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Friday, May 1st, 2015

Rock Bluff Band

Runs through Friday, May 1st, 2015 

Time & Place

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM EDT
Otter Springs Park & Campground; 6470 SW 80th Avenue; Trenton, FL 32693

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Rock Bluff Band rocks at Otter Springs Lodge - Gospel, Country, Rock n' Roll favorites. Come and enjoy great music and dance the night away. Food and drinks will be available.

Otter Springs Campground Lodge, 7:00 PM.

Admission $2.00; children under 15 free. Proceeds will be donated to ForVets, Inc. fundraising campaign for construction of Camp Valor Project facilities to serve severely wounded veterans.

More Information

352-463-0800 | Email | Web

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Otter Springs

 

Morning Walk

Runs through Friday, May 1st, 2015 

Time & Place

9:00 AM EDT
Silver Springs State Park; 1425 NE 58th Avenue; Ocala, FL 34470

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Free with regular park admission.

Wear your best walking shoes and join Park Rangers for a burst of exercise. Enjoy a brisk walk in the gardens along the Silver River as the woods wake up. This group will take a spin around the garden loops for about a mile.

More Information

352-236-7148 | Web

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Silver Springs

 

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

Morning Nature Walk

Runs through Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 

Time & Place

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM EDT
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park; 465 Wakulla Park Drive; Wakulla Springs, FL 32327

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Free with regular park admission.

Space is limited.

Call to register.

Meet in the lobby of the Lodge at Wakulla Springs.

Join a ranger-led trek through varying forest communities. Enjoy the habitat before the heat of the day sets in. The songbirds have returned with their melodies of spring. Let your guide make the most of your visit as he points out nature's nuances. Arrive early and fuel up with breakfast prior to the walk in the historic Wakulla Springs Lodge.

Essential Eligibility Criteria: In order to participate in this program, one:

- Must have the ability to follow visual and/or verbal instruction independently or with the assistance of a companion;

- Must have the ability to withstand exposure to the outdoors for 2 hours;

- Must have the ability to traverse uneven terrain for 2 miles, independently or with the assistance of a companion.

More Information

850-561-7286

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Wakulla Spring, Wakulla River

 

Springtime Sunrise Canoe Tour

Runs through Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 

Time & Place

6:30 AM - 9:00 AM EDT
Ichetucknee Springs State Park; 12087 SW US Highway 27; Fort White, FL 32038

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$15.00 includes regular park admission.

Experience the incredible wildlife of the Ichetucknee River by paddling in a canoe on a beautiful spring morning.

Additional Information:

This special interpretive program is space-limited and by reservation only. Participants do not need to bring personal canoes or kayaks, as all equipment and PFD’s will be provided.

The tour will meet at the North Entrance off Elim Church Road (County Road 238). The tour will end at the Last Take-Out at the south end of the park and transportation will be provided back to the North Entrance.

Launch time will be as close to 6:50 a.m. as possible (sunrise is at 7:18 a.m.). Participants should dress according to the weather, as March mornings can be chilly. Flashlights during the launching time are recommended.

Dogs are only permitted on the Trestle Point and Pine Ridge Trails located at the North End. Dogs are not permitted on the trails to the springs or river or in the springs or river.

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386-497-4690 | Web

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Ichetucknee Springs, Ichetucknee River

 

Nature Hike with David

Runs through Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 

Time & Place

8:00 AM EDT
Silver Springs State Park; 1425 NE 58th Avenue; Ocala, FL 34470

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Free with regular park admission.

Hike with David the first Saturday of each month and learn about the flora and fauna of Central Florida. David is a knowledgeable naturalist with a broad understanding of the ecosystems surrounding the Silver River. Learn about native verses exotic plants, why the park does prescribed burning and hope that the wildlife shows up as you walk.

This month's hike will be at the Sandhill Trailhead. Focus on the birds such as the Pine Warbler and Summer Tanager.

Additional Information:

For this program, go to the Museum and Camping Entrance, located on State Road 35.

Wear sturdy walking shoes and insect repellant is suggested. No pets, please. Hike is weather permitting.

More Information

352-236-7148 | Web

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Silver Springs

 

Ranger Program: Museum Area

Runs through Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 

Time & Place

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT
Silver Springs State Park; 1425 NE 58th Avenue; Ocala, FL 34470

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Free with regular park admission.

