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Monday, March 14th, 2016

Paradise Park Remembered - Photographs by Bruce Mozert and Others

Runs through Sunday, April 24th, 2016 

Time & Place

8:00 AM - Sunset EDT
Silver Springs State Park; 5656 East Silver Springs Boulevard; Ocala, FL 34470

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Free with regular park admission.

Paradise Park was a segregated Florida attraction opened in 1949 by the owners of Silver Springs, the state’s oldest attraction, and operated by an African-American staff until 1969.

In conjunction with the Appleton Museum of Art's exhibit (http://appletonmuseum.org/exhibits/current/), Silver Springs State Park will host a selection of photographs from Paradise Park in the Education Center. The Education Center is open every day from 8:00 a.m. until sundown.

Also in the Education Center, current Silver Springs and former Paradise Park boat captain David Faison will walk visitors down memory lane every Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. sharing stories from his 58 years of service and taking questions.

Additional Information:

To get to this exhibit at Silver Springs State Park, enter the park through the main entrance located at 5656 East Silver Springs Boulevard (State Road 40).

Paradise Park Remembered was organized by the Appleton Museum of Art and Lu Vickers on behalf of the late Bruce Mozert, in partnership with Silver Springs State Park, Friends of Silver Springs and Marion County Black Archives. The exhibition at the Appleton Museum features approximately 100 photographs taken by Mozert, former Silver Springs staff photographer, as well as snapshots from private collections and Marion County Black Archives.

For more information about the main exhibit, or the Appleton Museum of Art, visit their website (http://appletonmuseum.org/exhibits/current/).

More Information

Craig Littauer | 352-236-7148, ext. 5 | Email | Web | Map

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Silver Springs

 

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016

9th Annual O'Leno Ole' Chili Cook-Off & Springs Celebration

Runs through Saturday, April 2nd, 2016 

Time & Place

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM EDT
O'Leno State Park; 410 SE O'Leno Park Road; High Springs, FL 32643

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Date: April 2, 2016

Time: Chili Cook-Off – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Springs Celebration – 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Bring your favorite chili recipe and compete with the best during the CASI sanctioned category of this chili cook off. You do not have to be a member to participate. There will be prizes for 1st – 10th place in the Cook-off, and 1st – 3rd place for Showmanship. CASI rules can be found at www.chili.org.

Or, you can compete in the Open category where anything goes! This year will feature 2 Open categories – Open with Meat and Open Vegetarian. There are trophies for 1st – 3rd place winners, and cash prizes of $50 for 1st place and $25 for 2nd place in each Open category. Contestants must be 18 years or older.

Purchase a sample kit and vote for the winner of the “Peoples’ Choice” Award. A cash prize of $100 will be presented for the “Peoples’ Choice”!

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.

Chili Cook-Off Registration Fee: $20.00 per team for either category, or both for $35.00. Park admission for this event is free with the donation of one can of food per person to be donated to a local food bank. For pre-registration and more information email Friends of O’Leno at FriendsofOleno@windstream.net or contact Harriet Walsh at 386-454-4806. For a registration form Click Here.

Tickets will be on sale for a chance drawing to win a free canoe trip
on the Santa Fe River donated by The Canoe Outpost.

All proceeds from the Chili Cook-off will be used for the feeding and care of the animals in the O’Leno Nature Center and for the construction of an interpretive pavilion for the Nature Center.

Scroll down to check out photos and information from prior years Chili Cook-Offs at O’Leno State Park.

And, join us for the Springs Celebration while enjoying the chili!
Highlights will include live music, model train exhibits, children’s activities, environmental exhibits, interactive water education displays and native plant sales.


This event is designed to teach the importance of Florida’s springs.

More Information

Harriet Walsh | 386-454-4806 | Email | Web | Map

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Santa Fe River

 

Saturday, April 9th, 2016

Springtime Sunrise Canoe Tour

Runs through Saturday, April 9th, 2016 

Time & Place

6:15 AM - 9:30 AM EDT
Ichetucknee Springs State Park; 12087 SW U.S. Highway 27; Fort White, FL 32038

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Experience the Ichetucknee River on a spring morning! This special program is space-limited and is RSVP only. Participants do not need to bring canoes or kayaks, as all equipment will be provided. The tour will meet at the North Entrance, off Elim Church Road with launch time as close to 6:45 a.m. as possible. The tour will end at the Last Take-Out at the South End of the park. Transportation will be provided back to the North Entrance. Dress according. Flashlights recommended.

More Information

(386) 497-4690 | Map

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Ichetucknee Springs, Ichetucknee River

 

Alligator Lake Springs Festival

Runs through Saturday, April 9th, 2016 

Time & Place

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM EDT
Alligator Lake Park, 420 SE Alligator Glen Lake City, FL 32025 (Old Country Club Road--1.2 miles south of Baya Dr)

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Outdoors Enthusiasts:

On Saturday, April 9, Four Rivers Audubon will host an Alligator Lake Springs Festival in Lake City. The event will celebrate nature and the headwaters of the Ichetucknee River.

