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 Anastasia State Park and Fort Mose Historic State Park calendar for April:

 MONTHLY MUSTER

Date: Saturday, April 7,  9– 11:30 a.m.
Location: Fort Mose Historic State Park, 15 Fort Mose Trail: Experience musket firing demonstrations as the Castillo de San Marcos Militia trains with the Fort Mose Militia. Children are welcomed to participate in Junior Militia training using our handmade wooden toy muskets and authentic militia uniform items. Monthly musters will not be held during July and December. This event is weather permitting and subject to cancellation.
Cost: This program is free to the public; however, Visitor Center admission is $2 per person. Children under 6 are free. For more information about events at Fort Mose Historic State Park please call 904-823-2232.
Walk on the Wild Side
Date: Monday, April 9, 10 a.m. – noon
Location: Anastasia State Park. Join us for a fun and educational hike through Anastasia State Park. The round-trip length is 2.5 miles, but the walk proceeds at a leisurely pace. If a shorter distance is preferred, participants may choose to walk just the first half to Anastasia Watersports. Suggested items to bring are binoculars, comfortable walking shoes, a camera, drinking water, bug spray, and sunscreen. Meet in the beach parking lot at the end of the main park road. This event is weather permitting and subject to cancellation.
Cost: Free with regular park admission fee. ($8.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle. $4.00 per single-occupant vehicle. $2.00 per pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass).
Historical Look into the Old Spanish Quarries
Date: Wednesday, April 11, 10– 11 a.m.
Location: Anastasia State Park, 300 Anastasia Park Road. Experience a new perspective of the Old Spanish Quarries at Anastasia State Park in relation to the famous Castillo de San Marcos, and the survival of Saint Augustine. This informative program with a fun and knowledgeable ranger will bring the history of the quarry to life, as you learn about the amazing work that occurred in the Old Spanish Quarries and the architecture that influenced the history of Saint Augustine. After checking in at the Ranger Station, please meet for the program in the quarry parking area by the front entrance gate. This event is weather permitting and subject to cancellation.
Cost: Free with regular park admission fee. ($8.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle. $4.00 per single-occupant vehicle. $2.00 per pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass).
Ancient Dunes Trail Hike
Date: Saturday, April 14, 1– 2 p.m.
Location: Anastasia State Park. Enjoy a guided hike through ancient dunes shaded by a maritime hammock. Discover the park’s natural communities while exploring this unique trail. Although only a mile long, this hike is more challenging than our other trails due to the natural sloping landscape. Please meet at the Hilltop Picnic Area, near the parking lot, and we will walk into the hammock together. Suggested items to bring are binoculars, comfortable walking shoes, a camera, drinking water, bug spray, and sunscreen. This event is weather permitting and subject to cancellation. This activity is Junior Ranger Passport Eligible! If you are a Florida State Park Junior Ranger, you can participate in this program to receive a Recreation Stamp in your Junior Ranger Passport.
Cost: Free with regular park admission fee. ($8.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle. $4.00 per single-occupant vehicle. $2.00 per pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass).
Dolphin Paddle on Salt Run
Date: Saturday, April 14,  4:30. – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Anastasia Watersports at Anastasia State Park. Join Anastasia Watersports and Marineland Dolphin Adventure at Anastasia State Park as we team up to offer a fun-filled interpretive paddle of Salt Run. Our estuarine tidal marsh is teeming with plant and animal life – hop into a kayak, paddle onto Salt Run, and keep an eye for birds, turtles, manatees, and especially dolphins. Anastasia Watersports staff provides illuminating details about our ecosystem and the myriad wildlife that inhabit it. Terran, our dolphin expert from Marineland, will fill you in on fascinating facts about the dolphins that are born, breed, and thrive in our waterway. The event will start with 30 minutes of classroom discussion, followed by 90 minutes of paddling. Come out and enjoy real, undiscovered Florida!
Cost: Program fee: $40/person, includes boat rental, $25/person, provide your own boat. Park admission fees: ($8.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle. $4.00 per single-occupant vehicle. $2.00 per pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass).

