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Wekiva Wilderness Trust

Wekiva River Basin State Parks Newsletter

You have expressed an interested in supporting the Wekiva River Basin State Parks. Thank you for being a champion for the environment!
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.

Phone Number Correction
We apologize to those who attempted to reach out by phone last month after our last newsletter, the phone number published was incorrect. Our new phone number is 844-PARK-WWT (844-727-5998).  Contact us at the new number or email at, to inquire about volunteer opportunities.

Exciting News! Special Serenity Garden Coming Soon to Wekiwa Springs Park
After months of detailed fine tuning, the final concept design for the Serenity Garden at Wekiwa Springs State Park has now been completed. Even though construction has not yet started, the garden, believed to be the first of its kind in the nation, has already attracted the attention of the medical and therapeutic community.
Faculty and graduate students from Adventist University of Health Science’s Occupational Therapy Department recently spent two days at the site as groundwork for the first evidence-based research study to be performed at the garden.
The ongoing study will explore quality of life impacts of the Serenity Garden’s design and programs for four specified groups: seniors, people who have lost their sight, Wounded Warrior Veterans, and children and adults with autism.
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August Flower of the Month

Vanillaleaf (Carphephorus ordoratissimus)
When hiking at the Wekiwa Springs State Park, starting from the Sand Lake parking lot west, past the horse corral to trail marker #32, look for tall (4 feet or more) straight, smooth stemmed plants with small tubular purple flowers clustered at the top of the stems. The leaves around the base of the plant are up to 12 inches long. Stem leaves are smaller, broad, alternate and clasp the stem, and are progressively smaller from the base to the top of the stem. Vanillaleaf is native to the southeast and gets its common name from its vanilla scent.

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