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October 25 - 26, Wildlife Park Brewing Up Fun for Annual Haunted Tram Rides Event

Guest article by Susan Strawbridge.homosassa-wildlife-park-logo

The Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park, park staff and community groups are brewing up two evenings of fun for their annual Haunted Tram Rides event at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26. Pepper Creek Trail will be transformed into a trail of haunting scenarios that will delight families. Tram rides will begin at 6:00 p.m. and run until 11:00 pm. The suggested donation for the tram ride is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children up to age 12.

There will also be children’s Haunted House, Halloween Costume Contest, clowns, face painting, souvenirs, refreshments and games, such as the Sorcerer’s Bouncy House, a 25-foot climbing wall, and a 15-foot dry slide.

Schrade’s Tae Kwon Do studio will be creating a special Haunted House in the Florida Room of the Visitor Center. The donation for admission to the Haunted House is $2.00.

Games will also be available with a donation of $5.00 per person for the climbing wall and $2.00 per child for the Bouncy House or 15-foot slide. Face painter Anne Adams will add to the fun. Refreshments including food, cold drinks, popcorn and other delicious goodies, and trinkets will be available.

Costume contests will start at 7:00 pm with two age groups, ages seven and under and eight and over. Awards will be given for the Most Imaginative, the Scariest and the Cutest costumes in each group. The contest for the younger group will start at 7:00 pm, to be followed by the older group.

Participating businesses and groups will be decorating locations along the Pepper Creek Trail with their own spooky setups. Guidelines and applications are available at the park office. Locations will be judged for prizes of $500 for first place, $300 for second place and $100 for third place. For more information on the Haunted Tram Rides event, call Tricia Fowler or Susan Strawbridge weekdays at (352) 628-5343. 

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
4150 South Suncoast Boulevard
Homosassa Springs, Florida

October 19 Bird Walk on Pepper Creek Trail

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-Experienced and novice birders are welcome-

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, in cooperation with Citrus County Audubon Society, will host the first bird walk of the season on Pepper Creek Trail on Saturday, October 19, 2013.

An experienced birder from Citrus County Audubon, will lead the walk on this trail--one of 19 birding trails in Citrus County that are part of the West Section of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail. Participants should meet at 7:45 a.m. at the entrance to the park’s Visitor Center. The bird walk will begin at 8:00 a.m. Binoculars and a field guide are recommended. Participation in the bird walk on Pepper Creek is free.

Pepper Creek Trail is approximately 3/4 mile in length and follows along the park’s tram road, connecting the Visitor Center on U.S. 19 and the West entrance on Fishbowl Drive. Participants can either walk back down the trail or wait and take the first returning boat after the park opens. There is no charge to use the Pepper Creek trail or to take the return boat trip.

Bird walks are planned for October, November, and monthly from January through April. For more information and to register, call (352) 628-5343, ext. 1002.

For more information on activities in Florida’s State Parks visit www.floridastateparks.org.

This event will take place Saturday, October 19, 2013, 8:00 a.m.

 

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
4150 South Suncoast Boulevard
Homosassa Springs, Florida

October 26 Movie in the Park

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It’s time again for another of Citrus County Parks & Recreations Movie in the Park Events.

Mars Needs Moms

Parents don’t forget to mark your calendar for Citrus County Parks and Recreations annual Halloween Movie in the Park Event. This year’s event will be on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Lecanto Community Park. “Mars Needs Moms” will be this year’s movie and it will be shown on a two story tall air screen. The movie will begin at dusk. There will once again be a pre carved pumpkin contest and several categories of costume contests. Pre movie festivities will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will include a bounce house, and carnival games. Free popcorn will be provided and there will also be snacks and drinks available for purchase. So bring the whole family out for this fun filled event.
The event will be held at: 

Lecanto Community Park 
3505 W. Educational Path, Lecanto 34461

Bring the whole family out for this fun and FREE event under the stars. We will provide the popcorn, you make the memories.

For more information please contact Citrus County Parks & Recreation at 352.527.7540 or visit our web site at CitrusCountyParks.com

September 28: Wildlife Park to Celebrate National Public Lands Day

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 Special interpretive programs to be offered

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will be celebrating national Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 28, 2013.

In addition to all the regular exhibits and programs, Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will be featuring additional conservation messages at all the daily programs. Our volunteers will also have special interpretive carts out along the Wildlife Walk with opportunities to see and learn about some of our outreach animals. Rocky, the costumed manatee character will be making appearances throughout the day. The Park will also be collecting cans for recycling. We invite you to come out and enjoy this special day to celebrate National Public Lands Day. Regular park admission will apply.

For more information on National Public Lands Day at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, please call Tricia Fowler at (352) 628-5445, ext. 1006 or Susan Strawbridge at (352) 628-5445, ext. 1002.

National Public lands Day at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will be held:

Saturday, September 28, 2013
From 9:00 am until 5:30 pm
At
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
4150 S. Suncoast Boulevard (US Highway 19)
Homosassa, Florida

 

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