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March 8, Wildlife Park To Present Homosassa Heritage Day

homosassa-wildlife-park-logo~ Public invited to share history of the early days of the Park and Homosassa area ~

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will be presenting its annual Homosassa Heritage Day on Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. Heritage Day is a day-long event focusing on Homosassa’s heritage. The public is invited to learn about the early history of the park and its days as an attraction, and to share their stories and memories.
The event will be held in the Florida Room at the Park’s Visitor Center on U.S. 19. There is no charge to attend Homosassa Heritage Day exhibits and activities. (Regular park admission will be required for entrance into the Wildlife Park.)
Old Photo Album panels will display historical photos. Exhibitors will include the Citrus County Libraries, Citrus County Historical Society, Florida Public Archaeology Network, Homosassa River Garden Club, Homosassa River Alliance, and an exhibit on pioneer woman Dessie Smith Prescott.
Guest speakers will include Park Services Specialist J.D. Mendenhall who will do a presentation on Ivan Tors and his contributions to advances in animal training methods; Retired Rangers Jack Kearns and Patrick Dillard who will share stories of the attraction’s early days; and Candace Boothe, Margaret Harris, and Gus Valderrama will reenact a conversation between pioneer woman Dessie Smith Prescott, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, and Ernest Hemingway.
For more information on Homosassa Heritage Day, please call Susan Strawbridge at (352) 628-5445, ext. 1002. For more information on Florida State Parks, visit www.FloridaStateParks.org

Saturday, March 8, 2014
10:00 am until 4:00 pm
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
In the Florida Room at the Visitor Center
4150 South Suncoast Boulevard
Homosassa, Florida

February 22 Bird Walk on Pepper Creek Trail

-Experienced and novice birders are welcome-homosassa-wildlife-park-logo

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, in cooperation with Citrus County Audubon Society, will host a bird walk on Pepper Creek Trail on Saturday, February 22, 2014.

An experienced birder from Citrus County Audubon, will lead the walk on this trail--one of 19 birding trails in Citrus County that are part of the West Section of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail. Participants should meet at 7:45 a.m. at the entrance to the park’s Visitor Center. The bird walk will begin at 8:00 a.m. Binoculars and a field guide are recommended. Participation in the bird walk on Pepper Creek is free.

Pepper Creek Trail is approximately 3/4 mile in length and follows along the park’s tram road, connecting the Visitor Center on U.S. 19 and the West entrance on Fishbowl Drive. Participants can either walk back down the trail or wait and take the first returning boat after the park opens. There is no charge to use the Pepper Creek trail or to take the return boat trip.

Bird walks are planned for October, November, and monthly from January through April. For more information and to register, call (352) 628-5343, ext. 1002.

For more information on activities in Florida’s State Parks visit www.floridastateparks.org.

This event will take place:

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Saturday, February 22, 2014
8:00 a.m.
4150 South Suncoast Boulevard
Homosassa Springs, Florida

Wildlife Park Focuses On Artists And Fitness As February Themes

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Guest Article by Susan Strawbridge, Park Services Specialist,  Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park is starting the new year with the introduction of monthly themes focusing on our natural and cultural resources and opportunities in Florida State Parks.

February will have two themes. The first will spotlight artists; famous and current. This theme was selected to celebrate the famous American artist Winslow Homer who visited Homosassa later in this life to enjoy the fishing opportunities and natural beauty of the Homosassa area. This inspired him to create 11 beautiful watercolors in February 1904. An exhibit of prints of Homer’s Florida and tropical watercolors is featured in the Florida Room at the Park’s Visitor Center.

Keeping with the artists’ theme, Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will be hosting two art shows in February. The first will be the Wildlife Park Arts & Crafts Show at the Visitor Center on Saturday, Feb. 15. This show and sale will display the arts and crafts of members of the community. The show and sale will include paintings, photography, crafts, and books.
On the following weekend, Feb. 22 and 23rd, the art work of members of the Citrus Watercolor Club will be exhibited with original paintings, prints, cards, and more offered for sale. The Club’s membership consists of 135 members. About 35 members will be exhibiting their work at the annual art show. The Club will donate 20 percent of all sales from the Arts in the Park show to the Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park.

In February, the Park will also promote many ways to get fit in Florida State Parks. In addition to the Park’s monthly bird walks and ongoing Tai Chi classes, the Park will introduce a series of four exercise/fitness classes on alternating Monday mornings in the Florida Room. These will be taught by Patti and Steve Griffith and will focus on improving balance, range of motion and strength. These exercises and practices are useful in improving a person’s ability to perform normal, daily tasks.
Citrus County Audubon will lead a monthly bird walk on Pepper Creek Trail on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 8:00 a.m. Meet at 7:45 a.m. if you are interested in participating. Register by calling (352) 628-5343.
As you can see, we have a lot planned for February and encourage you to visit Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park to enjoy the Winslow Homer exhibit, both art shows in the Visitor Center, and opportunities to get out and exercise by joining the new exercise/fitness class or joining the bird walk on Pepper Creek Trail.

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