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DEP Celebrates the Designation of Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park as Florida's Eighth State Geological Site

Event Date: 
Thursday, April 11, 2024 - 11:00am EDT
Office of the Secretary
Program Area: 
Office of the Secretary (General)
Public Notice
Public Notice: 
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
4801 Camp Ranch Road
Gainesville, FL 32641

Join Florida Geological Survey staff at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park to celebrate its designation as Florida's eighth state geological site.

After the designation ceremony, Florida State Geologist Harley Means will lead a 2-mile hike along Rim Ramble Trail to provide an opportunity for participants to view some of the site’s geologic features, including numerous sinkholes and an exposure of the Ocala Limestone. The hike will begin and end at the headquarters parking lot. Attendees are encouraged to bring water, sun protection, insect repellent and comfortable shoes if participating in the optional 2-mile hike following the ceremony.

Attendance is free but registration is necessary. Email to grab your spot. Hike attendees will close at 20 people.

Designation Ceremony

April 11, 2024
11 a.m. EDT

4801 Camp Ranch Road
Gainesville, FL 32641

Guests will enter the gated north entrance of the Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park and drive to the Division of Recreation and Parks’ District Two Headquarters. Signage from headquarters will direct guests to the first pavilion along the boardwalk at the start of the La Chua Trail for the ceremony.

PARKING:  Event parking is available at the District Two Recreation and Parks Division Headquarters.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, handicap or marital status. Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or persons who require translation services (free of charge) are asked to contact Stacie Taylor at 850-245-2118 or at least seven (7) days before the event. If you have a hearing or speech impairment, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 800-955-8771 (TDD) or 800-955-8770 (voice).

Contact Name: 
Mabry Gaboardi Calhoun
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Last Modified:
April 4, 2024 - 2:05pm

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