Events Calendar

Apr
30
Sun
2017
Sunday Ranger Program at Silver Springs State Park @ Silver Springs State Park
Apr 30 @ 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.

May
6
Sat
2017
Derby Day 10K, 5K and 1 Mile @ Florida Horse Park
May 6 @ 7:30 am

derby day, pace center for girls

Benefiting PACE Center for Girls of Marion County.  PACE  provides girls and young women an opportunity for a  better future through education counseling, training and advocacy and has helped more than 1,000 at-risk girls since opening in 2001.

 

May
7
Sun
2017
Florida Safari at Silver Springs State Park @ Silver Springs State Park
May 7 @ 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
May 7 @ 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.

May
10
Wed
2017
Full Moon Kayak Tour at Silver Springs @ Silver Springs State Park
May 10 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.

May
12
Fri
2017
National Public Gardens Day with Beekeeping Presentation @ Sholom Park
May 12 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Sholom Park will be celebrating National Public Gardens Day on Friday, May 12, with special guest speaker, Chappie McChesney of the Marion County Beekeepers Club. McChesney’s presentation will focus on the importance of honey bees in our environment.

This casual event will offer guests opportunities to ask questions and learn from one of north central Florida’s most dedicated and distinguished apiarists.

To learn more about Mr. McChesney, click here.

Time: 1-3 p.m.

All are invited, admission free. Donations are accepted.

Location: Sholom Park Main Pavilion

7110 SW 80th Ave.

Ocala, FL 34481

www.sholompark.org

Sholom Park’s mission is to provide a place where the pursuit of inner peace and learning may be enhanced and enjoyed. Guests are invited to experience a true feeling of serenity, contentment, joy and inner peace. Reflection is invited. Sholom Park seeks to become a model of land stewardship and the preservation of open space for education and public enjoyment.

*Sholom Park is open 365 days of the year, with gates open from 8 AM-7 PM during daylight saving time and 8 AM-5 PM the rest of the year. Admission is complimentary; donations are accepted.

Contact: Summer Best or visit Sholom Park’s website more information.

May
13
Sat
2017
Cracker Village Tour at Silver Springs State Park @ Silver Springs State Park
May 13 @ 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.

May
14
Sun
2017
Sunday Ranger Program at Silver Springs State Park @ Silver Springs State Park
May 14 @ 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.

May
21
Sun
2017
Pickin’ in the Park at Silver Springs State Park @ Silver Springs State Park
May 21 @ 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
May 21 @ 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.

Fun at the Park: Music and Art @ Sholom Park
May 21 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

A select group of artists will be chosen to participate at Sholom Park’s Fun at the Park: Music and Art Event on Sunday, May 21st.

Sholom Park is pleased to announce an opportunity for a choice number of artists to display works of art throughout its formal garden area on Sunday afternoon, May 21. A variety of creative styles and mediums are encouraged. All artwork must be in keeping with the park’s vision and of a family-friendly nature. Artists will be encouraged to promote their craft and interact with attendees. Live chamber-style music in the park will complement the afternoon’s experience for all guests.

Interested artists should contact Summer Best no later than noon on May 1, 2017, with a detailed explanation of the work they wish to display and present at the event. Artists will be notified about the acceptance status of their application by May 5, 2017.

Fun at the Park: Music and Art Sunday, May 21, 2017

  • Sholom Park Formal Garden 4-7 p.m.
  • Complimentary Guest Admission
  • No pets, please
  • Limited quantities of food will be available for purchase.

CONTACT Summer Best Sholom Park summer_best@otowfl.com (352) 873-0848, ext. 7371

May
27
Sat
2017
Nature Hike with David at Silver Springs State Park @ Silver Springs State Park
May 27 @ 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
May 27 @ 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.

May
28
Sun
2017
Pack Walk at Silver Springs State Park @ Silver Springs State Park
May 28 @ 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
May 28 @ 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.

Jun
4
Sun
2017
Florida Safari at Silver Springs State Park @ Silver Springs State Park
Jun 4 @ 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
Jun 4 @ 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.

Jun
10
Sat
2017
Cracker Village Tour at Silver Springs State Park @ Silver Springs State Park
Jun 10 @ 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.

Jun
11
Sun
2017
Full Moon Kayak Tour at Silver Springs @ Silver Springs State Park
Jun 11 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
Jun 11 @ 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.