Great Outdoors Month Provides Opportunities for Fun Events

TALLAHASSEE –  The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service is joining with Governor Rick Scott to celebrate Great Outdoors Month. Governor Scott has proclaimed that June is a time to celebrate the rich, natural beauty of our state and learn about the wonders of the landscapes through fishing, biking and walking in nature.

“June is a wonderful time to explore Florida’s natural treasures,” said Florida Park Service Director Donald Forgione. “Now that young people are out of school for the summer, parents have the opportunity to take them outdoors to enjoy fresh air, sunshine and recreation.”

Florida’s state parks and state trails offer many opportunities for outdoor recreation. In Florida, visitors and residents will find beaches, freshwater springs, lakes and rivers where swimming, canoeing or kayaking and fishing are very popular. Trails offer the opportunity for hiking, bicycling and horseback riding. Most state parks offer playgrounds where children can play and parents can sit in the shade to keep a watchful eye. Most parks also offer picnicking facilities with tables, barbecue grills and shelter.

In June, enjoy these special events hosted at Florida State Parks:

Northwest Florida

Campbell Lake Canoe Trip
1:15 p.m.
Tuesday, June 4
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
Santa Rosa Beach

Evening Under the Stars
Sunset
Saturday, June 29
Big Lagoon State Park
Pensacola

Northeast Florida

Geocaching Challenges
Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
South of Gainesville

Lawn Games
2 p.m.
Saturday, June 29
Fort George Island Cultural State Park
Jacksonville

Central Florida

20th Annual Beach Bash
Saturday, June 1
Anastasia State Park
St. Augustine

Youth Fishing Tournament
Saturday, June 8
Colt Creek State Park
Lakeland

Battle of Bloody Mose Living History Progra
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, June 22
Fort Mose Historic State Park
St. Augustine

Southwest Florida

Yoga, scavenger hunt, canoe tours and art
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday, June 8
Little Manatee River State Park
Wimauma

Learn how to use a compass
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sunday, June 16
Oscar Scherer State Park
Osprey

South Florida

Kayak Class
10 a.m.
Sunday, June 2
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
North Palm Beach

Photography Class
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sunday, June 15
Jonathan Dickinson State Park
Hobe Sound

Whether you prefer hiking, fish, canoeing or sitting under a shade tree, Florida’s state parks have the perfect place to explore Florida’s great outdoors. To plan an adventure at a state park this month visit Florida State Parks or download the mobile app

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