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Sunday, November 1st, 2015

Ranger Program: Main Entrance

Runs through Sunday, November 1st, 2015 

Time & Place

2:00 PM EST
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, November 1st, 2015 

Time & Place

10:00 AM EST
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, November 1st, 2015 

Time & Place

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST
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

 

Friday, November 6th, 2015

Rock Bluff Band

Runs through Friday, November 6th, 2015 

Time & Place

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM EST
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, November 6th, 2015 

Time & Place

9:00 AM EST
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, November 7th, 2015

Nature Hike with David

Runs through Saturday, November 7th, 2015 

Time & Place

8:00 AM EST
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. Wildflowers and the endemic shrub Garberia with its wonderful rose purple tubular flowers. You will be amazed at all the insects they attract.

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, November 7th, 2015 

Time & Place

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST
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, November 7th, 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, November 7th, 2015 

Time & Place

10:00 AM EST
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, November 8th, 2015

Ranger Program: Main Entrance

Runs through Sunday, November 8th, 2015 

Time & Place

2:00 PM EST
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, November 13th, 2015

Ranger Stroll

Runs through Friday, November 13th, 2015 

Time & Place

4:00 PM EST
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, November 14th, 2015

Ranger Program: Museum Area

Runs through Saturday, November 14th, 2015 

Time & Place

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST
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, November 14th, 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, November 14th, 2015 

Time & Place

10:00 AM EST
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, November 14th, 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, November 14th, 2015 

Time & Place

10:00 AM EST
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, November 15th, 2015

Ranger Program: Main Entrance

Runs through Sunday, November 15th, 2015 

Time & Place

2:00 PM EST
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, November 15th, 2015 

Time & Place

1:00 PM EST
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, November 15th, 2015 

Time & Place

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST
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

 

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Coastal Springs of Pasco & Hernando Counties TMDL Meeting

Runs through Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 

Time & Place

Starting at 1:30 PM EST
Pasco County Utilities Administration Offices, 19420 Central Blvd., Land O' Lakes, FL 34637

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The Draft Nutrient TMDLs for the Coastal Springs of Pasco and Hernando Counties: Magnolia-Aripeka Springs Group (WBID 1391B), Jenkins Creek Spring (WBID 1389), and Wilderness-Mud-Salt Springs Group (WBID 1382G) will be presented for discussion on November 17, 2015 at 1:30 PM. The meeting will be held at the Pasco County Utilities Administration Offices, 19420 Central Blvd., Land O' Lakes, FL 34637, - Training room Anclote.

"DEP wants to ensure that the local public and stakeholders are part of our restoration process,” said Tom Frick, director of the Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration. “These meetings are an opportunity for involved citizens to be part of the conversation.”

Nutrient pollution, or an excess of nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorous, is one of the primary challenges to water quality restoration across the state. Nutrients are naturally present in water and necessary for the healthy growth of plant and animal life; however, an excess of nutrients can lead to water quality problems like rapid growth of algal mats, habitat smothering and oxygen depletion in the water.

To combat water pollution, DEP first develops a restoration goal known as a TMDL. The TMDL, or total maximum daily load, identifies the maximum amount of a specific pollutant that may be present in a given water body for the water body to remain healthy and functional. The TMDL then functions as the target for a restoration plan, called a BMAP or basin management action plan. The BMAP is a five-year plan with set milestones that identifies projects and strategies to reduce pollution or eliminate pollutant sources. The primary purpose of this meeting is to discuss and receive comments on the draft TMDL document.

The Draft TMDL may be accessed at: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/tmdl/docs/tmdls/draft/gp5/AripekaMudSalt-nutr-tmdl.pdf

More Information

Terry Hansen | 850-245-8561 | Email | Web | Map

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Aripeka Springs

 

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Morning Walk

Runs through Friday, November 20th, 2015 

Time & Place

9:00 AM EST
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, November 21st, 2015

Ranger Program: Museum Area

Runs through Saturday, November 21st, 2015 

Time & Place

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST
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, November 21st, 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, November 21st, 2015 

Time & Place

10:00 AM EST
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, November 22nd, 2015

Ranger Program: Main Entrance

Runs through Sunday, November 22nd, 2015 

Time & Place

2:00 PM EST
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

 

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

Education Series for the Curious Adult

Runs through Thursday, November 26th, 2015 

Time & Place

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EST
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, November 27th, 2015

Ranger Stroll

Runs through Friday, November 27th, 2015 

Time & Place

4:00 PM EST
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, November 28th, 2015

Monthly Bird Walk on Pepper Creek trail

Runs through Saturday, November 28th, 2015 

Time & Place

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM EST
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.

More Information

352-628-5445 ext. 1002 | Map

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Homosassa Springs

 

Ranger Program: Museum Area

Runs through Saturday, November 28th, 2015 

Time & Place

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST
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, November 28th, 2015 

Time & Place

10:00 AM EST
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, November 28th, 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, November 28th, 2015 

Time & Place

10:00 AM EST
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, November 29th, 2015

Ranger Program: Main Entrance

Runs through Sunday, November 29th, 2015 

Time & Place

2:00 PM EST
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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