Free admission to State Parks on September 8


300-CHILDREN-READ-STATE-PARHistoric City News readers who visit any state park in Florida, except at Skyway Fishing Pier State Park, can show their library card, a library book, or donate a new or gently used family-friendly book, to receive free admission on International Literacy Day; Monday, September 8th.

In St. Augustine later this month, children can learn what it was like to be an African child in 1738 at Fort Mose Historic State Park with an opportunity to make a beaded necklace or bracelet on September 27th.  Children will hear stories, read from a variety of books and partake in outdoor crafts and activities.

“Literacy is very important for people of all ages,” said Florida Park Service Director Donald Forgione. “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.”

More than 15 events are scheduled across Florida in state parks during September, providing children with the opportunity to participate in activities that emphasize the importance of literacy.  Activities and crafts will include adventure walks, games and prizes.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service has invited all Historic City News readers to join them in the celebration of National Literacy Month with special events at state parks.  Book fairs are being held to provide opportunities for more children to get their library cards.

“Reading is one of the most important skills we can teach our children,” said Education Commissioner Pam Stewart.  “Reading is the foundation for learning and helps students become successful in college, career and life.”

Through reading, students discover a whole new world of fun and adventure.  Stewart said that she encourages parents and students to read together in one of Florida’s beautiful state parks in celebration of National Literacy Month.

For a complete list of Literacy Month activities at Florida State Parks, click here.

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