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    • Sunday, September 12, 2021
    • Monday, September 12, 2022
    • Wakulla Springs State Park



    1. WAKULLA SPRINGS

    (lyrics: Collin Johnson) 2:30

    I wanna tell you about a place

    Wakulla Springs!

    We’ve got Suwannee Cooters sittin’ on logs

    Alligators in the swamp

    Anhingas spreading their wings

    Listen to the moorhen and pied-billed grebe

    CHORUS

    Here in Wakulla Springs!

    It’s so pretty, it’ll make you sing

    Here in Wakulla Springs

    Ridin’ down the river feels just like a dream

    It’s the world’s biggest spring

    120 ft deep it’s amazing

    We’ve got manatees big and round

    Look at that osprey flyin’ around!

    CHORUS

    Watch out for the Creature From The Black Lagoon!

    Back in the jungle Tarzan wailing like a loon!

    Step into the Lodge from 1937

    You might feel like you walked into heaven!

    CHORUS


    2. ALLIGATOR DRAG

    (lyrics: Collin Johnson, Phil Pouliot, Scott Roylance, Ethan Whaley) 3:02

    I drag my belly across the vegetation

    I’m looking for a little visitation

    It’s been awhile since I ate

    My little reptile brain starts to contemplate

    CHORUS

    So come on down to my alligator drag

    If you feel like your day’s getting bad

    Things will become clear after awhile

    Just look at my toothy alligator smile

    We’ve got fried swamp chicken and buzzard BBQ

    Possum on the half shell and Cooter stew

    Fresh spring water, crisp and cool

    This river’s full of fish from many schools

    CHORUS

    If you come from a place that posts a different flag

    You better know how to spot an alligator drag

    Bennie Chapman was a brown pelican

    He flew up river because he lost his friends

    He landed on a path along Wakulla River

    Ended up in the belly of an alligator

    CHORUS


    3. WE EAT THE DEAD THINGS

    (lyrics: Kat Wilson, Collin Johnson, Maria Wilhelmy) 2:50

    I’m a vulture, flying high in the sky

    The wind carries, my kettle high

    We glide in circles, scanning the ground

    On the highways, is where it can be found

    WE EAT THE DEAD THINGS

    My face is red, my feathers are brown

    We build our nests, on the ground

    From Canada to Chile we ride

    My wingspan is 6ft wide

    I’m a turkey vulture

    Vultures are nature’s cleanup crew

    We do the things people wouldn’t do

    WE EAT THE DEAD THINGS

    I’m a black vulture, my wingtips are white

    I bully my kin, I have keen eyesight

    I hiss at the ladies, as I walk on by

    I’ve got bad table manners, but I’m such a cool guy

    I’m a vulture

    Vultures are nature’s cleanup crew

    We do the things people wouldn’t do

    WE EAT THE DEAD THINGS


    4. WITHOUT HANDS

    (lyrics: Kat Wilson, Collin Johnson) 3:19

    I spent the morning laying under a tree

    Camouflaged beneath the leaves

    I shake the rattles in my tail

    For some squirrel the day will be hell

    SNAKES

    High in the branches, I slither around

    Legs would only slow me down

    In my coils I squeeze my prey

    I’ll find a tasty frog today

    SNAKES

    The rats and mice are out of hand!

    Snakes do all that they can

    WITHOUT HANDS, WITHOUT HANDS

    The sun is getting high in the sky

    I need a nice warm place to lie

    Because in the water I’ll find my meal

    My strike is fast, you may not heal

    SNAKES

    Some lay eggs or give live birth

    Live in the water, or on the dirt

    From every corner, every color and size

    For pest control is all that they strive

    SNAKES

    Lizards and frogs are out of hand

    Snakes do all that they can

    WITHOUT HANDS, WITHOUT HANDS

    OR FEET, BECAUSE THEY’RE SNAKES!


    5. MANATEES

    (lyrics: Maria Wilhelmy, Collin Johnson, Kat Wilson) 2:37

    From the Gulf of Mexico to Apalachicola

    From the Port of St. Joe to Pensacola

    They’re moving!

