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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.



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