The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Florida Park Service is joining the Florida Department of State in 2013 to commemorate 500 years of Florida history. Viva Florida 500 is a project that celebrates Florida's diverse cultural history by inviting the public to experience it first-hand at events scheduled throughout the year in state parks.
Each week during 2013, the Florida Park Service will highlight a notable event that occurred in a state park or was associated with a state park at their website. People will find the page at Viva Florida 500 under the Things To Do tab. The page will provide information about Florida's past through state parks so people can then visit the parks to experience it in real life.
Guests will have opportunities to witness battle reenactments, try their hand at geo-caching or visit the homesteads of famous literary figures or inventors. The Florida park service will host numerous events throughout the year to enhance the commemoration of Viva Florida 500.
"We are very proud to be partnering with the Florida Park Service to showcase Florida's state parks and their influence on our state's culture," said Secretary of State Ken Detzner in a recent press release. "Viva Florida 500 is a year-long commemorative event that offers opportunities to promote Florida's history, such the history of our state parks, in an educational and entertaining way that Floridians and visitors will enjoy."
Visit the Florida's State Parks website for more information about this program and many other events at parks across the state.