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Saturday, August 1st, 2015

Ranger Program: Museum Area

Runs through Saturday, August 1st, 2015 

Time & Place

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT
Silver Springs State Park; 1425 NE 58th Avenue; Ocala, FL 34470

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Free with regular park admission.

Take part in a ranger program which occurs every Saturday. Topics vary, but each program is an opportunity to learn something new about Silver Springs State Park and Florida’s unique environment.

Additional Information:

Enter the Riverside of the park at the entrance off of SR 35 (Baseline Rd.). The program will be held in the amphitheater at 5:00PM.

More Information

352-236-7148 | Web

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Silver Springs

 

Camper's Campfire Program

Runs through Saturday, August 1st, 2015 

Time & Place

All day
Wekiwa Springs State Park; 1800 Wekiwa Circle; Apopka, FL 32712

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Free to registered park campers.

Registered park campers are invited to join us on Saturday evenings, starting 30 minutes after sunset, at the amphitheater adjacent to the general camping area within the park for our Campfire Circle Programs.

Additional Information:

The programs are presented by volunteers and park rangers on a wide range of topics suitable for people of all ages.

More Information

407-884-2009 | Web

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Wekiwa Springs

 

Discovery Hour in the Park

Runs through Saturday, August 1st, 2015 

Time & Place

10:00 AM EDT
Wekiwa Springs State Park; 1800 Wekiwa Circle; Apopka, FL 32712

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Free with regular park admission.

Join us on Saturday mornings in the park's Interpretative Pavilion above the springs. The programs are presented by volunteers and park rangers on a wide range of topics suitable for people of all ages.

Additional Information:

Donations support the Wekiwa Wilderness Trust and are graciously accepted.

More Information

407-884-2009 | Web

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Wekiwa Springs

 

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

Ranger Program: Main Entrance

Runs through Sunday, August 2nd, 2015 

Time & Place

2:00 PM EDT
Silver Springs State Park; 1425 NE 58th Avenue; Ocala, FL 34470

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Free with regular park admission.

Take part in a ranger program which occurs every Sunday. Topics vary, but each program is an opportunity to learn something new about Silver Springs State Park and Florida’s unique environment.

Additional Information:

Enter at the Springside of the park at the entrance off of SR 40 for the program which will be held at the Education Center at 2:00PM.

More Information

352-236-7148 | Web

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Silver Springs

 

Florida Safari

Runs through Sunday, August 2nd, 2015 

Time & Place

10:00 AM EDT
Silver Springs State Park; 1425 NE 58th Avenue; Ocala, FL 34470

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Free with regular park admission.

Join the Park Rangers and explore normally inaccessible areas by 4x4 and tram. See the impacts of the resource management activities performed by park staff and enjoy learning a little more about Florida’s unique ecosystems. Have a chance to experience the thrill of seeing some of the residents of the woods such as gopher tortoises, Sherman’s fox squirrels and wild turkeys on this one hour trek.

More Information

352-236-7148 | Web

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Silver Springs

 

Wet to Dry Trail Guide Tour

Runs through Sunday, August 2nd, 2015 

Time & Place

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT
Wekiwa Springs State Park; 1800 Wekiwa Circle; Apopka, FL 32712

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n trailhead located in the primary day use area above the spring. The short hike starts with a comfortable walk down to the spring and then along the boardwalk thru the shady vegetation of a Hydric Hammock. It ends on one of the park's upland hiking trails heading back to the starting point. The guide will explain the different types of natural communities in the park and the variety of wildlife that inhabit the area.

Additional Information:

The tours begin at 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. and last 30 minutes.

More Information

407-884-2009 | Web

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Wekiwa Springs

 

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Morning Walk

Runs through Friday, August 7th, 2015 

Time & Place

9:00 AM EDT
Silver Springs State Park; 1425 NE 58th Avenue; Ocala, FL 34470

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Free with regular park admission.

Wear your best walking shoes and join Park Rangers for a burst of exercise. Enjoy a brisk walk in the gardens along the Silver River as the woods wake up. This group will take a spin around the garden loops for about a mile.

More Information

352-236-7148 | Web

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Silver Springs

 

Saturday, August 8th, 2015

Ranger Program: Museum Area

Runs through Saturday, August 8th, 2015 

Time & Place

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT
Silver Springs State Park; 1425 NE 58th Avenue; Ocala, FL 34470

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Free with regular park admission.

