Oscar Scherer State Park

1843 S Tamiami Trail
Osprey FL 34229
941.483.5956

Oscar Scherer State Park

Programs at Oscar Scherer State Park

Throughout the year, during daylight and evening hours, there is always something to do at Oscar Scherer. Some programs are organized by OSSP staff, some by the FOSP, and some by a collaboration of the park, the friends and other third party groups.

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  • Programs are free for registered campers and day visitors with park entrance fee
  • Please download our latest flyer to confirm days and times
  • Many programs take place in specific areas of the park or in and around the Nature Centre. In the case of inclement weather some programs maybe moved into the Nature Centre, be be warned space is then limited!
  • Please remember that while the park is pet friendly, dogs are not allowed inside the Nature Center

Critter Crafts for kids
Learn about the plants and animals at Oscar Scherer by making critter crafts. Materials are provided. Year-round • Saturdays 10:00am to 11:00am • Nature Center.
Free for registered campers or with park entrance fee

Watercolor Fellowship
Learn tips and tricks or just come and paint with fellow enthusiasts.
January to March • Saturdays 9:00am to 11:00am • Nature Center
Free for registered campers or with park entrance fee

Junior Ranger Program
Learn what it takes to become a Junior Ranger and work on your Junior Ranger CORE or passport activities!
November to March • Saturdays 9:00am to 12:00pm • Nature Center
Free for registered campers or with park entrance fee

Tram Tours
Take a tour around the park and learn about the plants, animals and park history.
April to November • Third Saturdays 10:00am • Nature Center
December to March • Every Saturday 1:30pm • Nature Center
$5, Children under 5 free • Camping or park entrance fee required

Concert in the Park
Join our resident musicians, Bill & Kate Isles, and occasional guests, for live music in the Lake Osprey picnic area! For more comfort bring your own chair!
Make the Sunday concert something special! Visit with fellow campers and other park guests and enjoy an Ice Cream Sundae, only $3.00 each and available until 5:00pm
January to March • Saturday & Sunday 2:30pm to 4:00pm • Lake Osprey picnic area, outside Nature Center
Free with camping or park entrance fee

Campfire Program
Learn about a specific park subject from a Park Ranger or guest presenter.
December to March • Saturdays 7:00pm to 8:00pm • Campfire Circle between sites 35 & 36
Free for registered campers only

Guided Night Paddle
Take a paddle up South Creek under the moonlight. Experienced paddlers only please. Can bring your own vessel or rent one from the park. You can register up to 1 month in advanced at the Ranger Station. No reservations taken by phone.
December to April • For dates and times contact Ranger Station, 941.483.5956‬ • South Creek Canoe Launch Area
$20 per Person – cash only

Guided Scrub-jay Walk
Learn about this true Florida native and its unique habitat.
Year-round • Sundays • 8:30am to10:00am • Meet outside Nature Center
Free for registered campers or with park entrance fee

Eagle Viewing
Join the weekly eagle watch and see how our pair of nesting bald eagles is doing. High-powered scope and trail maps are provided. Comfortable shoes, camera and binoculars are suggested.
Group meets where the Green Trail meets the campground between sites 62 and 63
December to March • Sundays • 9:00am to 11:00am • Green Trail
Free for registered campers or with park entrance fee

Music by Firelight
Hang out by the campfire, listen to live music and enjoy the company of your fellow campers.
January to March • Mondays at Sunset • Campfire Circle between sites 35 & 36
Free for registered campers only

Co-Ed Low Impact Exercise Class
Put on your comfortable shoes and wake up with a morning ‘Standing’ exercise session! Handicap accessible.
January to March • Monday, Wednesday and Friday • 8:30am to 9:15am • Nature Center Screen Room
Free with camping or park entrance fee

Coffee Social
Wake up with tea or coffee, and meet your fellow campers.
December to March • Tuesday • 8:00am to 10:00am • Nature Center
Free with camping or park entrance fee, but donations appreciated

Campfire Social
Hang out around the campfire, roast marshmallows and swap stories with fellow campers.
Bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic drinks.
December to March • Tuesday • 7:00pm to 8:00pm • Campfire Circle between sites 35 & 36
Free for registered campers only

Guided Paddle – This will be a walk if tidal water is too shallow
Paddle along South Creek and learn about the park and the estuarine critters.
Bring your own vessel or rent one from the park, $15.00 plus tax
Please register between 8:00am and 8:45am at the Ranger Station
Year round • Wednesday • 9:00am to 10:00am • South Creek Canoe Launch Area
Free with camping or park entrance fee
Regular canoe/kayak rental  – $15.00 per hour or $64.00 per day plus tax

Games Night
Come join us for cards and games and make some new friends. Various games are provided, and you are welcome to bring your own.
December to March • Wednesday • 6:30pm to 9:00pm • Nature Center
Free for registered campers only

Pancake Breakfast with a Ranger
Enjoy a fresh cooked breakfast of pancakes, sausage, with tea, coffee, or juice. And, between 9:00am and 9:30am, ask questions and learn more about Oscar Scherer from a knowledgeable and friendly park ranger.
December to March • Thursday • 8:00am to 10:00am • Nature Center
$5.00 per person, $2.00 for 12 years and younger, with camping or park entrance fee

Audubon Society Guided Bird Walk
For this guided walk led by the local Audubon society you will need comfortable footwear, camera, binoculars, and a bird guide is recommended.
October to April • Thursday • 8:30am to 10:30am • Meet outside Nature Center
Free with paid camping or park entrance fee

Music Jam
Anyone with an instrument is welcome to come jam with fellow campers and area musicians!
January to March • Thursday • 3:00pm to 6:00pm • Outside the Nature Center
Free with camping or park entrance fee

Karaoke Night
Channel your inner vocal artist and sing karaoke with fellow campers.
December to March • Thursday • 6:30pm to 9:00pm • Nature Center
Free for registered campers only

Ranger’s Choice Guided Hike
Explore the park with a ranger, on a trail and topic of their choice.
December to March • Friday • 9:00am to 10:00am • Meet outside Nature Center
Free with camping or park entrance fee

Movie Night
Vote for your preferred movie at the Ranger Station or Nature Center then join your fellow campers and watch the winning selection!
Refreshments provided, but you may bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic drinks
December to March • Friday • 7:00pm to 9:00pm • Nature Center
Free for registered campers only