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Discover the Flora and Fauna of Florida State Parks

Nov 05, 2014 02:00AM
Florida’s state parks are known for their incomparable natural beauty. From South Florida’s mangrove swamps to Central Florida’s prairies and North Florida’s springs, Florida’s state parks provide plenty of reasons to discover nature throughout the state. Whether you are someone who wishes to capture the moment through a camera or a person who wants to soak in the sights and sounds of nature, Florida State Parks have an abundance of events to keep you occupied and loving the environment.

Participate in one of our many nature photography walks, where visitors can join photographers and other nature enthusiasts and work to capture the perfect photo at Big Talbot Island State Park or at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park. Visitors can also join in on Washington Oaks Gardens State Park’s Third Saturday Photo Challenge for a day-long photographic extravaganza.

Plant enthusiasts have many opportunities throughout the month to view the beautiful flora of Florida’s state parks. On the first of the month, visitors can join wildflower experts, Roger Hammer and Craig Huegel, for a stroll through Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park to learn more about the prairie wildflowers and other flora throughout the park. If you’re interested in learning more about which plants are native to Florida’s wildlife and environment, join the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council at Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach and learn about exotic plant removal and planting native plants in Florida.

Wildlife encounters and educational wildlife walks are prevalent throughout Florida's state parks in November. On three different occasions, visitors can meet at O’Leno State Park to meet the eastern screech owl, Peach. Bird walks at Bald Point State Park, Fort Cooper State Park, Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and Rainbow Springs State Park allow for visitors to learn more from bird enthusiasts and enjoy a nice walk through the park. • Sat. Nov. 8, Sat. Nov. 22 and Sat. Nov. 29 – Wildlife Encounters at O’Leno State Park in High Springs at 10:00 a.m. • Sat. Nov. 8 – Nature Photography Workshop – Critters in the Park at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park in North Palm Beach from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. • Sat. Nov. 8 – Plant This Not That at Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach in Flagler Beach from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. • Sat. Nov. 15 – A Guided Walk with the Shorebirds at Bald Point State Park in Alligator Point from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. • Sat. Nov. 15 – Talbot Critters at Fort George Island Cultural State Park in Jacksonville at 2:00 p.m. • Sat. Nov. 15 – Third Saturday Photo Challenge at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park in Palm Coast from 8:00 a.m. until sunset. • Sat. Nov. 22 – Bird Walk at Fort Cooper State Park in Inverness at 8:00 a.m. • Sat. Nov. 22 – Monthly Bird Walk on Pepper Creek Trail at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park in Homosassa from 7:45 to 9:30 a.m. • Sat. Nov. 29 – Bird Walk with Citrus County Audubon at Rainbow Springs State Park in Dunnellon at 8:00 a.m.

For more information and more events visit www.floridastateparks.org.