Recreation and Parks Month Proclamation

July 2, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –The Florida Department of Environmental Protection invites visitors and residents to visit a state park and trail for outdoor recreation, events and family fun throughout July. Governor Rick Scott proclaimed July as Recreation and Parks month, recognizing that parks and recreational opportunities build family unity, strengthen neighborhood involvement and promote cultural diversity.

“There is something for everyone at Florida’s State Parks – whether you’re into hiking, fishing, learning about our state’s rich history or picnicking with family and friends,” said Florida Park Service Director Donald Forgione. “July is the perfect time to get outdoors with family and friends to enjoy all of the natural wonders that our state has to offer.”

Celebrate Recreation and Parks Month by attending any of these events hosted at Florida State Parks:

Americana Under the Stars
Thursday, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Old Fashioned Picnic
Saturday, July 4 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Barnacle Historic State Park

Sea Turtle Walks
9 p.m.-12:15 a.m. – Daily except for Thursdays
Sebastian Inlet State Park

Guided River Tour
Friday, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 from 10 a.m.-noon
Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Chimney Chit Chat
Saturday, July 25 from 8-9 p.m.
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Lovers Key Fishing Clinic
Friday, July 31 from 10-11 a.m.
Lovers Key State Park

Regardless of where you live in Florida, you are never more than an hour drive away from one of Florida’s state parks or trails. Download the Florida State Parks Pocket Ranger app, available for free at the App Store, to find the closest park to you. The app also provides information on park amenities, facility maps and a real-time calendar of events.

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