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Saturday, March 14 — Paddle Among the Cypress

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Saturday, March 14 — Paddle Among the Cypress– CANCELLED FOR COVID

Friends of the Wekiva River is leading a very special kayak/canoe paddle to Lake Norris. After a short paddle on Blackwater Creek we will enter Lake Norris to explore the amazing cypress trees and view nesting osprey. We will return to the launch site through Blackwater Creek.

If the wind is high this trip could be rated MODERATE.  If the water is flat it is considered an EASY  paddle.
When: Saturday, March 14
Time:  8:30 am
Length of Paddle: Approximately 2 hours.
Bring your own canoe or kayak or rent a canoe or kayak for $20 . We have 5, 1 person kayaks and 2 canoes available for rent.
Must reserve by Thursday, March 12.
Also bring water, snacks, sun screen, hat, insect repellant, water shoes.
**** If you would like, bring a picnic to enjoy after the paddle at the launch site.
Meet at: Lake Norris Conservation Area, Lake Norris Rd, Lake County (7miles northeast of Eustis and north of CR 44A)
For reservation, information and rental call Weegie at 407-341-9025.

 

Feb 8 — Visit a cemetery, learn from a biologist

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Saturday, Feb. 8 — Visit a cemetery, learn from a biologist

Join Friends of the Wekiva River at 9:00 am Saturday, February  8th, for a hike through a section of the sand pine scrub and pine flatwoods in Rock Springs Run State Reserve to the scant remains of an old cemetery.
Paul Lammardo, environmental specialist/biologist for the Wekiva River Basin State Parks, will share his knowledge of the ecology, flora and fauna in the area. He will also provide background information on the settlers of Ethel. Old grave markers are the only remaining signs of Ethel, which started in the later 1800’s with sawmills and turpentine stills. Ethel had a church with a school and a railroad flag stop. Sanford’s newspaper covered family dinners, social events, school calendars and burials that took place in this small town west of Sanford.
* The round trip hike and talk should take less than two hours. There is no charge, except for the state’s $3-per-vehicle entrance fee.
* Bring water, insect repellent, sunscreen, hat and snacks if desired.
* Rock Springs Run State Reserve is near Sorrento.  From Orlando, take I-4 to Exit 101C and travel west on State Road 46 for about 10 miles to the park entrance on the left. Construction makes this a little challenging. Look for our signs. The park entrance, framed by a tall chain link fence, is about 3 miles west of the Wekiva River bridge on State Road 46. Once inside the park take the first left towards the horse stables. Drive 0.7 of a mile and park on the right at the kiosk that describes the Ethel settlement.
Call the park at 407-884-2008 for additional directions. For more information on the hike, contact Weegie at weegie1021@aol.com or 407-788-2619.Join Friends of the Wekiva River at 9:00 am Saturday, February  8th, for a hike through a section of the sand pine scrub and pine flatwoods in Rock Springs Run State Reserve to the scant remains of an old cemetery.
Paul Lammardo, environmental specialist/biologist for the Wekiva River Basin State Parks, will share his knowledge of the ecology, flora and fauna in the area. He will also provide background information on the settlers of Ethel. Old grave markers are the only remaining signs of Ethel, which started in the later 1800’s with sawmills and turpentine stills. Ethel had a church with a school and a railroad flag stop. Sanford’s newspaper covered family dinners, social events, school calendars and burials that took place in this small town west of Sanford.
* The round trip hike and talk should take less than two hours. There is no charge, except for the state’s $3-per-vehicle entrance fee.
* Bring water, insect repellent, sunscreen, hat and snacks if desired.
* Rock Springs Run State Reserve is near Sorrento.  From Orlando, take I-4 to Exit 101C and travel west on State Road 46 for about 10 miles to the park entrance on the left. Construction makes this a little challenging. Look for our signs. The park entrance, framed by a tall chain link fence, is about 3 miles west of the Wekiva River bridge on State Road 46. Once inside the park take the first left towards the horse stables. Drive 0.7 of a mile and park on the right at the kiosk that describes the Ethel settlement.
Call the park at 407-884-2008 for additional directions. For more information on the hike, contact Weegie at weegie1021@aol.com or 407-788-2619.

