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Events

There is always something happening at the park.

Listed below are some of our most popular events. For reoccurring  events please check our Event Calendar.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Monday, September 7, 2014 – International Literacy Day
8:00 am – Sunset
Book Reading at 10:00am and 1:00pm

Did you know that, according to the International Reading Association, more than 780 million of the world’s adults do not know how to read or write? In addition, between 94 and 115 million children lack access to education. You can help by participating in International Literacy Day…and visit a Florida state park for free! The park will host a book reading at 10:00am and 1:00pm at the Nature Center.

Park entrance fees will be waived on this date for any visitor who: presents a library card upon entry or presents a book currently checked out from a library upon entry or donates at least one gently used, family-appropriate book upon entry.

To learn more about International Literacy Day, please visit: International Reading Association.
Please call the park for more information at (941) 483-5956.

Saturday, September 20, 2014 – Keep Sarasota Beautiful (International Coastal Clean-up Day)

Take part in celebrating International Coastal Cleanup Day with Sarasota County’s Keep Sarasota County Beautiful program. Participants can use park canoes in South Creek to pick up trash around our fragile mangrove estuary, pick up trash by walking along South Creek, as well as pick up trash along the shores of our two freshwater lakes. Canoes are limited.
Free park entrance for registered clean-up participants.
For more information about Keep Sarasota County Beautiful, please visit: Keep Sarasota County Beautiful
For more information about International Coastal Cleanup Day, visit: Ocean Conservancy
Please call the park for more information at (941) 483-5956.

Saturday, September 27, 2014 – National Public Lands Day 

Come learn about all the great volunteer opportunities we have at the park and in the community by participating in our annual National Public Lands Day event! This year, there will be live music, tram tours, work service project opportunities available for volunteers, demonstration and informational booths for businesses and organizations, and activities for all-ages.
The Friends of Oscar Scherer Park, Inc. will be providing a free lunch for registered volunteers who participate in our work service project during the event.
In addition, National Public Lands Day is a “fee-free” day, so the park entrance fee will be waived for all park visitors from 8:00 am – Sunset.
To learn more about National Public Lands Day, please visit: Public Lands Day
Please call the park for more information at (941) 483-5956.

Sun Fiesta at Centennial Park, Venice FL
Saturday – Sunday, October 18-19, 2014
Saturday 18th, 9:00am – 8:00pm
Sunday 19th, 9:00am – 7:00pm
Come visit our booth at the Sun Fiesta and, learn about various volunteer opportunities and about the Adopt-A –Scrub-Jay program. More information here.
Please call the park for more information at (941) 483-5956.

Haunted Trails
Friday, October 24, 2014 &
Saturday, October 25, 2014
8:00 pm – 10:00pm
Celebrate the spookiest time of the year and test your courage on our haunted trails! Two trails will take you through our haunted woods and vary in scariness. For those who don’t dare the scary Haunted Trail, there will also be fun, family-friendly activities for even the youngest and faintest of heart on the Trick-or-Treat Trail.
A $5.00/person and 4 and under free.  (No additional park entrance fee)
Pre-ticket sales opens October 1st, 2014 and can be purchased at:  Oscar Scherer State Park, Bentley’s Hotel, Nokomis Volunteer Fire Department, & Bentley’s Ice Cream.
All of the proceeds of this event support the Nokomis Volunteer Fire Department, the Friends of Oscar Scherer Park, Inc., and the Osprey-Nokomis Chamber of Commerce.
Please call the park for more information at (941) 483-5956.

Day of Consciousness
Saturday, November 22, 2014
10:00am – 4:00pm
This event is to provide environmental awareness, world and community consciousness, while connecting the community to environmental awareness within the community and the world.  You will find talented artists and vendors in one sacred space.  Surround yourself with others who believe that together, with positive intentions, WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN OUR COMMUNITY… AND THE WORLD!
Event cost is $10.00 and no additional cost for park entrance. More information here.
Please call the park for more information at (941) 483-5956.

9th Annual All-Trails Hike/Concert
Saturday, January 17, 2015
8:00am – 2:00pm
With 15 miles of hiking trails to choose from, you can create your own trail adventure at your own pace! Each trail has its own unique features, flora and fauna.  Multiple rest stops on all of the trails along the way will have water and snacks.  After working up an appetite come enjoy the concert while having lunch at the Nature Center until 2:00pm.  Music provided from 12:00pm until 2:00pm.
Dogs on leashes are permitted on trails and in designated areas.
The cost to participate is $10 for individuals 16 years and older; under 16 years old eat free with paid adult.
Please call the park for more information at (941) 483-5956.

15th Annual Scrub Jay 5k/10k Race
Saturday, February 14, 2015
(See registration for times)
Presented by the Friends of Oscar Scherer Park, Inc. Registration is required for this Manasota Track Club sanctioned race.
Registration fees for adults is $25, youth 14-18 years of age is $20. Children under 14 are free.
All proceeds support Florida Scrub-Jay Conservation.
Register online.
Please call the park for more information at (941) 483-5956.

11th Annual Sarasota Folk Festival
Saturday – Sunday, March 21 – 22, 2015
March 21st, 10:00am – 10:00pm
March 22nd, 10:00am – 5:00pm
If you enjoy folk music, you can’t miss this event! Musicians from all around the state will share their love of folk music with you. This year marks the 11th anniversary of the event, sponsored by the Sarasota Folk Club. There will be a variety of talented musicians, delicious food, vendors, demonstrations and fun-filled activities for kids.
Check back for additional information as the date grows nearer. More information here.
Please call the park for more information at (941) 483-5956.

Kiwanis Fishathon
Saturday, April 4, 2015
8:00 am to 1:00 pm
In cooperation with the Kiwanis Club of Venice and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, we invite you to come out and catch some fish with us! Open to the first 50 kids, ages 5 to 12 and their parents. We will provide the poles, bait, tackle and lunch. Prizes will be given in several categories.

Park entrance fees will be waived for registered participants.
Check back for additional information as the date grows nearer.
Please call the park for more information and registration at (941) 483-5956.

26th Annual Earth Day Celebration
Sunday, April 19, 2015
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Come celebrate Earth Day at Oscar Scherer State Park with live music, fun-filled activities for kids, environmental and informational booths, and more!
Park entrance fees will be waived for event attendees.
Please call the park for more information at (941) 483-5956.

Father’s Day Orienteering Workshop
Sunday, June 21, 2015
9:00am – 1:00pm
Enjoy the great outdoors on Father’s Day weekend and learn how to use a compass. Whether you are just getting started or have experience in orienteering, we’ve got something for you!
Registration opens 1 month prior to the event. Space in the workshop is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis, so call to reserve your spot soon!
The workshop is free with paid entrance into the park.
For more information or registration please call (941) 483-5956.

 

Weekly Events and Programs

To see our weekly scheduled events and programs please check our Event Calendar.

 

MEETINGS

Friends of Oscar Scherer Park, Inc Board Meeting – 2nd Monday 6:00 PM
All members welcome

Friends of the Legacy Trail – 1st Tuesday 6:00 PM

Please call the park for more information at (941) 483-5956.

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