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Wekiva River
Wekiva River, Florida

The Wekiva River is a National treasure. This river boasts beautiful vistas and unique ecosystems.

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Enjoying the River

Help us protect this amazing river so we can all enjoy the river for many more years to come!

Open Space
Navtive Plants

The Wekiva Basin is filled with gorgeous flora and fauna.

Orchids
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Join us for one of our monthly field trips!

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Welcome Note

Since 1982 the Friends of the Wekiva River have worked to protect, preserve, and restore the natural functions and beauty of the Wekiva River system. As a result of our leadership and the cooperation of our river partners, the Wekiva is designated a Florida Outstanding Water, a Florida Canoe Trail, a Florida Wild and Scenic River, and a National Wild and Scenic River with over 70,000 acres of state-protected lands in the basin. Despite this ample recognition, the Wekiva River and its fragile ecosystem face numerous threats.

These include the fragmentation and loss of habitat, declines in spring flow, degradation in water quality, and wildlife mortality on the roads. read more.


Turtles of the Wekiva Wild and Scenic River

9 a.m. Saturday, August 16, 2014
Nature Pavilion at Wekiwa Springs State Park

See and hold live turtles and learn more about the turtles of the Wekiva River at 9 a.m. August 16 at Nature Pavilion at Wekiwa Springs State Park. Principle investigator and herpetologist Eric Munscher from of the North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group and the Turtle Survival Alliance will describe his studies of the different turtles in the Wekiva, their habitats and populations. Wekiva Wild and Scenic River Ambassador Virginia Oros will join the one-hour program that will include what residents do to help protect turtles.

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Stay and enjoy the new Wekiva Wilderness Trust Nature Pavilion to see a live alligator, snakes and turtles and learn some interesting facts about these and other species.  There are also fossils and artifacts that illustrate the area’s rich history and its abundance of wildlife and plant life. Hosts are Wekiva Wild and Scenic River Ambassador, Wekiva River Aquatic Preserve, Friends of the Wekiva River,Wekiwa Springs State Park, Wekiva Wilderness Trust, and Turtle Survival Alliance. The program is free, but the park entrance fees apply. For more information, contact Oros at 407-330-6727 or Virginia.Oros@dep.state.fl.us.

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The Wekiva River

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Events & Programs

Next Board Meeting/ Date change:
August 7, 2014 at 6 p.m .
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The Friends of Wekiva River have been working closely with the Rotary Club of Seminole County South to form the Wekiva River Promise. The project is to educate on the effects of nitrates and promote personal stewardship to ensure the enjoyment of the River for years to come!
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