Coates & Company (a 16-piece orchestra), carriage rides, champagne and party favors at midnight. Semiformal attire. $125.00 per couple. Dinner buffet and live music! Reservations Required.


DISTRICT 2 / NORTH CENTRAL FLORIDA

Manatee Springs State Park
(352) 493-6072

MANATEE SPRINGS CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL
December 11th and 12th (6 p.m. - 9 p.m.)
150 thousand Christmas lights illuminate the park and its boardwalk which leads to the Suwannee River. A 50-ft. Christmas tree will be lighted at 6 p.m. and Santa arrives in a most unusual way both nights at 6:15. A musical puppet show will be presented by local children. Admission to the park will be either canned goods or an unwrapped new toy. Come enjoy this increasingly popular annual event.

LABOR DAY TREASURE HUNT
September 7th (9 a.m.)
All children 15 and under are invited to come to the park to hunt for Short Billy Copper's lost treasure chest. It's said to contain at least $30.00 and is hidden somewhere in the spring. Tokens tossed into the spring are redeemable for free drinks at the concession plus other prizes. Parents bring your cameras! Regular park admission.

Fanning Springs State Recreation Area
(352) 463-3420

FANNING SPRINGS FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
AND CHRISTMAS BOAT PARADE
dw: NO DATE LISTED!!!!!
Enjoy arts and crafts, a classic car show, pony rides, music and other entertainment and lots more! Drawings for prizes held each hour. The boat parade is at 7 p.m. Sponsored by the City of Fanning Springs.

Withlacoochee State Trail
(352) 394-2280

4TH ANNUAL RAILS TO TRAIL BIKE RIDE
October 4th (7 a.m.-9 a.m.)
Come enjoy this 46 mile long paved, linear park. Ride your own distance. A 14 mile fun ride will be offered. Call 352-726-2251 for info. $15 fee per rider. Includes t-shirt.

Rainbow Springs State Park
(352)489-8503

SPOOKY SPRINGS
October 23rd and 24th (6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.)
Experience a haunted evening of fun!

SANTA OVER THE RAINBOW
December 11-13 and 18-20 (7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.)
See Santa in his living room and enjoy Christmas lights by the spring.

Gold Head State Park
(352) 473-4701

FALL WILDFLOWER WALK
October 10th and 17th (10 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
Enjoy a three hour walk with a park ranger. Visit and observe different plant communities in their fall splendor. Call to register. Regular park admission.


DISTRICT 3 / EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA

Anastasia State Recreation Area
(904) 461-2000

COASTWEEKS
September 19-26
Celebrate Coastweeks by paying a visit to our beautiful coastal park. Join other volunteers in tidying up the beach, or explore the other side of the dunes on a canoe tour or ranger-guided walk. Sharpen your outdoor skills at a canoe and kayak workshop or learn a new one at a windsurfing demonstration. Call for more information.

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT
December 4
Bring on the holiday season with a concert under the stars. This 8th annual event features music of the season, performed by local school groups, churches, and individual performers. The highlight is an audience sing-along as candlelight fills the outdoor St. Augustine Amphitheater, located near the park on A1A. Donations requested for Help Our State Parks fund. Call for performance time.

Blue Spring State Park
(904) 775-3663

MANATEES!
From mid-November
Manatees seek out the 72-degree warmth of Blue Spring when winter chills the St. Johns River. Observe the endangered mammals from a boardwalk along the spring run. Best viewing is in the morning or late afternoon. Once the manatees have arrived, an interpretive program about manatees is offered daily at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.

Deleon Springs State Recreation Area
(904) 985-4212

A DAY IN FLORIDA HISTORY
August 1 (9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
Take a walk through time, from Florida's prehistoric natives up through present times. Visit camps for Timucuan Indians, Spanish soldiers and civilians, Seminole Indians, Civil War soldiers, and more. In the afternoon, watch a reenactment of a skirmish that took place at this site during the Second Seminole Indian War in the 1830s. Picnic lunches, lawn chairs and cameras suggested. Our beautifully renovated spring pool is open for swimming.

KIDS ' CANE POLE FISHING TOURNAMENT
Oct. 3 (9:00 a.m. - noon)
Share the fun of fishing with your youngsters up to age 12 in this catch-and-release event. Trophies are awarded for most fish, largest fish and smallest fish. Ribbons for all participants. Bait will be provided, but bring your own pole. Parents are requested to supervise their young fishermen. Register the day of the tournament or drop by the park to pick up registration forms ahead of time. No registration by phone. Sponsored in cooperation with the Friends of DeLeon Springs SRA.