    Some people call them sea cows

    Some people call them mermaids

    But I’m here to tell y’all that they’re

    MANATEES!

    They happen to be mammals just like you and me

    But they live in the water, they live under the sea

    Oh they’re swimming!

    From the Suwannee River to Homosassa

    From Lake Okeechobee, from Tampa and Miami

    Oh they’re moving!

    In the summer, they’re cruising the coast

    But in the winter, they move in close

    They’re aggregating!

    They’re ten feet long, 1200 hundred pounds

    Gray like an elephant they don’t make a sound

    They’re MANATEES!


    6. MASTODON

    (lyrics: Collin Johnson) 3:12

    MASTODON, was ten feet tall

    MASTODON, weighed eleven tons

    MASTODON, with a powerful jaw

    Chewed on conifers twenty feet tall

    CHORUS

    MASTODON! It’s not a mammoth

    MASTODON! They had a smaller head and legs

    MASTODON! Chased by Indians

    MASTODON! Sometimes right off a cliff

    MASTODON, Mammut Americus

    MASTODON, no longer among us

    MASTODON, like an Asian elephant

    Indians followed their scent

    CHORUS

    For thousands of years they roamed this continent

    Grazing on trees, minding their business

    But Indians overhunted them to extinction

    CHORUS


    7. A LITTLE QUIRKY

    (lyrics: Collin Johnson) 4:00

    I want to tell you about

    What I’ve been doing throughout the day

    I’ve been hanging out

    Four feet up in a willow tree

    I’ve been watching the fish

    Like the mullet, the pickerel beneath me

    I’m gonna dive

    Swim with my special feathers and webbed feet

    CHORUS

    Anhinga! I’m an Anhinga!

    I’m a snakebird, a devil bird, and some people call me a water turkey

    Anhinga! I’m an Anhinga!

