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January 04, 2014

FIRST WEEKEND UNION GARRISONS (1ST WEEKEND OF EACH MONTH, JANUARY THROUGH DECEMBER 2014)
Fort Clinch State Park

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November 28, 2014

COMPASS SCAVENGER HUNT
O'Leno State Park

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November 28, 2014

RIVER WALK
O'Leno State Park

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November 28, 2014

CLAY LANDING DAYS (TAKING PLACE NOVEMBER 28TH & 29TH)
Manatee Springs State Park

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November 29, 2014

THE HUNT IS ON! PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT
O'Leno State Park

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November 29, 2014

WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS!
O'Leno State Park

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November 29, 2014

NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY
Big Talbot Island State Park

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November 29, 2014

NATURE WALK
Fort George Island Cultural State Park

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November 29, 2014

NATIVE AMERICANS IN FLORIDA
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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November 29, 2014

NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY (TAKING PLACE AT BIG TALBOT ISLAND STATE PARK)
Little Talbot Island State Park

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November 29, 2014

NATURE WALK (TAKING PLACE AT FORT GEORGE ISLAND CULTURAL STATE PARK)
Little Talbot Island State Park

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November 29, 2014

BIRD WALK WITH CITRUS COUNTY AUDUBON
Rainbow Springs State Park

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December 05, 2014

MOON OVER THE MOUNDS
Crystal River Archaeological State Park

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December 05, 2014

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS (TAKING PLACE DEC 5TH THRU 31ST, EXCLUDING CHRISTMAS DAY, THE 25TH)
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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December 06, 2014

UNION HOLIDAY ENCAMPMENT (DECEMBER 6TH & 7TH, 2014)
Fort Clinch State Park

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December 06, 2014

DUDLEY FARM CANE DAY
Dudley Farm Historic State Park

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December 06, 2014

WINTER SUNRISE CANOE TOUR
Ichetucknee Springs State Park

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December 06, 2014

BACKPACK WITH A RANGER
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

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December 12, 2014

SANTA OVER THE RAINBOW (TAKING PLACE DECEMBER 12TH, 13TH & 14TH)
Rainbow Springs State Park

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December 12, 2014

SOUTHERN PINES BLUES & BBQ FESTIVAL (DECEMBER 12TH & 13TH)
Forest Capital Museum State Park

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December 13, 2014

DUDLEY KID'S DAY - MIND YOUR MANNERS
Dudley Farm Historic State Park

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December 13, 2014

WILDLIFE JEOPARDY PROGRAM - WHOOPING CRANES
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

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December 19, 2014

CELEBRATION OF LIGHTS ( DECEMBER 19TH THROUGH DECEMBER 24, AND AGAIN ON DECEMBER 26TH, 2014!)
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

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December 19, 2014

SANTA OVER THE RAINBOW (TAKING PLACE DECEMBER 19TH, 20TH & 21ST)
Rainbow Springs State Park

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December 20, 2014

THE ICHETUCKNEE TIME MACHINE
Ichetucknee Springs State Park

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December 26, 2014

SANTA OVER THE RAINBOW - LIGHTS ONLY (TAKING PLACE DECEMBER 26TH & 27TH)
Rainbow Springs State Park

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December 27, 2014

BIRD WALK WITH CITRUS COUNTY AUDUBON
Rainbow Springs State Park

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January 01, 2015

1ST DAY HIKE (TAKING PLACE AT BIG SHOALS STATE PARK)
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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January 01, 2015

1ST DAY HIKE
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

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January 01, 2015

FIRST DAY HIKE
Ichetucknee Springs State Park

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January 01, 2015

1ST DAY HIKE
Big Shoals State Park

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January 02, 2015

MOON OVER THE MOUNDS
Crystal River Archaeological State Park

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January 03, 2015

BACKPACK WITH A RANGER
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

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January 03, 2015

CAMPFIRE PROGRAM SERIES
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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January 10, 2015

WINTER SUNRISE CANOE TOUR
Ichetucknee Springs State Park

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January 10, 2015

CAMPFIRE PROGRAM SERIES
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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January 10, 2015

WILDLIFE JEOPARDY PROGRAM - CONSERVATIONISTS
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

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January 10, 2015

DUDLEY KIDS DAY - THATS WOOL
Dudley Farm Historic State Park

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January 11, 2015

NATIONAL STEPHEN FOSTER DAY
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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January 17, 2015

FILMED IN FLORIDA CLASSIC MOVIE NIGHT
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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January 23, 2015

OWL PROWL
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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January 24, 2015

CAMPFIRE PROGRAM SERIES
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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January 24, 2015

MONTHLY BIRD WALK ON PEPPER CREEK TRAIL
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

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January 26, 2015

LU, THE HIPPOPOTAMUS' BIRTHDAY
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

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January 30, 2015

MOON OVER THE MOUNDS
Crystal River Archaeological State Park

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January 31, 2015

YESTERDAYS FESTIVAL
Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park

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January 31, 2015

CAMPFIRE PROGRAM SERIES
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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January 31, 2015

