Each moment of the year has its own beauty . . . a picture which was never before and shall never be seen again.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thank you to all our wonderful Serenity volunteers

What a great day today and what a fantastic way to celebrate National Public Lands Day at Wekiwa Springs State Park. Almost 50 volunteers turned out to clear the ground for Wekiwa’s new Serenity Garden and move the project one step closer to becoming a reality. The half-acre site, between the nature center and the parking lot, is now almost clear of vegetation and a detailed survey of the ground can now take place before the garden design is finalized. If you are interested in helping with the project by volunteering or donating please contact us at info@wwt-cso.com.
To learn more about the project click here

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30th annual Real Florida 5K-10K race at Wekiwa Springs Feb 25th, 2017

We are delighted to announce that Jim Payne, Wesh 2 News Anchor, will be Honorary Race Marshal and Starter for our 30th annual race at Wekiwa Springs State Park on Saturday, February 25th, 2017.
The race is the only one in the region that is run in a state park and almost all off road on beautiful trails. The race is organized by the Wekiva Wilderness Trust, the volunteer, non profit group that assists the work of the park and all proceeds from the race go to supporting educational and environmental projects.
All runners receive a medal and a commemorative t-shirt. Registration is open here

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Upcoming Florida Master Naturalist Uplands Class

Trout Lake Nature Center (Eustis) is hosting a Florida Master Naturalists program on the ecology, plant communities, animals and role of humans in Upland Systems.
The FMNP is an adult education program developed by the University of Florida. The uplands course is open to anyone with an interest in our natural systems.
This 40-hour class will run Mondays, September 19th through October 24th, 2016 from 9:00am-4:00pm. It consists of classroom time,
special guest lecturers, and field trips. The class costs $230.
For more information about the Florida Master Naturalist Program and to register for the class, go to
www.masternaturalist.ifas.ufl.edu or call 352-392-5920. For information about TLNC, go to troutlakenaturecenter.com.

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WWT members have access to great holiday savings

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29th Annual Real Florida 5K and 10K run – February 27

Join us for the 29th annual Real Florida 5K and 10K run at Wekiwa Springs State Park on Saturday, February 27th. This is one of the few races run in a state park and one of the only ones that is almost off road. All the proceeds from the race go to the Wekiva Wilderness Trust, the nonprofit, volunteer group that supports the work of the park. To register online go to https://www.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=5326

 

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Survival Boot Camp Feb 13

We will be holding our next basic survival boot camp on Saturday February 13 from 10 am to 3.30 pm. It will be at Rock Springs Run State Reserve off SR 46, Sorrento.

The course has been designed for family group participation so everyone knows what to do if a hurricane, tornado or other natural disaster destroyed their homes. Of course, all the techniques are good skills to use in the great outdoors. The boot camp will cover survival techniques, field first aid, foraging for food and water, building a shelter and lighting a fire (bow and drill technique).

Apart from water, bug spray, sun screen and lunch, I would like you each to bring the following:

About 20 feet of strong string, parachute cord or similar and two large black garbage bags.

The cost for the workshop is $10 a person payable on the day (which counts as a donation to the Wekiva Wilderness Trust) and if you have any questions please call me at 321-277-8442 or email dp@donphilpott.com

It will be fun and informative, best wishes, don

 

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Open House at the park

Like working with wild critters, educating people, conducting guided walks or just volunteering in a beautiful park. Join us at our Open House on Oct 15 from 5-30-7-30 pm to learn more. Come and meet other volunteers and learn what you can do to have fun and give back to your community and your park. Admission is free and light refreshments will be available. Meet us at the nature center. See you there.

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Turtles of Wekiwa Springs State Park July 25 * Special Event

10 am. Saturday, July 25 at the Interpretive Pavilion.

The Turtle Survival Alliance presents “Turtles of Wekiwa Springs State Park”.

Presented by Eric C. Munscher. M.S., ESIV Regional Scientist – with live turtles

This Annual Presentation is always well attended, so please plan to arrive early!

 

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New Discovery Hour program published

Check out all the exciting new Discovery Hour programs that take place every Saturday morning at the Interpretive Pavilion overlooking the spring in the park. Go to the Events page for more information or email info@wwt-cso.com.

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Wekiva PaintOut – Thank you

Many thanks to everyone who supported our 9th week-long Wekiva PaintOut – the artists, the buyers, Wekiva Island and all the volunteers who made it possible. See you all next year Feb 28-March 6 for our 10th.

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Survival Boot Camp Sat. April 25

Our next six-hour survival boot camp will be held at Rock Springs on Sat. April 25 from 10 am to 4 pm.

The course has been designed for family group participation so everyone knows what to do if a hurricane, tornado or other natural disaster destroyed their homes. Of course, all the techniques are good skills to use in the great outdoors. The boot camp will cover survival techniques, field first aid, foraging for food and water, building a shelter and lighting a fire (bow and drill technique).

Apart from water, bug spray, sun screen and lunch, I would like you each to bring the following: About 20 feet of strong string, parachute cord or similar and two large black garbage bags.

The cost for the workshop is $10 a person payable on the day (which counts as a donation to the Wekiva Wilderness Trust) and if you have any questions please call me at 321-277-8442 or email dp@donphilpott.com

It will be fun and informative, best wishes, don

 

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American Alligator

American Alligator

American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)

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, and along the Gulf Coast into Texas. They eat fish, turtles, wading birds, snakes, frogs, small mammals and even smaller alligators.

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Gray Fox

Gray Foxes (Urocyon cinereoargenteus floridanus)

Gray Foxes (Urocyon cinereoargenteus floridanus)

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.

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Sherman’s Fox Squirrel

Sherman's Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger shermani)

Sherman’s Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger shermani)

Sherman’s Fox Squirrel occurs in peninsular Florida to the north end of Lake Okeechobee, and 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.

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Barred Owl

Barred Owl (Strix varia)

Barred Owl (Strix varia)

This owl is most often seen by those who seek it out in its dark retreat, usually a thick grove of trees in lowland forest. There it rests quietly during the day. It emerges at night to feed on rodents, birds, frogs, and crayfish. It is know by it’s familiar “who-cooks-for-you, who-cooks-for-you-all” hooting.

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Florida Black Bear

Florida Black Bear (Ursus americanus floridanus)

Florida Black Bear (Ursus americanus floridanus)

The Florida black bear is the largest native land mammal in Florida. It is shy and secretive, hiding in dense vegetation and rarely seen in the wild. Bears are omnivores, meaning they eat both vegetable and animal matter. Some foods they may eat include acorns, insects, berries, saw palmetto, armadillos, honey and bee larvae.

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