Events Calendar

Mar
24
Fri
2017
River Rhythms @ Silver Springs State Park
Mar 24 @ 4:00 pm

Open Drum Circle

Bring your own percussion instrument or share one! All can watch or join in!

Hosted by OcalaDrumCircles.com

4 p.m. to Sunset on the 4th Friday each month

Mar
25
Sat
2017
Nature Hike with David at Silver Springs State Park @ Silver Springs State Park
Mar 25 @ 8:00 am

Nature Hike with David | Florida State Parks

Take a guided hike on the 3rd Saturday of each month, September through May, and learn about the flora and fauna of North Central Florida. David Rakes is an experienced and knowledgeable naturalist with a broad understanding of the natural communities surrounding the Silver River. Each hike will start from a different location in the park and will focus on different plants. You may receive the opportunity to view wildlife such as Florida white-tailed deer, Sherman’s fox squirrel, Eastern gopher tortoises, and more.

Cracker Village Tour at Silver Springs State Park @ Silver Springs State Park
Mar 25 @ 10:00 am

Cracker Village Tour – Museum Area | Florida State Parks

Come and discover what life was like at the turn of the century in the Florida “piney woods.” The cracker homestead is a replica of a 19th century pioneer settlement. This collection of buildings represents a small “Cracker” settlement dating to the 1890s. A typical homestead of the time would have included a cabin and outbuildings such as a barn, pantry, smokehouse, and outhouse. Schoolhouses, churches, and blacksmith shops would have been found in settlements that homesteaders visited to attend social gatherings and barter for supplies. During the tour, these buildings will be open and unlocked and on most tours the blacksmith’s forge will be fired up. Meet at the Cracker Village across from the Silver River museum.

Kickball with Park Rangers @ Wyomina Park
Mar 25 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

OCALA, Fla. (March 10, 2017) – The City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department will host ‘Kickball with Park Rangers’ Saturday, March 25 from noon to 2 p.m. at Wyomina Park located at 1000 NW 10th St.

Youth ages 4 to 15 are encouraged to attend this event and enjoy an afternoon of kickball with City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Rangers. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided and there will also be an opportunity to win prizes.

For more information, please contact the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department at 352-368-5517.

Mar
26
Sun
2017
Pack Walk at Silver Springs State Park @ Silver Springs State Park
Mar 26 @ 12:15 am

In partnership with the Marion County Animal Services, Silver Springs State Park presents an opportunity to make a difference in the life of a shelter dog. Every 4th Sunday, join volunteers and park staff as we walk a pack of well-behaved dogs through the park’s gardens and trails. This program gives the animals exercise as well as a chance to socialize with other dogs and other people. All of the dogs are available for long-term adoption but you can also “adopt” a dog for the morning and take it for a walk with the group. For only a small amount of time you can make a huge difference in the life of a shelter animal. Hikers and walkers are welcome to join the group even if they do not want to hold a leash. Please note, only visitors 16 years or older may walk a shelter dog.

Sunday Ranger Program at Silver Springs State Park @ Silver Springs State Park
Mar 26 @ 2:00 pm

Ranger Program: Main Entrance | Florida State Parks

Take part in a park ranger program which occurs every Sunday. Topics vary, with each program offering an opportunity to learn something new about Silver Springs State Park and Florida’s unique environment.

Apr
1
Sat
2017
Elite Equestrian Horse and Pet Expo @ Southeastern Livestock Pavilion
Apr 1 all-day
Coffee with the Birds at Silver Springs State Park @ Silver Springs State Park
Apr 1 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Every 1st Saturday (October – April), take a walk on the bird side with birdwatchers of varying experience levels, from novice to expert. The short walk leaves from the river trail located in the museum area. Coffee will be provided. Please bring binoculars and sturdy walking shoes as well as anything else you need to be comfortable in the great outdoors, such as a hat, insect repellent, or other personal items. Other birdwatchers will have field guides but feel free to bring your own.

Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic @ Miller's Boating Center
Apr 1 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The free, day-long clinic is from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Advance registration is required. To register or get more information, please email Heather Sneed at Heather.Sneed@MyFWC.com, or call 850-487-0554.

Lessons include knot tying, cast netting, rod and reel rigging, how to be a responsible marine resource steward, marine fish and habitat identification, catch-and-release techniques and more.

womens saltwater fishing

Beverly Krasko shows off a flounder caught at an FWC Women’s Fishing Clinic.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Women’s Fishing Clinic is a day-long hands-on event geared toward women who want to learn more about saltwater fishing, from tying knots to cast netting. All the basics of how to fish, boat safety and more are covered and at the end of the day, attendees get to try out their new skills by doing some local fishing. Photos by AMANDA NALLEY (Panama City, March 31, 2012)

womens fishing clinic

Mary McElroy tries out her new skills after attending an FWC Women’s Fishing Clinic.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Women’s Fishing Clinic is a day-long hands-on event geared toward women who want to learn more about saltwater fishing, from tying knots to cast netting. All the basics of how to fish, boat safety and more are covered and at the end of the day, attendees get to try out their new skills by doing some local fishing. Photos by AMANDA NALLEY (Panama City, March 31, 2012)

Apr
2
Sun
2017
Florida Safari at Silver Springs State Park @ Silver Springs State Park
Apr 2 @ 10:00 am

On the first Sunday of every month join park staff for a tram tour of the longleaf pine forest. Learn about the park’s land management practices and how we care for our natural resources. Wildlife sightings are common but not guaranteed. Possible fauna seen during this program include white-tailed deer, Gopher Tortoise, Sherman’s fox squirrel, and wild turkey.

