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.

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

05/17/2019

Is your boy or girl, ages 8-12, registered for the Silver River Museum's Summer Adventure Day Camp? Campers will participate in archery, arts & crafts, games, sports, geo-cashing, boat tours, rocket building & launches and much more! There are two sessions: June 3-7 and 10-14, but slots are filling up fast. Visit here for more information and applications: https://www.marionschools.net/Page/63131

The Timucuan, ready for our last 5th grade boat trip this school year. We hope the students enjoyed exploring the Silver...
05/15/2019

The Timucuan, ready for our last 5th grade boat trip this school year. We hope the students enjoyed exploring the Silver River Museum as much as we enjoyed having you!

Time is running out to register your child for our Summer Adventure Day Camp here at the Silver River Museum! We're look...
05/14/2019

Time is running out to register your child for our Summer Adventure Day Camp here at the Silver River Museum! We're looking for adventurous boys and girls ages 8-12 to join us for archery, arts & crafts, games, sports, geo-cashing, boat tours, Bark Bus visit, rocket building & launching and much more. There are only two, one-week sessions beginning June 3. Slots are almost filled, so don't delay. For additional information and applications, please visit: https://www.marionschools.net/Page/63131

05/10/2019

Calling all adventurous boys and girls, ages 8-12! Don't miss the Silver River Museum's Summer Adventure Day Camp!! Come join us for archery, arts & crafts, games, sports, geo-cashing, boat tours, rocket building & launches and much more! There are only two sessions available: June 3-7 and 10-14 and slots fill up fast. Visit here for more information and applications: https://www.marionschools.net/Page/63131

Rocket building and launching at our Summer Adventure Day Camp? You bet! Plus archery, arts & crafts, games, sports, geo...
05/07/2019

Rocket building and launching at our Summer Adventure Day Camp? You bet! Plus archery, arts & crafts, games, sports, geo-cashing, boat tours, face painting and more. Camp is for boys & girls, ages 8-12 and we have three sessions: June 3-7, June 10-14, June 17-21. Register now at: https://www.marionschools.net/Page/63131

05/03/2019

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, rocket building & launches and much more! Our three sessions run: June 3-7, 10-14, 17-21. Don't miss this great opportunity! Visit our website for registration & information: https://www.marionschools.net/Page/63131

Our Summer Adventure Day Camp is coming quick! We hope your 8-12 year old boy or girl is already registered! Check out t...
04/30/2019

Our Summer Adventure Day Camp is coming quick! We hope your 8-12 year old boy or girl is already registered! Check out the info below and then visit this link for additional info and an application: https://www.marionschools.net/Page/63131

04/26/2019

Make plans now to send your 8-12 year old boy or girl to the Silver River Museum's Summer Adventure Day Camp! They'll get to participate in archery, arts & crafts, games, sports, geo-cashing, boat tours, rocket building & launches and much more! There are three sessions: Jun 3-7, 10-14 and 17-21, but weeks fill up quickly, so don't delay. Download registration forms & find more info here: https://www.marionschools.net/Page/63131

"From Spears to Rockets" is the Silver River Museum's fabulous Summer Adventure Day Camp for boys and girls ages 8-12 --...
04/23/2019

"From Spears to Rockets" is the Silver River Museum's fabulous Summer Adventure Day Camp for boys and girls ages 8-12 -- and we're taking applications NOW! Campers get to build and launch a rocket, plus participate in archery, arts & crafts, games, sports, geo-cashing, boat tours and much more! There are three sessions: June 3-7, 10-14, and 17-21, but slots fill up fast. Visit here for more information and applications: https://www.marionschools.net/Page/63131

04/19/2019

Our Summer Adventure Day Camp "From Spears to Rockets" has everything a girl or boy, ages 8-12, could want in a camp! Archery, arts & crafts, games, sports, geo-cashing, boat tours, rocket building & launches and much more! Don't miss it! June 3-7, 10-14, or 17-21. Visit our website for more information and to download an application: https://www.marionschools.net/Page/63131

Face painting at our Summer Adventure Day Camp? Absolutely. Plus archery, arts & crafts, games, sports, geo-cashing, boa...
04/15/2019

