Race the Tortoise 5K

On March 4, 2017, Friends of O’Leno will host the 9th annual Race the Tortoise 5K. Participants are encouraged to “Care for your heart….take part.” The race is limited to the first 300 registrants. For information on next years race click on 5K Run under Upcoming Event Details.


10th Annual O’Leno Ole’ Chili Cook-Off

Bring your favorite chili recipe April 1, 2017, and compete with the best during the CASI sanctioned category of this chili cook off. You do not have to be a member to participate. There will be prizes for 1st – 10th place in the Cook-off, and 1st – 3rd place for Showmanship. CASI rules can be found at

Or, compete in the Open category where anything goes! This year will feature 2 Open categories – Open with Meat and Open Vegetarian. There are trophies for 1st – 3rd place winners, and cash prizes of $50 for 1st place and $25 for 2nd place in each Open category. Contestants must be 18 years or older.

Purchase a sample kit and vote for the winner of the “Peoples’ Choice” Award. A cash prize of $100 will be presented for the “Peoples’ Choice”!

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.
Cook-off runs from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Chili Cook-Off Registration Fee: $20.00 per team for either category, or both for $35.00. Park admission for this event is free with the donation of one can of food per person to be donated to a local food bank. For pre-registration and more information email Friends of O’Leno at or contact Harriet Walsh at 386-454-4806. For a registration form Click Here.

Tickets will be on sale for a chance drawing to win a free canoe trip
on the Santa Fe River donated by The Canoe Outpost.

All proceeds from the Chili Cook-off will be used for the feeding and care of the animals in the O’Leno Nature Center and for the construction of an interpretive pavilion for the Nature Center.

More O’Leno State Park Events

A complete list of all scheduled Park events is at
Scroll down the list to find an event and detail information about it. The following recurring annual events are on the Park’s list.

Springs Celebration

The Springs Celebration event will be held at O’Leno State Park on April 1, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Join us to learn about the Sink to Springs connection and the Floridian Aquifer, and enjoy hands-on water activities, presentations, videos and live music. For more information, click on Springs Celebration under Upcoming Event Details.


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