The Wekiva River is a National treasure. This river boasts beautiful vistas and unique ecosystems.
Enjoying the River
Why Protect It?
Enjoyment for future generations...
Help us protect this amazing river so we can all enjoy the river for many more years to come!
All around the Wekiva Basin
The Wekiva Basin is filled with gorgeous flora and fauna.
We Otter Care!
Events and Field Trips
Join us for one of our monthly field trips!
In 2015, FOWR will launch our Environmental Ambassadors Program. This program will provide students the chance to get involved in protecting and promoting the health of the Wekiva River Basin. Click here for more information.
Even with these protections and existing rules and regulations, the environmental quality of the Wekiva basin continues to be threatened. Click here for some current issues.
Blackwater Creek Paddle Trip
Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 9 AM
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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.
Take a Summer Road Trip: See the Real Florida
The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition team went on a road trip last spring, crossing the state on the most natural type of highway: the proposed Florida Wildlife Corridor. After more than 1,000 miles of hiking, biking and paddling their way from the Everglades Headwaters to the Gulf Islands National Seashore in the Panhandle, the Expedition team members have suggested two locations for families and others to enjoy Florida’s natural beauty: St. Mark’s National Wildlife Refuge (850-925-6121) and Econfina Creek (850-722-9032).
Learn About Florida’s Springs—and Have Fun Doing It!
The Youth Camp at Wekiwa Springs State Park is going to be a hive of activity and learning from Friday, August 28, through Sunday, August 30—and the good news is that you can be part of the action. The activity, called the Wekiwa Field School, is open to anyone who has an interest in studying Florida’s springs. The field school is offered through the Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute (FSI) and not affiliated with any university. Nor is it sponsored by the Wekiwa Springs State Park—the event simply uses the park’s facilities. Primary instructor for the course is Dr. Robert L. Knight, an environmental scientist/systems ecologist. He is Director of the Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute and has more than 35 years of experience as an aquatic and wetland ecologist in Florida. Click here for more details and to view the course syllabus. This may be just the adventure you’ve been looking for!
Blackwater Creek Paddle Trip
Group shot from previous Blackwater Creek Paddle Trip
The next Friends of the Wekiva River’s field trip will be a paddle on Blackwater Creek, one of the last "wild" rivers in Central Florida, thanks to the fact that it flows almost entirely through public land. Nature writer and filmmaker Bill Belleville will lead and interpret the trip. Paddlers will gather at 9:00 am, Sunday, September 13, at the parking on the west side of the entrance road to Seminole State Forest, which is on the north side of State Road 46, just west of the Wekiva River bridge. There is no charge, except for the state’s $2 entrance fee. We will drive through the gate together, and we will leave our cars near the launch point. Reservations are required because the trip will be limited to 20 kayaks or canoes. Canoes are available for rent at $20 and must be reserved at least two days in advance. Bring water, snacks and a picnic lunch, hat, water shoes, sunscreen and bug spray. This is a paddle for all levels of paddlers; beginners are welcome. Contact Weegie Henry by phone (407-341-9025) or email for reservations and information.
Hidden Secrets of Florida Springs Trailer to Be Shown
Filmmakers Bill Belleville and Bob Giguere will screen a nine-minute preview “trailer” for their new film Hidden Secrets of Florida Springs at 6:15 pm on Thursday, September 3, at the monthly board meeting of Friends of the Wekiva River (at the Markham Woods Seventh-day Adventist Church, 505 Markham Woods Road, Longwood). Hidden Secrets of Florida Springs graphically examines the long and colorful history of Florida's springs, explores some astounding scientific discoveries and sounds an urgent alarm about the impending loss of many of these magical---but finite---natural legacies. It's being produced by Equinox Documentaries, a non-profit devoted to nature and “sense of place” films. Belleville and Giguere, both board members of Friends of the Wekiva River, are co-founders of Equinox. The trailer illustrates how the hour-long PBS documentary will play out. Former Florida Gov. Bob Graham, artist Margaret Tolbert, and cave-explorer/mapmaker Eric Hutcheson are featured in the trailer.
Seasonal changes do occur in Central Florida, no matter what our relatives up north say about their absence. Keeping track of the subtle changes in the natural landscape over the calendar year is instinctive to me, and a process that I plan to share in a series of articles on the website.
Next Board Meeting: September 3rd, 2015 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!