Take part in a ranger program which occurs every Saturday. Topics vary, but each program is an opportunity to learn something new about Silver Springs State Park and Florida’s unique environment.

Additional Information:

Enter the Riverside of the park at the entrance off of SR 35 (Baseline Rd.). The program will be held in the amphitheater at 5:00PM.

More Information

352-236-7148 | Web

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Silver Springs

 

Camper's Campfire Program

Runs through Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 

Time & Place

All day
Wekiwa Springs State Park; 1800 Wekiwa Circle; Apopka, FL 32712

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Free to registered park campers.

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.

More Information

407-884-2009 | Web

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Wekiwa Springs

 

Discovery Hour in the Park

Runs through Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 

Time & Place

10:00 AM EDT
Wekiwa Springs State Park; 1800 Wekiwa Circle; Apopka, FL 32712

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Free with regular park admission.

Join us on Saturday mornings in the park's Interpretative Pavilion above the springs. The programs are presented by volunteers and park rangers on a wide range of topics suitable for people of all ages.

Additional Information:

Donations support the Wekiwa Wilderness Trust and are graciously accepted.

More Information

407-884-2009 | Web

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Wekiwa Springs

 

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Ranger Program: Main Entrance

Runs through Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 

Time & Place

2:00 PM EDT
Silver Springs State Park; 1425 NE 58th Avenue; Ocala, FL 34470

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Free with regular park admission.

Take part in a ranger program which occurs every Sunday. Topics vary, but each program is an opportunity to learn something new about Silver Springs State Park and Florida’s unique environment.

Additional Information:

Enter at the Springside of the park at the entrance off of SR 40 for the program which will be held at the Education Center at 2:00PM.

More Information

352-236-7148 | Web

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Silver Springs

 

Florida Safari

Runs through Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 

Time & Place

10:00 AM EDT
Silver Springs State Park; 1425 NE 58th Avenue; Ocala, FL 34470

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Free with regular park admission.

Join the Park Rangers and explore normally inaccessible areas by 4x4 and tram. See the impacts of the resource management activities performed by park staff and enjoy learning a little more about Florida’s unique ecosystems. Have a chance to experience the thrill of seeing some of the residents of the woods such as gopher tortoises, Sherman’s fox squirrels and wild turkeys on this one hour trek.

More Information

352-236-7148 | Web

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Silver Springs

 

Wet to Dry Trail Guide Tour

Runs through Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 

Time & Place

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT
Wekiwa Springs State Park; 1800 Wekiwa Circle; Apopka, FL 32712

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Free with regular park admission.

The tour begins at the park's main trailhead located in the primary day use area above the spring. The short hike starts with a comfortable walk down to the spring and then along the boardwalk thru the shady vegetation of a Hydric Hammock. It ends on one of the park's upland hiking trails heading back to the starting point. The guide will explain the different types of natural communities in the park and the variety of wildlife that inhabit the area.

Additional Information:

The tours begin at 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. and last 30 minutes.

More Information

407-884-2009 | Web

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Wekiwa Springs

 

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Evenings in Spring

Runs through Thursday, May 7th, 2015 

Time & Place

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT
Devil's Den Springs; 5390 N.E. 180th Ave; Williston, FL 32696

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Tickets cost $5.00

Bring your friends and family to enjoy an evening of entertainment at the Devil's Den Pool House. There will be a Trapeze act, live band, and Brazilian street music.

More Information

352-528-3344 | Email | Map

 

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Florida Springs - Jean Blackburn & Margaret Ross Tolbert

Runs through Saturday, June 6th, 2015 

Time & Place

Visual Arts Center of Northwest FL; 19 E.4th Street, Panama City, FL

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May 8 - June 6, 2015

Opening Reception May 8, 6-8pm CDT

Contemporary Florida artists Jean Blackburn and Margaret Ross Tolbert create art about the beauty and wonder of Florida's natural springs. This exhibit pairs Jean Blackburn's paintings with Margaret Ross Tolbert's Sirena series.

TUE / THURS: 10am - 8pm CDT
WED / FRI / SAT: 10am - 6pm CDT

SUN / MON: Closed

More Information

(850) 769-4451 | Web | Map

 

Ranger Stroll

Runs through Friday, May 8th, 2015 

Time & Place

4:00 PM EDT
Silver Springs State Park; 1425 NE 58th Avenue; Ocala, FL 34470

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Free with regular park admission.

