Friends of Paynes Prairie

UPCOMING EVENTS

Upcoming Events

    • 05 October 2019
    • 25 April 2020
    • 30 sessions
    • Paynes Prairie Campground Parking Area across from site #40

    Start your day with a hot cup of coffee and talk with a Park Ranger.  Bring your own cup and a chair if you’d like.  Get ideas or ask questions about the various trails and activities you can experience at the park.  Start making plans for a fun-filled weekend! Let us know how you heard about Paynes Prairie, and what has been your favorite part about visiting.

     

     

     


    • 03 November 2019
    • 29 March 2020
    • 22 sessions
    • Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

    This winter join us for a journey into the past.

    Volunteer naturalist Don Mock will teach us about William Bartram's visit in 1774, flora and fauna of the prairie, and the rich history that has led to what you know as Paynes Prairie.

    • When: November through March, Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., drop in anytime 
    • Where: Alternating locations. The observation tower near the visitor center on the first and third Sunday of each month. La Chua Trail near the end of the boardwalk on the second and fourth Sunday.

    Participant Requirements- visit the Paynes Prairie Website: 
    https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/paynes-prairie-preserve-state-park

    When

    Sundays November - March, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm EST

    Where

    Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

    100 Savannah Blvd.
    Micanopy FL 32667

    Directions

    Observation tower by the Visitor Center at the address listed or La Chua Trail at 4801 Camp Ranch Road, Gainesville.

    Fees

    Park admission fees apply of $4 to $6 a vehicle.

    Contact

    ashley.m.crawford@floridadep.gov


    • 05 December 2019
    • 02 April 2020
    • 5 sessions
    • 100 Savannah Blvd. Micanopy FL. 32667

    When

    Thursday, December 5, 2019 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

    Where

    Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

    100 Savannah Blvd.
    Micanopy FL 32667

    Directions

    Visitor Center

    Fees

    Park admission fees will apply of $4 to $6 per vehicle.

    Description

    Learn the proper techniques of juggling, develop a new sense of confidence, and channel your inner clown to better juggle multiple tasks in your life. All skill levels are welcome and all juggling equipment will be provided. Learn about the various health benefits of juggling, participate in a relaxing activity and share a valuable learning experience with others. Bring a friend to share a transformative experience in a beautiful natural setting. Instructor Joe Hartman is one of our most valued volunteers at the park and currently serves at our visitor center. As an elementary school counselor, he had an after-school juggling program that included over 300 jugglers. This is an excellent class for beginners.

    Participation Requirements- please visit the paynes prairie website

    https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/paynes-prairie-preserve-state-park  

    Contact

    ashley.m.crawford@floridadep.gov


    • 05 December 2019
    • 02 April 2020
    • 5 sessions
    • Paynes Prairie Visitor Center

    When

    Thursday, December 5, 2019 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm EST

    Where

    Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

    100 Savannah Blvd.
    Micanopy FL 32667

    Directions

    Visitor Center

    Fees

    Class is free with regular park admission

    Description

    This gentle all levels practice is designed to release stress and tension after the work day and will include breathing exercises, gentle stretching, and a guided relaxation in a beautiful natural setting. All skill levels are welcome.

    Is it your first time doing yoga? No problem, since this is an excellent class for beginners. If you have a mat, please bring it with you. You may also like to bring a cushion or towel to use as a prop. We will have some extra mats, bolsters, and blocks for participants to use as well, so if you have limited mobility we have some great tools to help you be comfortable and enjoy your experience. Come on out to the visitor center to enjoy a relaxing session in one of the area's best state parks!

    Participant Requirements- please visit the Paynes Prairie Website 

    https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/paynes-prairie-preserve-state-park 

    Contact

    ashley.m.crawford@floridadep.gov


    • 25 January 2020
    • 10:30 AM
    • 50
    Register

    Special behind-the-scenes hiking opportunity!

    Enjoy an intermediate 2-mile ranger-led hike along the Rim Ramble trail in an area of the park that is usually inaccessible to visitors! Learn about the history of the preserve and the plants and wildlife that call the prairie home.

    We'll meet at the La Chua Trail parking area and walk to Rim Ramble Trail from there. 

