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Post By: culinarypunk      Posted: 1/30/2019 9:34:19 PM     Points: 84484    

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Florida State Parks Weekend Happenings: Feb. 1-3
~Visit a Florida State Park this weekend for exciting events and activities~
Florida's 175 state parks are the perfect places to explore, reconnect, try something new and make lasting memories with friends and families. Check out some of the exciting events and activities planned statewide this weekend, and visit a state park near you. Learn more about Florida State Parks and monthly events. Don't forget to share your adventures on social media using #FLStateParks.

Star Gazing
Cedar Key Museum State Park
Friday, Feb. 1: Join the Nature Coast Amateur Astronomers for an evening of star gazing, and learn about winter constellations and star clusters.

Windley Key
Windley Key Fossil Reef State Park
Friday, Feb. 1: Enjoy a 1-hour, ranger-led trek through the park's fossilized coral reef and hardwood hammock habitat.

Big Lagoon State Park
Saturday, Feb. 2: Stretch, breathe and relax in the great outdoors during this weekly Yoga in the Park event.

Bird Watching
Silver Springs State Park
Saturday, Feb. 2: Bring your binoculars for an early morning ranger-led bird watching tour along the park's River Trail.

MacArthur Beach
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
Sunday, Feb. 3: Learn the basics of kayaking during this free, land-based course.

Scrub Jay
Oscar Scherer State Park
Sunday, Feb. 3: Learn about the Florida Scrub Jay and its unique habitat during a guided trail walk through Florida's scrubby flatwoods.

About Florida State Parks, Greenways and Trails
The Florida Park Service is the proud recipient of three National Gold Medals for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management, making Florida America’s first three-time Gold Medal winner. The awards were received in 1999, 2005 and 2013 from the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration and the National Recreation and Park Association.

Florida’s 175 state parks, trails and historic sites inspire residents and visitors with recreation opportunities and scenic beauty that help strengthen families, educate children, expand local economies and foster community pride. With nearly 800,000 acres, 100 miles of beaches and more than 1,500 miles of multi-use trails, residents and visitors should plan to visit soon and often to enjoy Florida’s natural treasures. Download the Florida State Parks Pocket Ranger® mobile app, available on iTunes and Android Market, to plan your trip and enhance your experience. For more information, visit [log in for link]