Take a deep breath and join a ranger for a walk in the gardens along the Silver River. End your week with an informative stroll as Rangers answer questions and point out some of the highlights of Silver Springs State Park. This group will take a spin around the garden loops for about third of a mile.

More Information

352-236-7148 | Web

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Silver Springs

 

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

Ranger Program: Museum Area

Runs through Saturday, May 9th, 2015 

Time & Place

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT
Silver Springs State Park; 1425 NE 58th Avenue; Ocala, FL 34470

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Free with regular park admission.

Take part in a ranger program which occurs every Saturday. Topics vary, but each program is an opportunity to learn something new about Silver Springs State Park and Florida’s unique environment.

Additional Information:

Enter the Riverside of the park at the entrance off of SR 35 (Baseline Rd.). The program will be held in the amphitheater at 5:00PM.

More Information

352-236-7148 | Web

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Silver Springs

 

Ocala Plein Air

Runs through Saturday, May 9th, 2015 

Time & Place

All day
Silver Springs State Park; 1425 NE 58th Avenue; Ocala, FL 34470

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Free with regular park admission.

The Ocala Plein Air Painters meet the second Saturday of each month to capture the beauty of Silver Springs State Park. Come out and watch a canvas come to life. Some pieces are available for purchase in the art gallery located in the Lundy Center.

Additional Information:

For more information about Plein Air groups in Florida, click here.

More Information

352-236-7148 | Web

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Silver Springs

 

Cracker Village Tour

Runs through Saturday, May 9th, 2015 

Time & Place

10:00 AM EDT
Silver Springs State Park; 1425 NE 58th Avenue; Ocala, FL 34470

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Free with regular park admission.

Come and discover what life was like at the turn of the century in the Florida "piney woods." A volunteer will show you through a Florida Cracker homestead and kitchen, the smithy and the Hinton house. Meet at the Cracker Village across from the museum.

More Information

352-236-7148 | Web

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Silver Springs

 

Camper's Campfire Program

Runs through Saturday, May 9th, 2015 

Time & Place

All day
Wekiwa Springs State Park; 1800 Wekiwa Circle; Apopka, FL 32712

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Free to registered park campers.

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.

More Information

407-884-2009 | Web

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Wekiwa Springs

 

Discovery Hour in the Park

Runs through Saturday, May 9th, 2015 

Time & Place

10:00 AM EDT
Wekiwa Springs State Park; 1800 Wekiwa Circle; Apopka, FL 32712

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Free with regular park admission.

Join us on Saturday mornings in the park's Interpretative Pavilion above the springs. The programs are presented by volunteers and park rangers on a wide range of topics suitable for people of all ages.

Additional Information:

Donations support the Wekiwa Wilderness Trust and are graciously accepted.

More Information

407-884-2009 | Web

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Wekiwa Springs

 

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

Ranger Program: Main Entrance

Runs through Sunday, May 10th, 2015 

Time & Place

2:00 PM EDT
Silver Springs State Park; 1425 NE 58th Avenue; Ocala, FL 34470

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Free with regular park admission.

Take part in a ranger program which occurs every Sunday. Topics vary, but each program is an opportunity to learn something new about Silver Springs State Park and Florida’s unique environment.

Additional Information:

Enter at the Springside of the park at the entrance off of SR 40 for the program which will be held at the Education Center at 2:00PM.

More Information

352-236-7148 | Web

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Silver Springs

 

Friday, May 15th, 2015

2015 National Speleological Society - Cave Diving Section Workshop

Runs through Sunday, May 17th, 2015 

Time & Place

6:30 PM Friday, May 15 - 9:30 PM Sunday, May 17
Robert B. Harkness Armory; 490 NW Lake Jeffery Road, Lake City, FL

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Join us for the 2015 NSS-CDS Workshop and Membership meeting. This year we take a look at “New Age Exploration” with the emphasis being on recent and ongoing exploration projects happening around the world. Presentations include:

