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Friday May 17

The weekend kicks off with a meet and greet coupled with an art class on May 17th, led by Sue Scott.

Guests will have the opportunity to sign up for the art class ahead of time and details will be posted on Facebook and this page.  In addition all those attending the weekend will have the opportunity to chat and meet with the plein air artists who will be painting the next day at the meet and greet. 

Saturday May 18

Craft Show, with Plein Air artists painting throughout the Park; all day event.

The craft show, featuring local artists from surrounding counties, will take place on May 18th from 10am to 5pm, selling a variety of goods including home decor, metalwork, jewelry, and more. The event will be accepting vendor applications in March for small businesses who would like to participate.

Additionally, attendees can partake in a silent auction with all supporting the Friends of Wakulla. Make the most of the lodge's stunning setting and surround yourself with artistry by exploring the Terrace and participating in the silent auction featuring captivating pieces. The auction will kick off at 10am, concluding with final bids at 4pm, and item pick-up scheduled between 4pm and 5pm, with after-hours collection by arrangement. For those interested in contributing their artworks to the auction, stay tuned for details on submission guidelines to be shared on the website shortly.

Explore Wakulla Springs Park and witness Plein air artists capture the essence and beauty of the natural surroundings within the historic park. Artists will be stationed throughout the day, engaging in live painting sessions for visitors to observe. The artworks will be up for auction at a live event scheduled the following day on May 19th.

Sunday May 19

Sunday Brunch at Lodge and Art Auction (of Plein Air artwork, etc.) in afternoon.

Cap off your weekend by indulging in a delightful Sunday Brunch from 12:30PM to 3:00PM on May 19th. Feast on a delectable spread featuring an omelet station, seafood, shrimp and grits, and other mouthwatering options. Moreover, immerse yourself in the art auction excitement with live bidding on the artworks created during the live sessions. Tickets for this enticing event will be available for purchase starting in March.  This event bridges the realms of art and nature in the picturesque Wakulla Springs, all in support of the Friends of Wakulla, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the natural and cultural resources of the springs.

Tallahassee Democrat Article – Budget includes millions to buy land above cave to protect Wakulla Springs from gas station

A dedication/ribbon cutting ceremony for the new "Great Blue Heron" electric boat

It was a wonderful day today, as we celebrated a dedication/ribbon cutting ceremony for the new "Great Blue Heron" electric boat, almost completing the fleet of new boats at the Park. The Great Blue Heron was generously supported by the Florida State Parks Foundation, based on revenues generated from the sales of the Florida State Parks license plate! Thanks to the FSPF, Florida State Parks, and to all those that support the Friends of Wakulla Springs State Park...we are so grateful and couldn't do it without you! Come visit the Park, and partake of the gorgeous Fall weather and peaceful ride on the Great Blue Heron!

Tallahassee Democrat Article about the new electric boats for Wakulla Springs 11-21-23 (CLICK HERE)

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Jungle Cruise Tour

River boat tours at Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park.

Tours are offered daily between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Availability is limited and reservations are required. Reservations are available online and should be made before arriving at the park.

(click here to make reservations)

The Friends of Wakulla Springs, Inc. is the official Citizen Support Organization (CSO), a private, non-profit partner supporting educational, interpretive, and historical and scientific research responsibilities of Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park. Friends of Wakulla Springs (FOWS) State Park is an organization of volunteers committed to the preservation of the park with the largest and deepest freshwater spring in the world for the enjoyment of park visitors for generations to come. 

Go to this link to see VIDEOS of Wakulla Springs

Friends of Wakulla Springs is an Official Citizens Support Organization to Preserve & Protect Wakulla Springs.

Virtual Speaker & Performance Series is Provided through Florida Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

There are Amazing Outdoor Adventures at Wakulla Springs... Swim, Walk & River Boat Tours to Name a Few.

Virtual Visits at Wakulla Springs State Park... CLICK HERE

Specialty Plates are now available for pre-order! (CLICK HERE)

The revenue collected from this plate will benefit the Florida Parks Foundation's efforts to protect, preserve, sustain and grow our award winning parks. You can get your specialty plate by visiting your local county Tax Collector's office.

Message from the President

Julie Harrington... CLICK HERE (PDF) or on the NEWS PAGE

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Check out the amazing photos of the Car Show held at beautiful Wakulla Springs.

It was a good day for the show... featuring many classic cars, motorcycles, military vehicles and hot rods.

Those who attended were able to enjoy the grounds of Wakulla Springs and able to walk among these vehicles and even talk to the owners about their precious rides.

CLICK HERE to see a gallery of photos from the event.


Located 30 miles south of Tallahassee, Florida, Wakulla Springs State Park offers many outdoor activities, environmental splendor, the largest and deepest freshwater spring, world-class lodging, and is open 365 days per year.



We depend on funding from membership dues and donations. Your membership enables us to continue our educational advocacy and activities. Together we can make this part of our world better for future generations.



We are accepting new volunteers and always need helping hands. There are as many educational opportunities as there are chances to provide voluntary service. We welcome your involvement and support with the Friends of Wakulla Springs.


Conserving the world's largest and deepest freshwater spring

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Phone: (850) 561–7286 • Email: friends@wakullasprings.org

 A 501(c)3 organization  whose mission is to conserve, protect, restore and enhance the natural, historical, cultural and recreational resources of Wakulla Springs State Park for present and future generations.

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