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Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Suwannee River Paddling Festival

Runs through Sunday, April 5th, 2015 

Time & Place

8:00 AM - Sunset EDT
Suwannee River State Park; 3631 201st Path; Live Oak, FL 32060

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$5 per vehicle up to eight people.

Weekend package: $150 per person, includes camping fees, all meals, shuttle to paddling sites and entry to all presentations, Water Expo and benefit concert.

Per day package: $75 per person, per day plus $25 per person/boat/gear for the shuttle.

Experience paddling, music, hiking and a Water Expo on Paddle Florida’s third annual Suwannee River Paddling Festival. This season’s finale is beautifully situated atop the bluffs overlooking the confluence of the scenic Suwannee and Withlacoochee Rivers. Suwannee River State Park is the home base for this year’s festival featuring paddling trips on both rivers, a benefit concert and real Florida fun.

Paddlers will explore Suwannee and Withlacoochee Rivers in segments ranging from 13 to 20 miles on Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5. Both rivers glide by dozens of clear beautiful springs perfect for a refreshing swim and snorkeling. On Saturday, April 4, a Water Expo at Suwannee River State Park will showcase regional conservation efforts and local outdoor recreation vendors.

This year’s benefit concert on Saturday evening will feature two of Paddle Florida’s favorite musicians: Katherine Archer and Grant Peeples. A manatee fanatic long before she ever met one, Archer wrote her first mandolin tune Manatee Waltz after her first encounters with the graceful water muse in Titusville. She is a dynamic live performer, creating an intimate and powerful bond with her audience. Grant Peeples uses wit, precision, humor and humanity in his melodies to reveal some of life’s most uncomfortable truths. His music has garnered critical acclaim and top rankings on the folk, roots and Americana radio charts. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute, an organization founded to improve the understanding of springs ecology and to develop science-based education and management actions needed to restore and protect springs throughout Florida. Admission is $25 per person.

Paddle Florida leads trips across the state to promote Florida as an international destination for nature-based tourism in general and paddling in particular. Designated a nonprofit in 2011, Paddle Florida fosters water conservation, wildlife preservation, springs restoration, and waterways protection. The Florida Keys Challenge January video is an example of other Paddle Florida experiences.

Additional Information:

Registration deadline is March 20.

Participants may rent a canoe or kayak and needed gear at Suwannee Canoe Outpost, the partnering outfitter for the festival.

Reservations can be made by calling (386) 364-4991.

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386-364-4991 | Web

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Morning Walk

Runs through Friday, April 3rd, 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, April 4th, 2015

Easter Egg Hunt

Runs through Saturday, April 4th, 2015 

Time & Place

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM EDT
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park; 4150 S. Suncoast Blvd. (US 19); Homosassa, FL 34446

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Free with regular park admission.

Children are invited to bring their own basket and participate in one of three age groups. There will be special prizes for the children who find the gold and silver eggs in each age group. Costumed characters including the Easter Bunny will be on hand for photos.

The Easter Egg Hunt takes place on the Green behind the Visitor Center's parking area on U.S. 19

More Information

352-628-5445 ext. 1002

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Homosassa Springs

 

Bluegrass in the Park - Museum Area

Runs through Saturday, April 4th, 2015 

Time & Place

4:00 PM - 11:00 PM EDT
Silver Springs State Park; 1425 NE 58th Avenue; Ocala, FL 34470

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$10 per adult, children under 12 are free.

Bluegrass bands will play throughout the evening. Bring your own chair and enjoy the lively music of Pasture Prime; Arnold Messer and the Lonesome Highway band; and Big Cypress Bluegrass in the Old Florida setting of the Cracker Village. It'll be a foot-stomping good time. Sponsored by The Friends of Silver Springs State Park, this event is to help raise funds to protect and enhance this pristine park and its diverse habitats. Hot dogs and soda will be available for sale.