Take part in a ranger program which occurs every Saturday. Topics vary, but each program is an opportunity to learn something new about Silver Springs State Park and Florida’s unique environment.

Additional Information:

Enter the Riverside of the park at the entrance off of SR 35 (Baseline Rd.). The program will be held in the amphitheater at 5:00PM.

More Information

352-236-7148 | Web

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Silver Springs

 

Ocala Plein Air

Runs through Saturday, August 8th, 2015 

Time & Place

All day
Silver Springs State Park; 1425 NE 58th Avenue; Ocala, FL 34470

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Free with regular park admission.

The Ocala Plein Air Painters meet the second Saturday of each month to capture the beauty of Silver Springs State Park. Come out and watch a canvas come to life. Some pieces are available for purchase in the art gallery located in the Lundy Center.

Additional Information:

For more information about Plein Air groups in Florida, click here.

More Information

352-236-7148 | Web

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Silver Springs

 

Camper's Campfire Program

Runs through Saturday, August 8th, 2015 

Time & Place

All day
Wekiwa Springs State Park; 1800 Wekiwa Circle; Apopka, FL 32712

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Free to registered park campers.

Registered park campers are invited to join us on Saturday evenings, starting 30 minutes after sunset, at the amphitheater adjacent to the general camping area within the park for our Campfire Circle Programs.

Additional Information:

The programs are presented by volunteers and park rangers on a wide range of topics suitable for people of all ages.

More Information

407-884-2009 | Web

Find Related Info:

Wekiwa Springs

 

Discovery Hour in the Park

Runs through Saturday, August 8th, 2015 

Time & Place

10:00 AM EDT
Wekiwa Springs State Park; 1800 Wekiwa Circle; Apopka, FL 32712

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Free with regular park admission.

Join us on Saturday mornings in the park's Interpretative Pavilion above the springs. The programs are presented by volunteers and park rangers on a wide range of topics suitable for people of all ages.

Additional Information:

Donations support the Wekiwa Wilderness Trust and are graciously accepted.

More Information

407-884-2009 | Web

Find Related Info:

Wekiwa Springs

 

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

Ranger Program: Main Entrance

Runs through Sunday, August 9th, 2015 

Time & Place

2:00 PM EDT
Silver Springs State Park; 1425 NE 58th Avenue; Ocala, FL 34470

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Free with regular park admission.

Take part in a ranger program which occurs every Sunday. Topics vary, but each program is an opportunity to learn something new about Silver Springs State Park and Florida’s unique environment.

Additional Information:

Enter at the Springside of the park at the entrance off of SR 40 for the program which will be held at the Education Center at 2:00PM.

More Information

352-236-7148 | Web

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Silver Springs

 

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Springs Field School

Runs through Thursday, August 20th, 2015 

Time & Place

All day
Wakulla Springs Lodge; 550 Wakulla Park Drive, Wakulla Springs, FL 32327

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The Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute Presents

SPRINGS FIELD SCHOOL

Tuition: $ 1,850 plus University fees (3 credits)

Registration Link: https://usi.capd.fsu.edu/emc00/register.aspx?OrgCode=10&EvtID=14090&AppCode=REG

For more information, visit the Calendar of Events page of our website: www.FloridaSpringsInstitute.org/events

Florida’s artesian (deep groundwater) springs are an important natural resource, providing the basis for extensive wildlife support and human recreation. These springs and the Floridan Aquifer that feeds them are under increasing threats from human activities. A growing awareness of these problems is leading to a rapid increase in demand for knowledge about the chemistry, biology, and ecology of springs to be used for improved resource management. As an answer to that need, Florida Springs Institute ihas planned a comprehensive course that will provide an overview of the current understanding of how springs are a product of their environmental surroundings and how they respond to management decisions.

The Florida Springs Field School will be scheduled for six days of lectures and field trips.The Field School will be held at the Wakulla Springs Lodge, conveniently located just outside of Tallahassee, Florida. The Lodge includes lecture space, dining facilities, comfortable rooms (included in tuition), and access to nearby Wakulla Springs. Field trips are tentatively planned to Wakulla Springs and the nearby Wakulla and St. Marks rivers. The first day of the school, Monday, August 13, will start at 10 AM with check-in and room assignment. Each succeeding day will consist of about four hours of field visits and four hours of lectures with breaks for meals. All meals will be provided starting with Monday’s lunch. The Springs Field School will end with check-out after lunch at 1 PM on Thursday, August 20.

