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Field trips are on a first come first serve basis. Interested parties can sign up for tours at festival grounds on the day of the festival. No reservations accepted.

Bear Habitat Field Trip - Guided Tour

US Forest Service

Bear Country Field Trips
10:00 A.M. & 2:00 P.M.

Join us for a two-hour field trip conducted by the U. S. Forest Service to the Ocala National Forest to learn about bear habitat. Field trips are by bus and include a moderate hike to a site where Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologists will provide participants with interactive lessons about bear biology, behavior, and management. Biologists will also talk about other Florida native wildlife species.

NOTE: Persons must be able to travel on natural terrain for ½ mile hike.

Black Bear Scenic BywayFlorida Black Bear Scenic Byway tour

1:30 P.M.

"US Presidents and Scenic Byways" 

Our Florida Black Bear National Scenic Byway tour will take you back in time to reflect on a past USA President and history of the Ocala National Forest. Our first stop will be at Juniper Springs Recreational Area where we will have a featured speaker – President Theodore Roosevelt. Commonly known as “Teddie” and a leader in the conservation movement in this country, the President will outline how he led the way to establishing National Forests and National Parks.

Our second stop before traveling back to Umatilla, will be at Alexander Springs which is on the Byway. On this stop and as we walk to the springs, we will learn about the importance of our Florida springs and cultural resources of the springs,

Please join us for a “free-fun” tour of our Scenic Byway and experience the beautiful landscapes.

Groups welcome.

NOTE: Persons must be able to travel on natural terrain for ½ mile hike.

Friends of Carr CabinFriends of the Carr Cabin Heritage Tour to Carr Cabin

10:00 A.M. and 1:00 P.M.

Join the Friends of the Carr Cabin on a tour to the Archie Carr Cabin in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service to experience the forest of long ago.

The structure, built in 1938 on 46 acres of scrub and forest on Lake Nicotoon, was donated to the Ocala National Forest in 2007 along with the land by Archie’s brother, Dr. Tom Carr, a noted radio-astronomer and physicist. We hope by sharing the specifics of the cabin, it’s restoration, and the surrounding landscape, we will help enlarge the natural and cultural richness of Florida.

Carr Cabin tour does not have access to restroom facilities.

NOTE: Persons must be able to travel on natural terrain for ½ mile hike.


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FWC Facts:
Adult white-tailed deer in Florida average 125 lbs. for bucks, 95 lbs. for does. The Key deer subspecies is noticeably smaller, averaging just 27 in. tall and 55-70 lbs.

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