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    • Saturday, January 29, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Wakulla Springs State Park

    Meet at the Waterfront Visitors Center by 9:30 a.m.
    $10 per person.  Reservations required.

    Join the singing ranger on the Wakulla River and hear a few of the songs that embrace and detail the natural wonders of the park. In between songs, enjoy some stories of the history and the creatures that reside here. This music is thanks to the initiative and support of The Friends of Wakulla Springs State Park. *See your tour leader to get a coupon good for 10% off lunch in the Dining Room or Soda Fountain.

    Space is limited. Please call 850-421-2000 to register.

    • Saturday, February 05, 2022
    • 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

    Registration required. 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, February 12, 2022
    • 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 4:30 p.m. 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.


    • Wednesday, February 16, 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Lodge at Wakulla Springs

    Free with Park Admission. Meet in Lodge Lobby

    Singing Frogs, talking owls, and flying squirrels by the light of the full moon. Explore the nocturnal world of the forest on a flat, easy ranger lead hike. We will identify the denizens of the woods at nightfall by their calls and cries. This walk will start in front of the magnificent Lodge and wind its way across the park grounds in a short, half mile hike appropriate for all ages. Make it a point to secure dinner reservations (850-421-2000) and enjoy some tasty thematic treats. *Ask your tour leader for a coupon good for a free featured appetizer with a dinner purchase. One coupon per couple please.

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




    • Thursday, February 17, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Virtual

    Craig Pittman presents
    "Oh, Florida!"

    Florida is known as the Sunshine State, but lately, it’s gotten the reputation of being the Punchline State. Amid all the mockery that comes with the Florida Man and Florida Woman stories, though, people forget just how important and influential Florida has been. Everything from NASCAR to Native American casinos got started here, and major events such as the Rev. Martin Luther King’s arrest in St. Augustine changed life across the country.  Explore these contradictions with award-winning journalist Craig Pittman who will delve into why Florida produces so much weird news and how everything fits together to make this the most interesting state.


    About the Books:

    "Florida, that sandy, sunny, coda hanging off the gothic Deep South, is the strangest of American states, half-land, half-water, all fantasy. Nobody knows the dubious history, fractious present and overall oddity of the place better than Craig Pittman. He writes like a trippy combination of Carl Hiaasen and Gail Collins, sharp as a stingray's tail, deep as a first magnitude spring and seriously funny. Oh, Florida! is a smart, sly wild ride of a book."―Diane Roberts, author of Dream State 

    For more than 30 years, investigative journalist and New York Times bestselling author Craig Pittman has chronicled the wildest stories Florida has to offer. Featuring a selection of columns that have appeared in the Tampa Bay Times and other outlets throughout Pittman’s career, The State You're In highlights just how strange and wonderful Florida can be.

    Please support your local bookstore! Midtown Reader is our partner for the 2022 Spring Virtual Speaker Series book titles.  

    About the Author:

    Craig Pittman is a native Floridian. Born in Pensacola, he graduated from Troy State University in Alabama, where his muckraking work for the student paper prompted an agitated dean to label him "the most destructive force on campus." Since then he has covered a variety of newspaper beats and quite a few natural disasters, including hurricanes, wildfires and the Florida Legislature. Between 1998 and 2020, he covered environmental issues for Florida's largest newspaper, the Tampa Bay Times, winning state and national awards. He now writes a weekly column for the Florida Phoenix and co-hosts the popular “Welcome to Florida” podcast. He is the author of six non-fiction books, including the New York Times bestseller Oh, Florida! How America's Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country, which won the gold medal for Florida non-fiction from the Florida Book Awards.  His fifth book, Cat Tale: The Wild, Weird Battle to Save the Florida Panther, was hailed as one of the top 20 books of 2020 by Garden & Gun magazine. His latest book, published in September, is The State You're In: Florida Men, Florida Women, and Other Wildlife. He lives in St. Petersburg with his wife and two children.

    Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program, do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    • Saturday, February 19, 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Wakulla Springs State Park

    Free with Park Admission. Meet in the Lodge Lobby.
    Registration required 850-561-7286

    Registration required. Join a ranger-led trek through Wakulla Springs State Park’s varying forest communities. Search for signs of spring like the crimson seeds of the red maple or the white blossoms of Walter's viburnum. Glean tidbits of park history and observe the nuances of nature with the aid of your guide. Arrive early and fuel up with breakfast in the historic Wakulla Springs Lodge prior to the walk. The tour is free with paid park admittance. Space is limited. Please call 850-561-7286 to register.

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




    • Thursday, February 24, 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Lodge at Wakulla Springs

    Free with Park Admission. Meet in the Lobby of the Lodge

    Your yard or even apartment patio can be a life-giving wildlife preserve. Let a park ranger offer simple suggestions that you can use to create an oasis for plants and animals struggling to survive. Complete your evening with dinner reservations. You won’t want to miss the culinary delights of dinner in the Lodge. *Ask your tour leader for a coupon good for a free featured appetizer with a dinner purchase. One coupon per couple please.

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



    • Saturday, February 26, 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Campfire circle located west of the Lodge

    Free with Park Admission.  Meet at the Campfire Circle
    Registration required, 850-561-7286

    Come and join a ranger around the fire and learn about some of the food preparation techniques of our past. People have lived along the edge of the river for centuries and have needed to adapt different techniques for cooking. Watch a demonstration of different primitive food preparation techniques including smoking, mudding, and even boiling water in a hollow log. There may even be a sample of smoked mullet if it doesn’t jump off your plate!

    The event is free with paid park admission. Meet at the fire circle west of the Lodge.

    Please call 850-561-7286 to register.



Past events

Saturday, January 22, 2022 Morning Nature Walk
Thursday, January 20, 2022 A Timeless Glimpse into Florida's Elegant Past
Monday, January 17, 2022 Whoo Goes There
Saturday, January 15, 2022 Evening Cruise & Dinner
Saturday, January 15, 2022 Campfire Cooking
Saturday, January 08, 2022 Climate Up Close
Saturday, January 08, 2022 Bike Ride to Hidden Springs
Thursday, January 06, 2022 Going Native is for the Birds
Wednesday, January 05, 2022 January 2022 Monthly Board Meeting
Saturday, January 01, 2022 Morning Nature Walk - First Day Hike
Saturday, December 18, 2021 Evening Cruise & Dinner
Saturday, December 11, 2021 Bike Ride to Hidden Springs
Thursday, December 09, 2021 Going Native is for the Birds
Saturday, December 04, 2021 December Road Cleanup
Saturday, December 04, 2021 Morning Nature Walk
Wednesday, December 01, 2021 December 2021 Monthly Board Meeting
Saturday, November 20, 2021 Evening Cruise & Dinner
Saturday, November 20, 2021 Bike Ride to Hidden Springs
Thursday, November 11, 2021 The Bell(es) of Wakulla Spring
Saturday, November 06, 2021 Early Boat Tour
Wednesday, November 03, 2021 November 2021 Monthly Board Meeting
Saturday, October 30, 2021 Evening Cruise & Dinner
Saturday, October 23, 2021 Spooky Springs Cruise
Saturday, October 23, 2021 Campfire Cooking
Saturday, October 23, 2021 Coffee with a Ranger
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

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