    Bring sunscreen, bug spray, long pants, closed-toe shoes, water and a sense of adventure!

    For participation requirement information please visit the event page at https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/paynes-prairie-preserve-state-park. 


    • 26 January 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Paynes Prairie Visitor Center

    Join us for a journey back to 1774 with Living History brought to you by the Sunshine State Book Festival.  Naturalist, botanist, and explorer- William Bartram will make an appearance and tell us his story of the "level grassy plain".  

    We soon entered a level, grassy plain, interspersed with low, spreading, three-leaved Pine trees, large patches of low shrubs… The land gently rising, the soil fertile, loose, loamy and of a dark brown colour.  This continues near a mile, when at once opens to view, the most sudden transition from darkness to light, that can possibly be exhibited in a natural landscape.”  


    • 01 February 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Paynes Prairie- La Chua Trail
    Register


    Alachua Audubon Society partners with Paynes Prairie State Park to offer family walks at La Chua Trail on the first Saturday of the month.  Interested families may register at the Friends of Paynes Prairie website atwww.prairiefriends.orgunder Upcoming Events. We will walk at a leisurely pace for about 2 hours from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

     

    A family is not required to join us - anyone is welcome! Bring a child, a grandchild, a neighbor, or just yourself and take a walk on the La Chua Trail. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Loaner binoculars are available during the walk but supplies are limited.

     

    Meet at the La Chua Trail parking lot at 4801 Camp Ranch Road, Gainesville. Walks are free but park admission at La Chua Trail is $4.00 per vehicle (cash only) or free with a Florida State Parks Annual Pass. This walk is suitable for strollers or wheelchairs. Contact Emily Schwartz at 352-372-0754 if you have questions. 


    • 01 February 2020
    • 10:30 AM
    • 4801 Camp Ranch Rd, 32641
    • 50
    Register

    Special behind-the-scenes hiking opportunity!

    Enjoy an intermediate 2-mile ranger-led hike along the Rim Ramble trail in an area of the park that is usually inaccessible to visitors! Learn about the history of the preserve and the plants and wildlife that call the prairie home.

    We'll meet at the La Chua Trail parking area and walk to Rim Ramble Trail from there. 

    Bring sunscreen, bug spray, long pants, closed-toe shoes, water and a sense of adventure!

    For participation requirement information please visit the event page at https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/paynes-prairie-preserve-state-park. 


    • 08 February 2020
    • 10:30 AM
    • 4801 Camp ranch road, 32641
    • 50
    Register

    Special behind-the-scenes hiking opportunity!

    Enjoy an intermediate 2-mile ranger-led hike along the Rim Ramble trail in an area of the park that is usually inaccessible to visitors! Learn about the history of the preserve and the plants and wildlife that call the prairie home.

    We'll meet at the La Chua Trail parking area and walk to Rim Ramble Trail from there. 

    Bring sunscreen, bug spray, long pants, closed-toe shoes, water and a sense of adventure!

    For participation requirement information please visit the event page at https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/paynes-prairie-preserve-state-park. 


    • 15 February 2020
    • 10:30 AM
    • 4801 Camp Ranch Road, 32641
    • 50
    Register

    Special behind-the-scenes hiking opportunity!

    Enjoy an intermediate 2-mile ranger-led hike along the Rim Ramble trail in an area of the park that is usually inaccessible to visitors! Learn about the history of the preserve and the plants and wildlife that call the prairie home.

    We'll meet at the La Chua Trail parking area and walk to Rim Ramble Trail from there. 

    Bring sunscreen, bug spray, long pants, closed-toe shoes, water and a sense of adventure!

    For participation requirement information please visit the event page at https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/paynes-prairie-preserve-state-park. 


    • 22 February 2020
    • 10:30 AM
    • 4801 Camp Ranch Road, 32641
    • 30
    Register

    Special behind-the-scenes hiking opportunity!

    Enjoy an intermediate 2-mile ranger-led hike along the Rim Ramble trail in an area of the park that is usually inaccessible to visitors! Learn about the history of the preserve and the plants and wildlife that call the prairie home.

