Silver River Museum & Environmental Education Center

Silver River Museum & Environmental Education Center The Silver River Museum and Environmental Education Center is a program of Marion County Public Schools.
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Silver River Museum & Environmental Education Center
01/02/2020

Silver River Museum & Environmental Education Center

Save the Date!

The Silver River Knap-In and Prehistoric Arts Festival is Saturday and Sunday February 15-16, 2020.

The festival features experts in prehistoric skills such as stone tool making (flint knapping), pottery, traditional archery, spear and tommahawk throwing, shell carving, hide tanning and more. Includes exhibits of local arrowhead collections and presentations by archaeologists. Craft vendors and food too.

Our newest museum hall will also open the same weekend. This new exhibit "Dugout Canoes: Paddling Through the Americas" was produced by the Florida Museum at UF and is truly amazing. This new exhibit hall will expand the Silver River Museum by a third! Don't miss it.

Save the Date!The Silver River Knap-In and Prehistoric Arts Festival is Saturday and Sunday February 15-16, 2020.The fes...
12/17/2019

Save the Date!

The Silver River Knap-In and Prehistoric Arts Festival is Saturday and Sunday February 15-16, 2020.

The festival features experts in prehistoric skills such as stone tool making (flint knapping), pottery, traditional archery, spear and tommahawk throwing, shell carving, hide tanning and more. Includes exhibits of local arrowhead collections and presentations by archaeologists. Craft vendors and food too.

Our newest museum hall will also open the same weekend. This new exhibit "Dugout Canoes: Paddling Through the Americas" was produced by the Florida Museum at UF and is truly amazing. This new exhibit hall will expand the Silver River Museum by a third! Don't miss it.

OCALI COUNTRY DAYS is HERE! Come join us today and tomorrow, 9 am - 4 pm to step back in time and experience life on the...
11/09/2019

OCALI COUNTRY DAYS is HERE! Come join us today and tomorrow, 9 am - 4 pm to step back in time and experience life on the Florida frontier. Check out all the details below. We can't WAIT to see you! Admission: $7 per person CASH (no ATM on site). Children 5 and under are free.

11/08/2019

OCALI COUNTRY DAYS is THIS WEEKEND! We'll have live music, living history displays and demonstrations, a cannon firing, old fire pumper wagon, kiln firing, sugar cane syrup cooking, a Florida frontier firearms display, vendors and great food! Bring the family and come join us! Nov. 9 & 10, 9 am - 4 pm daily. Admission: $7 per person CASH (No ATM on site). Children 5 and under are free.

THIS WEEKEND ONLY - Take a trip back in time during Ocali Country Days, November 9th and 10th at Silver Springs State Pa...
11/07/2019

THIS WEEKEND ONLY - Take a trip back in time during Ocali Country Days, November 9th and 10th at Silver Springs State Park.

Come join us for this great family-friendly event! Experience life on the Florida Frontier. This unique event includes live music, great food, historic displays and live demonstrations, vendors, unique crafts for sale and much more! Event runs 9 am - 4 pm Saturday and Sunday. Admission $7 CASH (No ATM on site) *Children 5 and under are free. For more information, visit: https://www.marionschools.net/Page/50768

FIREARMS of the FRONTIER - THIS WEEKEND ONLY! "Firearms of the Florida Frontier" on display during Ocali Country Days, N...
11/07/2019

FIREARMS of the FRONTIER - THIS WEEKEND ONLY! "Firearms of the Florida Frontier" on display during Ocali Country Days, Nov. 9 & 10. We'll also have great food, historic displays and live demonstrations, vendors, unique crafts for sale and much more! Event runs 9 am - 4 pm Saturday and Sunday. Admission $7 CASH (No ATM on site) *Children 5 and under are free. For more information, visit: https://www.marionschools.net/Page/50768

OCALI COUNTRY DAYS is THIS WEEKEND - Nov. 9 & 10th! Come join us for this great family-friendly event! Step back in time...
11/05/2019