Lake Kissimmee State Park
(941) 696-1112

PUBLIC STAR PARTY
Sept 19
Weather permitting, a group of local amateur astronomers set up their telescopes to show park visitors the wonders of the night sky. Glowing clouds of gas (nebulae), galaxies, planets and star clusters may all be visible for the viewer to enjoy. If you have binoculars, bring them, as many objects and stars are best seen through binoculars. Visitors must arrive before sunset and leave by midnight. Park entrance fee.

7TH ANNUAL STAR PARTY
Dec 16-19
Astronomers from around the state are invited to set up their telescopes and observe under some of Florida's darkest skies. Daytime activities will include talks, swap table and dealer displays. Call park for schedule of events. Park entrance fee.

GUIDED OVERNIGHT BACKPACKING
(TBA)
An experienced Park Ranger will lead you on a trip through some of Florida's most beautiful back country. These trips will begin in November and are available by reservation. Inexperienced backpackers are welcome, since these trips aim to educate about outdoor camping. Please contact the park office for a brochure explaining the fees, dates, and equipment required to have an enjoyable trip. Call for dates and times.

GUIDED PHOTO WALKS
(TBA)
An experienced park ranger will guide you through the woods in search of wildlife to photograph. Bring your cameras. No experience is necessary, this is an instructional walk. Please call the park office for dates and times.

ON-GOING INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS

1876 COW CAMP
Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays
Step back in time. Learn through living history what the life of a cow hunter was like in 1876. See Florida Cracker cattle, descendants of the Spanish cattle brought to Florida by early explorers and settlers. Taste the coffee "strong enough to float a bullet." Picnic lunch suggested.

Sebastian Inlet State Park
(407) 984-4852

SEA TURTLE WALKS
July
Wednesday - Saturday
Watch a slide show to learn about the life cycle, problems, and what is being done to help sea turtles. Then walk with a ranger down a beautiful stretch of Atlantic Ocean beach to find a nesting Loggerhead sea turtle. Turtles were seen on over 85% of the tours last year. The walk can be up to 2 miles in length. Insect repellent is recommended and reservations required. Reservations for all July programs will be taken on June 15 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. For further information and reservations, call park. Free.

NATIONAL SCHOLASTIC SURFING ASSOCIATION CHAMPIONSHIP SURF CONTEST
August 22 & 23
(7 a.m. - 5 p.m. depending on surf conditions and the number of contestants.) See the best scholastic surfers compete to determine this school year's champions. This is the NSSA's first contest of the new season. For further information contact Frank Citarell at (407) 287-3378. Park entrance fee.

DOCTORS, LAWYERS AND WEEKEND WARRIORS SURF CONTEST
September 19 & 20 (7 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
This is a fun benefit surf contest featuring a lot of "old-timers," legends, and the up-and-coming surfers. Around $20,000 was raised last year for local charities. For further information call Linda Greenfield at (407) 287-3378. Park entrance fee.

NATIONAL SCHOLASTIC SURFING ASSOCIATION SURF CONTEST
October 3 & 4
(7 a.m. - 5 p.m. depending on surf conditions and the number of contestants.) To compete in the NSSA surf contests, you have to be a student with a 2.0 grade point average or better. For further information contact Frank Citarell at (407) 287-3378. Park entrance fee.

MELBOURNE SHORES SURFING ASSOCIATION SURF CONTEST
Oct 24
(7 a.m. - 5 p.m. depending on surf conditions and the number of contestants.) Sebastian Inlet area surfers show their best surfing maneuvers to determine who is the best local surfer. For further information call Lacy Max at (407) 724-6324. Park entrance fee.

QUICKSILVER SURF CONTEST
Nov 13 & 14
(7 a.m. - 5 p.m., depending on surf conditions and the number of contestants) See some of the best surfers shred the swells at Sebastian Inlet. For further information call Matt Kechele at (407)259-5443. Park entrance fee.

Washington Oaks State Gardens
(904) 446-6780

HOLIDAY IN THE GARDENS
Throughout December
Bring the family to see the gardens in holiday array, featuring colorful yuletide figures and special plantings of poinsettias.

GARDENS BY CANDLELIGHT
December 11 & 12
On these magical evenings, the gardens stay open after dark. Luminaries light the garden paths and holiday music fills the stage.

ON-GOING INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS

GARDEN TOURS
July - December
Sundays (1:30 p.m.)
Take a ranger-guided walk on shady footpaths through a beautiful formal garden. The gardens are well-known for azaleas, camellias and roses, as well as many other species of exotic plants and flowers.