BIRD WALK WITH CITRUS COUNTY AUDUBON
Rainbow Springs State Park

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February 06, 2015

CLASSIC FILMS FILMED IN FLORIDA - HONORING BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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February 07, 2015

THE ICHETUCKNEE TIME MACHINE
Ichetucknee Springs State Park

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February 07, 2015

BACKPACK WITH A RANGER
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

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February 13, 2015

151ST ANNIVERSARY OF OLUSTEE (TAKING PLACE FEBRUARY 13, 14 & 15, 2015)
Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park

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February 13, 2015

151ST ANNIVERSARY OF CIVIL WAR BATTLE (TAKING PLACE FEBRUARY 13, 14 & 15 AT OLUSTEE BATTLEFIELD HISTORIC STATE PARK)
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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February 14, 2015

DUDLEY KIDS DAY - CHICKENS GALORE
Dudley Farm Historic State Park

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February 14, 2015

WILDLIFE PARK'S ARTS & CRAFT SHOW
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

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February 21, 2015

WILDLIFE JEOPARDY PROGRAM - ALLIGATORS
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

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February 21, 2015

CRACKER DAYS AND NATIVE PLANT SALE (TAKING PLACE FEBRUARY 21ST & 22ND)
Rainbow Springs State Park

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February 21, 2015

CITRUS WATERCOLOR CLUB SHOW AND SALE (FEBRUARY 21ST & 22ND)
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

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February 21, 2015

WINTER SUNRISE CANOE TOUR
Ichetucknee Springs State Park

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February 27, 2015

OWL PROWL
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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February 28, 2015

BIRD WALK WITH CITRUS COUNTY AUDUBON
Rainbow Springs State Park

Date: Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 8:00 a.m.

Description:

Bird walks at Rainbow Springs State Park will be conducted monthly, September through April, by Rainbow Springs Volunteer and President of Citrus County Audubon, Fred Hileman along with the assistance from other birding enthusiasts. Meet in the Parking lot at 8:00 a.m. at the Tube Entrance.  (See address and GPS coordinates below.)

Beginners are welcome. Bring binoculars or other birding tools, good shoes, and water. A few pairs of binoculars may be available for use.  Come join us for exciting sittings in a beautiful setting!

For more information email: president@citruscountyaudubonsociety.com or visit Citrus County Audubon Society.

Participation Requirements

Fees: $2.00 park admission.

Contact: See contact information above.

Directions:

Rainbow Springs State Park day use area is located three miles north of Dunnellon on the east side of U.S. 41. From I-75, exit at the second Ocala exit onto State Road 40. Take State Road 40, west. Drive until it dead-ends at U.S. 41. Turn left; the park entrance is on the left-hand side of the road. From Tampa, take U.S. 41, north. Drive through the town of Dunnellon. The Headsprings Entrance is located on the right-hand side of the road, approximately 2.5 miles north of Dunnellon. From areas in the northwest, take U.S. 41 to the town of Williston. After passing through Williston, you will come to a traffic light where State Road 40 has come to a dead-end. Go through this light.

The Campground, Tube Area and Headspring each have a separate entrance. Please use the information below to locate the entrance you need.

 

ENTRANCE

PHYSICAL ADDRESS

LAT/LONG COORDINATES

 

 

 

 

Headsprings

19158 SW 81st Place Road

N 29° 06.202’   

W 082° 26.986’

352-465-8555

 

 

 

 

 

Campground

18185 SW 94th Street

N 29° 05.202’

W 082° 25.027’

352-465-8550

 

 

 

 

 

Tube Area

10830 SW 180th Avenue Road

N 29° 03.978’

W 082° 25.163’

352-465-8525

 

Please review the information below to locate the various entrances to the park to help you in planning your visit.

Headsprings Entrance: We are pleased to have a concessionaire at Rainbow Springs State Park. Nature Quest, Inc. This means we have canoe and kayak rentals available at the headsprings every day of the week. Come out to the park and enjoy a picnic, walk the trails, view the birds, study nature or swim in the springs. Our Historic Gardens are always an enjoyable walk and be sure to visit our Butterfly Garden too. Rainbow Springs always has much to offer. Be sure to check back at this site often to see which of our special events are taking place so you can plan to attend the events and learn more about The Real Florida!

Tube Entrance: These facilities are seasonal and are now open seven days a week until Labor Day weekend. These facilities are located at 10830 SW 180th Avenue Road. Nature Quest, Inc. provides tubes and shuttle service upstream where you begin your float for the 1 ½ to 2 hour tube ride. The great thing is all you need to do is come in one car and be prepared to have a fun time on the beautify Rainbow River. With the concessionaire provided shuttle service you do not have to worry about parking one car at each end of the float. After tubing the river you can use your entrance receipt to access the Headsprings too. Once the tubing area parking lot is full (106 spaces) the gates will be closed. From then until closing at 3:30 PM we will only allow one car in as one car leaves. Once you exit the parking lot when it is full you will not be allowed back in until there is a vacant parking space. You must be through the entrance gate on 180th Avenue Road by 3:30PM. Access will be closed for the day at that time. If you leave the park for any reason you will not be able to access this area after 3:30 PM.

