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September 18, 2014 Newsletter

Save Our Waters Week Begins September 19

~Join Florida State Parks in Celebrating the 19th Annual Save Our Waters Week.~   

Crystal River Preserve State Park
View of the water at Crystal River Preserve State Park.

Citrus County’s Save Our Waters week begins on Friday, Sept. 19. Florida’s waters are a precious natural resource and for the 19th year, Citrus County is inviting volunteers to help keep lakes, rivers, springs and all other water resources clean for visitors and the community. By keeping Florida’s waters clean, volunteers help the ecosystem and its inhabitants, as well as themselves by ensuring the waters are safe for recreation.

Florida's state parks constantly strive to keep its parks and waters clean and enjoyable for all its visitors. This year, Crystal River Preserve State Park will participate in Citrus County’s Save Our Waters Week by holding four great events. On Saturday, Sept. 20, the park will host its 25th Annual Lakes, Rivers and Coastal Cleanup. Beginning at sunrise, groups and organizations are encouraged to volunteer and participate in keeping the park’s waters clean. The park is hosting Heritage-Eco Boat Tours at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 22. Register by calling 352-795-3817 or 352-563-0450 for the free event.

Crystal River Preserve State Park will also host Eagle Nest Boat Tours as a part of Save Our Waters Week. On Thursday, Sept. 25 tours will take place at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. The event is free and visitors are encouraged to register early by calling 352-563-0450. The third event is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Explore the archaeological sites of the shores and beneath the waters’ surface during the Archaeological Kayak Tour. The event fee is $20 per person.

To learn more about Save Our Waters Week and other events, visit Citrus County’s website.

 

National Hispanic Heritage Month Began September 15

~Celebrate Hispanic Heritage at Florida State Parks.~

Fort Clinch State Park

American flag and fort at Fort Clinch State Park.

National Hispanic Heritage Month is in full swing. Taking place from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, the commemoration celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens of Hispanic descent. Begun by President Lyndon B. Johnson as a one-week event in 1968, President Ronald Reagan expanded the observation to a 30-day period in 1988. Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America celebrate their heritage in America through their strong commitment to family, faith and culture.

The celebration began Sept. 15 in honor of the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on the 16 and 18. Oct. 12 is celebrated as Dia de la Raza, or Columbus Day.

Fort Clinch State Park will hold a Spanish American War Event on Sept. 20 and 21 commemorating the part Fort Clinch played in the war. The fort will be filled with uniformed interpreters and participants will be able to enjoy exhibits of the armament and period military equipment. The event takes place during regular park hours of 8 a.m. to sunset and cost park entrance plus a $2 fee for Fort admission.

Celebrate National Public Lands Day on September 27

~Join Florida State Parks for the 21st Annual National Public Lands Day.~   

Volunteers participating in National Public Lands Day
Volunteers participating in National Public Lands Day at a Florida State Park.

In less than two weeks, volunteers will come to Florida’s state parks to participate in the largest nation-wide, single-day volunteer effort to clean up public lands. For more than 20 years, volunteers of all ages have collected tons of trash, cleared thousands of invasive plants and contributed millions of hours through their collective efforts. In 2013 alone, more than 175,000 volunteers and park visitors celebrated National Public Lands Day at 2,237 public land sites and removed an estimated 23,000 pounds of invasive plants and 500 tons of trash, while contributing an estimated $18 million to improve public lands and planting more than 100,000 trees, shrubs and other native plants. Volunteers learn about natural resources and the restoration of the environment, while building partnerships between local community members and the public.

Florida State Parks is proud to hold multiple events throughout the state, encompassing the beauty and environment that surrounds its natural resources. In 2013, Florida’s state parks held more than 70 National Public Lands Day events with more than 1,550 volunteers contributing 6,740 hours of time picking up litter, conducting trail maintenance, landscaping grounds and removing invasive exotic plants.

This year, many of Florida’s state parks are offering activities, which include restoration projects, recreational lessons, informational speakers, kids’ activities, live music and plenty of chances for volunteers to assist with National Public Lands Day. Do you part to keep Florida State Parks clean and beautiful and continue checking the National Public Lands Day website and Florida State Parks events page for more information.