    We'll meet at the La Chua Trail parking area and walk to Rim Ramble Trail from there. 

    Bring sunscreen, bug spray, long pants, closed-toe shoes, water and a sense of adventure!

    For participation requirement information please visit the event page at https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/paynes-prairie-preserve-state-park. 


    • 29 February 2020
    • 10:30 AM
    • 4801 Camp Ranch Road, 32641
    • 50
    Register

    Special behind-the-scenes hiking opportunity!

    Enjoy an intermediate 2-mile ranger-led hike along the Rim Ramble trail in an area of the park that is usually inaccessible to visitors! Learn about the history of the preserve and the plants and wildlife that call the prairie home.

    We'll meet at the La Chua Trail parking area and walk to Rim Ramble Trail from there. 

    Bring sunscreen, bug spray, long pants, closed-toe shoes, water and a sense of adventure!

    For participation requirement information please visit the event page at https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/paynes-prairie-preserve-state-park. 


    • 07 March 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Paynes Prairie- La Chua Trail
    Registration is closed

    Alachua Audubon Society partners with Paynes Prairie State Park to offer family walks at La Chua Trail on the first Saturday of the month.  Interested families may register at the Friends of Paynes Prairie website atwww.prairiefriends.orgunder Upcoming Events. We will walk at a leisurely pace for about 2 hours from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

     

    A family is not required to join us - anyone is welcome! Bring a child, a grandchild, a neighbor, or just yourself and take a walk on the La Chua Trail. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Loaner binoculars are available during the walk but supplies are limited.

     

    Meet at the La Chua Trail parking lot at 4801 Camp Ranch Road, Gainesville. Walks are free but park admission at La Chua Trail is $4.00 per vehicle (cash only) or free with a Florida State Parks Annual Pass. This walk is suitable for strollers or wheelchairs. Contact Emily Schwartz at 352-372-0754 if you have questions. 


    • 07 March 2020
    • 10:30 AM
    • 4801 Camp Ranch Road, 32641
    • 50
    Register

    Special behind-the-scenes hiking opportunity!

    Enjoy an intermediate 2-mile ranger-led hike along the Rim Ramble trail in an area of the park that is usually inaccessible to visitors! Learn about the history of the preserve and the plants and wildlife that call the prairie home.

    We'll meet at the La Chua Trail parking area and walk to Rim Ramble Trail from there. 

    Bring sunscreen, bug spray, long pants, closed-toe shoes, water and a sense of adventure!

    For participation requirement information please visit the event page at https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/paynes-prairie-preserve-state-park. 


    • 14 March 2020
    • 10:30 AM
    • 4801 Camp Ranch Road, 32641
    • 50
    Register

    Special behind-the-scenes hiking opportunity!

    Enjoy an intermediate 2-mile ranger-led hike along the Rim Ramble trail in an area of the park that is usually inaccessible to visitors! Learn about the history of the preserve and the plants and wildlife that call the prairie home.

    We'll meet at the La Chua Trail parking area and walk to Rim Ramble Trail from there. 

    Bring sunscreen, bug spray, long pants, closed-toe shoes, water and a sense of adventure!

    For participation requirement information please visit the event page at https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/paynes-prairie-preserve-state-park. 


    • 21 March 2020
    • 10:30 AM
    • 4801 Camp Ranch Raod, 32641
    • 50
    Register

    Special behind-the-scenes hiking opportunity!

    Enjoy an intermediate 2-mile ranger-led hike along the Rim Ramble trail in an area of the park that is usually inaccessible to visitors! Learn about the history of the preserve and the plants and wildlife that call the prairie home.

    We'll meet at the La Chua Trail parking area and walk to Rim Ramble Trail from there. 

    Bring sunscreen, bug spray, long pants, closed-toe shoes, water and a sense of adventure!

    For participation requirement information please visit the event page at https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/paynes-prairie-preserve-state-park. 


    • 28 March 2020
    • 10:30 AM
    • 4801 Camp Ranch Road, 32641
    • 50
    Register

    Special behind-the-scenes hiking opportunity!