RANGER-LED NATURE PROGRAMS
July - December
Saturdays (1:30 p.m.)
Take a Saturday afternoon nature break! Call the park office to find out this week's program. It may be a beach walk, a Florida Trail hike, or a gardening class about growing citrus or roses in Florida.


DISTRICT 4 / SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

Caladesi Island State Park
(813) 469-5942

COASTAL CLEANUP
September TBA
Come out and volunteer to assist park staff with this annual beach cleanup. Staff and volunteers from local boat clubs will also be available to transport volunteers by boat to Anclote Key State Preserve and Three Rooker Bar.

Collier-Seminole State Park
(941) 394-3397

CAMPFIRE PROGRAMS
December
Saturdays (7:30 p.m.)
Camping guests will enjoy Campfire Programs about the "Real Florida." Program topics vary and may include subjects such as cultural history, wildlife, and plant communities. Park entrance fee.

RANGER'S CHOICE
December
Fridays (9 p.m.)
Join a park ranger for a fun-filled morning. Activities vary from week to week and include programs such as: cast netting, plant identification, basics of canoeing, beginning birding, Bay City Walking Dredge history, or xeriscape Florida. For further information call: (941) 394-3397. No registration required. Park entrance fee.

GUIDED WALKS
December
Saturdays (10 a.m.)
Enjoy a ranger-guided walk through a beautiful tropical hardwood hammock. Observe plants and wildlife native to this region. Walk lasts approximately one hour. Park entrance fee.

GUIDED CANOE PROGRAM
December
Sundays (9 a.m.)
Paddle your way along the Blackwater River and into the Mangrove Wilderness Area. This three-hour guided canoe trip takes you into one of the most beautiful and unique mangrove forests in the United States. Canoe rental fee in addition to park entrance fee. Reservations are required.

HOLIDAY IN THE HAMMOCK
December 5, 1998
Sunday (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Join us for a fun-filled day as local artists display their arts and crafts at the Royal Palm Hammock. Park entrance fee.

Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Recreation Area
(941) 597-6196

ON-GOING INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS

SEA TURTLE PROGRAM
June - August
Wednesdays - 9:30 a.m.
During the morning beach walk park rangers show you the loggerhead's nesting habitat; you walk through the sea turtles' trek from emergence as hatchlings to laying eggs as adults. Reservations are required. Park entrance fee. Insect repellent recommended.

WINTER SEASON PROGRAMS
December - March
Wednesdays (9:00 a.m.)
Park rangers present programs on a variety of subjects including birding, saltwater fishing, beachcombing, native plants and area wildlife. Class sizes are limited. Reservations are required. Programs can be scheduled for your group (minimum of 8 people); at least two weeks advance notice required. Park entrance fee.

Egmont Key State Park
(727) 893-2627

INTERPRETIVE TOURS
2nd & 4th Weekends of each month (10:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m.)
May through September
Join us for interpretive tours of the island featuring its history, the historic lighthouse, wildlife and natural environments. Bring sunscreen, hat and comfortable shoes. Limited water and public conveniences available. Contact the park for transportation information by telephone or e-mail EgmontKey@juno.com and check out our web site under Florida Lighthouses. For more information contact the park.

Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve
(941) 695-4593

SWAMP WALKS
November - February
Every 3rd Saturday (10 a.m.)
Explore a unique swamp forest with a park ranger. Since there is no path you will wade through cypress forest and pondapple sloughs. See beautiful, rare tropical plants. Share the swamp with black bear, otter, mink and Florida panther. Long pants and secure footwear a must. Bring food, water and insect repellent. Limited to groups of 15. Reservations required.

Fort Cooper State Park
(352) 726-0315

FALL FESTIVAL
October 31 (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
Saturday
Join in on a day of fun with games and chances. Normal park entrance fee except all Halloween costumed children get free admission.

Gamble Plantation State Historic Site
(941) 723-4536

1998 CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE
DATE - TBA
Sunday (1 p.m. - 5 p.m.)
Join us for the 1998 Christmas Open House. This event is hosted jointly by the Florida Park Service and the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Enjoy the afternoon's activities: a tour through the Mansion with its lovely period decorations, ladies and gentlemen in period costume, and entertainment on the grounds. No fees charged for this event.

Cayo Costa State Park
(941) 964-0375

BEACH NATURE WALK
September 19 and November 21
Saturdays (9 a.m.)
Join a park ranger for a guided beach walk on this beautiful barrier island. Accessible only by boat, participants must arrange transportation to and from the island. Meet at park office at 12:30 p.m. Comfortable walking shoes, sun protection, and drinking water recommended. Park entrance fee.

