Welcome to the Wekiva Wilderness Trust
Welcome to the Wekiva Wilderness Trust, a nonprofit, volunteer group that supports the work of the three parks that make up the Wekiva basin state parks. WEKIWA SPRINGS STATE PARK LOWER WEKIVA RIVER PRESERVE STATE PARK ROCK SPRINGS RUN STATE PRESERVE
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. VOLUNTEER INFORMATION
Join the Wekiva Wilderness Trust with a membership and become a vital part of supporting the Wekiva basin state parks! We offer several levels. Membership entitles you to attend and vote at the monthly board meetings and the opportunity to learn what is going on in the parks and how you can help. Read more >
News and Upcoming Events at Wekiwa Springs & Rock Springs Run
Thanks to everyone who competed in this year's 36th Annual Real Florida 5K-10K race on Saturday, Feb 25. It was a great success. Mark your calendars for next year's race on Sat. Feb 24, 2024.
WWT awarded $100,000 grant for Ethel
On January 30, the Wekiva Wilderness Trust was awarded a $100,000 grant from Walt Disney World Resort to help make a happier and healthier planet possible. The WWT was one of five Florida conservation organizations to receive awards as part of the 'Disney Planet Possible' effort for a brighter, more sustainable future. The WWT grant will go towards the Ethel project and was recognized for its commitment to providing educational opportunities for youth in our community.
Disney has donated $6 million to nonprofit organizations across Florida since the start of its 50th Anniversary celebrations.
Hike With a Ranger
Join a Ranger on a 1.5- mile hike. Water, closed-toe shoes, insect repellant, and sunscreen recommended. Meet at Sand Lake Parking Lot inside Wekiwa Spring State Park. To sign up go to Meet Up Wekiva.
Junior Ranger Club Dates
Spiders! (Be Kind to Spiders Week
Wednesday, April 12th 2023, 5p-6:30p
Wednesday, May 10th 2023, 5p-6:30p
Saturday, June 1st 2023, 10am-12pm
Wednesday, June 7th 2023, 5pm-6:30pm
Friday, July 7th 2023, 5:30pm-7:30pm
As always, buckets and trash grabbers will be provided for those that want to give back to the environment and earn a service stamp.
The Wekiva Wilderness Trust is an all-volunteer organization that runs the nature center, conducts guided walks and river patrols and performs a variety of other work to assist rangers in the park. We need your financial help to continue our support that preserves and restores the Wekiva parks for all to enjoy. Read more >
The Ethel Project
Ethel was a thriving township at Rock
Springs that has long since disappeared. You can learn more about it by clicking on the 'History of Rock Springs' button above. The Friends of Ethel are working to bring Ethel alive again with a walk back in time. There will be interpretive panels along the way and historic markers at sites of special interest. We plan to reconstruct two 1880s homestead cabins, one to house a small museum and the other to be simply furnished as it would have been then.
We also plan to build a pavilion with picnic tables near the trailhead for visiting school groups and others interested in learning more about this remarkable story.