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September 2, 2014 Newsletter

National Literacy Month is in September

~Join Florida State Parks in celebrating National Literacy Month.~   

Two boys read a book at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
Two boys read a book at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park.

September is National Literacy Month and Florida's state parks are holding special events throughout the month to celebrate reading. In conjunction with National Literacy Day on Sept. 8 and National Library Card Signup Month, Florida's state parks are offering a special way to receive free entrance into a park. Any visitor who brings a library card, a library book or donates a new, or used family-friendly book will receive free entrance to any one Florida state park, excluding Skyway Fishing Pier State Park, on International Literacy Day on Monday, Sept. 8 or throughout the month at any Literacy Day event.

In coordination with the Department of Education and the Department of State, the Florida Park Service stresses the importance of reading and literacy for people of all ages. This partnership follows the summertime activities from First Lady Ann Scott, who encourages children to read through her Summer Literacy Adventure. Multiple events are being held throughout the state accentuating the importance of literacy, while participating in outdoor activities.

Below are literacy events in September:

  • Sat. Sept. 6 - Literacy Month Event - Read with a Ranger Story Hour at Highlands Hammock State Park from 10 to 11:30 a.m. (Sebring)

  • Sat. Sept. 6 - Junior Ranger Program: Celebrate Literacy Month! at Lovers Key State Park from 10 to 11 a.m. (Fort Myers)

  • Sat. Sept. 6 - Literacy Day at O'Leno State Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (High Springs)

  • Sun. Sept. 7 - International Literacy Day at Silver Springs State Park from 8 a.m. to sunset. (Ocala)

  • Sun. Sept. 7 - International Literacy Day at Oscar Scherer State Park from 8 a.m. to sunset. (Osprey)

  • Sun. Sept. 7 - Literacy Day - Children's Book Exchange at Fort Pierce Inlet State Park from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Fort Pierce)

  • Sun. Sept. 7 - Reading with a Ranger at St. Andrews State Park from 1 to 2 p.m. (Panama City)

  • Sun. Sept. 7 - Literacy Day at Colt Creek State Park from 1 to 4 p.m. (Lakeland)

  • Sun. Sept. 7 - Read with a Ranger at Ravine Gardens State Park from 10 to 11 a.m. (Palatka)

  • Sun. Sept. 7 - International Literacy Day Celebration at San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. (St. Marks)

  • Sun. Sept. 7 - Barnacle, Books, Birds & Boats at The Barnacle Historic State Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Coconut Grove)

  • Mon. Sept. 8 - Birds & Books - Literacy Day at Anastasia State Park from 10 to 11:30 a.m. (St. Augustine)

  • Mon. Sept. 8 - Reading with a Ranger at Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park from 12 to 1 p.m. (St. George Island)

  • Sat. Sept. 13 - Celebrate Literacy Month with Us! at Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Flagler Beach)

  • Sat. Sept. 13 - Story Time in the Gardens at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park from 1 to 3 p.m. (Tallahassee)

  • Sun. Sept. 14 - Reading with a Ranger at Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park from 12 to 1 p.m. (St. George Island)

  • Sat. Sept. 20 - Read with a Ranger at Lake Kissimmee State Park from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Lake Wales)

  • Sat. Sept. 20 - Reading in the Park at Florida Caverns State Park from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Marianna)

  • Sat. Sept. 20 - Read Among the Trees - Literacy Month at De Leon Springs State Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Deleon Springs)

  • Mon. Sept. 22 - Nature's Child Story Time at Savannas Preserve State Park at 10 a.m. (Jensen Beach)

  • Thurs. Sept. 25 - Hooray for Literacy Month at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park at 10 a.m. (White Springs)

  • Sun. Sept. 28 - Poetry in the Park at Savannas Preserve State Park at 4 p.m. (Jensen Beach)

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    Ocean Conservancy Hosts 2014 International Coastal Cleanup

    ~Help Florida State Parks keep Florida's coasts clean by participating in the International Coastal Cleanup.~

    Volunteers cleaning at Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach

    Volunteers cleaning the coast at Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flalgler Beach.