  • Dr. Peter Buzzacott – In 2008 Dr Buzzacott and colleagues at the Divers Alert Network (DAN) published a detailed analysis of more than 300 American cave diving fatalities. His presentation will review highlights from that project, describe cave diving near-miss and fatality research currently underway at DAN, and he will describe how to participate in this research.
  • Brett Hemphill – Ongoing exploration of Twin Dees and Weeki Wachee. Covering the team exploration efforts of the Karst Underwater Research (KUR) group.
  • Chip Peterson & Robbie Schmittner – Discussing their exploration of Giant Cave, Winter Wonderland, Boca Ciega, and more. Armed with Closed Circuit Rebreathers and other tools that were not available to Paul Heinerth and other early explorers, Robbie and Chip have pushed beyond the early exploration and continue to push further into this sparsely explored cave system.
  • Bob Schulte – Bob will be presenting regarding the status of ongoing survey projects, effective teamwork-based methodologies to obtain survey data, and the use of computer programs for data assembly and map presentation.
  • Edd Sorenson – Ongoing exploration projects in the Marianna, FL area, including a big push in Jackson Blue.

More Presentations To Come....

Not only will there be great presentations, but also tons of door/raffle prizes. Everyone that attends will receive one ticket at the door with the opportunity to increase your chance of winning by purchasing extra tickets. Prizes will include lights, computers, harnesses, reels, and much more.

Be sure to attend the Friday Night Social, held at the Armory. This is a great kickoff to the Workshop with a time to socialize with friends and meet new ones. There will be hamburgers, hotdogs, and more.

Sunday guided dives, clinics, and workshops to come. More information will be announced as the date gets closer.

Registration information available at the website below:

More Information

Web | Map

 

Morning Walk

Runs through Friday, May 15th, 2015 

Time & Place

9:00 AM EDT
Silver Springs State Park; 1425 NE 58th Avenue; Ocala, FL 34470

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Free with regular park admission.

Wear your best walking shoes and join Park Rangers for a burst of exercise. Enjoy a brisk walk in the gardens along the Silver River as the woods wake up. This group will take a spin around the garden loops for about a mile.

More Information

352-236-7148 | Web

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Silver Springs

 

Saturday, May 16th, 2015

Run for Wakulla Springs

Runs through Saturday, May 16th, 2015 

Time & Place

8:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park; 465 Wakulla Park Drive; Wakulla Springs, FL 32327

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Experience the primal beauty of the old growth southern forest as you run through the sanctuary at Wakulla Springs. Special arrangements have been made to open this rarely accessed area for this event. This is a 5K race and 1-mile Fun Run. A private boat tour will follow the Awards Ceremony.

Registration fees vary - see the web link below for the online application brochure, fees and registration information.

Early registration must be postmarked no later than May 12, 2015.

More Information

Friends of Wakulla Springs: 850-561-7276 | 850-561-7286 | Email | Web

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Wakulla Spring, Wakulla River

 

Ranger Program: Museum Area

Runs through Saturday, May 16th, 2015 

Time & Place

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT
Silver Springs State Park; 1425 NE 58th Avenue; Ocala, FL 34470

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Free with regular park admission.

Take part in a ranger program which occurs every Saturday. Topics vary, but each program is an opportunity to learn something new about Silver Springs State Park and Florida’s unique environment.

Additional Information:

Enter the Riverside of the park at the entrance off of SR 35 (Baseline Rd.). The program will be held in the amphitheater at 5:00PM.

More Information

352-236-7148 | Web

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Silver Springs

 

Camper's Campfire Program

Runs through Saturday, May 16th, 2015 

Time & Place

All day
Wekiwa Springs State Park; 1800 Wekiwa Circle; Apopka, FL 32712

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Free to registered park campers.

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.

More Information

407-884-2009 | Web

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Wekiwa Springs

 

Discovery Hour in the Park

Runs through Saturday, May 16th, 2015 

Time & Place

10:00 AM EDT
Wekiwa Springs State Park; 1800 Wekiwa Circle; Apopka, FL 32712

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Free with regular park admission.

Join us on Saturday mornings in the park's Interpretative Pavilion above the springs. The programs are presented by volunteers and park rangers on a wide range of topics suitable for people of all ages.

Additional Information:

Donations support the Wekiwa Wilderness Trust and are graciously accepted.

More Information

407-884-2009 | Web

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Wekiwa Springs

 

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

Pickin' in the Park - Main Entrance

Runs through Sunday, May 17th, 2015 

Time & Place

1:00 PM EDT
Silver Springs State Park; 1425 NE 58th Avenue; Ocala, FL 34470

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Free with paid park admission.