Along the way the tram will stop so participants can take a short guided walk on the swamp trail. A park ranger will lead visitors down the boardwalk to the Silver River. After the hike the tram will return to the main entrance.

Sunday Ranger Program at Silver Springs State Park @ Silver Springs State Park
Apr 2 @ 2:00 pm

Ranger Program: Main Entrance | Florida State Parks

Take part in a park ranger program which occurs every Sunday. Topics vary, with each program offering an opportunity to learn something new about Silver Springs State Park and Florida’s unique environment.

Apr
8
Sat
2017
Cracker Village Tour at Silver Springs State Park @ Silver Springs State Park
Apr 8 @ 10:00 am

Cracker Village Tour – Museum Area | Florida State Parks

Come and discover what life was like at the turn of the century in the Florida “piney woods.” The cracker homestead is a replica of a 19th century pioneer settlement. This collection of buildings represents a small “Cracker” settlement dating to the 1890s. A typical homestead of the time would have included a cabin and outbuildings such as a barn, pantry, smokehouse, and outhouse. Schoolhouses, churches, and blacksmith shops would have been found in settlements that homesteaders visited to attend social gatherings and barter for supplies. During the tour, these buildings will be open and unlocked and on most tours the blacksmith’s forge will be fired up. Meet at the Cracker Village across from the Silver River museum.

Apr
9
Sun
2017
Full Moon Kayak Tour at Silver Springs @ Silver Springs State Park
Apr 9 all-day

See website for launch times.

$40 per person

$35 per person with a student ID

Campfire with s’mores, water and light music!

$2.00 admission fee to enter the park.

Sunday Ranger Program at Silver Springs State Park @ Silver Springs State Park
Apr 9 @ 2:00 pm

Ranger Program: Main Entrance | Florida State Parks

Take part in a park ranger program which occurs every Sunday. Topics vary, with each program offering an opportunity to learn something new about Silver Springs State Park and Florida’s unique environment.

Apr
16
Sun
2017
Pickin’ in the Park at Silver Springs State Park @ Silver Springs State Park
Apr 16 @ 1:00 pm

Come enjoy local and visiting musicians perform acoustic music in a scenic area near the springs. Instruments usually include a banjo, guitar, fiddle, upright bass, and accordion. They may vary from month to month. Feel free to bring your own instrument and join in or just listen and enjoy. Hand claps and foot taps welcome!

Sunday Ranger Program at Silver Springs State Park @ Silver Springs State Park
Apr 16 @ 2:00 pm

Ranger Program: Main Entrance | Florida State Parks

Take part in a park ranger program which occurs every Sunday. Topics vary, with each program offering an opportunity to learn something new about Silver Springs State Park and Florida’s unique environment.

Apr
21
Fri
2017
BeYOU! Walk/Run for Children’s Mental Health @ Historic Downtown Ocala
Apr 21 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Apr
22
Sat
2017
Ride for the Arts Gran Fondo
Apr 22 all-day

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Photos courtesy of Tammy Griffin Portrait Artist.

Nature Hike with David at Silver Springs State Park @ Silver Springs State Park
Apr 22 @ 8:00 am

Nature Hike with David | Florida State Parks

Take a guided hike on the 3rd Saturday of each month, September through May, and learn about the flora and fauna of North Central Florida. David Rakes is an experienced and knowledgeable naturalist with a broad understanding of the natural communities surrounding the Silver River. Each hike will start from a different location in the park and will focus on different plants. You may receive the opportunity to view wildlife such as Florida white-tailed deer, Sherman’s fox squirrel, Eastern gopher tortoises, and more.

Earth Fest at Arbor Day in the Great Outdoors – Youth Fishing Derby @ Tuscawilla Park
Apr 22 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Tree rappelling for kids and kid’s zone, live entertainment, food, crafts, environmental vendors, plus other surprise entertainment.  Tree giveaway as well, so come with your family and when you leave take home a sapling with you to commemorate your visit, and help the environment.  See you at the park.  Thank you to our sponsors: Ocala Electric Utilities, Ocala Star Banner/Ocala.com, Ocala Water Resources, Pratt Industries, SECO, The Martial Arts Center and Tri-Am RV.    For details, please contact Jeff Inglehart at 352-368-5517.