CASTNETTING
October 17 and December 19
Saturdays (9 a.m.)
Learn cast netting techniques on a beautiful barrier island. Class begins at 12:30 p.m. at the park office. Accessible only by boat, participants must arrange their own transportation to and from the island. You must have your own casting net. Camera, walking shoes, insect repellent, sun block, and drinking water recommended. Park entrance fee.

TURTLE WALK
July 18 and August 15
Saturdays (9 a.m.)
Meet at the park office for a guided walk and an educational program about sea turtles. Learn about the sea turtles and their nesting habits. Accessible only by boat, participants must arrange their own transportation to and from the island. Comfortable walking shoes, sun protection, and drinking water recommended. Park entrance fee.

Don Pedro Island State Recreation Area
(941) 964-0375

BEACH AND NATURE WALK
September 4, October 2, November 6 and December 4 Fridays (10 a.m.)
Join a park ranger for a guided tour on this beautiful barrier island. Accessible only by boat, participants must arrange transportation to and from the island. Meet at the pavilion. Comfortable walking shoes, sun protection, and drinking water recommended. Park entrance fee.

TURTLE TALK/WALK
July 3 and August 7 Fridays (10 a.m.)
Join a park ranger for a guided walk and an educational program about sea turtles. Learn about the sea turtles and their nesting habits. Accessible only by boat, participants must arrange transportation to and from the island. Meet at the pavilion. Comfortable walking shoes, sun protection, and drinking water recommended. Park entrance fee.

Gasparilla Island State Recreation Area
(941) 964-0375

TURTLE WALK
July 11, August 8
Saturdays (10:30 A.M.)
Join a park ranger at the Boca Grande Lighthouse for an educational program on sea turtles and their nesting habits. Comfortable walking shoes and sun protection recommended. Park entrance fee.

LIGHTHOUSE OPEN HOUSE
July 25, August 29, September 26, October 31, November 28, December 26 Saturdays (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
Come visit the 1890's Boca Grande Lighthouse, a National Historic Landmark. Learn the history surrounding the lighthouse's important role in guiding boats through Boca Grande Pass over a century ago. Camera and binoculars recommended. Park entrance fee.

BEACH NATURE WALK
September 12, November 14
Saturdays (10:30 a.m.)
Join a park ranger at the Boca Grande Lighthouse for a guided walk through the park's beach and mangrove communities. Comfortable walking shoes, insect repellent, sun protection and drinking water recommended. Park entrance fee.

SHELLING WALK
October 10, December 12
Saturdays (10:30 a.m.)
Shelling can be a very satisfying hobby. a park ranger leads this walk for "shellers" of all ages. Meet at the Boca Grande Lighthouse. Comfortable walking shoes, sun protection and drinking water recommended. Park entrance fee.

Highlands Hammock State Park
(941) 386-6094

TRAM TOUR
June - September 30
Saturdays and Sundays ONLY
(1 & 2:30 p.m.)
October - December
Tuesdays - Fridays(1 p.m.)
Saturdays and Sundays (1 & 2:30 p.m.)
Join a park ranger for a narrated tram tour into the heart of the hardwood hammock. Tram fee in addition to park entrance fee.

GUIDED WALKS
Nov. 1 - Dec. 31
Mondays (10 a.m.)
Park rangers guide visitors along one of the park's many trails. Enjoy the opportunity to learn more about the area's beautiful plants and animals. Park entrance fee.

RANGER'S CHOICE PROGRAM
Nov. 1 - Dec. 31
Thursday evenings
Join a park ranger for a fun-filled evening. Activities vary from week to week and include programs such as: a moonlight guided walk, slide program, night tram tour, and star gazing. Please call for times and further information. Park entrance fee.

CAMPFIRE PROGRAMS
Nov. 1 - Dec. 31
Saturdays (Call Ranger Station for time)
Camping guests will enjoy Campfire Programs about the "Real Florida." Program topics vary and may cover subjects such as park history, wildlife and their habitats, and plant communities. Park entrance fee.

ANNUAL C.C.C. FESTIVAL
November 7, 1998
Saturday (8:30 a.m. - 4 a.m.)
The Annual Civilian Conservation Corps (C.C.C.) Festival highlights the hard work and dedication of the young men who, in the 1930's and 40's, helped clear the way for the beginning of Florida's state parks. The day's activities will include clogging, folk music, arts and crafts displays, and live animal displays. Come and view the new CCC Museum. Park entrance fee.

TURKEY TROT
November 26
Thursday (8 a.m.)
This 3.1 mile run/walk will take place on Thanksgiving Day.
Participants will run/walk through a luscious hardwood hammock. For information call: Friends of Highlands Hammock State Park at (941) 382-8366.