Local and visiting musicians perform acoustic music in a scenic area in front of the headsprings.

Additional Information:

Enter the park through the main entrance located at 5656 East Silver Springs Blvd. (SR 40).

More Information

352-236-7148 | Web

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Silver Springs

 

Ranger Program: Main Entrance

Runs through Sunday, May 17th, 2015 

Time & Place

2:00 PM EDT
Silver Springs State Park; 1425 NE 58th Avenue; Ocala, FL 34470

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Free with regular park admission.

Take part in a ranger program which occurs every Sunday. Topics vary, but each program is an opportunity to learn something new about Silver Springs State Park and Florida’s unique environment.

Additional Information:

Enter at the Springside of the park at the entrance off of SR 40 for the program which will be held at the Education Center at 2:00PM.

More Information

352-236-7148 | Web

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Silver Springs

 

Wet to Dry Trail Guide Tour

Runs through Sunday, May 17th, 2015 

Time & Place

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT
Wekiwa Springs State Park; 1800 Wekiwa Circle; Apopka, FL 32712

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Free with regular park admission.

The tour begins at the park's main trailhead located in the primary day use area above the spring. The short hike starts with a comfortable walk down to the spring and then along the boardwalk thru the shady vegetation of a Hydric Hammock. It ends on one of the park's upland hiking trails heading back to the starting point. The guide will explain the different types of natural communities in the park and the variety of wildlife that inhabit the area.

Additional Information:

The tours begin at 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. and last 30 minutes.

More Information

407-884-2009 | Web

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Wekiwa Springs

 

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Transparent Waters: The History and Significance of Florida's Springs

Runs through Monday, May 18th, 2015 

Time & Place

7:00 PM CDT
Visual Arts Center of Northwest FL; 19 E.4th Street, Panama City, FL

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In partnership with the Historical Society of Bay County and the Florida Humanities Council, we invite you to join us for "Transparent Waters: The History and Significance of Florida's Springs" - a presentation by Tom Berson

VAC Main Gallery

More Information

(850) 769-4451 | Web | Map

 

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Ranger Stroll

Runs through Friday, May 22nd, 2015 

Time & Place

4:00 PM EDT
Silver Springs State Park; 1425 NE 58th Avenue; Ocala, FL 34470

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Free with regular park admission.

Take a deep breath and join a ranger for a walk in the gardens along the Silver River. End your week with an informative stroll as Rangers answer questions and point out some of the highlights of Silver Springs State Park. This group will take a spin around the garden loops for about third of a mile.

More Information

352-236-7148 | Web

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Silver Springs

 

Blue Springs Alliance Public Forum

Runs through Friday, May 22nd, 2015 

Time & Place

9:00 AM - 12:30 PM EDT
Wayne G. Sanborn Activity Center; 815 S. Alabama Ave; DeLand, FL 32724

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Hear from community leaders about the threats to Blue Spring and the region's water supply and what the community is doing to address these threats.

Blue Spring Alliance Forum: Current Developments in the Blue Spring Basin and Springs Related Issues in Florida

AGENDA:

- Welcome & Introduction to the Blue Spring Alliance – Saundra Gray, Chair, Blue Spring Alliance

- Threats to Florida Springs, Keynote – Clay Henderson, Esq., Senior Counsel, Holland & Knight LLP

- Primer on Ways to Remove Nitrogen from Waters Before the Water Enters our Springs – Dr. Martin Wanielista , Director, Stormwater Management Academy, University of Central Florida

- Water Quality Challenges Facing the Blue Spring Basin: Septic Tanks, Stormwater, and Wastewater Disposal – Keith Riger , P.E., Director, Public Services, City of DeLand

- Florida Springs Council – Heather Culp, Esq., Associate Director, Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute

- Project H2O – Chad Truxall , Director, Marine Discovery Center

- Blue Spring Alliance Activities 2015 – Stephen Kintner , Vice Chair, Blue Spring Alliance

Everyone is welcome to attend and encouraged to ask questions, give input, and participate in the Blue Spring Alliance.

Mission of the Blue Spring Alliance:
To enhance protection and restoration of the quantity and quality of water flowing to Blue Spring from its springshed, and of fish and wildlife habitats in the spring and spring run.