Our Feathered Friends’ Hike & Marsh Walk
Date: Sunday, April 15,  8:30– 10:30 a.m.
Location: Fort Mose Historic State Park, 15 Fort Mose Trail. Bring in the Spring at Fort Mose Historic State Park! Join Birding Expert Susan Killeen on a hike and birding exploration of our Salt Marsh and the Secondary Fort Site Island (established 1752). Visitors are asked to meet at the Visitor Center for a brief historical video at 12:00 p.m. Marsh walk will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. and conclude by 1:30 p.m. Bring your rubber boots, binoculars, cameras, water, and any other pertinent items, to make your travel through the estuary more enjoyable. This event is weather permitting and subject to cancellation.
Cost: Free. For more information about events at Fort Mose Historic State Park please call 904-823-2232.
Historical Look into the Old Spanish Quarries
Date: Saturday, April 21, 10– 11 a.m.
Location: Anastasia State Park. Experience a new perspective of the Old Spanish Quarries at Anastasia State Park in relation to the famous Castillo de San Marcos, and the survival of Saint Augustine. This informative program with a fun and knowledgeable ranger will bring the history of the quarry to life, as you learn about the amazing work that occurred in the Old Spanish Quarries and the architecture that influenced the history of Saint Augustine. After checking in at the Ranger Station, please meet for the program in the quarry parking area by the front entrance gate. This event is weather permitting and subject to cancellation.
Cost: Free with regular park admission fee. ($8.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle. $4.00 per single-occupant vehicle. $2.00 per pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass).
Music In The Park: Brent Byrd and the Suitcase Gypsies
Date: Saturday, April 21,  5– 8 p.m.
Location: Anastasia State Park. Anastasia State Park is hosting a summer concert series in partnership with Cape Leisure. Each concert will begin with an open jam session from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. located at the Island Beach Grill inside the park. Guests and local musicians will be welcomed to the stage to showcase their talents, and each month will feature a different local musician or band for a two-hour show at our beach pavilion from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Bring your family and friends to enjoy music from local musicians in a casual and laid-back atmosphere.
Brent Byrd and the Suitcase Gypsies are an inevitable collaboration of cultivated musicians with the “soul” objective of captivating music enthusiasts. In addition to performing original music, the jam trio from North East Florida performs an eclectic mix of musical interpretations from the most influential artists of our time. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at Island Beach Grill, along with awesome food and drink specials.
Cost:Free with regular park admission fee. ($8.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle. $4.00 per single-occupant vehicle. $2.00 per pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass).

Guided Bird Walk
Date: Sunday, April 22, 8:30– 10:30 a.m.
Location: Anastasia State Park. Come meet the birds at Anastasia State Park on this monthly bird walk! This fun and informative walk is open to participants of all birding levels. Participants will observe a diverse variety of shore birds, marsh birds, and hammock birds by walking the beach, boardwalks, nature trails, and other areas. Please dress for the weather and bring binoculars, water, comfortable walking shoes, and a field guide if you have one. Meet at the Island Beach Shop & Grill pavilion located at the end of the main park drive. This event is weather permitting and subject to cancellation.
Cost: Free with regular park admission fee. ($8.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle. $4.00 per single-occupant vehicle. $2.00 per pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass).
Discovery Marsh Walk
Date: Wednesday, April 25, 10:30. – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Anastasia State Park. Explore the Anastasia Marsh Trail with a park ranger, and learn about the importance of estuarine systems that surround the inshore sides of barrier islands. Hikers will travel through the maritime hammock and tidal salt marsh while discovering the plant and animal life found in these natural communities. Suggested items to bring are binoculars, comfortable walking shoes, a camera, drinking water, bug spray, and sunscreen. Meet in front of the Ranger Station. This event is weather permitting and subject to cancellation.
Cost: Free with regular park admission fee. ($8.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle. $4.00 per single-occupant vehicle. $2.00 per pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass).
Loggers, Greens, Leatherbacks, Oh My!
Date: Friday, April 27, Time: 11 a.m. – noon.
Location: Anastasia State Park. Discover the wonderful sea turtles of Anastasia State Park! You will learn about how we identify the turtle nests, hatching, and the great journey they begin after leaving the beach and the dangers they encounter in our oceans. This is a fun-filled, energetic program about these miraculous animals who have been on Earth for millions of years! This program will take place at the Sea Turtle Pavilion near the Island Beach Grill.
Cost: Free with regular park admission fee. ($8.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle. $4.00 per single-occupant vehicle. $2.00 per pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass).

Sunset and Full Moon Paddle
Date: Sunday, April 29, Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Anastasia State Park. Join Anastasia Watersports and experience breathtaking views as the sun sets and the full-moon rises illuminating the Salt Run tidal basin. Multiple watercraft options include single kayaks, tandem kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. Private boats welcome at a lower rate. Includes an interpretive, storytelling element during the paddle. Please check in at Anastasia Watersports 15 minutes prior to departure. Please call Anastasia Watersports at (904) 460-9111or email, info@anastasiawatersports.com to make a reservation.
Cost:Program fee: $35 for program and rental, including lifejackets and paddles. $20 for program, launch your own boat.
Park admission fees: ($8.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle. $4.00 per single-occupant vehicle. $2.00 per pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass).

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