Upcoming events

    • Thursday, October 08, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual
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    Speak For the Springs:   Bob Deyle presents "Where Have All the Gators Gone? Wildlife Diversity and Abundance Trends on the Upper Wakulla River"

    Photo courtesy of Bob ThompsonThe upper Wakulla River ecosystem has experienced several significant perturbations in the 34 years since the State Park was established. Wildlife monitoring initiated in 1992 has revealed that total animal abundance on the river has decreased: between 1992 and 2018 14 species decreased, four increased, and six exhibited no statistically significant long-term trend.

    The alligator, as a top generalist, offers a bellwether of the changes experienced by the river ecosystem. In this webinar, park volunteer Bob Deyle, will present the stories of the alligator and several other species to examine these trends and the apparent effects of the ecosystem disturbances that have occurred.

    Photo courtesy of Bob ThompsonBob Deyle is a volunteer river boat guide at Wakulla Springs State Park and manager of the park’s volunteer wildlife monitoring program. A professor emeritus of environmental planning at Florida State University, he retired in August 2013. He currently serves as chair of the Wakulla Springs Alliance. Deyle holds degrees in biology, environmental management, and environmental science.

    Photos courtesy of Bob Thompson.



    • Sunday, October 25, 2020
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Wakulla Springs – On the Beach
    • 6
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    Friends of Wakulla Springs Beach Bash!

    Each year since the late 1990s members have gathered at the waterfront for an annual October potluck followed by a tour of the river.

    The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting everything you do. Friends of Wakulla Springs is preparing a pandemic-correct beach party on Sunday, Oct. 25 at 5 p.m. It will be a “Box to Table” event with barbecue entrées prepared by the Lodge. (Vegetarian option also available.). Sadly, there will be no riverboat cruise this year.

    Register before Oct. 18 to enjoy a small (size is limited to less than 50) intimate dinner party. You will be suitably distanced at the water’s edge and are encouraged to dip your feet into the river. 

    Register Soon – First Come First Served.  Participation is purely optional based on your level of comfort.

    To ensure a safe gathering, we need to know the following:
    • How many people in your party? We need to know how many to seat with you at a table. Maximum per table in your group is 5 people. 

    Thank you.

    Barbecue Entrée menu (Please select one upon registration):

    • Pulled Pork
    • Chicken
    • Hamburger
    • Veggie Burger

    Deadline to register is Oct. 18, 8 p.m.

    • Saturday, October 31, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual

    Ghosts at the Springs: Spooky Springs: Tales, sounds and images of things that go bump in the night.  

    Join us for the scariest night at the spring of ghosts, creatures and people past. Park Services Specialist Jeff Hugo and County Commissioner Quincee Messersmith will make your skin crawl.

    Do you have a scary story to share??


    • Thursday, December 10, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    • Virtual

    Speak for the Springs:  Doug Alderson presents "America's Alligator"

    People have long been fascinated by the American alligator. Ever since humans arrived on the continent more than 15,000 years ago, the American alligator has been both feared and revered, celebrated and scorned, and often hunted for food and hide.

    Seminole Indians wrestled alligators for show. Alligator souvenirs and mascots often took what people feared—a sharp-toothed predator—and made it into something cute and cuddly.

    Alligator-themed songs were recorded and released, including “See You Later Alligator” by Bill Haley and His Comets. Hollywood into created alligator-themed movies such as Alligator People. Alligators were also reportedly kept in the White House under two presidencies. And perhaps the most unusual alligator story was one that helped to nab Ma Barker and her son Fred when they were hiding out along Florida’s Lake Weir.

    America’s Alligator, a new book published by Lyons Press, examines the colorful and sometimes conflicted relationship our species has had with Alligator mississippiensis. Through photos and vintage souvenir items, author Doug Alderson will share some of our country’s rich alligator mythology and how it inspired various forms of art, stories, photography, tourism and even humor.

    About the Author:

    Tallahassee writer Doug Alderson is well known as an avid naturalist, accomplished nature photographer, ardent paddler, and currently works as the Outreach and Advocacy Director for the Apalachicola Riverkeeper. He is the author of several award winnng books, including A New Guide to Old Florida Attractions: From Mermaids to Singing Towers (Pineapple Press), He is also the recipient of several magazine, creative nonfiction and photography awards. 

    More complete information can be found on his website: www.dougalderson.net.


Past events

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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