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Sunday, April 5th 2015

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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.

More Information

386-364-4991 | Web

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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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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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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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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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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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