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Wekiva Wilderness Trust

Wekiva River Basin State Parks Newsletter

Seasons Greetings from Wekiva Wilderness Trust!

Check out some of our awesome upcoming events, for the holidays and the new year!

The Wekiwa Wilderness Retreat Coming Up in March

Join us for the first ever Wekiwa Wilderness Retreat, from Friday March 29 to Sunday, March 31, 2019.
This retreat is a unique opportunity to learn more about the Wekiva basin, its wildlife and the environment and immerse yourself in it for three days of learning and fun!
This catered event offers different accommodation levels, from cabin to tents, and many, many fun activities to choose from! Choose your own level of participation, and enjoy meeting other like minded people who love the outdoors!
Activities include: greet the day yoga and tai chi, guided birding and wildflower hikes, guided canoe trips, night hikes, basic survival techniques, edible Florida, presentations about Florida’s critters, campfire singalongs and much more!
Get more details or register for the event at Register soon before this event sells out!


Join Us with the Family Dec. 31st for "Noon Years Eve" 

Join us for our First Annual “Noon” Year’s Eve party at Wekiwa Springs State Park. Your whole family can celebrate the new year without staying up past anyone’s bedtime! 

When:  Dec 31st 10 am - 12 pm 
Where: Live Oak Pavilion (next to the playground) for Celebration and Crafts.

The beach ball drop will be promptly at Noon. Be sure to arrive in time for the countdown.

Noon Year’s Eve will feature a count down and a “beach” ball drop, photo backdrop area, and have fun crafts for kids (ranging from FREE up to $1.00). All money earned/donated will go to Wekiva Wilderness Trust. Please bring cash for these, we will not have a credit card machine at that time. 

Event is FREE, however you still have to pay the admission to the park. Food and beverages will not be provided this year, however there is a concession near the pavilion. For more information, message us on Facebook, or email us at

Join us for the 32nd annual Real Florida 5k-10k Run

Wekiwa Springs State Park on Sat. Feb 23

This is the only race in the area that is run within a state park and almost all off road!
All proceeds from the race go to fund projects in the park and this year our main project is to start work on the one-acre Serenity Garden, a park within a park, and the only one of its kind anywhere in the U.S. It has been specially designed to allow people of all abilities and disabilities to enjoy being in nature in a safe and inspiring environment. Once completed we hope it will become a model for all parks and public spaces in this country and overseas.
Male and female winners of the 5K and 10K receive prizes. There are prizes for the winners in all age groups and everyone gets a race medal and commemorative tee shirt. In addition, all bib numbers are entered in a special drawer for two $100 Travel County gift certificates. Click to download a registration form or to register online.

More Upcoming Events

Discovery Hour - Sunday 2:00 PM at the Interpretive Pavilion
Jan 6 Florida Critters
Jan 20 Basics for Day Hiking
Jan 27 Survival 101       

First Sunday Hikes - 1st Sundays 10 AM at Sand Lake Parking Lot
Jan 6 Geocaching Hike
Feb 3 Wildflower Hike

See the full list of Discovery Hours and Hikes on our Facebook page at

Did You Know? Fun Nature Facts!

  • Why are deer antlers different to cattle horns? Because deer shed their antlers every year.

December Flower of the Month

Common Yellow Star Grass (Hypoxis curtissii) and Fringed Yellow Star Grass (Hypoxis juncea)

There are far fewer wildflowers blooming during the months of December and January than at other times of the year; however, an observant person will still find several species in bloom. This month we feature two species of the Yellow Star Grass family (Hypoxidaceae)—Common Yellow Star Grass (Hypoxis curtissii) and Fringed Yellow Star Grass (Hypoxis juncea). Both species are common in the Wekiva River Basin Parks and in most of Florida. The flowers are showy but are held close to the ground. Each plant produces only one flower at a time although there may be several flowers in a season. Each flower is about 1 inch wide and has six bright canary-yellow petals that are arranged in a star shape.
The flowers of both species look very much alike; but habitat and leaves differentiate them. Common Yellow Star Grass prefers a very wet habitat (hydric), and has sedge-like leaves 3-12 mm across. Fringed Yellow Star Grass prefers a habitat with a moderate amount of moisture (mesic) and has slender grass-like leaves. The leaves of both species extend 6 to 12 inches from the ground.
A good place to find Common Yellow Star Grass is along the trail from Sand Lake to Big Buck Camp between trail markers 34 and 21. Fringed Yellow Star Grass is common along the hiking trail between trail markers 33 and 22 and along the bicycle and horse trail between trail markers 33 and 20.
You may have to look closely for these beautiful flowers, but once your eye is trained to see them you will probably see them often.

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

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To Volunteer at Wekiwa State Park
Contact to complete an application, and get scheduled for orientation.

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!


Join other volunteers that work to improve our parks! Call or email us Today!
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