Additional Information:

Enter the park's camping & museum entrance from State Road 35 (Baseline Rd.) to access the Cracker Village.

More Information

352-236-7148 | Web

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Silver Springs

 

Nature Hike with David

Runs through Saturday, April 4th, 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 River Trail Head. Focus on the rare Pinkroot wildflower and possibly see the Flame Bird or Prothonatary warbler.

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

 

Easter Egg Hunt and Celebration

Runs through Saturday, April 4th, 2015 

Time & Place

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM EDT
Silver Springs State Park; 1425 NE 58th Avenue; Ocala, FL 34470

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Free with regular park admission. The egg hunt will be $10.00 per child.

Silver Springs Easter Egg Hunt and Celebration! Throughout the day there will be bounce houses, egg dyeing, music, vendors, and family-friendly fun.

More Information

Silver Springs Management, LLC. | 352-261-5840

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Silver Springs

 

Ranger Program: Museum Area

Runs through Saturday, April 4th, 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, April 4th, 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, April 4th, 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, April 5th, 2015

Otter Springs 3rd Annual Easter Dinner & Egg Hunt

Runs through Sunday, April 5th, 2015 

Time & Place

All day
Otter Springs Park & Campground; 6470 SW 80th Avenue; Trenton, FL 32693

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You’re Invited to the Otter Springs 3rd Annual Easter Dinner & Egg Hunt

Sponsored by the extended Horne family.

Pot Luck Dinner at 1:00 PM

Easter Egg Hunt at 3:00 PM (Plastic Eggs Only)

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

More Information

Ellnor Asbel | 362-463-2725 | Email | Web

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Otter Springs

 

Sunrise Service and Breakfast Buffet

Runs through Sunday, April 5th, 2015 

Time & Place

6:30 AM - 9:00 AM EDT
Silver Springs State Park; 1425 NE 58th Avenue; Ocala, FL 34470

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There will be a sunrise service and breakfast buffet on the glass-bottom boat deck. The service starts at 6:35 a.m. followed by breakfast between 7:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.

Additional Information:

To get here go to the main park entrance located at Silver Springs Boulevard (SR 40).

The service is free but there will be additional fees for the breakfast buffet.

More Information

Silver Springs Management, LLC. | 352-261-5840

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Silver Springs

 

Florida Safari

Runs through Sunday, April 5th, 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

 

Ranger Program: Main Entrance

Runs through Sunday, April 5th, 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, April 5th, 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, April 9th, 2015

Santa Fe River Springs Protection Forum & Field Trip

Runs through Thursday, April 9th, 2015 

Time & Place

9:00 AM - 12:30 PM EDT
GRU Multipurpose Room; 301 SE 4th Avenue, Gainesville, FL

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The meeting will focus on landscape irrigation from 9 am to 12:30 pm. and will be held in downtown Gainesville (parking is available) at the GRU Multipurpose Room at 301 SE 4th Ave. PLEASE NOTE WE ARE STARTING AT 9:00 INSTEAD OF 9:30!

A web link to the meeting agenda is provided below.

Following the meeting, you are invited to participate in a field trip to the Sweetwater Branch Sheet Flow Project. Those that attend, MUST wear closed- toe shoes and long pants (as the site is still a construction site). We will walk approximately 2 miles over two hours. The site is fairly sunny, so please prepare accordingly and bring water. You may want to bring binoculars and cameras as the birding is great! PLEASE RSVP to me for the field trip if you have not already done so.