OCALI COUNTRY DAYS is THIS WEEKEND - Nov. 9 & 10th! Come join us for this great family-friendly event! Step back in time--and support the educational programs of the Silver River Museum, too! We'll have live music, great food, historic displays and live demonstrations, vendors, unique crafts for sale and much more! Event runs 9 am - 4 pm Saturday and Sunday. Admission $7 CASH (No ATM on site) *Children 5 and under are free. For more information, visit: https://www.marionschools.net/Page/50768

DID YOU KNOW? “What the Pyramids are to Egypt, so are the ROMANTIC, MYSTERIOUS, MIRROR WATERS of the Ocklawaha River and...
11/02/2019

DID YOU KNOW? “What the Pyramids are to Egypt, so are the ROMANTIC, MYSTERIOUS, MIRROR WATERS of the Ocklawaha River and Silver Springs to Florida,” boasted one early ad for tourists. "Going to Florida without visiting the Ocklawaha would be like visiting Egypt without seeing the Pyramids.”

Learn more about the history of Silver Springs at Ocali Country Days on November 9 & 10 at the Silver River & Silver Springs State Park.

11/01/2019

Visit one of our new cabins during Ocali Country Days to see how cooking was done in Florida's pioneer days. It's one of many demonstrations that will be taking place November 9 & 10, 2019. We'll also have great food, live music, more historic displays and live demonstrations, vendors, unique crafts for sale and much more! Event runs 9 am - 4 pm Saturday and Sunday. Admission $7 CASH (No ATM on site) *Children 5 and under are free. For more information, visit: https://www.marionschools.net/Page/50768

DID YOU KNOW? Tourists came to Silver Springs by paddleboat as early as the 1850s. They would start their journey in Pal...
10/31/2019

DID YOU KNOW? Tourists came to Silver Springs by paddleboat as early as the 1850s. They would start their journey in Palatka on the St. Johns River and wind their way up the Ocklawaha River to the Silver River.

Learn more Silver River history at Ocali Country Days, November 9 & 10 at the Silver River Museum & Silver Springs State Park.

, starting their journey in Palatka on the St. Johns River and then snaking their way up the winding Ocklawaha River to the Silver River and finally Silver Springs.

10/29/2019

We have one of the only wood-fired kilns in the southeast and it will be fired on Saturday during Ocali Country Days, Nov. 9 & 10th! Blacksmiths will be at work, too! We'll also have great food, live music, historic displays and live demonstrations, vendors, unique crafts for sale and much more! Event runs 9 am - 4 pm Saturday and Sunday. Admission $7 CASH (No ATM on site) *Children 5 and under are free. For more information, visit: https://www.marionschools.net/Page/50768

WIN THIS DVD & PRINT! To celebrate Ocali Country Days our friends at Brick City Digital Marketing are giving away a sign...
10/29/2019

WIN THIS DVD & PRINT! To celebrate Ocali Country Days our friends at Brick City Digital Marketing are giving away a signed print and DVD of "A Silver River Story" by local Emmy-Award Winning Filmmaker Mark Emery at MarkEmeryfilms.com To enter, share your favorite photo of Silver Springs on Facebook or Instagram and add the hashtag #ocalicountrydays.

OCALI COUNTRY DAYS is coming to the Silver River Museum & Environmental Education Center at Silver Springs State Park No...
10/26/2019

OCALI COUNTRY DAYS is coming to the Silver River Museum & Environmental Education Center at Silver Springs State Park Nov. 9 & 10th! Step back in time and enjoy live music, great food, historic displays and live demonstrations, vendors, unique crafts for sale and much more! Event runs 9 am - 4 pm Saturday and Sunday. Admission $7 CASH (No ATM on site) *Children 5 and under are free. Event admission includes state park at no extra cost. For more information, visit: https://www.marionschools.net/Page/50768

ONLY TWO WEEKS until OCALI COUNTRY DAYS - Nov. 9 & 10th! We hope you're planning to attend this great family-friendly ev...
10/25/2019

ONLY TWO WEEKS until OCALI COUNTRY DAYS - Nov. 9 & 10th! We hope you're planning to attend this great family-friendly event! Step back in time--and support the educational programs of the Silver River Museum, too! We'll have live music, great food, historic displays and live demonstrations, vendors, unique crafts for sale and much more! Event runs 9 am - 4 pm Saturday and Sunday. Admission $7 CASH (No ATM on site) *Children 5 and under are free. For more information, visit: https://www.marionschools.net/Page/50768