    Last year, an astounding 648,015 volunteers in 92 different countries collected more than 12.3 million pounds of trash by participating in the International Coastal Cleanup. Led by the Ocean Conservancy, the International Coastal Cleanup brings people together from all over the world in an effort to keep our coasts clean and safe for humans and animals. The International Coastal Cleanup works to keep the Earth's seas free of trash, protect sea life, sustain fisheries and continue to keep the coasts of the world clean.

    Florida is home to some of the most beautiful coasts in the world and many Florida state parks are located along these shorelines. In coordination with the Ocean Conservancy, Florida's state parks are holding multiple events for International Coastal Cleanup Day. Visitors of all ages are invited to volunteer a day in Florida and participate in an enormous effort to keep our parks and beaches clean of trash and debris. By combining efforts to clean up our coasts, volunteers can not only protect wildlife, but also themselves and the ecosystems that surround Florida.

    Join Florida State Parks at any of these events to help clean our shores:

  • Sat. Sept. 20 - International Coastal Cleanup at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (North Palm Beach)

  • Sat. Sept. 20 - International Coastal Cleanup at Fort Pierce Inlet State Park from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Fort Pierce)

  • Sat. Sept. 20 - Hillsborough River and Coastal Clean Up at Alafia River State Park from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Lithia)

  • Sat. Sept. 20 - Perdido Key Coastal Cleanup at Perdido Key State Park from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Pensacola)

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

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

  • Sat. Sept. 20 - 27th Annual Hillsborough River and Coastal Cleanup at Hillsborough River State Park from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. (Thonotosassa)

  • Sat. Sept. 20 - 25th Annual Lakes, Rivers & Coastal Cleanup (Part of Save Our Waters Week) at Crystal River Preserve State Park from sunrise to 11:30 a.m. (Crystal River)

  • Sat. Sept. 20 - 2014 Coastal Cleanup at Lovers Key State Park from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Fort Myers)

  • Sat. Sept. 20 - Coastal Cleanup at Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Wakulla Springs)

  • Sat. Sept. 20 - 29th Annual Coastal Cleanup at John U. Lloyd Beach State Park from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Hollywood)

  • Sat. Sept. 20 - State Park to Host Coastal Cleanup Event at Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (St. George Island)

  • National Public Lands Day is September 27

    ~Join Florida State Parks for National Public Lands Day in an effort to keep parks looking beautiful.~   

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

    National Public Lands Day is right around the corner in Florida's state parks. National Public Lands Day offers the opportunity to volunteer in any participating state park in the country. Last year, Florida's state parks held more than 70 National Public Lands Day events. In its 20th year serving parks, National Public Lands Day encompasses the beauty and nature of Florida's state parks.

    This year, many of Florida's state parks are offering activities, including restoration projects, recreational lessons, informational speakers, kids activities, live music and more. National Public Lands Day focuses on restoring the natural beauty of Florida State Parks and continuing to keep the lands and beaches clean. Sites are registered at the National Public Lands Day website and the Florida State Parks events page. Currently more than 70 Florida State Parks are registered for National Public Lands Day.

    Do your part to keep Florida State Parks clean and beautiful. Continue checking the National Public Lands Day website and Florida State Parks events page for more information and upcoming events on National Public Lands Day.

     
     
    Upcoming Events in September
    • Sat. Sept. 6 - Come to the River 5K Run/Walk and Healing Arts Festival at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (White Springs)
    • Sat. Sept. 6 - Posse vs. Outlaw Ride 1 at Florida Caverns State Park from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Marianna)
    • Mon. Sept. 8 - International Literacy Day
    • Sat. Sept. 13 - All That Glitters is Not Gold: The Science of Shipwrecks at Koreshan State Historic Site from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Estero)
    • Sun. Sept. 14 - Pickin' in the Park - Folk Jam & Sing-Along at Savannas Preserve State Park from 4 to 6 p.m. (Jensen Beach)
    • Sat. Sept. 20 - Sat. Sept. 27 - Citrus County Save Our Waters Week
    • Sat. Sept. 20 - International Coastal Cleanup Day
    • Sat. Sept. 20 to Sun. Sept. 21 - Sebastian Inlet Regular Joe Surf Festival at Sebastian Inlet State Park from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Melbourne Beach)
    • Sat. Sept. 27 - National Public Lands Day

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