More Information

Stacie Greco, Water Conservation Coordinator, Alachua County Environmental Protection Department | 352-264-6829 | Email | Web

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Silver Springs

 

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Ranger Stroll

Runs through Friday, April 10th, 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, April 11th, 2015

Silver Glen Springs Celebration

Runs through Saturday, April 11th, 2015 

Time & Place

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM EDT
Silver Glen Springs Recreation Area; 5301 North Highway 19; Ft. McCoy, FL 32134

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A family-friendly event, the "Silver Glen Springs Celebration," is planned for Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event will include informational booths about wildlife and natural features as well as the human history of the area. Well-known underwater photographer, Eric Hutcheson, will show his photographs and speak about springs conservation. There will be a food truck, nature hike down to the springs and lots of information and entertainment! The Ocala National Forest is waiving the entry fee into Silver Glen Springs for the event. This is sure to be a fun community event to celebrate this unique and valuable ecosystem.

More Information

Emily Struss, National Forest Foundation, 406-830-3360 | Ocala National Forest, Ranger District Office: 352-669-3153 | Web

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Silver Glen Springs

 

Morning Nature Walk

Runs through Saturday, April 11th, 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 Wakulla Springs State Park’s varying forest communities. Forest wildflowers are blooming. Migrating songbirds are passing through. The habitat beckons. 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

 

Ocala Plein Air

Runs through Saturday, April 11th, 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, April 11th, 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

 

Ranger Program: Museum Area

Runs through Saturday, April 11th, 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, April 11th, 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, April 11th, 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, April 12th, 2015

Ranger Program: Main Entrance

Runs through Sunday, April 12th, 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, April 17th, 2015

Morning Walk

Runs through Friday, April 17th, 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, April 18th, 2015

Wakulla Wildlife Festival - Wings over Wakulla

Runs through Saturday, April 18th, 2015 

Time & Place

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM EDT
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park; 465 Wakulla Park Drive; Wakulla Springs, FL 32327

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Free with regular park admission.

Guided tours are available at an additional cost.

Advance registration is highly recommended since tours often fill to capacity well in advance of the festival.

For more information visit the web link below.

This event is a celebration of the area’s wildlife and is geared especially for children and the child in everyone. Local music, a children’s art show, children's activities, wildlife exhibitors and wildlife tours make the festival an area favorite. The theme of the festival will be Wings over Wakulla. Apalachee Audubon will be celebrating milestones with presentations and children’s activities. Author Susan Cerulean will be a special guest speaker and The St. Francis Wildlife Association will have their winged ambassadors participating in two special presentations.

More Information

850-561-7286 | Web

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Wakulla Spring, Wakulla River

 

Old Fashioned River Party

Runs through Saturday, April 18th, 2015 

Time & Place

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM EDT
Manatee Springs State Park; 11650 NW 115 Street; Chiefland, FL 32626

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Free with regular park admission.

Come enjoy the 23rd annual event and listen to bluegrass, old-time, and folk music from a variety of local bands. The bands will be playing at the pavilion next to the concession stand, and food will be available. Bring the family and lawn chairs for a day of good music and good times.

Additional Information:

Some extras you might want to bring are insect repellant, sunscreen, and smiles.

Essential Eligibility Criteria

In order to participate in this program, one:

- Must be able to follow verbal and/or visual instructions on how to work independently or with the assistance of a companion if program has activity for you to do.

- Must have the ability to withstand exposure to the outdoors for a period of 2 hours.

- All participants must be able to walk a minimum of a 300 yards to a pavilion or be able to participate with little assistance.

- Unless accompanied by an adult, all participants must be at least 16 years of age.

More Information

Teri Graves: 352- 493-6736 | 352-493-6072 | Web

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Manatee Springs

 

Civil War Reenactment - Museum Area

Runs through Saturday, April 18th, 2015 

Time & Place

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM EDT
Silver Springs State Park; 1425 NE 58th Avenue; Ocala, FL 34470

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Free with regular park admission.

Join us for historical displays commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Reenactors portraying both federal and confederate soldiers will be camped at the museum grounds and open to visitors. The reenactment of the surrender of Confederate troops under the command of Captain J.J. Dickinson will take place at 2:00 p.m.

Additional Information:

Enter the park from State Road 35 (Baseline Rd.) to access the Silver River Museum.

For more information, visit the Silver River Museum website.

