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Wekiva River Basin State Parks Newsletter

Join Us for the 7th Annual Carols at the Springs - December 21st
December 21st, 2017, join the Lake Brantley High School Patriot Singers, Bellissima Chamber Choir, Spectrum Chamber Choir, and Candlelight Choir for an evening of holiday music at Wekiwa Springs State Park. The performance takes place at the beautiful main springs basin under the stars at 7:00 pm and is free and open to the public!

Exciting News! Our First Ever Wekiwa Wilderness Retreat Happens in February 2018
Join us for the first ever Wekiwa Wilderness Retreat, from Friday February 2nd to Sunday, February 4th. 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, camping, campfires and fun!
For more information or to register online, see our website at:
Upcoming Discovery Hour Schedule - Every Sunday at 2:00 pm

Dec 17 Kids story time Debbie
Dec 24 Kids story time Debbie
Dec 31 Kids story time Debbie
Jan 7 Edible FL Don

31st Annual 5/10K Fun Run
Mark your 2018 calendar for Sat. Feb 24, and get your legs ready for the soft woody trails.

To Volunteer at Wekiwa State Park
Contact to complete an application. An orientation is required, the next one will be Thursday Oct 12 at 2:00.

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!

December Flower of the Month

Climbing Aster (Symphyotrichum carolinianum)
Climbing asters are common late blooming flowers of wetlands, often in full bloom well into December. Those of you who venture onto rivers and spring runs in canoes or kayaks may have seen drifts of these pink to purplish flowers. The robust woody vines do not have tendrils or other clasping structures but weave in and out through the branches of nearby trees, shrubs and other vegetation. Mature specimens can reach up to 20 feet from the base of the plant. The oval to lance-shaped leaves form a dense backdrop for striking flower displays. Few others of our native plants rival climbing aster for the sheer number of blooms and the fragrance they produce. The abundant flowers are 2” to 3” in diameter with pink to purplish ray florets and yellow to reddish centers.  Linger a while near a climbing aster plant and you will surely see many butterflies nectaring there. Look for Eastern Tiger Swallowtails and Zebra Longwings, as well as other species.

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

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