Hillsborough River State Park
(813) 987-6771

7th ANNUAL DERBY DAY FOR THE PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED
December TBA
Saturday (10 a.m.)
Participants travel the 2.2 mile asphalt surface road at their own speed. Awards presented in each division. Participants are encouraged to pre-register. Please call for more details.

ANNUAL HAUNTED WOODS EVENT
October TBA
Friday and Saturday (6 - 9 p.m.)
A safe alternative to trick or treating, the Haunted Woods Event offers FUN for the whole family. Activities include: games, refreshments, hay rides, and the Haunted Trail. This event is sponsored by the Hillsborough River State Park Preservation Society. All donations are used for park improvements. Please call the park for more details.

CAMPFIRE PROGRAMS
December
Saturdays (7:30 p.m.)
Camping guests will enjoy Campfire Programs about the "Real Florida." Program topics vary and may cover subjects such as park history, wildlife and their habitats, and plant communities. Park entrance fee.

VICTORIAN DAY AT FORT FOSTER
December -TBA
This is a splendid way to begin your holiday season. Located at Hillsborough River State Park, Fort Foster is the only standing replica of a Second Seminole War Fort in the United States. Have you ever wondered how people in the 1830's celebrated the holiday season? Join us to experience the occasion. Call Hillsborough River State Park for more details.

Honeymoon Island State Recreation Area
(813) 469-5942

FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION
July 4
Saturday morning (12 midnight)
Events start Saturday morning at midnight beginning with the 18th Annual Kiwanis Mease Independence Day Midnight Run. The candlelight run progresses into Honeymoon Island State Recreation Area. Pre-register for the race by calling the Kiwanis at (813) 535-2257. Later, on the evening of the 4th, a fireworks display takes place at the park. The fireworks, provided by the City of Dunedin, may be viewed from the park beginning around 9:00 p.m. Park entrance fee required.

ASTRONOMY PROGRAM
July 24, Aug. 21, Sept. 18,
Oct., Nov., Dec. - TBA
Friday (Sunset 8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.)
Come gaze at the stars. A local astronomer will have telescopes set up in the park and will also give a slide program on the constellations. Park entrance fee required.

SEA TURTLE BEACH WALK
July 17, Aug. 7, Sept. 11 (Sunset 8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.)
Want to know more about night beach life? Join a park ranger for a slide presentation on sea turtles and their habitat. After the program there will be a ranger guided beach walk discussing sea turtles and night beach life. Insect repellent and comfortable walking shoes recommended. Park entrance fee required.

COASTAL CLEANUP
September TBA
Saturday (9 a.m. - 12 Noon)
Everyone is invited to join the staff of Gulf Islands GEOpark (Honeymoon Island SRA & Caladesi Island SP) in participating in this annual international coastal clean up event. Gloves, sunscreen, insect repellent, long pants and wading shoes recommended. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. Park entrance fee will be waived for participants.

HISTORY OF HONEYMOON ISLAND
July 31, Aug. 28, Sept. 25
Fridays (8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.)
Join a park ranger on a "Walk through time" and discover the rich and colorful history of Honeymoon Island. Park entrance fee required.

Koreshan State Historic Site
(941) 992-0311

OLD TYME HOLIDAY FESTIVAL
November 13-14, 1998
Saturday and Sunday (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
This annual event features artists, tradespeople, an Indian village, food vendors, musicians, and more. Sponsored by Koreshan State Historic Site and the Koreshan Unity Alliance. Fee. Call for more information.

GUIDED TOURS
All Year
Saturdays and Sundays (1 p.m.)
Ranger-guided tours of the historic Koreshan Settlement are given on weekends. Find out more about the Koreshans, their unique ideas and pioneering spirit as you walk through the remains of this pioneer settlement. Tour fee of $1.00 per person is in addition to park entrance fee. Reservations are required.

Little Manatee River State Recreation Area
(813) 671-5005

CAMPER COFFEE
December
Saturdays (7:30 p.m.)
Join a park ranger and sit around a crackling campfire as topics about the "Real Florida" are discussed. Campers are encouraged to share their own stories and poems. Park entrance fee.

Little Manatee River Fall Celebration
Date- TBA
Come join us for a day at Little Manatee River SRA. Learn about the park's varied natural habitats and the special lives they shelter. Activities will include exhibits, hands on displays, music, and guided nature walks. Meet a live Florida panther up close and personal and other animals, reptiles and insects native to our park. The event is sponsored by the Friends of Little Manatee River. Donations are $3.00 adult admission and $1.00 child admission (children under 6 admitted free). All donations are used for park improvements. For more information call the park.