More Information

Silver River Museum | 352-236-5401 | Web

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Silver Springs

 

Ranger Program: Museum Area

Runs through Saturday, April 18th, 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

 

Discover Wekiva

Runs through Saturday, April 18th, 2015 

Time & Place

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM EDT
Rock Springs Run State Reserve; 30601 County Road 433; Sorrento, FL 32776

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This is a FREE event! Donations to Friends of the Wekiva River are welcome!

DISCOVER WEKIVA at Katie's landing off of SR 46 and Wekiva Park Drive.

A day full of Family Activities, Canoe Races, Interpretive Canoe Paddles, Live Animals, Guest Speakers, Music, Food Trucks & FUN!

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 the outdoors for 60-120 minutes in a shaded area and unshaded area.

- Must have the ability to traverse even and uneven terrain for several hundred feet independently or with the assistance of a companion.

Additional Information:

Join Friends of the Wekiva River and our Event Sponsors to Celebrate Earth Day and to raise awareness of and showcase our springs!

More Information

407-884-2009 | Web

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Rock Springs Run

 

Camper's Campfire Program

Runs through Saturday, April 18th, 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, April 18th, 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, April 19th, 2015

Ranger Program: Main Entrance

Runs through Sunday, April 19th, 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

 

Pickin' in the Park - Main Entrance

Runs through Sunday, April 19th, 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

 

Wet to Dry Trail Guide Tour

Runs through Sunday, April 19th, 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, April 23rd, 2015

Education Series for the Curious Adult

Runs through Thursday, April 23rd, 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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Rainbow Springs

 

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Ranger Stroll

Runs through Friday, April 24th, 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, April 25th, 2015

Monthly Bird Walk on Pepper Creek trail

Runs through Saturday, April 25th, 2015 

Time & Place

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM EDT
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park; 4150 S. Suncoast Blvd. (US 19); Homosassa, FL 34446

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Free with regular park admission.

Leaders from Citrus County Audubon take birders on this guided walk.

Participants should meet by the flagpole outside the Visitor Center entrance at 7:45 AM. The walk begins promptly at 8:00 AM.

Registration is recommended.

Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them.

This leisurely-paced walk is on a handicapped accessible (paved) trail that winds through a hydric hammock along Pepper Creek.

The trail is 0.75 miles long, and you may walk back or return to the Visitor Center on the first return boat of the day leaving at 9:30 AM from the West Entrance.

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352-628-5445 ext. 1002

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Ranger Program: Museum Area

Runs through Saturday, April 25th, 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.

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352-236-7148 | Web

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Cracker Village Tour

Runs through Saturday, April 25th, 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.

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352-236-7148 | Web

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Silver Springs

 

Camper's Campfire Program

Runs through Saturday, April 25th, 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.

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407-884-2009 | Web

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Wekiwa Springs

 

Discovery Hour in the Park

Runs through Saturday, April 25th, 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.

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407-884-2009 | Web

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Wekiwa Springs

 

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

Beginning Birding Walk

Runs through Sunday, April 26th, 2015 

Time & Place

8:00 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. Please call to register.

Please bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them.

Meet in the parking lot of The Lodge at Wakulla Springs.

Please plan to arrive at the park entrance by 8:15 a.m. so that you are not rushed to reach the parking lot.

Be part of an introductory activity geared for those who have always wished to better know the birds around them by sight or by sound, but felt intimidated by the more proficient and experienced birders. As participants traverse the grounds surrounding the lodge and the park's administration building, Apalachee Audubon Member Helen King will make it easy to recognize a few of the beautiful songbirds that can be found in your own backyard. As a bonus, watchful eyes may even be introduced to some magnificent neo-tropical species migrating through.

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 wet, sandy, 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

 

Ranger Program: Main Entrance

Runs through Sunday, April 26th, 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.

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352-236-7148 | Web

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Silver Springs

 
 

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