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SWEETWATER WETLANDS PARK MOONGAZE and WALK -  Saturday March 11 – 6:00pm – 8:00 pm. Sunset is 6:30 pm.  This after hours event, will be led by staff.  Please bring a flashlight and wear comfortable walking shoes for a short walk along the trail to the viewing area.  Meet at the park entrance building, 325 SE Williston Road.   Please arrive by 5:50 pm.  We are hoping for clear evening skies to enjoy a full moon.

This event is for  FNP members.  You may join or renew your membership at the event. Memberships begin at $10.

Sweetwater Wetlands Park charges $5.00 per car entrance fee.

Moon Over Morningside II 27 Feb 10

Annual Membership Meeting Feb. 11, 2017

Old Town Band


(February 11th at 5pm at Morningside Nature Center’s Living History Farm, 3540 E. University Ave., Gainesville, FL (Members of Friends of Nature Parks only, BUT YOU CAN JOIN AT THE GATE)

Traditional musicians John Grimm and Beverly Smith, from the mountains of North Georgia in the beautiful little town of Dahlonega.  Joining them is local banjo legend Chuck Levy, honored many times over as Florida Champion Fiddler and Florida Champion Banjo.  Chuck plays “clawhammer” banjo, a playing style that predates bluegrass by decades.

Add to this refreshments and making s’mores around a crackling fire, and you’ve got an evening for making memories.

Although a “Members Only” event, folks can join at the gate.  A year’s membership in the Friends of Nature Parks starts at only $10 for an individual, $15 for a couple and $25 for the family.  It’s an easy way to support our nature parks while enjoying Friends-sponsored perks like wildflower walks, twice yearly native plant sales & special tours of special places like Sweetwater Wetlands Park!

The Friends of Nature Parks have nearly 40 years of assisting the City of Gainesville with providing children and adult programming at Morningside and now at the other 20-something nature parks and conservation areas owned by the City.  Friends have also purchased benches, kiosks and other park amenities, funded staff training in environmental education and natural lands management, provided program and bus scholarships for Alachua County students to experience environmental education at a City nature park and much, much more.

For more information, you can visit these websites:;

Or e-mail FoNP Secretary Gary Paul at