Enrollment for this course is available though the Florida State University to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at the University for the summer 2015 semester. There is a $500 non-refundable deposit payable to FSU through the Center for Academic & Professional Development due by May 29, 2015. The remaining balance ($1,350) and university fees are due by July 24, 2015 through University Financial Services. To pay your deposit, click on the registration link provided on the event page located at www.FloridaSpringsInstitute.org. Current FSU students must register with their FSU email address and their student records contact information. If you are a student at an institution other than Florida State University, immediately following registering, you are also required to complete and submit the Transient Student Form to the address on the form. Please see the event website for further enrollment details.

Who should take this course?

Undergraduate and graduate students studying biological sciences, chemistry, oceanography, environmental science, geology, or those who have an interest in learning more about springs.

More Information

352-463-0800 | Web

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Wakulla Spring, Wakulla River

 

Friday, August 14th, 2015

Ranger Stroll

Runs through Friday, August 14th, 2015 

Time & Place

4:00 PM EDT
Silver Springs State Park; 1425 NE 58th Avenue; Ocala, FL 34470

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Free with regular park admission.

Take a deep breath and join a ranger for a walk in the gardens along the Silver River. End your week with an informative stroll as Rangers answer questions and point out some of the highlights of Silver Springs State Park. This group will take a spin around the garden loops for about third of a mile.

More Information

352-236-7148 | Web

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Silver Springs

 

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

Ranger Program: Museum Area

Runs through Saturday, August 15th, 2015 

Time & Place

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT
Silver Springs State Park; 1425 NE 58th Avenue; Ocala, FL 34470

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Free with regular park admission.

Take part in a ranger program which occurs every Saturday. Topics vary, but each program is an opportunity to learn something new about Silver Springs State Park and Florida’s unique environment.

Additional Information:

Enter the Riverside of the park at the entrance off of SR 35 (Baseline Rd.). The program will be held in the amphitheater at 5:00PM.

More Information

352-236-7148 | Web

Find Related Info:

Silver Springs

 

Camper's Campfire Program

Runs through Saturday, August 15th, 2015 

Time & Place

All day
Wekiwa Springs State Park; 1800 Wekiwa Circle; Apopka, FL 32712

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Free to registered park campers.

Registered park campers are invited to join us on Saturday evenings, starting 30 minutes after sunset, at the amphitheater adjacent to the general camping area within the park for our Campfire Circle Programs.

Additional Information:

The programs are presented by volunteers and park rangers on a wide range of topics suitable for people of all ages.

More Information

407-884-2009 | Web

Find Related Info:

Wekiwa Springs

 

Discovery Hour in the Park

Runs through Saturday, August 15th, 2015 

Time & Place

10:00 AM EDT
Wekiwa Springs State Park; 1800 Wekiwa Circle; Apopka, FL 32712

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Free with regular park admission.

Join us on Saturday mornings in the park's Interpretative Pavilion above the springs. The programs are presented by volunteers and park rangers on a wide range of topics suitable for people of all ages.

Additional Information:

Donations support the Wekiwa Wilderness Trust and are graciously accepted.

More Information

407-884-2009 | Web

Find Related Info:

Wekiwa Springs

 

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

Ranger Program: Main Entrance

Runs through Sunday, August 16th, 2015 

Time & Place

2:00 PM EDT
Silver Springs State Park; 1425 NE 58th Avenue; Ocala, FL 34470

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Free with regular park admission.

Take part in a ranger program which occurs every Sunday. Topics vary, but each program is an opportunity to learn something new about Silver Springs State Park and Florida’s unique environment.

Additional Information:

Enter at the Springside of the park at the entrance off of SR 40 for the program which will be held at the Education Center at 2:00PM.

More Information

352-236-7148 | Web

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Silver Springs

 

Pickin' in the Park - Main Entrance

Runs through Sunday, August 16th, 2015 

Time & Place

1:00 PM EDT
Silver Springs State Park; 1425 NE 58th Avenue; Ocala, FL 34470

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Free with paid park admission.

Local and visiting musicians perform acoustic music in a scenic area in front of the headsprings.

