Discovery Hour Schedule Oct 2017 – Mar 2018

The Nature Center Interpretive Pavilion is located on top of the hill above the springs, next to the restroom building at Wekiwa Springs State Park. It is not hard to find.

Discovery Hour programs start at the Pavilion every Sunday at 2:00 pm, unless otherwise stated.

Discovery Hours:  Oct 2017 thru March 2018

Date Topic Host
Oct 1    Reptiles of Central Florida John
Oct 8 Wildflower hike (starting at Sand Lake) Noreen
Oct 15 Get to know some bugs Moh
Oct 22 Florida raptors April
Oct 29 Florida threatened wildlife Debbie
Nov 5 Good bug, Bad bug Moh
Nov 12 Wildflower hike (starting at Sand Lake) Noreen
Nov 19 Family hike (starting at Sand Lake) Crystal
Nov 26 Florida Retiles John
Dec 3 Family hike (starting at Sand Lake) Crystal
Dec 10 Protecting FL water resources April
Dec 17 Kids story time Debbie
Dec 24 Kids story time Debbie
Dec 31 Kids story time Debbie
Jan 7 Edible FL Don
Jan 14 Nature walk Jane
Jan 21 FL threatened wildlife Debbie
Jan 28 Family hike (starting at Sand Lake) Crystal
Feb 4 Florida Reptiles John
Feb 11 Basic survival Don
Feb 18 Prescribed burns explained ranger
Feb 25 Story time Debbie
Mar 4 Family hike (starting at Sand Lake) Crystal
Mar 11 Nature walk Jane
Mar 18 Extinct FL animals Debbie
Mar 25 Family hike (starting at Sand Lake) Crystal
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Discovery Hour moves to Sundays

Wekiva Springs State Park
Discovery Hours: April 2017 thru September 2017
All programs start at 2:00 unless stated otherwise
April 2 Successful wildlife photography – John
April 9 Florida critters – Debbie
April 16 FL raptors – April
April 23 Successful composting – Sue
April 30 Nature Walk- Jane
May 7 Edible FL – Don
May 14 FL threatened wildlife – Debbie
May 21 Prescribed burns explained – ranger
May 28 Successful wildlife photography – John
June 4 Walking Wekiva – Don B
June 11 Protecting FL water resources – April
June 18 Successful composting – Sue
June 25 TBA
July 2 TBA
July 9 Edible FL – Don
July 16 Nature walk – Jane
July 23 FL threatened wildlife – Debbie
July 30 Basic Survival – Don
Aug 6 Successful wildlife photography – John
Aug 13 Walking Wekiva – Don B
Aug 20 Prescribed burns explained – ranger
Aug 27 Successful composting – Sue
Sept 3 FL raptors – April
Sept 10 Nature walk – Jane
Sept 17 Extinct FL animals – Debbie
Sept 24 Walking Wekiva – Don B

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Imagine Our Florida – new website to watch

Imagine our Florida is a new website from a new 501c3 whose mission is to preserve and protect Florida’s natural resources, wildlife and land. Go to to check it out.
The group was created as a result of last year’s bear hunt which brought together thousands of bear lovers, conservationists and environmentalists from around the state and beyond. The mission has now widened to include protecting all Florida’s natural resources and especially bears, manatees and panthers.

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Shop at Amazon Smile and support WWT

Planning your holiday shopping yet?
If so, shop at Amazon Smile and designate Wekiva Wilderness Trust as your chosen charity. A percentage of everything you buy goes to the WWT and it doesn’t cost you a penny. Click

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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
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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