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Wekiva River Basin State Parks Newsletter

Wekiva Wilderness Trust Awarded $9,000 from Duke Energy Foundation for Serenity Garden Project

Wekiva Wilderness Trust was awarded a Victories for Veterans Grant of $9,000 from the Duke Energy Foundation. The Victories for Veterans project works with the Tampa Bay Rays, setting aside $1,000 for every game won during 2018 to be awarded to organizations who support veterans. The grant will go towards our Serenity Garden project, which aims to improve the quality of life for Wounded Warrior Veterans among other groups.

On September 16th, the grant winners were announced just prior to the Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland Athletics game. One representative from each organization joined Duke Energy President Catherine Stempien and leaders from Tampa Bay on the field to be recognized. 

Read more about our Serenity Garden project here!

If you are interested in learning more, visit the 2019 retreat event page!

Upcoming Events

Discovery Hour - Sunday 2:00PM at the Interpretive Pavilion
Sept 23 With Debbie - Florida Critters
Sept 30 With John - Reptiles

Did You Know? Fun Nature Facts!

  • Thousands of years ago armadillos used to be six foot long and weighed six tons!

September Flower of the Month

Atlantic St. John’s-wort (Hypericum tenuifolium)

Fringed Meadowbeauty (Rhexia petiolata)Atlantic St. John’s-wort or Scrub St. John’s-wort is a small woody shrub which grows in sandhill, scrub, pine flatwoods, and dry prairies. This flower is one of 34 species of St. John’s-wort native to Florida. Within Wekiwa Springs State Park it is abundant and can be found along trails in dry, well-drained sites. It is an attractive plant with shiny dark green needle-like foliage densely covering reddish brown stems. The leaves grow opposite each other and attach directly to the plant stem with no petiole (leaf stem). The mature plant rarely grows taller than 18-20 inches and remains rounded and dense. Flowering occurs spring to fall. The flowers arise at the end of the stems and have five bright yellow petals surrounding a center with many stamens. When in full bloom the flowers are numerous.  It is extremely drought tolerant and it will not tolerate standing in saturated soil for any length of time.

You don’t have to hike very far to find Atlantic St. John’s-wort.  From the Sand Lake parking lot, hike toward the lake, there are several plants on either side of the trail before you reach the lake. Or, hike in the other direction past the horse corral toward trail marker 32. Of course there are many other dry well-drained sites where you can find this lovely wildflower.

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The Wekiva Wilderness Trust ( is a nonprofit, volunteer group that supports the work of the basin parks. We are dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the Wekiva parks. Contact us at 844-PARK-WWT (844-727-5998) or email at, to inquire about volunteer opportunities!


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