Upcoming events

    • Saturday, February 22, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Free with Paid Park Admission (Meet in the Lodge Lobby)

    Join a ranger-led trek through the 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 enjoy breakfast in the historic Wakulla Springs Lodge. Space is limited. Call 850-561-7286 to register.

     Call 850-561-7286 for reservations.

    • Sunday, February 23, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Lodge at Wakulla Springs

    Park Entrance Fee Waived for all Attendees

    Activities will include a special presentation, delicious hors d'oeuvres, musical entertainment, the membership meeting, a relaxing river boat cruise on the beautiful Wakulla River or a tour of the newly acquired Ferrell Property. Free (including park entry) for all attendees. Learn about the Friends of Wakulla Springs and our plans and aspirations for the crown jewel of the Florida Park System, Wakulla Springs State Park.

    SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

    11:00-12:15 SPECIAL PRESENTATION (Dogwood Pavilion). This year's informative and awe-inspiring program features cave diver Casey McKinley, Project Director of the Woodville Karst Plain Project. WKPP divers have explored miles and miles of tunnels beneath the spring. Casey will show the latest videos of underwater explorations and discuss recent work on the project.

    12:30-1:15: REFRESHMENTS/MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT (Lodge Lobby/Terrace).  Satisfying heavy hors d'oeuvres provided by the Lodge and cash bar. Bring your favorite dessert to share with your Friends. Enjoy musical entertainment by Ernest Toole & the wonderful Miss Sarah with their fun Florida tunes. *Renew your membership.
    (*You can now renew your membership online from the comfort of your home - or in person at the meeting. You will receive an automatic renewal notice when your renewal is due).

    1:30-2:40: MEMBERSHIP MEETING (Lodge Terrace). Our business meeting will sum up the past year and vote in the new Board. Finally, who will be the special recipient of this year's President's Award?

    3:00-4:00: Two Optional Tours (Please Pre-Register for either Option #1 or Option #2):
    #1 RIVER BOAT CRUISE (Waterfront Visitor Center). All are invited to a closing boat ride on our gorgeous river. The perfect finale to a full fun day with the Friends!                        

    #2 FERRELL PROPERTY TOUR (Approx 2 miles north of the park)
    The newly acquired Ferrell Tract includes 715 acres of land within the Wakulla Spring watershed. Friends of Wakulla Springs have been supporters of the acquisition of this property for many years, so the park is offering a behind the scenes car caravan tour on this new acreage not yet open to the public.

    *A SPECIAL MEMBER BONUS* - The Florida Memory 2020 "Florida Springs" Calendar. This year's calendar celebrates the multitude of ways that springs have impacted Florida history, with a special focus of how that impact is documented in photographs, films and other historical records maintained by the State Archives of Florida. Our own Wakulla Springs is featured three times in this beautiful collectible calendar FREE to our members compliments of the State Archives!  A limited number available to those who come early to the Annual Meeting.


    Year 2020-21 FOWS Nominating Committee Slate of Proposed Board Members
    • Sunday, February 23, 2020
    • 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
    • Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park
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    Take a special Members Only River Boat Tour along the Wakulla River at the  close  of the Friends Annual Membership Meeting.  Cruise leisurely on this world-class wildlife viewing event on the two mile loop downstream and back among majestic bald cypress trees, elegant wading birds, toothy alligators and visiting manatees.  We never tire of taking this relaxing cruise... The perfect finale to a full fun day with the Friends!

    • Sunday, February 23, 2020
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Ferrell Property, Wakulla County
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    Tour the Newest Addition to Wakulla Springs!

    The Ferrell Tract includes 715 acres of land within the Wakulla Spring watershed.  Several sinks on the property have been explored by divers who have documented a direct connection to Wakulla Spring.  The acquisition of this property ensures that this sensitive recharge area will be preserved and protected for years to come.  This new acreage has not yet been added to the Park’s Unit Management Plan so it is not yet open to the public.  The Friends of Wakulla Springs have been supporters of the acquisition of this property for many years, so the park is offering a behind the scenes tour after the Annual Meeting.  After a brief introduction, the group will take a driving tour to see some of the features of the land.

    Specific directions to the meeting site (approximately 2 miles north of the park) will be provided prior to the tour.

    • Thursday, February 27, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Free with Park Admission. (Meet in the Lodge Lobby)

    Your yard or apartment patio can be a life-giving wildlife preserve. Park ranger will offer simple suggestions for creating an oasis for plants and animals. Complete your evening with dinner reservations (850-421-2000). Don't miss the All-You-Can-Eat Fried Shrimp Special for $19.95. *Ask your tour leader for a coupon good for a free appetizer per party with a dinner purchase.

    Call 850-421-2000 for dinner reservations.

    • Saturday, February 29, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    $18.00 Adults, $10.00 Students
    (Friends Member Discount $5.00 off regular Adult ticket)

    Follow the amazing underground journey of our precious water "blue gold" with Florida springs expert, Jim Stevenson. This fascinating behind-the-scenes tour traces the journey southward from Tallahassee through one of the longest and deepest cave systems in the world to Wakulla Springs. Peer into our underground aquifer though pristine sinkholes not accessible to the general public. This is a journey to Florida’s largest spring that everyone who lives in our beautiful Big Bend region should experience!

    Car caravan/walking tour departs from Cascades Park with 7 stops of interest on the way to Wakulla Springs State Park. Tour proceeds benefit the Friends of Wakulla Springs State Park.  

    Call Palmetto Expeditions, (850) 926-3376 for reservations.

    • Saturday, March 28, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Downtown Tallahassee, Park Avenue

    Table at event promoting the Friends and upcoming Car Show

    Get canopy and table with decorations to event in Tallahassee. Stay at table between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Arrange for printed material and any kid’s activities, if necessary.

    Need:  Event Captain and Volunteers

    Yes, I want to help

    • Saturday, April 04, 2020
    Register

    Volunteers needed! - please contact Don (Phoenix94@centurylink.net or 544-0037) or Steve (251-7143)

    Last year we were overwhelmed by the response.

    • $20.00 Registration/Donation Fee first car/truck, $10.00 per additional car/truck 
    • $10.00 Registration/Donation Fee first motorcycle, $5.00 per additional motorcycle

    DOWNLOAD word doc registration form for CAR SHOW

    DOWNLOAD word docs for VENDORS:  2020 VENDOR form & Short Term Vendor Permit 2020

    185 vehicles including exotic supercars, classic American iron and even a 52' pink firetruck!

    The Motorcycle category brought out an incredible group, including our first place winner, a 1943 M50 BSA Military.

    This year a special Club area will be added - bring your friends!

    A great family event with food, music and a beautiful beach and swimmimg area a few hundred feet away.

    Due to the great response last year, all entries and vendors will be allowed access into the Park at the gated entrance on Wakulla Springs Road (US 61). The General Public will still utilize the main entrance on Bloxham Cutoff Road (US 267). This entrance will be open from 9:00 AM to 12:00 AM  


    • Saturday, May 09, 2020

     A 5k and Fun Run event through the Sanctuary at the park.

    Need:  Volunteers

    Yes, I want to help

Past events

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 Saving Wakulla Springs Overland Tour
Saturday, November 02, 2019 Humanatee Festival/Early Boat 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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