Participate in any of these events at Florida State Parks:

  • Sat. Sept. 20 – National Public Lands Day and International Coastal Cleanup at San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park, St. Marks from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 20 – National Public Lands Day Beach Cleanup at Henderson Beach State Park, Destin from 8 to 10 a.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 20 – National Public Lands Day Annual Coastal Clean-Up at Bald Point State Park, Alligator Point from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Sun. Sept. 21 – National Public Lands Day Annual Coastal Clean-Up at Bald Point State Park, Alligator Point from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Fri. Sept. 26 – First Volunteer Project for National Public Lands Day at Nature Coast State Trail, Fanning Springs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Fri. Sept. 26 – First Volunteer Project for National Public Lands Day at Fanning Springs State Park, Fanning Springs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day at Oscar Scherer State Park, Osprey from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day at Colt Creek State Park, Lakeland at 9 a.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day Park Appreciation Event and Shoreline Clean Up at T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, Cape San Blas from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 to 7 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day Event: Morning Beach Exploration and Clean Up at Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach, Flagler Beach at 9 a.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day Cleanup at St. Andrews State Park, Panama City from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day Beach Clean Up at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, Santa Rosa Beach from 9 to 11 a.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day Event at O'Leno State Park, High Springs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – Fun Workday – In Celebration of the National Public Lands Day at Little Manatee River State Park, Wimauma at 8 a.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day at Oleta River State Park, North Miami from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day at John U. Lloyd Beach State Park, Hollywood from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day 2014 at Lake Griffin State Park, Leesburg from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day – Coastal Clean Up at Honeymoon Island State Park, Dunedin from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day – Coastal Clean Up at Caladesi Island State Park, Dunedin at 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day – First Volunteer Project at Tomoka State Park, Ormond Beach from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day – St. Lucie River Cleanup at Savannas Preserve State Park, Jensen Beach from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, Fort Lauderdale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day Cleanup at Crystal River Archaeological State Park, Crystal River from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day – Redesign Planter Beds at Cedar Key Museum State Park, Cedar Key from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day Service Project/Exotic Removal at Highlands Hammock State Park, Sebring from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day – First Volunteer Project at Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park, Flagler Beach from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day at Dudley Farm Historic State Park, Newberry from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day – Sunset Bird Walk at Withlacoochee State Trail, Inverness at 7 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day at Camp Helen State Park, Panama City Beach from 9 to 11:00 a.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day at Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park, Keystone Heights from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park, Tallahassee from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day at Silver Springs State Park, Ocala from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day – Community Volunteer Project at Fort Cooper State Park, Inverness from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day: Paddling Tour and River Clean-Up at Myakka River State Park, Myakka from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day – Helping Hands at Troy Spring State Park, Branford from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, Homosassa from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day at Cross Florida Greenway - Santos Bike Trails East, Ocala from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day: Water Lettuce Removal Volunteer Workday at Ichetucknee Springs State Park, Fort White from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day Service Project/Trail Maintenance at Highlands Hammock State Park, Sebring from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, North Palm Beach from 9 to 11 a.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day at Falling Waters State Park, Chipley from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day – Trail Maintenance at San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park, Gainesville from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day Service Project/Sand Pine Removal at Seven Lakes at Highlands Hammock State Park, Sebring from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day – Butterfly Garden Improvements at Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Hobe Sound from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day/Photo Scavenger Hunt and Litter Collection at Wekiwa Springs State Park, Apopka from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day Guided Nature Hike at Torreya State Park, Bristol from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day at Seabranch Preserve State Park, Stuart from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day at Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park, Wakulla Springs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day at Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park, Tallahassee from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day – Exotic Plant Removal Project at Rainbow Springs State Park, Dunnellon from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day – Restoration of the Azalea Garden at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, White Springs at 9 a.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day – Cultural Site Clean Up at Little Talbot Island State Park, Jacksonville from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day – Community Volunteer Project: Exotic Plant Pull with Project A.N.T. at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, Micanopy from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day Cleanup at Big Lagoon State Park, Pensacola from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day – Work and Fun Day at Madison Blue Spring State Park, Lee from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day Event at River Rise Preserve State Park, High Springs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day – First Volunteer Project at Blackwater River State Park, Holt from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – State Park to Host National Public Lands Day Event at Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park, St. George Island from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day at Fort Pierce Inlet State Park, Fort Pierce from 9 to 11 a.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day – Beach Cleanup at Fort Clinch State Park, Fernandina Beach from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – 2014 National Public Lands Day at Lovers Key State Park, Fort Myers Beach from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day/First Volunteer Project at Hontoon Island State Park, Deland from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day – First Volunteer Project – Beach Clean-Up at Anastasia State Park, St. Augustine from 9 to 11 a.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day at The Barnacle Historic State Park, Coconut Grove from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day – My First Volunteer Project at Lake Kissimmee State Park, Lake Wales from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day – My First Volunteer Project at De Leon Springs State Park, De Leon Springs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day – My First Volunteer Project at Ravine Gardens State Park, Palatka from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day at Blue Spring State Park, Orange City from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – First Volunteer Project for National Public Lands Day at Manatee Springs State Park, Chiefland from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Sat. Sept. 27 – National Public Lands Day at Sebastian Inlet State Park, Melbourne Beach from 8 to 11 a.m.

  • Sun. Sept. 28 – National Public Lands Day – Exotic Plant Removal at Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Hobe Sound from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Sun. Sept. 28 – National Public Lands Day at Florida Caverns State Park, Marianna from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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