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Oct. 20 — Banquet at Alaqua

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Oct. 20 - Banquet at Alaqua

OCT. 20 -- BANQUET AT ALAQUA
Enjoy a lovely reception, dinner and program with Friends of the Wekiva River at the Legacy Club at Alaqua Lakes from 6 to 9 p.m. Keynote speaker Holly Greening, executive director of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program, will talk about working together to restore and protect ecosystems. Delicious buffet. Cash bar. Business-style attire. Please reserve in advance. $30 per person. Checks made out to Friends of the Wekiva River. Mailed to FOWR, PO Box 536815, Orlando, FL 32853. Or email FriendsWekivaRiver@gmail.com -- send your name and number in your party and pay through PayPal on our website. For questions, please call 407-788-2619. The Legacy Club at Alaqua Lakes is located at 1700 Alaqua Lakes Blvd, Longwood, Florida 32779

Fire in Wekiva – Oct. 15

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OCT. 15 -- FIRE IN WEKIVA

 
Fire brings life to Wekiva. On Oct. 15, you can see first hand the results on a beautiful tram ride guided by expert ecologists and biologists who use controlled burns to keep Wekiva's more than 40,000 acres healthy.
Meet at the Sand Lake parking lot in Wekiwa Springs State Park at 8:30 a.m. From there, we will take a park-provided tram on a course through flatwoods, hammocks and sandhills. Experts will show you recent and older burn sites and the wonders that result. In the fall, Wekiva's sandhills are usually flush with the showy flowers of native plants that are adapted to frequent fire.
We won’t hike too far on this trip, but wear comfortable clothing and bring water and any snacks or personal items you ...may need while you are in the far reaches of the park for 3 hours. We will be back to the parking lot before noon.
This is part of our Wekiva Wilderness series of six three-hour events including a night hike, canoe ride and multiple day field trips to experience wildlife, see how fire fuels life in the forest, recognize different kinds of frogs, count birds and understand our springs and unique habitats, plus much more. Attend one, some or all of the classes. $25 each. $100 for all. To see the schedule, more info and to register, visit FriendsofWekiva.org or email FriendsWekivaRiver@gmail. Or call 407-788-2619 for general info about the classes. For specific information about the fire class, email Jay.H.Exum@gmail.com

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER August 1, 2017 – Turtles of the Wekiva Wild and Scenic River System

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August 1, 2017 - Turtles of the Wekiva Wild and Scenic River System

LIVE Turtle Presentation
Wekiwa Springs State Park

Tuesday, August 1, 2017
1:00 p.m.
Nature Pavilion

 

Turtles of the Wekiva Wild and Scenic River Live Turtle Presentation – Tuesday, 1:00 p.m.

Come hear fascinating facts and insights on the behaviors of turtles we commonly see along the Wekiva River in this 1-hour program. You will learn about aquatic turtles and what you can do to help protect turtles here and all over the world. It’s a great opportunity for a selfie with a freshwater turtle too! Presented by, Virginia Oros, Wekiva Wild and Scenic River Ambassador, Jordan Gray, and his team from the North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group and the Turtle Survival Alliance.  

 

Nature Center – Tuesday at 2:00 p.m.

Stay and enjoy the Wekiva Wilderness Trust Nature Pavilion where you will see a live alligator, snakes, turtles, and learn some interesting facts about these and other species. See fossils and artifacts that illustrate the area’s rich history and the abundance of wildlife found within the Wekiva Basin. Learn about the Wekiva’s diversity of flora and fauna, some of which is endangered or threatened.

 

Hosted by:

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

 

June 17, 2017 – Wetland Ecology Field Course

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JUNE 17, 2017 – WETLAND ECOLOGY FIELD COURSE

The Friends of the Wekiva River is offering a new way to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the Wekiva Basin. This new opportunity will consist of six lessons over the next year. It will encompass various aspects of the unique ecology of the Wekiva system including a focus on springs, the river and its tributaries, unique wildlife and unique habitats. These field classes will consist of an approximately three-hour trip during all four seasons of the year. Wildlife Ecologist, Jay Exum, Ph.D., will  be the instructor.

The first class, Wetland Ecology, will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday June 17. 2017 at Seminole State Forest. Cost for the full course is $100.00 or $25.00 for individual classes. Preregistration is required. Space is limited.  Call 407-788-2619 for more information.

Meet: 7:00 p.m. SSF Bear Pond Parking Lot off SR 46.
Entrance fee: $2.00/person
 

 

August 19, 2017 – Wetland Ecology Field Course

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AUGUST 19, 2017 - SPRING ECOLOGY FIELD COURSE

The Friends of the Wekiva River is offering a new way to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the Wekiva Basin. This new opportunity will consist of six lessons over the next year. It will encompass various aspects of the unique ecology of the Wekiva system including a focus on springs, the river and its tributaries, unique wildlife and unique habitats. These field classes will consist of an approximately three-hour trip during all four seasons of the year. Wildlife Ecologist, Jay Exum, Ph.D., will  be the instructor.

Explore the frog diversity of Seminole State Forest (SSF) on a night walk. During rainy season the isolated wetlands of SSF become alive with the breeding activities of up to 10 species of frogs. Learn about frogs, their required habitats, and how to identify.

The second class, Spring Ecology, will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday August 19, 2017 at Seminole State Forest. Cost for the full course is $100.00 or $25.00 for individual classes. Preregistration is required. Space is limited.  Call 407-788-2619 for more information.

Meet: 7:00 p.m. at the Bear Lake Trailhead at the parking lot about 1/4 mile north of State Road 46 (the road to the trailhead is about ½ mile from the Wekiva River)
Entrance fee: $2.00/person
  
 
 

Sept. 12 – Special Event: Troubled Waters

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Sept. 12 - Special Event: Troubled Waters

Learn more about the pollution problems that threaten the future of Florida’s waterways and how you can be part of the solution.

The film “Troubled Waters” will be shown 6:30 pm in the Performing Arts Center at Valencia College East Campus on September 12. The film was produced by St. Johns Riverkeeper, who is co-sponsoring the event along with the League of Women Voters Orange County, Friends of the Wekiva River, and the Valencia Earth Studies Association. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with Seminole County Commissioner Lee Constantine, St. Johns Riverkeeper Lisa Rinaman, and Prof. James C. Adamski. The event is free and open to the general public. Doors open at 6:00 pm.

January 7, 2017 – Hike to Hidden Springs of Seminole State Forest

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January 7, 2017 - Hike to Hidden Springs of Seminole State Forest

Park Biologist, Ralph Risch, Park Ranger, Mike Martin and author and naturalist, Bill Belleville opened the morning with an introduction to the hidden springs of Seminole State Forest.

Twenty-five undeterred hikers, wearing various forms of rain gear from ponchos to black trash bags pilled into 4 wheel drive vehicles and headed out to personally discover hidden springs in SSF.

To see Helena Springs we trekked along a long narrow path bordered by low-growing palmettos.  We slowly descended to the wetter ground and entered a hardwood hammock.  There, before us, appeared a crystal clear pond. As we looked down we could see not only our reflection but the boil that was releasing the underground water.

In the other springs we saw the water flowing out of the rocks, forming a stream that would eventually empty into Blackwater Creek, the Wekiva River, the St Johns and finally into the Atlantic Ocean.

The morning was a gift… The group shared their interest in coming out in spite of the dismal forecast. The forest was glistening after the rain, the air, so fresh it should have been bottled!  Imagination and curiosity were stimulated. What happened thousands of years before our feet touched this ground..and the ever gnawing question,”How can I help to protect it? What is my part?”