Additional Information:

Enter the park through the main entrance located at 5656 East Silver Springs Blvd. (SR 40).

More Information

352-236-7148 | Web

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Silver Springs

 

Wet to Dry Trail Guide Tour

Runs through Sunday, August 16th, 2015 

Time & Place

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT
Wekiwa Springs State Park; 1800 Wekiwa Circle; Apopka, FL 32712

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Free with regular park admission.

The tour begins at the park's main trailhead located in the primary day use area above the spring. The short hike starts with a comfortable walk down to the spring and then along the boardwalk thru the shady vegetation of a Hydric Hammock. It ends on one of the park's upland hiking trails heading back to the starting point. The guide will explain the different types of natural communities in the park and the variety of wildlife that inhabit the area.

Additional Information:

The tours begin at 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. and last 30 minutes.

More Information

407-884-2009 | Web

Find Related Info:

Wekiwa Springs

 

Friday, August 21st, 2015

Morning Walk

Runs through Friday, August 21st, 2015 

Time & Place

9:00 AM EDT
Silver Springs State Park; 1425 NE 58th Avenue; Ocala, FL 34470

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Free with regular park admission.

Wear your best walking shoes and join Park Rangers for a burst of exercise. Enjoy a brisk walk in the gardens along the Silver River as the woods wake up. This group will take a spin around the garden loops for about a mile.

More Information

352-236-7148 | Web

Find Related Info:

Silver Springs

 

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

Ranger Program: Museum Area

Runs through Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 

Time & Place

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT
Silver Springs State Park; 1425 NE 58th Avenue; Ocala, FL 34470

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Free with regular park admission.

Take part in a ranger program which occurs every Saturday. Topics vary, but each program is an opportunity to learn something new about Silver Springs State Park and Florida’s unique environment.

Additional Information:

Enter the Riverside of the park at the entrance off of SR 35 (Baseline Rd.). The program will be held in the amphitheater at 5:00PM.

More Information

352-236-7148 | Web

Find Related Info:

Silver Springs

 

Camper's Campfire Program

Runs through Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 

Time & Place

All day
Wekiwa Springs State Park; 1800 Wekiwa Circle; Apopka, FL 32712

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Free to registered park campers.

Registered park campers are invited to join us on Saturday evenings, starting 30 minutes after sunset, at the amphitheater adjacent to the general camping area within the park for our Campfire Circle Programs.

Additional Information:

The programs are presented by volunteers and park rangers on a wide range of topics suitable for people of all ages.

More Information

407-884-2009 | Web

Find Related Info:

Wekiwa Springs

 

Discovery Hour in the Park

Runs through Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 

Time & Place

10:00 AM EDT
Wekiwa Springs State Park; 1800 Wekiwa Circle; Apopka, FL 32712

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Free with regular park admission.

Join us on Saturday mornings in the park's Interpretative Pavilion above the springs. The programs are presented by volunteers and park rangers on a wide range of topics suitable for people of all ages.

Additional Information:

Donations support the Wekiwa Wilderness Trust and are graciously accepted.

More Information

407-884-2009 | Web

Find Related Info:

Wekiwa Springs

 

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

Ranger Program: Main Entrance

Runs through Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 

Time & Place

2:00 PM EDT
Silver Springs State Park; 1425 NE 58th Avenue; Ocala, FL 34470

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Free with regular park admission.

Take part in a ranger program which occurs every Sunday. Topics vary, but each program is an opportunity to learn something new about Silver Springs State Park and Florida’s unique environment.

Additional Information:

Enter at the Springside of the park at the entrance off of SR 40 for the program which will be held at the Education Center at 2:00PM.

More Information

352-236-7148 | Web

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Silver Springs

 

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Education Series for the Curious Adult

Runs through Thursday, August 27th, 2015 

Time & Place

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EDT
Rainbow Springs State Park; 19158 South West 81st Place Road; Dunnellon, FL 34432

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Free with regular park admission.

Rainbow Springs State Park and the Friends of Rainbow Springs invite any and all curious adults interested in learning about a variety of topics such as gardening, native wildlife and pollinators, invasive exotic plants, local Florida history, protection of the River and watershed, the ground beneath your feet and so much more. The Adult Education Series are monthly talks given in a comfortable sit-down setting and will include presentations by local professionals, Master Gardeners, historians, Rainbow Springs State Park staff and volunteers and guest speakers from different occupations and backgrounds. There is something to learn for everyone.