Face painting at our Summer Adventure Day Camp? Absolutely. Plus archery, arts & crafts, games, sports, geo-cashing, boat tours, rocket building & launching and more. Boys & girls, ages 8-12. Three sessions: June 3-7, June 10-14, June 17-21. Register now at: https://www.marionschools.net/Page/63131

04/12/2019

Calling all adventurous boys and girls, ages 8-12! The Silver River Museum's Summer Adventure Day Camp is now taking applications!! Come join us for archery, arts & crafts, games, sports, geo-cashing, boat tours, rocket building & launches and much more! There are three sessions: June 3-7, 10-14, and 17-21, but slots fill up fast. Visit here for more information and applications: https://www.marionschools.net/Page/63131

Registration is NOW OPEN for our 3rd annual Summer Adventure Day Camp here at the Silver River Museum! We're looking for...
04/10/2019

Registration is NOW OPEN for our 3rd annual Summer Adventure Day Camp here at the Silver River Museum! We're looking for adventurous boys and girls ages 8-12 to join us for archery, arts & crafts, games, sports, geo-cashing, boat tours, rocket building & launching and much more. Camp runs for three one-week sessions beginning June 3. Slots fill quickly, so don't delay. For additional information and application, please visit: https://www.marionschools.net/Page/63131

Pottery Show at the Silver River Museum in Ocala this Saturday March 9th (9 am to 4 pm).  Stop by to meet the artists, b...
03/07/2019

Pottery Show at the Silver River Museum in Ocala this Saturday March 9th (9 am to 4 pm). Stop by to meet the artists, buy a masterpiece, learn about our kiln, make your own clay creation or sit in on a ceramics presentation by an expert! One day only.

02/26/2019

Pottery Show Saturday March 9th at the Silver River Museum in Ocala. 9 am to 4pm. One day only!

Come meet our three featured artists who will be showing and selling their work, check out our wood-fired kiln and sit in on talks by experts on Native American and Colonial pottery in Florida. Pottery making activity for kids!

Justin Cook demonstrating the age-old art of flint knapping  (stone tool making) at our 2019 Silver River Knap-In and Pr...
02/18/2019

Justin Cook demonstrating the age-old art of flint knapping (stone tool making) at our 2019 Silver River Knap-In and Prehistoric Arts Festival this last weekend. Great weather, lots of demonstrations (archery, pottery making, hide tanning,etc.) and 4,000 guests! Quite a weekend.

Congratulatons to our winners of the 2019 Silver River Knap-In Flint Knapping Competition: (L) 1st place Jacob Bradenbau...
02/18/2019

Congratulatons to our winners of the 2019 Silver River Knap-In Flint Knapping Competition: (L) 1st place Jacob Bradenbaugh, (C) 2nd place Michael Bradenbaugh, (R) 3rd place Ronald Chauvin. The type is a Bolen Beveled E-Notched Point which dates to about 9,500 years ago. Very nice work gentlemen!

Today is the last day of the SILVER RIVER KNAP-IN! Come join us and watch flint-knappers (people who make stone tools su...
02/17/2019

Today is the last day of the SILVER RIVER KNAP-IN! Come join us and watch flint-knappers (people who make stone tools such as spear points and knives) and other artisans demonstrating pottery, bow making, hide tanning and more. You can also listen to an archaeologist, try your hand at atlatl and tomahawk throwing, explore a tepee, shop for unique items and take a tram ride to the river. Bring the whole family! Sun, 9 - 4 ($5 pp cash admission--no ATM on site. Children 5 and under free.)

The 9th Annual SILVER RIVER KNAP-IN is THIS WEEKEND - February 16-17, 2019! Come join us and watch flint-knappers (peopl...
02/16/2019

The 9th Annual SILVER RIVER KNAP-IN is THIS WEEKEND - February 16-17, 2019! Come join us and watch flint-knappers (people who make stone tools such as spear points and knives) and other artisans demonstrating pottery, bow making, hide tanning and more. You can also listen to an archaeologist, try your hand at atlatl and tomahawk throwing, explore a tepee, shop for unique items and take a tram ride to the river. Bring the whole family! Sat & Sun, 9 - 4 ($5 pp cash admission--no ATM on site. Children 5 and under free.)