Myakka River State Park
(941) 361-6511

NATURE WALK
All Year
Saturdays (9 a.m.)
Join a park ranger for a walk in the park to discover the many secrets of nature.. Terrain is moderately rough. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Park entrance fee.

CAMPFIRE PROGRAMS
Thanksgiving - Easter
Saturdays (7:30 p.m.)
Sit back and enjoy intriguing stories about the "Real Florida" by the light of a flickering fire. Programs last approximately 30 minutes and are usually illustrated with color slides. Park entrance fee.

BEGINNING BIRDING PROGRAM
Thanksgiving - Easter
Sundays (9 a.m.)
Want a fascinating new hobby? Learn the basic skills of birding and discover one of Florida's premiere birding hot spots. Binoculars and field guides are provided. Easy terrain. Park entrance fee.

Oscar Scherer State Park
(941) 483-5956

STORYTELLING
December - Easter
Tuesdays (7:30 p.m.)
Listen to the wit and charm of Ken Guy as he tells stories that delight young and old alike. Meet at the campfire circle.

GUIDED CANOE TRIP
Year round.
Wednesdays (9 a.m.)
Enjoy paddling South Creek on this ranger led canoe trip as you learn more about the inhabitants of brackish tidal streams and estuaries, and about the history of this area. Canoe rental fee in addition to park entrance fee. For more information contact the park.

BIRD WALKS
December - Easter
Thursdays (9 a.m.)
Have you ever asked this question: "I wonder what kind of bird that is?" Park volunteers lead this walk to observe and identify birds which utilize the Park's various habitats. Comfortable walking shoes and binoculars recommended. Meet at Lake Osprey Pavilion # 3.

PLANT WALKS
December - Easter
Fridays (9 a.m.)
Park volunteers conduct an amble through Park areas to view and discuss the abundance of native flora found here. Meet at Lake Osprey Pavilion # 3.

CAMPFIRE PROGRAM
December - Easter
Saturdays (7:30 p.m.)
Park rangers share interesting programs about the park's geology, history, endangered species, and other related topics. Open to all park campers. Meet at the Campfire Circle.

SUNDAY MORNING IN THE PARK
December - Easter
Sundays (9 a.m.)
Enjoy a leisurely walk through the Park led by a Park ranger. Learn more about the history and natural features of the park.. Meet at Lake Osprey Pavilion #3.

OSCAR SCHERER DAY
October 25, 1998
Sunday (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
The celebration will include live music, guided walks, food, living history, craft demonstrations and sales. FUN for the whole family!

Paynes Creek State Historic Site
(941) 375-4717

ON-GOING INTERPRETIVE PROGRAM
SLIDE PROGRAMS
July through April
Saturdays and Sundays
(11 a.m., 1 p.m., & 3 p.m.)
Gain an insight into frontier life at Fort Chokonikla in 1800's Florida and the events which lead up to the Third Seminole War. Located in the Visitor Center. Park entrance fee. Additional slide programs on listed holidays: July 4, September 7, November 11, 26 & 27, December 25, 1998.

ANNUAL ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL
December 12, 1998
Saturday (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
Re-enactors will be on hand to show the many skills required to survive day-to-day living during the 1800's. Demonstrators and vendors will have a wide variety of gift items, food and drink for sale.

Ybor City State Museum
(813) 247-6323

MUSEUM
Open all year.
(9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Tour through the Ybor City State Museum (the Ferlita Bakery building) and learn more about the history of Ybor City. The bakery was a major source of the community's daily bread and the Ybor cigar factory was the largest in the world. Museum fee: $2.00 per person.

LA CASITA TOURS
Open all year.
(10 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
Docents lead guided tours through La Casita, a cigar maker's house. The house is an excellent example of the "shot-gun" houses in which many cigar makers lived and it reflects family life in the early part of the 20th century. Fee: Included in museum fee of $2.00 per person.


DISTRICT 5 / Southeast Florida

Bahia Honda State Park
(305) 872-2353

RANGER'S CHOICE
July through November
Fridays - 3:00 p.m.
Cool off in the beautiful waters surrounding Bahia Honda during a Ranger-guided snorkeling program or beach "wet walk". Bring your own snorkeling equipment or rent it from the Park's Dive Shop. Reservations required. Limited to 15 people. Park entrance fee.

HAWK WATCH
Date to be announced
9:00 a.m. - Noon
Come join us atop the Old Bahia Honda Bridge to learn more about the fall hawk migration through the Florida Keys. Participate in our third annual hawk count. Bring binoculars and a bird identification guide. Park entrance fee.