    I’m a snakebird, a devil bird, and some people call me a little quirky

    I’ve picked my branch

    I’ve been fishing from here for quite some years

    I’m gonna sink low

    Way down deep in the H20

    I’m gonna stab a mullet

    With my spear like bill and throw it my gullet

    CHORUS

    In the spring, I put on my blueliner

    I’ll attract a mate, so I can spread my genetic line

    Because I love Wakulla River

    So much I want to live here forever

    CHORUS


    8. FLOATING ON A BOAT DOWNSTREAM

    (lyrics and additional vocals: Kat Wilson; Harmonica: Phil Pouliot) 3:21

    Rolling down the river

    Floating on a boat downstream

    The sun is high in the sky

    Can you hear the osprey scream

    The grass is growing up tall

    Listen to the bullfrog call

    Alligators on the riverside

    A turtle swims right on by

    The birds are nesting in the trees

    The flowers call the honeybees

    Blue heron thinks he’s mighty fine

    Strutting on the shoreline

    Do you see that big ole bass

    Sliding through the eel grass

    As the otters in the river play

    On this beautiful sunny day

    Over there’s a manatee

    Bobbing along easily

    An anhinga sits to dry

    Stretching out its wings wide

    The cypress in the water grows

    It grows a little taller

    As we roll on down the river

    Floating on a boat downstream


    9. THE WATER CYCLE

    (lyrics and vocals: Kat Wilson) 2:47

    The water filters through the earth

    Two hundred feet beneath the dirt

    It gathers, building, pushing, flowing up and outward through the cracks

    It builds the rivers, lakes and sea

    It makes up plants and you and me

    Rises high into the sky

    It forms the clouds above our head

    The clouds will clash

    The rain will fall

    Whatever’s on the earth

    Water washes through it all, it all

    From this cycle we can’t hide

    This is what we take inside

    If it’s on the ground it ends up in our pipes and our homes

    The water in the sea is a part of you and me

    What we need to survive, clean water’s how we thrive

    It’s what we drink and what we eat

    So we can move to the beat

    In the plants and the trees that make air we can breathe


    10. THE CHIMNEY SWIFT

    (lyrics: Collin Johnson, Jeff Hugo) 4:15

    I’ve been traveling so long now it’s time to rest

    I’ve been searching for a place to bed down and nest

    Where the cool water flows and the trees touch the sky

    There’s a tall chimney, deep and dark where I can lie

    This is home now, for a little while

    The sun is sinking, the air is heavy

    Hundreds dancing, the chimney beckons

    And we dance again, we whirl again and then descend

    This is home now, for a little while

    The starlight shimmers and the night caresses

    We’re feathered specters on a mission

    And we dance again, we whirl again and then descend


    11. CRY OF THE LIMPKIN

    (lyrics: Collin Johnson, Limpkin call: Jackie Turner) 2:31

    Mysterious waters, river of the crying bird

    I hear you calling, we hear you from around the world

    CHORUS

    On Wakulla River

    We don’t even know where your story begins

    On Wakulla River

    The cry of the limpkin sounds like a long-lost friend

    Alligators sunning

    Mullet fish jumping

    Manatees coming up for air

    Look at the red-eyed stare of the night heron

    CHORUS


    12. THE BALLAD OF AN ANCIENT TREE

    (lyrics: Collin Johnson) 4:53

    I am three thousand years old

    I have seen things that would blow your mind

    I have survived centuries of storms

    But I know the violence of man is nigh

    I have watched you from three hundred feet

    Good and evil, I have seen your deeds

    You’ll bring me down because you think you wear the crown in this world

    But we’re all in this together floating down this river that churns

    We’re on the precipice, we’re on the edge

    Staring down into the abyss

    It’s time to change, but we ain’t changing

    This is serious but we keep playing

    You’ll bring me down because you think you wear the crown in this world

    But we’re all in this together floating down this river that churns


    All music written and arranged by Collin Johnson.

    Collin Johnson(vocals, guitars, drums, bass, keyboard)

    Album produced, mixed and mastered by Rick Ott in Sopchoppy, FL.

    The support and enthusiasm of the Friends of Wakulla Springs was pivotal in the creation of this album.  Proceeds from the sale and streaming of this album will support the Friends of Wakulla Springs State Park, a 501(c)3 organization.  Your purchase will help support their mission and enhance the natural, historical, cultural and recreational resources of Wakulla Springs State Park for present and future generations.


    • Saturday, October 23, 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Wakulla Springs Lodge Lobby


    Join a park ranger in the lobby of the lodge. Enjoy coffee and a doughnut (as long as supplies last) while you ask your questions and chat with a ranger. Every encounter is different. 

    The event is free with paid park admission.  Meet in the Lodge Lobby.


    • Saturday, October 23, 2021
    • 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Meet at the Waterfront Visitors Center

    Cruise Times:  11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30

    Register for tours at the Waterfront on the day of the event.  *Each tour is limited to 20 guests.*

    Donations to the Friends of Wakulla Springs Thankfully Accepted

    Get into the spirit of the “Creature from the Black Lagoon” as you float over the dark waters of Wakulla Spring in a glass bottom boat. Be treated to some of the lesser known stories and legends surrounding the spring and the Lodge. Be immersed in the mystery of “Old Joe’s” assassination. Discover the power of “Haint” blue. Delve into the plausibility of ghost stories associated with the lodge. Park Guests may register for these tours at the Waterfront on the day of the event. Each tour is limited to 20 guests.

    Make your day complete with a reservation (850-421-2000) for the ‘Spooky’ themed lunch buffet served in the dining room from 11:00-2:00.



    • Saturday, October 23, 2021
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Park in the Lodge parking lot and follow signs to the campfire circle

    Have you wanted to expand your campfire cooking experience to something beyond hotdogs? Join a ranger-led presentation to discover a few techniques and recipes that you and the kids will love. They might even be good for you!

    Bring a lawn chair for your comfort.

    The event is free with paid park admission.  Park in the Lodge parkin lot and follow the signs to the campfire circle.