Saturday, Jan 18 – Free spring basin tour w/experts

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Saturday, Jan 18 – Free spring basin tour w/experts

Visit Wekiwa Springs, Rock Springs, and the hills and valleys that feed the springs.Learn about the hydrology of the springs and threats to this valuable resource. Your guides and guest speakers have a combined 75 years of resource management experience. Meet at Wekiwa Springs State Park. Tell park ranger station you are there for the tour. Reservations required as tour bus seating is limited. (407) 788-2619 or FriendsWekivaRiver@gmail.com   Reserve by Thursday.  Event: 9 a.m. – noon

Saturday, Oct. 5: Prescribed burns, wildflowers and butterflies

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Saturday, Oct. 5: Prescribed burns, wildflowers and butterflies

Join a tram tour of Wekiva Springs State Park with a specialized team of park rangers who set controlled burns. Learn how they choose their targets, fight fire with fire, and see the results. In burned areas and beyond, enjoy colorful wildflowers and the butterflies that visit them – all lead by a landscape expert. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Wekiva Springs State Park Recreation Hall. Field trip is limited to 30 people and reservations required. Degree of difficulty: Easy. Email for reservations: weegie1021@aol.com or call 407-788-2619.

March 9: Guided Wekiva River Paddle

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March 9: Guided Wekiva River Paddle

Members of Friends of the Wekiva River will lead a paddle from Kings Landing to Kelly Park via Emerald Cut. This is a beautiful section of river that you may not have experienced. This is an advanced beginner paddle. We paddle up stream first. There are a few trees/logs to negotiate although not too difficult. Also, if you choose, you may continue downstream past Kings Landing and paddle back up.

The number of participants will be limited to 20, so you must pre-register by calling Weegie at 407-788-2619 or emailing weegie1021@aol.com

Saturday, March 9, 8:30 am

Location: Kings Landing

5722 Baptist Camp Rd.

Apopka, FL 32712

407-886-0859

Cost:  ***CASH ONLY***

Launch Fee: $10, (with a shuttle return from Wekiva Island $20)

Canoe Rental: $30 (seats 3 adults)

Kayak Rental: 1 person  $40

2 person  $50   (prices include paddles and flotation devices.)

Bring: water, hat, bug spray, sunscreen, snacks and/or a picnic lunch, shoes/sandals that can get wet…strapped on is best.

Phone/camera in a waterproof container.  Dry bags are good!

 

 

March 7 — Free film viewing: Hidden Secrets of Florida Springs

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March 7 — Free film viewing: Hidden Secrets of Florida Springs

Friends of the Wekiva River invites you to a special free viewing of a compelling film that explores the mystique and malaise of Florida springs.

Film producers include Emmy award-winning producer Bob Gugiere and Bill Belleville, an award-winning environmental writer, documentary filmmaker and lecturer. Gugiere will be present to answer questions.

Thursday March 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Markham Woods Church located at 505 Markham Woods Road in Longwood. Call 407-788-2619 with any questions.

Feb. 9 – A scrub and scrub-jay journey with an expert

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Feb. 9 — A scrub and scrub-jay journey with an expert

Join Florida scrub jay biologist Ralph Risch on a guided walk through Seminole State Forest for a chance to spot this threatened species, which is the one bird found only in Florida – just about 6,000 left down from an estimated 100,000 in the 1920s. The forest is home to about 100. You’ll learn about its scrub habitat and controlled burns, visit some rare and unique plant locations and stop to see some of the bird territories. You’ll also see other habitats, search for other bird species and hopefully see some other wildlife.

Meet at the Bear Pound parking area north of SR46 at 8:00 AM.  Bring a camera, binoculars, and your favorite field guides.  Also, bring a packed lunch if you wish to eat with us after the hike. Wear closed toed shoes, no sandals or flip-flops, please.

Park entry fee: $2:00

This trip is limited to 20 people. A waiting list will be taken. 

The hiking on this trip is classified as easy. 

Email weegie1021@aol.com for reservations and for more information call 407-788-2619.

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