OCALI COUNTRY DAYS is coming to the Silver River Museum & Environmental Education Center at Silver Springs State Park No...
10/25/2019

OCALI COUNTRY DAYS is coming to the Silver River Museum & Environmental Education Center at Silver Springs State Park Nov. 9 & 10th! Step back in time and enjoy live music, great food, historic displays and live demonstrations, vendors, unique crafts for sale and much more! Event runs 9 am - 4 pm Saturday and Sunday. Admission $7 CASH (No ATM on site) *Children 5 and under are free. Event admission includes state park at no extra cost. For more information, visit: https://www.marionschools.net/Page/50768

10/22/2019

If you'd like an up-close look at a civil war cannon, and want to see--and hear--one fired, be sure you come to Ocali Country Days, Nov. 9 & 10th! We'll have a civil war encampment and the cannon will be fired on the hour. We'll also have great food, more historic displays and live demonstrations, vendors, unique crafts for sale and much more! Event runs 9 am - 4 pm Saturday and Sunday. Admission $7 CASH (No ATM on site) *Children 5 and under are free. For more information, visit: https://www.marionschools.net/Page/50768

10/18/2019

If you've never seen sugar cane syrup being made, come by Ocali Country Days and watch it being cooked the old-fashioned way. We'll have a limited supply for sale, too. Don't miss this great family-friendly event with live music, great food, historic displays and demonstrations and vendors selling the perfect gift. Event runs Sat & Sun, Nov. 9 & 10, 9am - 4pm daily. Admission is $7 cash (No ATM on site), children 5 and under are free. For more information, visit: https://www.marionschools.net/Page/50768

SPECIAL DISPLAY - This year we'll have a collection of "Firearms of the Florida Frontier" on display during Ocali Countr...
10/15/2019

SPECIAL DISPLAY - This year we'll have a collection of "Firearms of the Florida Frontier" on display during Ocali Country Days, Nov. 9 & 10. We'll also have great food, historic displays and live demonstrations, vendors, unique crafts for sale and much more! Event runs 9 am - 4 pm Saturday and Sunday. Admission $7 CASH (No ATM on site) *Children 5 and under are free. For more information, visit: https://www.marionschools.net/Page/50768

We are delighted to welcome blues musicians (and brothers) Ben Prestage and Johnny Debt to Ocali Country Days this year!...
10/11/2019

We are delighted to welcome blues musicians (and brothers) Ben Prestage and Johnny Debt to Ocali Country Days this year! Ben will perform on Sunday, Nov. 10th and Johnny will perform on Saturday, Nov. 9th. We'll also have great food, historic displays and live demonstrations, vendors, unique crafts for sale and much more! The event runs from 9 am - 4 pm Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $7 CASH (No ATM on site) *Children 5 and under are free. For more information, visit: https://www.marionschools.net/Page/50768

10/09/2019

As always, we're delighted that members of the Seminole tribe of Florida will be at Ocali Country Days, Nov. 9 & 10, demonstrating traditional crafts and showcasing tribal life during Florida's frontier days. We'll also have great food, historic displays and live demonstrations, vendors, unique crafts for sale and much more! Event runs 9 am - 4 pm Saturday and Sunday. Admission $7 CASH (No ATM on site) *Children 5 and under are free. For more information, visit: https://www.marionschools.net/Page/50768

If you enjoy live music, we'll have both Bluegrass and Blues at Ocali Country Days November 9 & 10, 2019. We'll also hav...
10/04/2019

If you enjoy live music, we'll have both Bluegrass and Blues at Ocali Country Days November 9 & 10, 2019. We'll also have great food, historic displays and live demonstrations, vendors, unique crafts for sale and much more! Event runs 9 am - 4 pm Saturday and Sunday. Admission $7 CASH (No ATM on site) *Children 5 and under are free. For more information, visit: https://www.marionschools.net/Page/50768

If you love Ocali Country Days, we could use your help!  We're looking for some more VOLUNTEERS for the weekend of Novem...
10/02/2019

If you love Ocali Country Days, we could use your help! We're looking for some more VOLUNTEERS for the weekend of November 9 & 10 to help with this fabulous family-friendly event. (We also need weekday volunteers throughout the school year.) If you're interested, please call Judy at the Museum office at: 352-236-5401. We'd love to have you join us!