It's here! The Silver River Knap-In and Prehistoric Arts Festival is THIS WEEKEND! Expert flint knappers (people who mak...
02/15/2019

It's here! The Silver River Knap-In and Prehistoric Arts Festival is THIS WEEKEND! Expert flint knappers (people who make stone tools such as spear points and knives), archaeologists, potters, hide tanners, bow makers, dugout canoe carvers and other specialists in prehistoric skills will be here from across the U.S. to demonstrate their skills. We'll also have archaeologists giving presentations both days. Come join us! Saturday & Sunday, 9am - 4pm. (Admission: $5 pp CASH-no ATM on site. Children 5 and under are free.)

Ever wonder how buckskin is made? Come by the Silver River Knap-In to see how it's done. There will be lots of other dem...
02/12/2019

Ever wonder how buckskin is made? Come by the Silver River Knap-In to see how it's done. There will be lots of other demonstrations going on as well! Feb. 16-17, 9 am - 4 pm, $5 pp CASH (no ATM on site). Children 5 & under free)

As part of the Silver River Knap-In, Ryan Gill, a primitive skills expert and "Bowyer" (a person who makes bows and arro...
02/08/2019

As part of the Silver River Knap-In, Ryan Gill, a primitive skills expert and "Bowyer" (a person who makes bows and arrows), will present the results of a recent experimental hunt for American Bison on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 2 pm. The study, in conjunction with Texas A&M University, recreates how Ice Age people hunted and processed big game using atlatl and stone-tipped spears. He will also demonstrate finished bows and will have bowmaking supplies for sale that weekend. The Silver River Knap-In is Feb 16-17, 9 am - 4 pm ($5 pp cash-no ATM on site, children 5 & under free.) Come join us!

Did you know we have one of the only wood-fired kilns in the southeast right on our property? The kiln will be fired on ...
02/05/2019

Did you know we have one of the only wood-fired kilns in the southeast right on our property? The kiln will be fired on Saturday, Feb. 16th during the Silver River Knap-In. (Sat & Sun, 9am - 4pm, $5pp cash--no ATM on site. Children 5 and under free.)

Have you ever been inside a tepee? Don't miss your chance! Join us for the Silver River Knap-In, Feb 16-17, 9 am - 4 p. ...
02/01/2019

Have you ever been inside a tepee? Don't miss your chance! Join us for the Silver River Knap-In, Feb 16-17, 9 am - 4 p. (Admission: $5 pp cash-no ATM on site) Children 5 & under admitted free

01/28/2019
Silver River Knap-In - Archery Video

Join us for the Silver River Knap-In and learn more about archery and how bows and arrows are made. You can try your hand at atlatl and tomahawk throwing while you're here, too. Check out this great video for more information. Sat. & Sun. Feb 16th -17th, 9 am - 4 pm. Admission: $5 pp CASH (no ATM on site). Children 5 and under are free. Come join us!

Try your hand at tomahawk or atlatl throwing at the Silver River Knap-In! Sat. and Sun., Feb. 16-17, 9 am - 4 pm. (Admis...
01/25/2019

Try your hand at tomahawk or atlatl throwing at the Silver River Knap-In! Sat. and Sun., Feb. 16-17, 9 am - 4 pm. (Admission: $5 pp cash - no ATM on site. Children 5 and under admitted free)

Besides all the fabulous ongoing demonstrations, visitors to the Silver River Knap-In can also make their own pinch pots...
01/22/2019

Besides all the fabulous ongoing demonstrations, visitors to the Silver River Knap-In can also make their own pinch pots. Come join us! Sat and Sun, Feb. 16-17, 9 am - 4 pm (Admission: $5 pp cash admission - no ATM on site. Children 5 and under admitted free.)