Additional Information:

Presentations will be given in a covered open-air pavilion that is ADA accessible.

Presentations will be approximately one to one and a half hours in length.

Arrive early to enjoy refreshments and to get a seat. Space is limited.

Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of Rainbow Springs volunteer citizen support organization.

PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS:

In order to participate in this program, one:

• Must have the ability to follow visual and/or verbal instructions independently or with the assistance of a companion

• Must have the ability to withstand exposure to outdoor air temperatures under a covered pavilion for up to two hours

• Must have the ability sit or stand independently or with the assistance of a companion for up to two hours.

More Information

352-465-8555 | Email

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Rainbow Springs

 

Rainbow Springs BMAP Meeting

Runs through Thursday, August 27th, 2015 

Time & Place

1:30PM - ??? EDT
Dunnellon Public Library; 20351 Robinson Road; Dunnellon, FL 34431

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The next meeting for the Rainbow Springs BMAP will be held on August 27, at the Dunnellon Public Library; 20351 Robinson Road; Dunnellon, Florida 34431.

"DEP wants to ensure that the local public and stakeholders are part of our restoration process,” said Tom Frick, director of the Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration. “These meetings are an opportunity for involved citizens to be part of the conversation.”

Nutrient pollution, or an excess of nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorous, is one of the primary challenges to water quality restoration across the state. Nutrients are naturally present in water and necessary for the healthy growth of plant and animal life; however, an excess of nutrients can lead to water quality problems like rapid growth of algal mats, habitat smothering and oxygen depletion in the water.

A draft of the BMAP document can be found at the web link below.

To combat water pollution, DEP first develops a restoration goal known as a TMDL. The TMDL, or total maximum daily load, identifies the maximum amount of a specific pollutant that may be present in a given water body for the water body to remain healthy and functional. The TMDL then functions as the target for a restoration plan, called a BMAP or basin management action plan. The BMAP is a five-year plan with set milestones that identifies projects and strategies to reduce pollution or eliminate pollutant sources. This meeting will present the draft Rainbow Springs BMAP document for review.

More Information

Terry Hansen, P.G. | 850-245-8561 | Email | Web | Map

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Rainbow Springs, Rainbow River

 

Friday, August 28th, 2015

Ranger Stroll

Runs through Friday, August 28th, 2015 

Time & Place

4:00 PM EDT
Silver Springs State Park; 1425 NE 58th Avenue; Ocala, FL 34470

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Free with regular park admission.

Take a deep breath and join a ranger for a walk in the gardens along the Silver River. End your week with an informative stroll as Rangers answer questions and point out some of the highlights of Silver Springs State Park. This group will take a spin around the garden loops for about third of a mile.

More Information

352-236-7148 | Web

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Silver Springs

 

Wekiwa Field School

Runs through Sunday, August 30th, 2015 

Time & Place

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM EDT
Wekiwa Springs State Park Youth Camp, 1800 Wekiwa Circle, Apopka, FL 32712

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The Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute Presents

WEKIWA FIELD SCHOOL

Cost: $350 ($315 for FSI members)

Registration Link: https://howardtodumfloridaspringsinstitute.wildapricot.org/event-2007488/Registration

For more information, visit the Calendar of Events page of our website: www.FloridaSpringsInstitute.org/events

Are you a springs enthusiast interested in learning more about the history, ecology, geology, and ethics of Florida’s springs? Then sign up today for the 2nd annual Florida Springs Institute field school!

This three-day educational experience at the Wekiwa Springs State Park Youth Camp will include lectures, guest speakers, and a full day of fieldwork and fun at Rock Springs Run. Students will learn the science behind springs health and how human activities are affecting springs ecosystems and the public’s drinking water. Students will also gain a basic knowledge of existing laws and measures that help to protect this shared resource.

The field school will be led by Dr. Robert L. Knight, an environmental scientist and recent author of Silenced Springs: Moving from Tragedy to Hope. Dr. Knight is the founder and Director of the Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute and has served as an adjunct professor in the Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences at the University of Florida.

This field school is open to the general public, and registration fees include meals, lodging, guest lectures, field trips and opportunities to explore nature.