    • Saturday, October 30, 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Wakulla Springs State Park

    Arrival Time 5:00 p.m., Cruise Times 5:30 or 5:45 p.m.
    Dinner Reservations 6:30 or 6:45 p.m.
    $35 per person (Tax and Tip included; Alcoholic Beverages not included)

    Meet at the Waterfront Visitors Center

    Enjoy an early evening cruise on the scenic Wakulla River followed by the culinary delights of a dinner buffet in the historic Lodge at Wakulla Springs. Please call 850-421-2000 to pay for your reservations for this exceptional entertainment value. Please arrive in the park by 5:00pm to provide time to meet the captain at the waterfront for a prompt 5:30 or 5:45 departure (per your reservation).

    Space is limited!

    Call 850-421-2000 or 855-632-4559 for reservations.


    • Saturday, November 06, 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Wakulla Springs State Park

    Meet at the Waterfront Visitors Center
    $10 Adult, $7 Children.  Reservations required.

    It’s time to celebrate the “Wakullaphant” (Manatees at Wakulla Springs)! November is Manatee Month. This will be a sunrise tour. Be certain to bring a camera to capture the surprises of early morning on the river. Plan for breakfast in the lodge (reservations required) following the river quest. Space is limited. Please call 850-421-2000 to reserve a space for the tour. Meet at the Waterfront Visitor’s Center. 

    Call 850-421-2000 or 855-632-4559 for reservations.



    • Thursday, November 11, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Virtual
    Register

    Tallahassee Historical Society & Friends of Wakulla Springs State Park
    present a special program featuring historian Dr. Madeleine Carr

    Thursday, November 11, 7:00 p.m. Virtual Presentation
    Program link provided upon registration

    What do a diving bell and a daring Belle have in common with the history of Wakulla Spring?  

    Nellie Bly, a turn-of the-20th century journalist sensation and inventor, contributed to the 1940's underwater filming at Wakulla Spring. She never knew her invention would "challenge Hollywood". Nellie is only one of the Belles at the spring, the other, an impressively large metal object, is the diving bell.

    Historian Dr. Madeleine Carr brings to light the careers of two adventurers, Ms. Bly and Max Nohl. Their careers, a generation apart, are sagas great enough to be remembered. Max Nohl's saga of adventure began in boyhood with a fascination for diving. Just how did he manage to provide a platform for the other "Belles" for underwater filming and why is Nellie Bly part of his story?

    About Madeleine:

    Madeleine H. Carr was born in England and grew up in Switzerland before moving to the U.S.A. in 1970. Since then she has investigated and written about music, culture, and the history of North Florida and Georgia. She obtained her PhD from Florida State University, and retired from teaching American history at TCC in 2012. She is a volunteer historian for Wakulla Springs State Park, a convenient drive from her home she shares with her husband Palmer.  

    More Belles of Wakulla Spring... Madeleine on a railroad car in earlier times....
    Florida State University Tarpon Club....
    Photos courtesy of Florida Memory. Florida Department of State

    • Saturday, November 20, 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Wakulla Springs State Park

    Free with Park Admission. Meet in the Lodge Parking Lot
    Space is limited. Reservations required, 850-561-7286

    Wakulla Springs State Park will host a ranger-led bicycle tour through its varying forest communities to "Hidden Spring". The six-mile round trip journey will take participants through hardwood uplands, longleaf flatwoods, and cypress sloughs. Surrounded by nature, guests will make stops to investigate the connections between plants, fungi, wildlife, and human history.

    Arrive early and fuel up with breakfast or follow-up your adventure with lunch in the historic Wakulla Springs Lodge. Please be certain to make breakfast or lunch reservations, 850-421-2000 or 855-632-4559.

    What to bring:  Bicycle with good suspension, water, snacks (ie. fruit or granola), and a bicycle helmet. 

    Space is limited. Please call 850-561-7286 for tour reservations.

    Call 850-421-2000 or 855-632-4559 for breakfast or lunch reservations.