We're delighted that Pedro O. Zepeda, Seminole artist and canoe carver, will be at the Silver River Knap-In, Feb. 16-17....
01/18/2019

We're delighted that Pedro O. Zepeda, Seminole artist and canoe carver, will be at the Silver River Knap-In, Feb. 16-17. Come by and watch as he demonstrates dugout canoe carving throughout the event. Sat & Sun, 9 am - 4 pm. Admission: $5 pp CASH (no ATM on site). Children 5 and under are free.

What on earth is Flint Knapping? It's the art of making stone tools such as spear points and knives by hand, the way our...
01/15/2019

What on earth is Flint Knapping? It's the art of making stone tools such as spear points and knives by hand, the way our ancestors did. Come watch talented artisans from across the country demonstrate this ancient skill and art form at the Silver River Knap-In. Sat & Sun, Feb 16-17,
9am - 4 pm. ($5 pp cash admission - no ATM on site. Children 5 and under free.)

Don't miss the 9th Annual SILVER RIVER KNAP-IN February 16-17, 2019. Watch flint-knappers (people who make stone tools s...
01/09/2019

Don't miss the 9th Annual SILVER RIVER KNAP-IN February 16-17, 2019. Watch flint-knappers (people who make stone tools such as spear points and knives) and other artisans demonstrating pottery, bow making, hide tanning and more. You can also listen to an archaeologist, try your hand at atlatl and tomahawk throwing, explore a tepee, shop for unique items and take a tram ride to the river. Bring the whole family! Sat & Sun, 9 - 4 ($5 pp cash admission--no ATM on site. Children 5 and under free.)

12/12/2018

Make plans now to join us for the Silver River Knap-In, Feburary 16 & 17, 2019! For more info, check out this great video--and watch this page for additional details as we get closer.

Don't miss the third annual ‘A Fight for Freedom: Attack on Fort King’ hosted by the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks ...
11/29/2018

Don't miss the third annual ‘A Fight for Freedom: Attack on Fort King’ hosted by the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1 & 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fort King National Historic Landmark, 3925 E Fort King St.

Admission is $5 per person. Veterans, active military and children ages five and under are free.

The event includes the re-enactment of Osceola’s attack on Fort King and the demise of Indian Agent Wiley Thompson, which led to the start of the Second Seminole War. There will also be a Seminole village and soldiers’ encampment, time-period crafts, traditional skills workshops, food, drinks and games, such as tomahawk throwing. Live cannon demonstrations will take place throughout the event.

Parking will be 1/4 mile east on Ft. King St. at the Duke Energy power line field, with free shuttles running throughout the event.

For more information, please contact the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department at 352-368-5533 or visit Fort King National Historic Landmark and Visitor Center.

OCALI COUNTRY DAYS is here! Join us today and visit the Florida of yesteryear at this family-friendly event. TODAY ONLY:...
11/11/2018

OCALI COUNTRY DAYS is here! Join us today and visit the Florida of yesteryear at this family-friendly event. TODAY ONLY: The Cross Creek Cloggers will perform on the main stage. The museum will be open and there will be live music on 2 stages and great food, too. Come join the fun! 9 am - 4 pm. Admission: $5 per person cash (there is no ATM in the state park). Children 5 & under are free.

It's OCALI COUNTRY DAYS weekend! Come join us for a trip back in time and see what life was like in the 1800s! We'll als...
11/10/2018

It's OCALI COUNTRY DAYS weekend! Come join us for a trip back in time and see what life was like in the 1800s! We'll also have live music on 2 stages and great food vendors! TODAY ONLY: Sheba the Mississippi Queen & the Bluesmen and Sweet William will be on the main stage. Festival hours are 9 am - 4 pm. Admission: $5 per person cash (there is no ATM in the state park). Children 5 & under are free.

We're excited that Seminole tribal members, including medicine man and herbalist Bobby Henry, will be here during Ocali ...
11/09/2018

We're excited that Seminole tribal members, including medicine man and herbalist Bobby Henry, will be here during Ocali Country Days on Nov. 10-11 demonstrating traditional crafts and skills, including patchwork quilting and wood carving. Come say hello and learn more about Seminole culture and history. Festival hours are 9 am - 4 pm, Saturday and Sunday. Admission: $5 cash per person (no ATM on site), children 5 and under are free. For more info: www.silverrivermuseum.com

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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