    Enjoy an intermediate 2-mile ranger-led hike along the Rim Ramble trail in an area of the park that is usually inaccessible to visitors! Learn about the history of the preserve and the plants and wildlife that call the prairie home.

    We'll meet at the La Chua Trail parking area and walk to Rim Ramble Trail from there. 

    Bring sunscreen, bug spray, long pants, closed-toe shoes, water and a sense of adventure!

    For participation requirement information please visit the event page at https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/paynes-prairie-preserve-state-park. 


    • 04 April 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Paynes Prairie- La Chua Trail
    Registration is closed

    Alachua Audubon Society partners with Paynes Prairie State Park to offer family walks at La Chua Trail on the first Saturday of the month.  Interested families may register at the Friends of Paynes Prairie website atwww.prairiefriends.orgunder Upcoming Events. We will walk at a leisurely pace for about 2 hours from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

     

    A family is not required to join us - anyone is welcome! Bring a child, a grandchild, a neighbor, or just yourself and take a walk on the La Chua Trail. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Loaner binoculars are available during the walk but supplies are limited.

     

    Meet at the La Chua Trail parking lot at 4801 Camp Ranch Road, Gainesville. Walks are free but park admission at La Chua Trail is $4.00 per vehicle (cash only) or free with a Florida State Parks Annual Pass. This walk is suitable for strollers or wheelchairs. Contact Emily Schwartz at 352-372-0754 if you have questions. 


    • 04 April 2020
    • 10:30 AM
    • 4801 Camp Ranch Road, 32641
    • 50
    Register

    Special behind-the-scenes hiking opportunity!

    Enjoy an intermediate 2-mile ranger-led hike along the Rim Ramble trail in an area of the park that is usually inaccessible to visitors! Learn about the history of the preserve and the plants and wildlife that call the prairie home.

    We'll meet at the La Chua Trail parking area and walk to Rim Ramble Trail from there. 

    Bring sunscreen, bug spray, long pants, closed-toe shoes, water and a sense of adventure!

    For participation requirement information please visit the event page at https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/paynes-prairie-preserve-state-park. 


    • 11 April 2020
    • 10:30 AM
    • 4801 Camp Ranch Road
    • 50
    Register

    Special behind-the-scenes hiking opportunity!

    Enjoy an intermediate 2-mile ranger-led hike along the Rim Ramble trail in an area of the park that is usually inaccessible to visitors! Learn about the history of the preserve and the plants and wildlife that call the prairie home.

    We'll meet at the La Chua Trail parking area and walk to Rim Ramble Trail from there. 

    Bring sunscreen, bug spray, long pants, closed-toe shoes, water and a sense of adventure!

    For participation requirement information please visit the event page at https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/paynes-prairie-preserve-state-park. 


    • 18 April 2020
    • 10:30 AM
    • 4801 Camp Ranch Road, 32641
    • 50
    Register

    Special behind-the-scenes hiking opportunity!

    Enjoy an intermediate 2-mile ranger-led hike along the Rim Ramble trail in an area of the park that is usually inaccessible to visitors! Learn about the history of the preserve and the plants and wildlife that call the prairie home.

    We'll meet at the La Chua Trail parking area and walk to Rim Ramble Trail from there. 

    Bring sunscreen, bug spray, long pants, closed-toe shoes, water and a sense of adventure!

    For participation requirement information please visit the event page at https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/paynes-prairie-preserve-state-park. 


    • 25 April 2020
    • 10:30 AM
    • 4801 camp ranch road, 32641
    • 48
    Register

    Special behind-the-scenes hiking opportunity!

    Enjoy an intermediate 2-mile ranger-led hike along the Rim Ramble trail in an area of the park that is usually inaccessible to visitors! Learn about the history of the preserve and the plants and wildlife that call the prairie home.

    We'll meet at the La Chua Trail parking area and walk to Rim Ramble Trail from there. 

    Bring sunscreen, bug spray, long pants, closed-toe shoes, water and a sense of adventure!

    For participation requirement information please visit the event page at https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/paynes-prairie-preserve-state-park. 


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Friends of Paynes Prairie
100 Savannah Boulevard
Micanopy, FL 32667

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