Welcome to the Wekiva Wilderness Trust, the not-for-profit volunteer organisation that supports Wekiwa Springs State Park. There are many volunteer opportunities from helping to run the nature center and conducting guided walks to river patrol and assisting rangers in the park. Our Board meets in the park at 5.30pm on the first Wednesday of every month and visitors are very welcome. For more information about volunteering and assisting the Trust please...
Welcome to the Wekiva Wilderness Trust, the not-for-profit volunteer organization that supports Wekiwa Springs State Park. There are many volunteer opportunities from helping to run the nature center and conducting guided walks to river patrol and assisting rangers in the park. Our Board meets in the park at 5.30pm on the first Wednesday of every month and visitors are very welcome. For more information about volunteering and assisting the Trust please...
Donate and Become a Member of Wekiva Wilderness Trust We have student, individual and family membership as well as corporate categories. Membership is not expensive and all the money goes to enhancing the Wekiva River Basin State Parks. Membership fees are: Student $10 Individual $20 Family $40 For corporate membership and opportunities please call or email us. To join online, please fill out the form below. Membership Categories Student...
Volunteer with the Wekiva Wilderness Trust Become a volunteer and get to see the park in ways that no visitor can. There are many ways that you can volunteer. You can: Act as a guide in the Nature Center Greet visitors Assist with trail maintenance Help rangers remove exotic plants Assist with river clean up Work on research projects Take part in bird counts Assist with park activities and special events Being a volunteer is both fun and rewarding. You...
Use the contact form to email us any questions or comments you may have. We are happy to hear from you! For volunteer opportunities, to join, donate or to schedule a program Please contact: Wekiva Wilderness Trust Wekiva River Basin State Parks 1800 Wekiwa Circle Apopka, FL 32712 (407) 884-2006 FAX: (407) 884-2039 Email:...
Each moment of the year has its own beauty . . . a picture which was never before and shall never be seen again.- Ralph Waldo Emerson
The artists stay all week at the youth camp in the park and paint from dawn to dusk. Their works are exhibited in the gallery at Wekiva Island and you can buy from the gallery, at the auction or at the Saturday night Gala Dinner.
The artists generously donate a percentage of their sales – some even donate 100 percent – and all the money raised goes to supporting the work of the Wekiva Wilderness Trust which supports the work of the state park, and Keep Seminole Beautiful. Both are volunteer based organizations that rely on donations and funding to protect and preserve our wonderful environment.
For more information about this event visit http://www.wekivapaintout.com. See you there!Learn More
The American Alligator inhabits the southeastern United States. Their life spans can exceed 60 yrs. Alligators occur on the Atlantic Coast of North America from Florida through coastal North Carolina, & along the Gulf Coast into Texas. They eat fish, turtles, wading birds, snakes, frogs, small mammals & even smaller alligators.Learn More
The gray fox is one of Florida’s most commonly seen carnivores. They feed on small animals, acorns, fruit and insects, but they will also scavenge road-killed animals. They are active at night and usually hunt alone. Gray Foxes are abundant in hardwood forests, pine-oak woodlands and brushy fields.Learn More
Sherman’s Fox Squirrel occurs in peninsular Florida to the north end of Lake Okeechobee, & is more than twice the size of the common gray squirrel. It is probably destined for eventual “endangered” status. Fox squirrels are selective in their habitat needs. They depend mostly on pine seeds for food in the summer and on acorns during the remainder of the year.Learn More
Raccoons can be found just about everywhere, because they will eat just about anything. They are found in forests, marshes, prairies, & even in cities. They are adaptable & use their dexterous front paws & long fingers to find & feast on a wide variety of fare. Their life span in the wild is 2 to 3 yearsLearn More
Gopher tortoises live in dry, upland habitats that have well-drained soils for them to dig their burrows. Their common habitat includes: pine flatwoods, xeric oak, sand pine, scrub oak, agricultural lands, & coastal dune & scrub. Their diet consists of grasses and legumes. The Gopher Tortoise is listed as a threatened species.Learn More
A common forest-dwelling hawk of the East & California, the Red-shouldered Hawk favors woodlands near water, but may also nest in suburban areas. It is perhaps the most vocal American hawk. It preys on snakes & frogs. It also eats insects & small mammals. It’s call is a loud two syllable scream.Learn More
Corn snakes are slender with a length of 24 to 72 inches. They feed on mice, rats, birds, & bats. They are constrictors. They are found in the eastern United States from southern New Jersey south through Florida, west to Louisiana & parts of Kentucky. They help to control rodent populations that may otherwise spread diseaseLearn More
The Florida Box Turtle is one of the well known subspecies of Eastern Box Turtle. Box Turtles are usually seen early in the day, or after a rain. They are fond of slugs, earthworms, wild strawberries, & mushrooms. If habitat conditions remain constant, a Box Turtle may spend its life in an area scarcely larger than a football field.Learn More
This small Endangered Turtle at maturity reaches only about five inches & is easily identified by its three yellow or creamy beige stripes. The Striped Mud Turtle prefers swampy, shallow, still waters & is found most anywhere in Florida. The Striped Mud Turtle is omnivorous & will investigate nearly anything it comes across, including cow dung.Learn More
Males are iridescent chestnut & green, with ornate patterns on nearly every feather; the females have a distinctive profile & delicate white pattern around the eye. They live in wooded swamps, where they nest in holes in trees or in nest boxes put up around lake margins. They are one of the few duck species with claws that can grip bark & perch on branches.Learn More
Bobcats can be found in every county in Florida & in most states in the country. They are so named because of their ‘bobbed’ tail. The eastern cottontail, marsh rabbit & cotton rat are their primary prey. By feeding on these animals, the bobcat provides a necessary control on their populations.Learn More