We're excited about a NEW display for Ocali Country Days this year! We'll have an 1800s Fire Pumper Wagon activity where...
09/27/2019

We're excited about a NEW display for Ocali Country Days this year! We'll have an 1800s Fire Pumper Wagon activity where kids can pump water and take a turn aiming the water hose at targets.Our family-friendly festival has something for everyone - live music, historic displays and demonstrators, great food, vendors and unique crafts, to name a few. Mark your calendar for November 9 & 10, 9 am - 4 pm both days! Admission: $7 (Kids 5 & under free.)The Silver River Museum is located inside Silver Springs State Park off Baseline Road in Ocala.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! If you have a couple of hours to spare - either on a regular basis or for special events, the Silver ...
09/20/2019

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! If you have a couple of hours to spare - either on a regular basis or for special events, the Silver River Museum could use your help. We need volunteers who can help in the office, do projects around the campus, work in the gift shop or with students- and help out at special events like Ocali Country Days! If you'd like more information, please call Judy at the Museum Office at: 352-236-5401.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for OCALI COUNTRY DAYS - November 9 & 10, 2019, from 9 am - 4 pm daily! This family-friendly event t...
09/12/2019

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for OCALI COUNTRY DAYS - November 9 & 10, 2019, from 9 am - 4 pm daily! This family-friendly event takes visitors back in time to Florida's pioneer days, so you can see what life was like back then! We'll have live music, folk craft demonstrations and vendors, sugar cane syrup making and this year, we'll also have a special display called, "Firearms of the Florida Frontier," as well as a Fire Pumper Wagon. See below for more details and plan now to join us for this great event!

Harbor View 5th graders got a rare and special treat on Patriot's Day (9/11) today: we saw a bald eagle on the Silver Ri...
09/11/2019

Harbor View 5th graders got a rare and special treat on Patriot's Day (9/11) today: we saw a bald eagle on the Silver River! #usa #silverrivermuseum #silverspringsstatepark

We are so excited about the new canoe exhibit coming to the Silver River Museum! Check out this great article from the F...
08/22/2019
Dugout canoes exhibit finds a new home at Silver River Museum

We are so excited about the new canoe exhibit coming to the Silver River Museum! Check out this great article from the Florida Museum of Natural History detailing "Dugout Canoes: Paddling through the Americas" and the exhibit's new home at the Silver River Museum. We can't wait to show it to you!

Dugout canoes have always fascinated people. There’s something about imagining yourself slipping quietly across the still water on a simple canoe while the natural world chirps and splashes around …

Hi Friends, we're looking for a gently used refrigerator for the Museum. If you have one you'd be willing to donate, wou...
08/13/2019

Hi Friends, we're looking for a gently used refrigerator for the Museum. If you have one you'd be willing to donate, would you call the office at 352-236-5401? Thanks so much for your help.

Gorgeous, misty sunrise on the Silver River this morning. We're excited to welcome Marion county students back to the Si...
08/12/2019

Gorgeous, misty sunrise on the Silver River this morning. We're excited to welcome Marion county students back to the Silver River Museum and are looking forward to a great school year!

Friends - If you're been thinking about volunteering at the Silver River Museum, but aren't sure what that involves, exa...
08/09/2019

Friends - If you're been thinking about volunteering at the Silver River Museum, but aren't sure what that involves, exactly, come join us for our first volunteer meeting of the school year this coming Monday, August 12th at 1:30 at the Silver River Museum. We'd love to meet you and tell you a bit about our program and how you can get involved. And if you're already a volunteer - we look forward to seeing you Monday!

