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Friday, December 4th, 2015

Morning Walk

Runs through Friday, December 4th, 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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Saturday, December 5th, 2015

Nature Hike with David

Runs through Saturday, December 5th, 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 Swamp Trailhead. Focus on seeing the terrestrial Shadow Witch Orchid and the arboreal Manatee Tree Snail.

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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Ranger Program: Museum Area

Runs through Saturday, December 5th, 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, December 5th, 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, December 5th, 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, December 6th, 2015

Ranger Program: Main Entrance

Runs through Sunday, December 6th, 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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Florida Safari

Runs through Sunday, December 6th, 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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Wet to Dry Trail Guide Tour

Runs through Sunday, December 6th, 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, December 11th, 2015

Ranger Stroll

Runs through Friday, December 11th, 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, December 12th, 2015

Ranger Program: Museum Area

Runs through Saturday, December 12th, 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, December 12th, 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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Cracker Village Tour

Runs through Saturday, December 12th, 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, December 12th, 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, December 12th, 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, December 13th, 2015

Ranger Program: Main Entrance

Runs through Sunday, December 13th, 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, December 18th, 2015

Morning Walk

Runs through Friday, December 18th, 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

Find Related Info:

Silver Springs

 

Saturday, December 19th, 2015

Celebration of Lights

Runs through Thursday, December 24th, 2015 

Time & Place

5:30PM - 9:00 PM EST
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park; 4150 S. Suncoast Blvd. (US 19); Homosassa, FL 34446

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Adults: $5.00 donation

Children: $2.00 donation

The annual Celebration of Lights at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will run seven evenings starting December 19 through Christmas Eve and then again on December 26th for an After-Christmas Party. The Celebration of Lights will not be open on the evening of December 25th.

The Celebration of Lights take place inside the Wildlife Park from the West Entrance to the garden of the Springs. Visitors are encouraged to park in the parking area at the Visitor Center and main entrance on U.S. 19.

Trams will be transporting visitors back and forth from the Visitor Center to the West Entrance throughout the evenings.

Refreshments will also be available.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park, Inc.

More Information

352-628-5343 or 352-628-5445 ext. 1006 | Map

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Homosassa Springs

 

Ranger Program: Museum Area

Runs through Saturday, December 19th, 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

Find Related Info:

Silver Springs

 

Camper's Campfire Program

Runs through Saturday, December 19th, 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, December 19th, 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, December 20th, 2015

Ranger Program: Main Entrance

Runs through Sunday, December 20th, 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, December 20th, 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, December 20th, 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

Find Related Info:

Wekiwa Springs

 

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

Education Series for the Curious Adult

Runs through Thursday, December 24th, 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, December 25th, 2015

Ranger Stroll

Runs through Friday, December 25th, 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

Find Related Info:

Silver Springs

 

Saturday, December 26th, 2015

Celebration of Lights

Runs through Saturday, December 26th, 2015 

Time & Place

5:30PM - 9:00 PM EST
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park; 4150 S. Suncoast Blvd. (US 19); Homosassa, FL 34446

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Adults: $5.00 donation

Children: $2.00 donation

The annual Celebration of Lights at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will run seven evenings starting December 19 through Christmas Eve and then again on December 26th for an After-Christmas Party. The Celebration of Lights will not be open on the evening of December 25th.

The Celebration of Lights take place inside the Wildlife Park from the West Entrance to the garden of the Springs. Visitors are encouraged to park in the parking area at the Visitor Center and main entrance on U.S. 19.

Trams will be transporting visitors back and forth from the Visitor Center to the West Entrance throughout the evenings.

Refreshments will also be available.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park, Inc.

More Information

352-628-5343 or 352-628-5445 ext. 1006 | Map

Find Related Info:

Homosassa Springs

 

Ranger Program: Museum Area

Runs through Saturday, December 26th, 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

Find Related Info:

Silver Springs

 

Cracker Village Tour

Runs through Saturday, December 26th, 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

Find Related Info:

Silver Springs

 

Sunday, December 27th, 2015

Ranger Program: Main Entrance

Runs through Sunday, December 27th, 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

Find Related Info:

Silver Springs

 
 

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