Past guest speakers at the field school have included Dr. Steve Walsh of the U.S. Geological Survey Southeast Ecological Science Center, Rob Mattson of the St. Johns River Water Management District, and Jane Durocher of the Center for Earth Jurisprudence.

More Information

Robert L. Knight | 386-462-1003 | Email | Web | Map

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Wekiwa Springs

 

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

Ranger Program: Museum Area

Runs through Saturday, August 29th, 2015 

Time & Place

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT
Silver Springs State Park; 1425 NE 58th Avenue; Ocala, FL 34470

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Free with regular park admission.

Take part in a ranger program which occurs every Saturday. Topics vary, but each program is an opportunity to learn something new about Silver Springs State Park and Florida’s unique environment.

Additional Information:

Enter the Riverside of the park at the entrance off of SR 35 (Baseline Rd.). The program will be held in the amphitheater at 5:00PM.

More Information

352-236-7148 | Web

Find Related Info:

Silver Springs

 

Camper's Campfire Program

Runs through Saturday, August 29th, 2015 

Time & Place

All day
Wekiwa Springs State Park; 1800 Wekiwa Circle; Apopka, FL 32712

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Free to registered park campers.

Registered park campers are invited to join us on Saturday evenings, starting 30 minutes after sunset, at the amphitheater adjacent to the general camping area within the park for our Campfire Circle Programs.

Additional Information:

The programs are presented by volunteers and park rangers on a wide range of topics suitable for people of all ages.

More Information

407-884-2009 | Web

Find Related Info:

Wekiwa Springs

 

Discovery Hour in the Park

Runs through Saturday, August 29th, 2015 

Time & Place

10:00 AM EDT
Wekiwa Springs State Park; 1800 Wekiwa Circle; Apopka, FL 32712

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Free with regular park admission.

Join us on Saturday mornings in the park's Interpretative Pavilion above the springs. The programs are presented by volunteers and park rangers on a wide range of topics suitable for people of all ages.

Additional Information:

Donations support the Wekiwa Wilderness Trust and are graciously accepted.

More Information

407-884-2009 | Web

Find Related Info:

Wekiwa Springs

 

Sunday, August 30th, 2015

Ranger Program: Main Entrance

Runs through Sunday, August 30th, 2015 

Time & Place

2:00 PM EDT
Silver Springs State Park; 1425 NE 58th Avenue; Ocala, FL 34470

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Free with regular park admission.

Take part in a ranger program which occurs every Sunday. Topics vary, but each program is an opportunity to learn something new about Silver Springs State Park and Florida’s unique environment.

Additional Information:

Enter at the Springside of the park at the entrance off of SR 40 for the program which will be held at the Education Center at 2:00PM.

More Information

352-236-7148 | Web

Find Related Info:

Silver Springs

 

Monday, August 31st, 2015

Upper Wakulla River and Wakulla Springs BMAP Meeting

Runs through Monday, August 31st, 2015 

Time & Place

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
Florida Department of Environmental Protection; 2600 Blair Stone Rd; Tallahassee, FL 32399

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The next meeting for the Upper Wakulla River and Wakulla Springs BMAP will be held on August 31, at the Bob Martinez Center, Room 609, Florida Department of Environmental Protection; 2600 Blair Stone Road; Tallahassee, Florida 32399.

"DEP wants to ensure that the local public and stakeholders are part of our restoration process,” said Tom Frick, director of the Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration. “These meetings are an opportunity for involved citizens to be part of the conversation.”

Nutrient pollution, or an excess of nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorous, is one of the primary challenges to water quality restoration across the state. Nutrients are naturally present in water and necessary for the healthy growth of plant and animal life; however, an excess of nutrients can lead to water quality problems like rapid growth of algal mats, habitat smothering and oxygen depletion in the water.

A draft of the BMAP document can be found at the web link below.

To combat water pollution, DEP first develops a restoration goal known as a TMDL. The TMDL, or total maximum daily load, identifies the maximum amount of a specific pollutant that may be present in a given water body for the water body to remain healthy and functional. The TMDL then functions as the target for a restoration plan, called a BMAP or basin management action plan. The BMAP is a five-year plan with set milestones that identifies projects and strategies to reduce pollution or eliminate pollutant sources. The primary purpose of this meeting is to discuss and receive comments on the draft BMAP document.

More Information

Moira Homann | 850-245-8460 | Email | Web | Map

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Wakulla Spring, Wakulla River

 
 

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