Free admission

Here are the particulars:

Date: Saturday April 9

Time: 10:00AM-3:00PM

Place: Alligator Lake Park, 420 SE Alligator Glen Lake City, FL 32025 (Old Country Club Road—1.2 miles south of Baya Dr)

  • Bird Walks *
  • Nature Walk

  • Photography Walk

  • Reptiloes

  • Local Vendors & Crafters

  • Plant Sales

  • Children’s Activities

  • Nature Organizations

  • Food & Music

* Bird walk begins at 8:00 a.m. Bring binoculars, some loaner binoculars available. RSVP for bird walk by calling (386) 466-2193.

More Information

Web | Map

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Ichetucknee Springs, Ichetucknee River

 

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

Santa Fe River Springs Protection Forum

Runs through Thursday, April 14th, 2016 

Time & Place

9:30AM - 4:00PM EDT
O'Leno State Park; 410 SE O'Leno Park Rd; High Springs, FL 32643

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The springs forum was created by concerned citizens to create a venue where government officials, professionals, and the public can discuss the issues and solutions to protecting our local springs. Alachua County Environmental Protection Department coordinates quarterly meetings, which are open to the public, for the working group.

The next Santa Fe Springs Protection Forum will be from 9:30 – 4:00 PM Thursday April 14 at O’Leno State Park. We will mainly be focused on submerged vegetation. I have attached the agenda. Lunch will be provided by Environmental Consulting and Technology (ECT). Please RSVP HERE by 4/11 if you would like to enjoy the provided lunch. April is a beautiful time of year to enjoy O’Leno, so consider walking the River Trail after the meeting!

Santa Fe River Springs Protection Forum Agenda:

9:30 - 9:35: Welcome - Stacie Greco, Alachua County Environmental Protection Department

9:35 - 10:05: Introductions & Announcements - Everyone!

10:05 - 10:45: SRWMD Water Monitoring Program - Tom Mirti, Suwannee River Water Management District

10:45 - 11:25: A Review of a 30-year Aquatic Plant Dataset in the Santa Fe River - Eric Nagid, Fish & Wildlife Commission

11:25 - 12:05: Drivers of Submerged Aquatic Vegetation - Sky Notestein, Southwest Florida Water Management District

12:05 - 1:05: Lunch, provided by Environmental Consulting & Technology (ECT)

1:05 - 1:45: Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Restoration in Florida Springs - Sean King, Southwest Florida Water Management District

1:45 - 2:25: When the Masses Meet the Grasses - Sam Cole, Ichetucknee Springs State Park

2:25 - 2:40: BREAK

2:40 - 3:20: Vegetation of the Santa Fe River - Tom Morris, Karst Environmental Services

3:20 - 4:00: Turtle Populations in the Santa Fe River - An update on a Long Term Study - Jerry Johnston, Santa Fe Community College

Learn more about this group at www.SantaFeRiverSprings.com

More Information

Stacie Greco | 352-264-6829 | Email | Web | Map

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Santa Fe River

 

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

Santa Fe Springs Plein Air Paintout

Runs through Sunday, April 24th, 2016 

Time & Place

Lanza Gallery & Art Supplies; 45 NW 1st Ave; High Springs, FL

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Enjoy art being created and a day at the springs with Santa Fe Springs Plein Air Paintout.

Public Observation Days:

Saturday, April 16: Blue Springs; 7450 NE 60th St; High Springs, FL;

Saturday, April 23: Ginnie Springs; 7300 Ginnie Springs Rd; High Springs, FL;

(Park entry fees to visiting patrons will apply)

In addition, artists will be painting throughout the springs area, April 17-22. Artisit will be painting at many local springs; some are free and some have entrance fees. Pick up your map with all the information to give you the best springs art experience, at Lanza Gallery & Art Supplies; 45 NW 1st Ave; downtown High Springs, throughout the paintout.

Paintings will be on display and for sale at the following:

MAY: Rum 138 Art Gallery; 2070 SW County Road 138; Fort White, FL: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, 6 days a week (closed on Tuesdays);

JUNE: Lanza Gallery & Art Supplies; 45 NW 1st Ave; High Springs, FL: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM Tuesday - Thursday & Saturday; 12:00 Noon - 6:00 PM Friday;

JULY 16 - AUGUST 27: High Springs Historic Museum; 120 NW 2nd Ave; High Springs, FL: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Tuesday/Wednesday/Saturday; 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM Thursday & Friday; 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Sunday (Free admission).

Sponsored in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institute's Traveling Water Ways Exhibit July 16 - August 27, 2016.

Hosted by the High Springs Historical Society & Community of High Springs

More Information

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Santa Fe River, Ginnie Springs

 

Wakulla Wildlife Festival

Runs through Saturday, April 16th, 2016 

Time & Place

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM EDT
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park; 465 Wakulla Park Drive; Wakulla Springs, FL 32327

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The 2016 Wakulla Wildlife Festival wants to empower festival goers to be positive forces toward improving pollinator populations.This years theme is GO NATIVE! This years' celebration of the area’s wildlife is intended to be especially inviting for children and the child in everyone. Local music, a student art show, activities, exhibitors, and tours in a family atmosphere make the festival an area favorite.

Free with regular park admission.

