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Florida State Parks celebrate National Literacy Month

September is National Literacy Month and Florida's state parks are celebrating literacy in a number of ways. Programs and events are planned throughout the month of September at many of the parks and a free entrance day is planned for all of the parks.

On September 8, 2014 in recognition of International Literacy Day, people who present a library card, a book checked out from a library, or who donate a new or gently used, family-friendly book to any state park will receive free daily admission. This offer is extended to all Florida State Parks except Skyway Fishing Pier State Park.

"Literacy is very important for people of all ages," said Florida Park Service Director Donald Forgione, in a DEP press release, "We are excited to celebrate reading and provide the best spots in the state to curl up with a good book to enjoy nature and the great outdoors."

Events taking place at state parks across the state in September include:

  • Jr. Ranger Programs
  • Arts and Crafts programs
  • Book Exchanges
  • Author Signings
  • Ranger Story Hours

Visit the Florida State Park website to find information about the literacy events across the state.