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Sunday, January 8, 2023

Fort King to host ‘Programs in the Parks’ archaeology event this weekend

The City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department’s ‘Programs in the Parks’ educational series will continue this weekend at Fort King National Historic Landmark, and those in attendance will learn about archaeology.

The city’s park rangers are inviting the community to join them on Saturday, September 24, from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. at the Fort King National Historic Landmark in Ocala. During the event, participants will get to dig in a kid-friendly sandbox as they learn about the laws that protect important artifacts.

The ‘Programs in the Parks’ series features a variety of weekly events that will take participants through Scott Springs Park (2825 SW 24th Avenue), Fort King National Historic Landmark (3925 E Fort King Street), Heritage Nature Conservancy (2005 NE 3rd Street), and Tuscawilla Park (800 NE Sanchez Avenue) on tours of some of the various features.

During the month of October, the series will wrap up with the following events:

  • ‘Florida Black Bears’ on Saturday, October 1 (9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.) at Scott Springs Park. Learn about the Florida Black Bear with the recreation and parks department’s Bear Mystery Box.
  • ‘Birds of a Feather Hike’ on Friday, October 7 (9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.) at Tuscawilla Park. Walk through the park and identify different Florida bird species and learn what makes each of those birds unique.
  • ‘Bats – Night Flight’ on Friday, October 14 (7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.) at Heritage Nature Conservancy. Experience bats flying out from the bat house as the park rangers share interesting facts about the world of bats.
  • ‘Owls – A Hoot of a Time’ on Friday, October 21 (7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.) at Heritage Nature Conservancy. Join the park rangers as they call out to the owls and provide fun facts about these animals.
  • ‘Not Just a Hike, an Adventure’ on Saturday, October 29 (9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.) at Scott Springs Park. Join a scavenger hunt hike and learn about the local wildlife at the park.

All events in the ‘Programs in the Parks’ series are free to attend, and are available to children and adults of all ages.

For more information, please call 352-368-5517 or visit the Ocala Recreation and Parks Department webpage.