NATURE WALK
December
Tuesdays - 11:00 a.m.
Join a Park Ranger for a guided walk along the Silver Palm Trail. View one of the largest remaining stands of endangered silver palms in the Florida Keys as well as undisturbed mangrove and dune communities. Reservations required. Walks limited to 15 people. Park entrance fee.

HISTORY OF THE OVERSEAS RAILWAY
December
Thursdays - 11:00 a.m.
Meet a Park Ranger on the Old Bahia Honda Bridge to hear about the fascinating history of Henry Flagler and the Florida East Coast Railway - Key West Extension. Park entrance fee.

SEA LIFE OF BAHIA HONDA
December
Saturdays - 11:00 a.m.
Do you have a question about fishing or a creature you saw while snorkeling or beachcombing? Then join a Park Ranger at our Education Center to learn more about our local marine life. Park entrance fee.

ILLUSTRATED TALKS
December
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays - 8:00 p.m.
Enjoy an evening under the stars while watching a slide presentation at our beautiful campfire circle on the ocean. Programs include information on local flora, fauna, sea life and history. Park entrance fee.

EDUCATION CENTER
November - December
Monday through Friday - 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Dates and times subject to change)
Visit our Education Center to learn more about the park. We have a sea life display and several environmental activities to explore. A Park Ranger or Volunteer will be available to answer your questions at the information desk. Park entrance fee.

Ft. Pierce Inlet State Recreation Area
(561) 468-3985

PARTY IN THE PARK IV
November 7 (Rain date - Nov. 8)
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sponsored by the Savannas Reserve Endowment and the St. Lucie Conservation Alliance, this annual fund-raising and public awareness event will feature environmental exhibits and entertainment provided by local groups. Refreshments will be available. Free park entry.

Hugh Taylor Birch State Recreation Area
(954) 564-4521

27TH ANNUAL WINTERFEST BOAT PARADE
December 12
View boats decorated in the spirit of the holiday season from the banks of the Intracoastal Waterway. The park provides one of the best viewing areas for this popular floating nighttime parade. Lawn chairs, flashlight, camera, binoculars, insect repellent and blanket recommended. Special event admission fee.

John D. Macarthur Beach State Park
(561) 624-6952

"TOUCH THE EARTH" JUNIOR RANGER DAY CAMP
July 13 through July 31
Designed for fourth and fifth graders. Campers explore the park's mangrove estuary, hardwood hammock, beach and reef environments. Activities include snorkeling, "swamp stomp", nature walks, crafts and more. Three, one-week sessions: July 13-17, July 20-24, July 27 - July 31. Low camper/counselor ratio. $60/session. Reservations required.

"RHYTHM OF THE SEA" MARINE BIOLOGY DAY CAMP
August 3 through August 14
Designed for sixth and seventh graders. Campers study and explore the wonders of the ocean world. Activities include snorkeling, fish identification, underwater photography, crafts and more. Two, one-week sessions: August 3-7, August 10-14. $70/session. Reservations required.

GUIDED SNORKEL TOURS
July and August
Second and fourth Saturdays - 9:30 a.m.
Experienced snorkelers are exposed to the wonderful variety of marine life found along the park's limestone rock reef. Snorkelers must supply own equipment. Space is limited to 20. Park entrance fee.

TURTLE WALKS
June and July
Mondays and Thursdays - 8:30 p.m.
Search the beach at night for a nesting loggerhead sea turtle and learn about these ancient creatures. Reservations required. Park entrance fee.

F.U.N. (Families Understanding Nature)
September through December
2nd Saturdays - 10:00 a.m.
This nature series offers families with children ages 6 to 12 the opportunity to learn about and explore south Florida's natural world. Program topics include snakes, birds, sea turtles and more! Reservations required. Park entrance fee.

COASTAL CLEANUP
September 19 - 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Major beach cleanup event held in conjunction with the Center for Marine Conservation's annual "Coastweek" celebration. Volunteers record amount and type of trash removed. Refreshments, trash bags, gloves and tally sheets provided. All volunteers eligible for prizes.

NATURALIST-LED WALKS
Through December
Thursday through Sunday - 10:00 a.m.
A State Park naturalist introduces groups to the plant and animal life in one of the finest examples of subtropical coastal habitat remaining in southeast Florida. Park entrance fee.

HALLOWEEN NIGHT WALK
End of October
Explore the park at night and be prepared to encounter many strange creatures. Not your typical haunted house fare! Special event fee.

John U. Lloyd Beach State Recreation Area
(954) 923-2833

SEA TURTLE AWARENESS PROGRAM
June and July - 9:00 p.m.
Park Rangers present a twenty-minute slide show and lecture while scouts search the beach for a nesting Loggerhead sea turtle. A beach walk may be conducted if a nesting turtle is located. Comfortable walking shoes and insect repellent recommended. Meet at the Education Facility. Contact the park for dates and reservations. Park entrance fee.