As soon as school lets out for the summer, local children head to Camp Kiwanis for an old-fashioned summer camp experien...
06/25/2019
Photos: 71st Annual Camp Kiwanis

As soon as school lets out for the summer, local children head to Camp Kiwanis for an old-fashioned summer camp experience. Each of the 4 week-long sessions include: archery, arts and crafts, canoeing, swimming and much more. Silver River Museum director Scott Mitchell is also the Camp Director and along with his staff and counselors, insure the children have a wonderful experience. Check out some great photos from the Star Banner.

Over 100 campers took part in shooting archery, canoeing on Mill Dam Lake, playing field games and making crafts Thursday. There are two weeks of camp left, and both weeks are full.

Did you know there's an incredible prehistoric canoe exhibit called, "Dugout Canoes: Paddling Through the Americas" comi...
06/22/2019
Valuable canoe exhibit coming to Silver River Museum in Ocala

Did you know there's an incredible prehistoric canoe exhibit called, "Dugout Canoes: Paddling Through the Americas" coming to the Silver River Museum?? With help from the Felburn Foundation, construction is set to begin on a new wing to house the exhibit. Valued at nearly $1 million, the collection is on loan from the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville and will feature hands-on exhibits, video kiosks and much more. We can't wait to share this valuable collection with Marion County students and adults alike! More information is outlined in this article in the Star Banner and we'll post updates here as plans unfold.

New wing will be added

The Ft. King National Historic Landmark is doing group tours on Wednesdays and Fridays in June and July. Gather a group ...
06/05/2019

The Ft. King National Historic Landmark is doing group tours on Wednesdays and Fridays in June and July. Gather a group of 10 or more and take advantage of this fabulous opportunity. Tours are 2-3 hours and the cost is $5/child. Call them at 352.368.5535 or go to www.ocalafl.org for more info. Ft. King National Historic Landmark

05/30/2019

LAST CHANCE to register your 8-12-year-old boy or girl for our SUMMER ADVENTURE DAY CAMP at the Silver River Museum! It's a great time for boys and girls and includes archery, arts & crafts, games, sports, geo-cashing, boat tours, the Bark Bus, rocket building & launches and much more! Our two sessions run: June 3-7 and 10-14, but hurry, REGISTRATION DEADLINE is June 1st. Visit our website for applications & information: https://www.marionschools.net/Page/63131

Our Summer Adventure Day Camp is coming quick and it's going to be great fun! We hope your 8-12-year-old boy or girl is ...
05/28/2019

Our Summer Adventure Day Camp is coming quick and it's going to be great fun! We hope your 8-12-year-old boy or girl is already registered - DEADLINE is June 1st, so don't delay. Check out the info below and then visit this link for additional info and an application: https://www.marionschools.net/Page/63131

05/24/2019

Our SUMMER ADVENTURE DAY CAMP at the Silver River Museum is a great time for boys and girls, ages 8-12! Archery, arts & crafts, games, sports, geo-cashing, boat tours, the Bark Bus, rocket building & launches and much more! Our two sessions run: June 3-7 and 10-14, but hurry, REGISTRATION DEADLINE is June 1st. Visit our website for applications & information: https://www.marionschools.net/Page/63131

We're so excited that the Bark Bus (Marion County Humane Society) is coming to the Silver River Museum's Adventure Camp!...
05/21/2019

We're so excited that the Bark Bus (Marion County Humane Society) is coming to the Silver River Museum's Adventure Camp! Campers (ages 8-12) will do a craft project to benefit the animals for adoption and get to pet puppies and kittens! How fun! Our two sessions run: June 3-7 and 10-14. Don't miss this great opportunity! Visit our website for registration & information: https://www.marionschools.net/Page/63131

Address

1445 NE 58th Ave.
Ocala, FL
34470

General information

The Silver River Museum and Environmental Education Center is a program of Marion County Public Schools. The museum is located within the Silver Springs State Park off Baseline Road (CR 35) and one mile south of SR 40 and works in close cooperation with the Florida Park Service. The Silver River Museum is open weekends and on most holidays from 9 AM to 5 PM. Please note that we are closed to the public on weekdays. Admission is $2.00 per person. Children under six are admitted free. Entrance fees also apply for the Silver Springs State Park. Contact the state park at (352) 236-7148.

Opening Hours

Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(352) 236-5401

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