    • Saturday, November 20, 2021
    • 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Wakulla Springs State Park

    Arrival Time 4:30 p.m., Cruise Times 5:00 or 5:15 p.m.
    Dinner Reservations 6:00 or 6:15 p.m.
    $35 per person (Tax and Tip included; Alcoholic Beverages not included)

    Meet at the Waterfront Visitors Center

    Enjoy an early evening cruise on the scenic Wakulla River followed by the culinary delights of a dinner buffet in the historic Lodge at Wakulla Springs. Please call 850-421-2000 to pay for your reservations for this exceptional entertainment value. Please arrive in the park by 4:30pm to provide time to meet the captain at the waterfront for a prompt 5:00 or 5:15 departure (per your reservation).

    Space is limited!

    Call 850-421-2000 or 855-632-4559 for reservations.


Past events

Thursday, October 14, 2021 A Timeless Glimpse into Florida's Elegant Past
Wednesday, October 06, 2021 October 2021 Monthly Board Meeting
Saturday, September 25, 2021 National Public Lands Day
Thursday, September 23, 2021 Going Native is for the Birds
Saturday, September 18, 2021 Coastal Cleanup Day
Saturday, September 11, 2021 CD Release Party: River of the Crying Bird
Saturday, September 11, 2021 Swift Night Out at Wakulla Springs
Saturday, September 11, 2021 Evening Cruise & Dinner
Thursday, September 09, 2021 Mystery in the Swamp
Wednesday, September 01, 2021 September 2021 Monthly Board Meeting
Saturday, August 28, 2021 Early Boat Tour
Thursday, August 26, 2021 A Timeless Glimpse into Florida's Elegant Past
Saturday, August 21, 2021 Evening Cruise & Dinner
Thursday, August 12, 2021 Going Native is for the Birds
Wednesday, August 04, 2021 August 2021 Monthly Board Meeting
Thursday, July 29, 2021 Mystery in the Swamp
Wednesday, July 07, 2021 July 2021 Virtual Monthly Board Meeting
Wednesday, June 02, 2021 June 2021 Virtual Monthly Board Meeting
Wednesday, May 05, 2021 May 2021 Virtual Monthly Board Meeting
Thursday, April 22, 2021 Virtual Speaker & Performance Series "Defender of Florida's Environment"
Wednesday, April 07, 2021 April 2021 Virtual Monthly Board Meeting
Thursday, March 18, 2021 Virtual Speaker & Performance Series: "The Man Who Swam Inside the Planet"
Wednesday, March 03, 2021 March 2021 Virtual Monthly Board Meeting
Monday, March 01, 2021 Women's Contribution to Florida State Parks
Sunday, February 21, 2021 Annual Membership Meeting 2021 -Virtual
Thursday, February 18, 2021 Virtual Speaker & Performance Series: "Weeki Wachee, City of Mermaids"
Wednesday, February 03, 2021 February 2021 Virtual Monthly Board Meeting
Wednesday, January 06, 2021 January 2021 Virtual Monthly Board Meeting
Thursday, December 10, 2020 For the Springs Virtual Speaker & Performance Series "America's Alligator"
Wednesday, December 02, 2020 December 2020 Virtual Monthly Board Meeting
Thursday, November 12, 2020 For the Springs Virtual Speaker & Performance Series "Wakulla Caves - Hidden Gems"
Wednesday, November 04, 2020 November 2020 Virtual Monthly Board Meeting
Saturday, October 31, 2020 For the Springs Virtual Speaker & Performance Series "Spooky Springs"
Thursday, October 08, 2020 For the Springs Virtual Speaker & Performance Series "Where Have All the Gators Gone?"
Wednesday, October 07, 2020 October 2020 Virtual Monthly Board Meeting
Thursday, September 17, 2020 For the Springs Virtual Speaker & Performance Series "Music on the Water"
Wednesday, September 02, 2020 September 2020 Virtual Monthly Board Meeting
Thursday, August 20, 2020 For the Springs Virtual Speaker & Performance Series
