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Saturday, Jan. 5: Wekiva story walk

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Saturday, Jan. 5 WEKIVA STORY WALK
Led by popular storyteller Eddie Williford, learn little-known tales about the fascinating history of Wekiva Springs State Park during an easy hike around the park’s spring area. Bring a picnic lunch; shared grill available. Jan. 5. Meet 10 a.m. at the kiosk near the concession building. Free but $6 park admission applies. 1800 Wekiwa Circle, Apopka. 407-788-2619

Oct. 6 – Sleuthing for Spiders

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Oct. 6 — Sleuthing for Spiders

Do you think spiders are cool or scary? Either way, prepare to be fascinated or frightened on a night walk through Wekiva Springs State Park with a spider expert who will reveal all their secrets. Meet at the park’s campground ampitheater at 6 pm, Saturday, October 6. Cost: $6.00 park entry fee and the ranger will provide directions to the site. After a 30-minute slide presentation on spiders, we will hike in the Sand Hill area of the park to find spiders and their intricate webs. Degree of difficulty: moderately easy. Paths are uneven and sandy. What to bring/wear: Closed-toed shoes, long pants and long-sleeve shirt suggested, flash light (preferably head lamp), insect repellent, water, camera. For any questions, call 407-788-2619 or email FriendsWekivaRiver@gmail.com

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Bats in Your Backyard - Feb. 1

Did You Know? Bats do not "carry" rabies; in fact, only about one-half of one percent of bats contract the disease. More people die annually from rabies transmitted by domestic pets than have died from contact with bats in all of recorded history! Learn more about these mysterious animals during Bats in your Backyard, a free program Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Markham Woods Church of Seventh-day Adventists meeting room, 505 Markham Woods Road, Longwood, FL 32779, sponsored by Friends of the Wekiva River. Come and learn about these prolific mosquito eaters from Shari Blissett-Clark, President of the Florida Bat Conservancy. www.floridabats.org A bat hike will follow on Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. Meet at Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park, 8300 W. State Road 46 Sanford, FL 32771. The presence of bats, however, isn’t guaranteed! For more information, contact FriendsWekivaRiver@gmail.com or call 407-415-0705.