A Program of Marion County Schools

Upcoming Events

Manatees 101 - Join TJ Fridrich, Manatee Biologist, as we learn about the biology and conservation of Florida manatees. Learn about the importance of the Silver River for manatees.
While most people are content to view the pristine waters of Silver Springs from a riverbank or while riding inside a glass-bottom boat, Eric Hutcheson wanted a closer look at the phenomenon beneath the surface. So, in 1993, Hutcheson, a professional underwater cartographer, donned his scuba gear and dove into the world's largest artesian spring. Join Eric to learn about his first hand experience diving into Silver Springs and the changes he has witnessed to the Floridan Aquifer over the past 30 years.
Florida is home to a great diversity of beautiful and amazing native plants. Join us as we learn about native plants that you may want to add to your landscape, their importance to pollinators, and how they have been used for food, medicine, and more over the centuries. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes if you wish to join us for an optional hike after the talk.
Join us every second and forth Saturday for a Pioneer Village Tour at the Silver River Museum. While you're here, be sure to check out the museum exhibits for 12,000 plus years of Marion County history!
Ocali Country Days is back this fall! Old time pioneer skills demonstrations, unique artwork and crafts for sale, live music, great food, Silver River Museum exhibits, historical interpreters and more.
Take a look behind the scenes at the creation of the “Dugout Canoes: Paddling Through the Americas” exhibition, and enjoy a sneak preview of the Florida Museum’s upcoming exhibition “Water Shapes Florida.”
Robert Wilson, an expert on Florida pioneer survival skills, will discuss the essential tools and know-how of homesteading needed by the early pioneers who settled in the swamps and scrub of what is now Marion County.
Perhaps you saw the highway signs, old postcards, newspaper articles, or even saw the Ross Allen reptile show as a youngster. Now let Robert Ross Allen, his oldest son, help you peek behind all the props on stage. What made Ross Allen the star he was destined to be?
Katherine Ramirez will explore the history of Fort King, it’s importance in the Second Seminole War, founding of what is now Ocala and Marion County and the reconstruction of the present fort.
Florida Park Service biologist Andy Kilmer will discuss local nuts, berries, tubers and other plant foods and medicines found in Florida. Ever wonder how Native Americans and early settlers to this area survived? What did they eat? Join Andy Kilmer as he explores local plants to learn more.
Local scientist and water advocate Lisa Saupp, will discuss the interconnections of land, water and the Florida Aquifer. Explore how the natural forces that make our area so very beautiful also make it fragile and vulnerable. Let’s learn together how efforts today may protect our beloved springs and vital supply of drinking water for future generations.
In prehistoric times, now-extinct mammals such as mammoths, mastodons, saber-toothed tigers, zebras, and giant ground sloths roamed what is now Marion County. Dr. MacFadden will tell the story about how these ancient giants got into Florida, where they lived, and how they became extinct.
Don’t miss the 12th annual Silver River Knap-In at the beautiful Silver Springs State Park. Expert flint knappers (people who make stone tools such as spear points), archaeologists, potters, hide tanners, bow makers, dugout canoe carvers and other specialists in native skills will gather from across the U.S. to demonstrate their crafts.
Ocali Country Days is back this fall! Old time pioneer skills demonstrations, unique artwork and crafts for sale, live music, great food, Silver River Museum exhibits, historical interpreters and more.
In celebration of Women's History Month, the Silver River Museum interviewed Cherrietta Prince, the first black female athlete at the University of Florida.
The Silver River Knap-In and Prehistoric Arts Festival is the largest event of its kind in the southeast and takes place on the third weekend of each February.
Ocali Country Days is back this fall. The festival runs through the weekend of November 13-14 with live music, historic displays, vendors, great food, unique crafts for sale and more. $8 per person with children 5 and under free.
Learn how to make stone tools, bows and arrows, pottery, buckskin leather, baskets and cordage from natural fibers, carve dugout canoes and more.
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