Campground Entrance:  With 60 campsites there is a wonderful opportunity to come and relax in the park. Note: Weekends stay booked well in advance so either make a reservation as early as possible or plan to visit on weekdays. Our campground is located on 180th Avenue Road. Reservations may be made up to 11 months in advance through Reserve America or call (800) 326-3521 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) or TDD (888) 433-0287. The campground consists of 60 total sites. Three of the sites are for RVs only; these are the pull through sites. Seven of the sites are for tents only, with a common parking area and a short walk to the sites and 50 of the sites are for RV or tent. Eight of these sites are paved and enhanced for visitors with mobility challenges. Note: To ensure full access to the sites the camping pads have packed gravel on them. Tents will need heavy duty stakes. There are three restroom facilities, a pavilion by the playground, a holding tank dump station, a paved entrance road and a camp store. All of the sites have 20/30/50 amp electrical service and the RV sites all have sewer connections at the site. The campground roads are paved and we think you will find the campground to be an excellent camping experience. We look forward to seeing you in the park soon. 

          

Click on the Park Map for directions to each entrance. Thank you.

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February 28, 2015

MONTHLY BIRD WALK ON PEPPER CREEK TRAIL
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

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March 06, 2015

MOON OVER THE MOUNDS
Crystal River Archaeological State Park

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March 07, 2015

RACE THE TORTOISE 5K
O'Leno State Park

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March 07, 2015

BACKPACK WITH A RANGER
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

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March 07, 2015

COFFEE HOUSE EVENT  HOSTED BY MICHAEL VICKEY
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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March 07, 2015

ART IN THE PARK SHOW AND SALE (TAKING PLACE MARCH 7TH & 8TH)
Rainbow Springs State Park

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March 07, 2015

SPRINGTIME SUNRISE CANOE TOUR
Ichetucknee Springs State Park

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March 07, 2015

HOMOSASSA HERITAGE DAY
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

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March 13, 2015

OWL PROWL
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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March 14, 2015

FILMED IN FLORIDA CLASSIC MOVIE NIGHT
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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March 14, 2015

DUDLEY KIDS DAY - BEAUTIFUL EGGS
Dudley Farm Historic State Park

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March 14, 2015

WILDLIFE JEOPARDY PROGRAM - HISTORY MONTH
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

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March 21, 2015

15TH ANNUAL WILD AZALEA FESTIVAL  KICKS OFF MARCH 20TH
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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March 28, 2015

CAMPFIRE PROGRAM SERIES
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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March 28, 2015

OLENO OLE CHILI COOK-OFF & SPRINGS CELEBRATION
O'Leno State Park

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March 28, 2015

BIRD WALK WITH CITRUS COUNTY AUDUBON
Rainbow Springs State Park

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March 28, 2015

MONTHLY BIRD WALK ON PEPPER CREEK TRAIL
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

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April 02, 2015

27TH ANNUAL ANTIQUE TRACTOR & ENGINE SHOW (TAKING PLACE APRIL 2, 3 AND 4TH)
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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April 04, 2015

FILMED IN FLORIDA CLASSIC MOVIE NIGHT
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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April 04, 2015

EASTER EGG HUNT
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

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April 04, 2015

SPRINGTIME SUNRISE CANOE TOUR
Ichetucknee Springs State Park

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April 11, 2015

DUDLEY KIDS DAY - PARTAKE OF THE PAST (TAKING PLACE APRIL 11TH & 12TH)
Dudley Farm Historic State Park

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April 11, 2015

WILDLIFE JEOPARDY PROGRAM - WETLANDS & WILDFLOWERS
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

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April 11, 2015

CAMPFIRE PROGRAM SERIES
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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April 18, 2015

CAMPFIRE PROGRAM SERIES
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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April 18, 2015

BIRD WALK WITH CITRUS COUNTY AUDUBON
Rainbow Springs State Park

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April 25, 2015

CAMPFIRE PROGRAM SERIES
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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April 25, 2015

MONTHLY BIRD WALK ON PEPPER CREEK TRAIL
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

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May 02, 2015

SPRINGTIME SUNRISE CANOE TOUR
Ichetucknee Springs State Park

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May 09, 2015

DUDLEY KIDS DAY - MOO COWS
Dudley Farm Historic State Park

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May 09, 2015

WILDLIFE JEOPARDY PROGRAM - FLORIDA PANTHERS & BOBCATS
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

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May 22, 2015

63RD ANNUAL FLORIDA FOLK FESTIVAL - MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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June 13, 2015

WILDLIFE JEOPARDY PROGRAM - KEY DEER
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

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June 15, 2015

WILDLIFE RANGER CAMP (AGES 8 AND 9 YEARS OLD).
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

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July 11, 2015

WILDLIFE JEOPARDY PROGRAM - BALD EAGLES
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

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July 13, 2015

WILDLIFE RANGER CAMP (AGES 10 THROUGH 12).
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

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October 30, 2015

HAUNTED TRAM RIDES (OCTOBER 30TH & 31ST, 2015)
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

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