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
(305) 451-1202

COASTAL CLEANUP
September 19 - 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Join in this worldwide event and help cleanup our ecosystem. Just bring some work gloves and a smile! Refreshments will be available. To register or get additional information, please call (305) 451-9570.

Jonathan Dickinson State Park
(561) 546-2771

TRAPPER NELSON TOUR
July through December
Wednesday through Sunday
Travel three miles up the Loxahatchee River, Florida's only federally-designated "Wild and Scenic River", to join a Park Ranger for a tour of Trapper Nelson's pioneer homesite. Accessible only by boat. Rental canoes and tour boat available. Call park concession at (561) 746-1466 for more information. Park entrance fee.

CAMPFIRE PROGRAMS
July through December
Saturdays (8:30 p.m. Daylight Savings/7:00 p.m. Eastern Standard)
Florida's precious resources are highlighted during fireside programs featuring slides and Ranger-led discussion. Meet at the Pine Grove Campfire Circle. Park entrance fee.

NATURE WALKS
July through December
Sundays - 9:00 a.m.
Enjoy a Ranger-guided walk through pine forests and across Wilson Creek. Comfortable walking shoes and insect repellent recommended. Meet at the picnic area. Park entrance fee.

Key Largo Hammocks State Botanical Site
(305) 451-1202

GUIDED NATURE WALKS
Year-round
Sundays and Thursdays - 10:00 a.m.
Bugs and weather permitting, join a guided nature walk through the hardwood hammocks of "Port Bougainville". Entrance to Port Bougainville on County Road 905 in North Key Largo.

The Barnacle State Historic Site
(305) 448-9445

BARNACLE BY MOONLIGHT
September through December
9/3, 10/4, 11/3, 12/3
6:00-9:00 p.m.
This popular after-hours series features a variety of musical entertainment under the moonlit skies of South Florida. Bring a blanket. Performers to be announced. Special event fee.

GUIDED TOURS OF THE BARNACLE
July through December
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Situated on the shore of Biscayne Bay, The Barnacle State Historic Site features the oldest home in Dade County in its original location. Home to pioneer boat designer Ralph Middleton Munroe, the Barnacle and surrounding grounds offer visitors a rare glimpse of a bygone era. Park entrance fee.

OLD-FASHIONED 4TH OF JULY PICNIC
July 4
Park open: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Special activities: 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. What better way to spend the Fourth than at an old-fashioned picnic on the grounds of this historic, 19th century pioneer homesite. Hosted by The Barnacle Society, this event features lawn games, kite-making, knot-tying demonstrations, antique cars and more! The house and grounds will be decorated in traditional July 4th bunting as when Commodore Munroe's family lived here. The public is invited to join the staff and volunteers by wearing a period costume or "Roaring 20s" bathing suit. Bring a blanket and a picnic lunch and enjoy the day's celebration. General admission fee: $1.00.

Indian Key State Historic Site
(305) 664-4815

INDIAN KEY FESTIVAL
October 3-4
Once a thriving wrecking community and first county seat of Dade County, Indian Key was attacked in 1840 during the Second Seminole War. Join us as we commemorate this Key's colorful past with tours, battle reenactments, historic displays, food, souvenirs and more! Step back in time and meet a "wrecker", an early Keys settler, and a Seminole Indian. Boat rides to the island depart between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. from Robbie's Marina at Mile Marker 77.5 (Bayside). Reservations not required. Special event fee.

Ft. Zachary Taylor State Historic Site
(305) 292-6713

3RD ANNUAL INDIAN KEY KAYAK RACE
October 4
As part of the Indian Key Festival, join us for this annual Kayak Race which will take you through some of Florida Bay's beautiful backcountry. Special event fee.

LIVING HISTORY WEEKENDS
October through December
Reenactors give visitors a glimpse into the daily garrison life of Union soldiers during the 1860s. Please contact park for scheduled dates. Park entrance fee.

HAUNTED HISTORY TOUR
October 31
Tour the fort by candlelight! Join the "ghosts" of Fort Taylor as they interpret the history of this 150-year-old fortification. No entrance fee for this after-hours event.

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Recreation Area
(305) 361-5811

1998 FLORIDA COASTAL CLEANUP
September (Date and time to be announced)
Be a part of the International Coastal Cleanup. Once again volunteers are needed to help cleanup the coastline. The data collected will be tabulated by the Center for Marine Conservation and used in a future publication. Contact the Center for Marine Conservation at 1-800-262-3567 for more information.