Florida State Parks Celebrate National Kids to Parks Day on May 18

TALLAHASSEE –The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service will celebrate National Kids to Parks Day on Saturday, May 18. Parents are encouraged to celebrate by bringing their children to a state park for a picnic, a hike in the woods or a refreshing swim.

“National Kids to Parks Day provides a wonderful opportunity for families to experience Florida’s natural beauty with a fun day outside,” said Florida Park Service Director Donald V. Forgione. “This Saturday, gather your kids and friends and head to a Florida state park to explore nature and enjoy our famous sunshine.”

Many of Florida’s state parks have organized special events appropriate for children and families for Saturday, May 18:

Northwest Florida

Civil War Weekend
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Orman House Historic State Park
Apalachicola

Topsail Nature Hike
3 p.m.
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
Santa Rosa Beach

Northeast Florida

Nature Hike
2 p.m.
Fort George Island Cultural State Park
Jacksonville

Turtles and Reptiles Program
10 a.m.
O’Leno State Park
High Springs

Central Florida

Discovery Hike
10 a.m.
Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area
Flagler Beach

Nature Fest
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Lake Louisa State Park
Clermont

Disasters & Dreams Powerpoint Program
1 p.m.
Sebastian Inlet State Park
Melbourne Beach

Stargazing Event
7:30 p.m.
Silver River State Park
Ocala

Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tomoka State Park
Ormond Beach

Third Saturday Photo Challenge
Washington Oaks Gardens State Park
Palm Coast

Southwest Florida

Music in the Park
7 p.m.
Highlands Hammock State Park
Sebring

Cayo Costa Heritage Day
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cayo Costa State Park
Boca Grande

Eagle Hike
8 a.m.
Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park
Port Richey

South Florida

Introduction to Kayak Fishing
1 p.m.
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
North Palm Beach

Scavenger Hunt
10 a.m.
Jonathan Dickinson State Park
Hobe Sound

National Kids to Parks Day is a nationwide grassroots movement which was established as part of the National Park Trust’s ongoing efforts to connect youth across the country with nature and encourage them to explore outdoors – especially at parks in their communities. National Kids to Parks Day is held on the third Saturday every May and is responsible for bringing more than 100,000 kids and families to parks.

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