Steering Committee Organizations: Blue Spring State Park, Cities of DeLand, DeBary, Deltona, Lake Helen and Orange City, County of Volusia, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida Springs Institute, Friends of Blue Spring State Park, Save the Manatee Club, St. Johns River Water Management District, Stetson University, UF - Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences,and West Volusia Audubon.

More Information

Email | Web | Map

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Volusia Blue Spring

 

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

Ranger Program: Museum Area

Runs through Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 

Time & Place

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT
Silver Springs State Park; 1425 NE 58th Avenue; Ocala, FL 34470

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Free with regular park admission.

Take part in a ranger program which occurs every Saturday. Topics vary, but each program is an opportunity to learn something new about Silver Springs State Park and Florida’s unique environment.

Additional Information:

Enter the Riverside of the park at the entrance off of SR 35 (Baseline Rd.). The program will be held in the amphitheater at 5:00PM.

More Information

352-236-7148 | Web

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Silver Springs

 

Cracker Village Tour

Runs through Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 

Time & Place

10:00 AM EDT
Silver Springs State Park; 1425 NE 58th Avenue; Ocala, FL 34470

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Free with regular park admission.

Come and discover what life was like at the turn of the century in the Florida "piney woods." A volunteer will show you through a Florida Cracker homestead and kitchen, the smithy and the Hinton house. Meet at the Cracker Village across from the museum.

More Information

352-236-7148 | Web

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Silver Springs

 

Camper's Campfire Program

Runs through Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 

Time & Place

All day
Wekiwa Springs State Park; 1800 Wekiwa Circle; Apopka, FL 32712

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Free to registered park campers.

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.

More Information

407-884-2009 | Web

Find Related Info:

Wekiwa Springs

 

Discovery Hour in the Park

Runs through Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 

Time & Place

10:00 AM EDT
Wekiwa Springs State Park; 1800 Wekiwa Circle; Apopka, FL 32712

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Free with regular park admission.

Join us on Saturday mornings in the park's Interpretative Pavilion above the springs. The programs are presented by volunteers and park rangers on a wide range of topics suitable for people of all ages.

Additional Information:

Donations support the Wekiwa Wilderness Trust and are graciously accepted.

More Information

407-884-2009 | Web

Find Related Info:

Wekiwa Springs

 

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

Ranger Program: Main Entrance

Runs through Sunday, May 24th, 2015 

Time & Place

2:00 PM EDT
Silver Springs State Park; 1425 NE 58th Avenue; Ocala, FL 34470

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Free with regular park admission.

Take part in a ranger program which occurs every Sunday. Topics vary, but each program is an opportunity to learn something new about Silver Springs State Park and Florida’s unique environment.

Additional Information:

Enter at the Springside of the park at the entrance off of SR 40 for the program which will be held at the Education Center at 2:00PM.

More Information

352-236-7148 | Web

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Silver Springs

 

Monday, May 25th, 2015

Blue Springs Recreational Area - Opening Day

Runs through Monday, May 25th, 2015 

Time & Place

9:30 AM - 6:00 PM CDT
Blue Springs Recreational Area; 5461 Blue Springs Road; Marianna, Florida 32446

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$2.00 per person per day. Seasonal passes are available for $20.00 a person with photo ID or accompanied by an adult.

Opening day is May 25th, Open seven days a week until August 18th, and weekends until Labor Day.

9:30 am: Park Gates Open, Water opens at 10:00 am.

Water closes at 5:30 pm, 6:00 pm: Park Closes

Please note that no animals except service dogs are allowed in the park.

Location and History

Blue Springs is located approximately five miles east of Marianna. The spring, which is listed First Magnitude Spring of Florida, supplies water to a 202 acre reservoir known as Merritt's Millpond, a nationally known fishing site. More than forty years ago, the Federal Government owned the Blue Springs site and operated an officer's club for members of Graham Air Force Base.

For approximately forty years, the primary spring and head water of the Millpond has been leased to Jackson County and managed as a recreation area with swimming, picnicking, and limited SCUBA training and exploration. Merritt's Millpond serves as one of Jackson County's most popular fishing and boating areas.