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 August 2020 Virtual Monthly Board Meeting
Wednesday, July 08, 2020 July 2020 Virtual Monthly Board Meeting
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 June 2020 Monthly Board Meeting
Saturday, May 09, 2020 Wakulla Springs 5K Run
Saturday, April 04, 2020 CANCELED - TO BE RESCHEDULED - 3rd annual Wakulla Springs Car Show SIGN UP
Wednesday, April 01, 2020 FOWS meeting Re-Scheduled
Saturday, March 28, 2020 EVENT CANCELED - Morning Nature Walk
Thursday, March 26, 2020 EVENT CANCELED - Mystery in the Swamp
Saturday, March 21, 2020 EVENT CANCELED Road Cleanup
Saturday, March 21, 2020 EVENT CANCELED - Saving Wakulla Springs Overland Tour
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 EVENT CANCELED - Old Growth Forest Dedication
Saturday, March 14, 2020 Evening Cruise & Dinner
Thursday, March 12, 2020 A Timeless Glimpse into Florida's Elegant Past
Saturday, March 07, 2020 Bike Ride to Hidden Spring
Saturday, February 29, 2020 Saving Wakulla Springs Overland Tour
Thursday, February 27, 2020 Going Native is for the Birds
Sunday, February 23, 2020 Members Only Wakulla Riverboat Cruise
Sunday, February 23, 2020 Members Only Ferrell Property Tour
Sunday, February 23, 2020 Friends Annual Membership Meeting
Saturday, February 22, 2020 Morning Nature Walk
Thursday, February 13, 2020 Mystery in the Swamp
Saturday, February 08, 2020 Sweethearts Forever
Saturday, February 08, 2020 Bike Ride to Hidden Spring
Saturday, February 01, 2020 WAKULLA RIVER HERITAGE CARNIVAL
Saturday, January 25, 2020 Morning Nature Walk
Saturday, January 25, 2020 Saving Wakulla Springs Overland Tour
Thursday, January 23, 2020 A Timeless Glimpse into Florida's Elegant Past
Saturday, January 18, 2020 Evening Cruise & Dinner
Saturday, January 18, 2020 Campfire Cooking
Saturday, January 11, 2020 Bike Ride to Hidden Spring
Thursday, January 09, 2020 Going Native is for the Birds
Wednesday, January 01, 2020 Morning Nature Walk (First Day Hike)
Saturday, December 21, 2019 Evening Cruise & Dinner
Saturday, December 21, 2019 Saving Wakulla Springs Overland Tour
Thursday, December 19, 2019 Mystery in the Swamp
Saturday, December 07, 2019 Bike Ride to Hidden Spring
Saturday, December 07, 2019 Quarterly Road Cleanup
Thursday, December 05, 2019 A Timeless Glimpse into Florida's Elegant Past
Saturday, November 23, 2019 Morning Nature Walk
Thursday, November 21, 2019 Going Native is for the Birds
Saturday, November 09, 2019 Evening Cruise and Dinner
Saturday, November 09, 2019 Bike Ride to Hidden Spring
Thursday, November 07, 2019 Mystery in the Swamp
Saturday, November 02, 2019 Humanatee Festival 2019
Saturday, November 02, 2019 Humanatee Festival/Early Boat Tour
Saturday, November 02, 2019 Saving Wakulla Springs Overland Tour
Saturday, October 26, 2019 Spooky Springs Evening Cruise & Dinner
Saturday, October 26, 2019 History of Horticulture
Saturday, October 26, 2019 Spooky Springs Cruise
Sunday, October 20, 2019 Annual Friends Members Beach Bash
Saturday, October 19, 2019 Morning Nature Walk
Saturday, October 19, 2019 Saving Wakulla Springs Overland Tour
Thursday, October 17, 2019 A Timeless Glimpse into Florida's Elegant Past
Thursday, October 03, 2019 Going Native is for the Birds

Conserving the world's largest and deepest freshwater spring

The Friends of Wakulla Springs State Park • 465 Wakulla Park Drive • Wakulla Springs, FL 32327

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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