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Wekiva River Basin State Parks Newsletter

A couple of small ways you can help are...

By supporting your park on Social Media
If you would like more frequent and immediate updates, engage with us on Social Media at: Facebook,  Instagram, YouTube or Meetup! Share your pictures and experiences from the park using #wekivatrust when you post them!

Consider making a small monthly donation
Check out our new monthly membership site on Patreon: . Here, you can support the habitat of some of your favorite animals such as the Fox Squirrel, Gray Fox, Barred Owl and American Alligator! We hope you will check out the site soon. 

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

Wekiwa Springs State Park on Sat. Feb 23

Just a few short weeks left to register for the 32nd Real Florida 5K-10K
Run and Fun Walk at beautiful Wekiwa Springs State Park!

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. 
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.

The Wekiwa Wilderness Retreat is 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!

More Upcoming Events

Discovery Hour - Sunday 2:00 PM at the Interpretive Pavilion
Jan 27 Survival 101
Feb 10 Kids Story Time
Feb 17 Beetles
Feb 24 Hiking with Infants, Toddlers and Kids

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

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

Did You Know? Fun Nature Facts!

  • The male Florida Panther can range is over 200 square miles from Ocala National Forest to the Keys!

January Flower of the Month

Innocence (Houstonia procumbens)

Innocence (Houstonia procumbens) is a perennial plant of the southeast states of Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina. Within this range it is fairly common. Because it is one of the first to produce new flowers early in the year it can be thought of as a harbinger of spring. In the Wekiva Basin State Parks it can be found blooming from December to May.
As with most wildflowers Houstonia procumbens has multiple common names. Innocence is also known as Roundleaf Bluet and, one of this observer’s favorites, Fairy Footprints. Its round fleshy leaves and prostrate creeping stems form a dense, flat to the ground, dark green mat. Small pure white tubular flowers grow in fairly large numbers at the tips of the stems and rise above the leaves perhaps ½ to ¾ inch. The flowers flare into four white petals around a yellow center. It’s possible to imagine tiny beings (fairies if you please) leaving behind the white dots of their footprints on the forest floor after a night of dancing their imaginary dances.
Recognize Innocence by its distinctive growth habit, its nearly round untoothed leaves and its small white tubular flowers that flare into four petals. Look for this lovely wildflower in moist, but not saturated, soil in sunny to partially shaded sites where the ground is sparsely covered with leaf litter. Even though this plant is diminutive at less than 2 inches tall, it is fairly easy to spot because of its spreading nature and striking white flowers. Each colony of plants can cover several square feet of ground. There is usually a large colony of Innocence near trail marker 34 at the south end of the trail from Sand Lake to Big Buck Camp. You might also find it on the cross trail (blue flag) between marker 33 and its intersection with the Sand Lake to Big Buck trail. Recently it was spotted at the edge of the white flagged trail between marker 12 and Live Oak camp ground. Of course, there are many other places within the park where you might find and enjoy Houstonia procumbens.

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
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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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