Scenery and Wildlife

A variety of natural wooded growth indigenous to the area can be seen at the site, including ferns, Cypress stands, Pines, Magnolias, and other hardwoods. Typical animals include those associated with hardwood forests, and certain bird species, such as Kingfisher, Rough-winged Swallow and Bank Swallow. Blue Spring's cave complex provides a home for two rare obligatory aquatic cave dwelling animals.: Georgia Blind Salamander and Doughterty Plain Cave Crayfish. Historically, this site has been used by the public for recreation and can be accessed via the water or a County paved road.

Why you should visit

Jackson County has completely revamped this beautiful recreation site. It is just stunning, the water is more clear than Lake Tahoe, and water temperature is just perfect for swimming on a hot day. If you need time to relax, this is the place to go. It has volleyball courts, a new children's playground, park benches, a beach to lay out on, new boating docks, and much more.

More Information

850-482-2114 | Web | Map

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Jackson Blue Springs

 

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Education Series for the Curious Adult

Runs through Thursday, May 28th, 2015 

Time & Place

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EDT
Rainbow Springs State Park; 19158 South West 81st Place Road; Dunnellon, FL 34432

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Free with regular park admission.

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.

PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS:

In order to participate in this program, one:

• Must have the ability to follow visual and/or verbal instructions independently or with the assistance of a companion

• Must have the ability to withstand exposure to outdoor air temperatures under a covered pavilion for up to two hours

• Must have the ability sit or stand independently or with the assistance of a companion for up to two hours.

More Information

352-465-8555 | Email

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Saturday, May 30th, 2015

"Echoes of Elvis"

Runs through Saturday, May 30th, 2015 

Time & Place

7:00 PM EDT
Otter Springs Park & Campground; 6470 SW 80th Avenue; Trenton, FL 32693

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"Echoes of Elvis", featuring Ron Olson performing Elvis' "Aloha From Hawaii" concert.

Otter Springs Campground Lodge, 7:00 PM.

Tickets: $8.00 in advance; $10.00 at the door. Sponsored by "For Vets" at Otter Springs, a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation. All proceeds support our efforts to help America's wounded Veterans.

Daily park entry: $4.00 per person; Seniors (60 and over) $2.00 per day; children 5 years old and younger free.

More Information

352-463-0800 | Email | Web | Map

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Otter Springs

 

Ranger Program: Museum Area

Runs through Saturday, May 30th, 2015 

Time & Place

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT
Silver Springs State Park; 1425 NE 58th Avenue; Ocala, FL 34470

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Free with regular park admission.

Take part in a ranger program which occurs every Saturday. Topics vary, but each program is an opportunity to learn something new about Silver Springs State Park and Florida’s unique environment.

Additional Information:

Enter the Riverside of the park at the entrance off of SR 35 (Baseline Rd.). The program will be held in the amphitheater at 5:00PM.

More Information

352-236-7148 | Web

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Silver Springs

 

Camper's Campfire Program

Runs through Saturday, May 30th, 2015 

Time & Place

All day
Wekiwa Springs State Park; 1800 Wekiwa Circle; Apopka, FL 32712

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Free to registered park campers.

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.

More Information

407-884-2009 | Web

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Wekiwa Springs

 

Discovery Hour in the Park

Runs through Saturday, May 30th, 2015 

Time & Place

10:00 AM EDT
Wekiwa Springs State Park; 1800 Wekiwa Circle; Apopka, FL 32712

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Free with regular park admission.

Join us on Saturday mornings in the park's Interpretative Pavilion above the springs. The programs are presented by volunteers and park rangers on a wide range of topics suitable for people of all ages.

Additional Information:

Donations support the Wekiwa Wilderness Trust and are graciously accepted.

More Information

407-884-2009 | Web

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Wekiwa Springs

 

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

Ranger Program: Main Entrance

Runs through Sunday, May 31st, 2015 

Time & Place

2:00 PM EDT
Silver Springs State Park; 1425 NE 58th Avenue; Ocala, FL 34470

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Free with regular park admission.

Take part in a ranger program which occurs every Sunday. Topics vary, but each program is an opportunity to learn something new about Silver Springs State Park and Florida’s unique environment.

Additional Information:

Enter at the Springside of the park at the entrance off of SR 40 for the program which will be held at the Education Center at 2:00PM.

More Information

352-236-7148 | Web

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Silver Springs

 
 

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