Guided tours are available at an additional cost.

Advance registration is highly recommended since tours often fill to capacity well in advance of the festival.

For more information visit the web link below.

More Information

850-561-7286 | Web | Map

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Wakulla Spring, Wakulla River

 

Old Fashioned River Party

Runs through Saturday, April 16th, 2016 

Time & Place

10:00 AM - 5:30 PM EDT
Manatee Springs State Park; 11650 NW 115 Street; Chiefland, FL 32626

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Free with regular park admission.

Come enjoy the 24rd annual event and listen to bluegrass, old-time, and folk music from a variety of local bands. The bands will be playing at the pavilion next to the concession stand, and food will be available. Bring the family and lawn chairs for a day of good music and good times.

Additional Information:

Some extras you might want to bring are insect repellant, sunscreen, and smiles.

Essential Eligibility Criteria

In order to participate in this program, one:

- Must be able to follow verbal and/or visual instructions on how to work independently or with the assistance of a companion if program has activity for you to do.

- Must have the ability to withstand exposure to the outdoors for a period of 2 hours.

- All participants must be able to walk a minimum of a 300 yards to a pavilion or be able to participate with little assistance.

- Unless accompanied by an adult, all participants must be at least 16 years of age.

More Information

Christopher Dixon | 352-493-6736 | Web | Map

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Manatee Springs, Suwannee River

 

Sunday, April 17th, 2016

Santa Fe Riverfest

Runs through Sunday, April 17th, 2016 

Time & Place

2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Rum 138; 2070 SW County Road 138; Fort White, FL 32038

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This annual fundraising event, now in its sixth year, will include the songwriting contest, music by Terraplane Rhythm & Blues, a great silent auction (art, jewelry, vacations, etc.), Kid's Corner, 50/50 raffle, music jam session, grilled burgers and dogs, delectable desserts, beer and drinks. Proceeds go to educational and advocacy activitiesof Our Santa Fe River, all designed to protect the aquifer, springs and waters in this area.


Advance tickets are $5.00 per person ($7.00 per person at the door), and can be ordered online here: www.oursantaferiver.org. Children under 12 are free.

More Information

386-243-0322 | Web | Map

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Santa Fe River

 

Monday, April 18th, 2016

Lower and Middle Suwannee River BMAP Technical Meeting

Runs through Monday, April 18th, 2016 

Time & Place

6:00 PM EDT
Suwannee River Water Management District; 9225 CR49; Live Oak, FL 32060

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Announcing a Technical Meeting for the Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) for the Lower and Middle Suwannee River and associated springs. Topics will include a review of the BMAP process and a presentation on the Draft BMAP for the basin. The BMAP is the means for implementation of the adopted Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs). A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Terry Hansen, Watershed Planning and Coordination Section, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, 2600 Blair Stone Road, MS 3565, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400, or by e-mail terry.hansen@dep.state.fl.us.

"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.

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.

The agenda for this meeting includes the following topics:

  • BMAP overview

  • Ag update

  • SRWMD Project Updates (and other projects)

  • What’s Next

  • Summary and questions

More Information

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

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Suwannee River

 

Monday, April 25th, 2016

Upper Wakulla River and Wakulla Springs BMAP Meeting

Runs through Monday, April 25th, 2016 

Time & Place

10:00 AM EDT
Florida Department of Environmental Protection; 2600 Blair Stone Rd; Tallahassee, FL 32399

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The next Upper Wakulla River and Wakulla Springs Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) Wastewater/On Site Sewage Treatment and Disposal System (OSTDS) Remediation Strategy meeting is scheduled for Monday April 25, 2016. Everyone is welcome to attend. The meeting will be held 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.

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.

DRAFT AGENDA:

• Welcome and Introductions

• Elements of the Florida Springs and Aquifer Protection Act

• Florida Department of Health Activity Update

• Upper Wakulla River and Wakulla Springs Wastewater/OSTDS Remediation Strategy

• Public Comments and Questions

• Next Steps and Close Meeting

More Information

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

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Wakulla Spring, Wakulla River

 

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Wekiva River, Rock Springs Run, and Little Wekiva Canal BMAP Meeting

Runs through Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 

Time & Place

10:30 AM EDT
Public Works West Altamonte Operations Facility (Lake Lotus Training Room); 950 Calabria Drive; Altamonte Springs, FL 32714

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A Wekiva River, Rock Springs Run, and Little Wekiva Canal BMAP Public Meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at the Public Works West Altamonte Operations Facility (Lake Lotus Training Room); 950 Calabria Drive; Altamonte Springs, FL 32714. Everyone is welcome to attend. The meeting will focus on the On-site Sewage Treatment and Disposal Systems (OSTDS) Remediation Strategy.

"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.

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.

DRAFT Agenda

  • Welcome and Introductions

  • Elements of the Florida Springs and Aquifer Protection Act

  • Florida Department of Health Activity Update

  • Wekiva River, Rock Springs Run, and Little Wekiva Canal Wastewater/OSTDS Remediation Strategy

  • Public Comments and Questions

  • Next Steps and Close Meeting

More Information

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

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Wekiwa Springs, Rock Springs Run

 
 

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