Wekiva PaintOut Happening this Week: March 11th - 18th, 2018
This exciting, week long event happens every year at Wekiva Island and Wekiwa Springs State Park. If you love beautiful art inspired by local nature, this event is for you! Watch professional artists at work out in nature, or purchase and view art. The week culminates in a Gala dinner and art auction. Join the fun! To see the schedule of events or purchase tickets to the Gala, visit http://wekivapaintout.com .
Upcoming Discovery Hour Schedule - Every Sunday at 2:00 pm
Discovery Hour starts at the Nature Center Interpretive Pavilion, unless otherwise specified.
||Extinct FL Animals
||Family hike (starting at Sand Lake)
Did You Know? Fun Nature Facts!
- Five of the seven pine species native to Florida are found in the Wekiva River Basin State Parks—Sand Pine (Pinus clausa), Slash Pine (Pinus elliottii), Longleaf Pine (Pinus palustris), Pond Pine (Pinus serotina), and Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda).
- Swamps are forested wetlands dominated by trees and other woods vegetation. Marshes are herbaceous wetlands dominated by grasses, sedges and herbs.
March Flower of the Month
Florida Greeneyes (Berlandiera subacaulis)
This month's flower, Florida greeneyes (Berlandiera subacaulis), is a member of the aster family and its native range is entirely within the state of Florida. It typically blooms from mid-spring to summer but can be found year round from central Florida south. This tough flower grows in dry, well-drained sandy soils typical of sandhills, pine flatwoods and dry roadsides. The bright yellow ray florets surround a disc of greenish tubular florets which become yellow when open. Usually each stem has a terminal (at the top) single flower head. The stems are hairy and usually 10-14 inches tall, sometimes taller. Leaves are deep green and mostly basal (at the base of the stem). When young, the leaf margins are scalloped but become deeply lobed as they mature. Many pollinators visit Florida Greeneyes including bees, wasps and butterflies.
Look for Florida Greeneyes when hiking in the upland areas of the park, especially between trail markers 10 to 15 and 10 to 31. One reliable viewing spot is near the native wildflower garden at the gate to the Youth Camp.
You have expressed an interested in supporting the Wekiva River Basin State Parks. Thank you for being a champion for the environment!
To Volunteer at Wekiwa State Park
Contact Scott.Mowry@dep.state.fl.us to complete an application, and get scheduled for orientation.
The Wekiva Wilderness Trust (wwt-cso.com) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, to inquire about volunteer opportunities!
Join other volunteers that work to improve our parks! Call or email us Today!
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