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April 24: Wildlife Park to Present Program on Florida’s Native Plants (2)

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Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will be focusing on native plants and Florida’s orchids during the month of April. The Park is introducing monthly themes featuring natural and cultural resource opportunities in Florida State Parks.

A program on Florida’s native plants will be presented by Jim Bierly of the Citrus County Native Plant Society in the Children’s Education Center. Bierly was the founder of the Citrus County Native Plant Society and served as a Past President of the Citrus County chapter. He has had a life-long interest in natural history.

He will bring examples of native plants and will have a slide presentation on Florida’s native plants. This program will be held in the Children’s Education Center on Thursday, April 24, 2014, starting at 10:00 a.m. Park admission is $13 per adult; $5 for children ages 6 through 12; and free for children age 5 and under. This includes an all-day visit to the Park.

As a Florida State Park, the Park’s current focus is on our native plants and animals.
For more information or to register to attend, please call Susan Strawbridge at the Park office (352) 628-5445, ext.1002, Mondays through Fridays.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
10:00 a.m. until 12 Noon
At the Children’s Education Center
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
4150 S. Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa, FL 34446

April 19: Underwater Egg Hunt

parks-underwater-egg-huntPresented by Parks and Recreation

Bicentennial Park Pool 8145 Bicentennial Park Drive, Crystal River, FL 34429

 

 

Bring Your Own Basket!

 

There will be two Egg Hunts for different age groups:

Children ages 1- 6 hunt from 11:00am - 1:00pm
Children ages 7 - 12 hunt from 1:00 - 2:30pm

Eggs are turned in after the hunt in exchange for a gift bag filled with little toys and candy
Only 50 people at a time will be permitted onto the pool deck.
While participants wait their turn, there will be food for sale and festivities outside around the pool grounds such as potato sack races, egg races, arts ‘n craft stations and much more.
This year there will be a separate land base egg hunt outside of the pool area designed especially for little children ages 0 - 3 or for those who cannot swim.
 

For information on the Citrus County Parks & Recreation progams please call 352.527.7540 or visit our web site at CitrusCountyParks.com

Wildlife Park To Celebrate Earth Day Egg-Stravaganza And Celebration

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Learn about Florida’s environment with exhibits by many area clubs and organizations

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, and the Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park will be celebrating Florida’s environment with a special Earth Day event on Saturday, April 19. The event includes an Easter Egg Hunt starting at 9:00 a.m., and educational exhibits and interpretive carts in the Garden of the Springs and along the Wildlife Walk. Bring the family out to enjoy the park and learn about our natural resources. Admission to the Park is $13 for adult; $5 for children ages 6 through 12; and free admission for children ages 5 and under. Admission includes an all-day visit to the Park and includes all the Earth Day activities.

The day’s activities start off with our annual Easter Egg Hunt and continue throughout the day. The Egg Hunt will be on the green behind the parking area at Park’s Visitor Center. Families should arrive early to register their children and enjoy meeting the Easter Bunny and other costumed characters. The Easter Egg Hunt begins at 9:00 a.m.

The Wildlife Park opens for the day at 9:00 a.m. and visitors can enjoy the park and many Earth Day exhibits in the Garden of the Springs. The Earth Day exhibits will be set up from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Interpretive carts will be set up along the Wildlife Walk with information on Black bears and panthers. Learn about bears, panthers, manatees, native plants, and much more. Exhibitors include Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, Nature World Wildlife Rescue, Nature World Wildlife Rescue, Homosassa River Garden Club, Friends of Chassahowitzka Wildlife Refuge, Homosassa River Alliance, Save the Manatee Club, and more.

Mark your calendar for the Earth Day Egg-stravaganza and Celebration at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park on Saturday, April 19, 2014. For more information, please call (352) 628-5343.

Saturday, April 19, 2014
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
4150 S. Suncoast Blvd.
Homosassa, FL 34446

Wildlife Park Focuses On Native Plants And Orchids In April

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Guest article by Susan Strawbridge, Park Services Specialist

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will focus on native plants and Florida’s orchids during the month of April. The Park is introducing monthly themes featuring natural and cultural resource opportunities in Florida State Parks.

Two programs are planned to interpret the importance of planting with native plants. Park volunteer and orchid enthusiast Jeff Rundell will present a program on orchids. In the early days of Homosassa Springs, the attraction raised exotic orchids in large greenhouses and featured blooming plants for sale in the Children’s Education Center, which was once the Park’s main entrance. With the Park’s current focus as a Florida State Park and our emphasis on native plants, Rundell will concentrate on the Florida’s wild orchids. This program will be held in the Children’s Education Center on Thursday, April 17, 2014, starting at 10:00 a.m.

Jim Bierly of Citrus County’s Native Plant Society will offer a program on the native plants of our area. On Thursday, April 24, 2014 starting at 10:00 a.m. The Native Plant Program will be held in the Park’s recently renovated Children’s Education Center.

Both the Native Plants Program and the Orchids Program are included in your Park admission. In addition to these programs, visitors will find exhibits and displays on native plants and orchids in the Visitor Center and the Children’s Education Center.

On Saturday, April 19, 2014, the Park will celebrate Earth Day with exhibits in the Garden of the Springs and with interpretive carts throughout the Wildlife Walk area. The day will start with a free Easter Egg Hunt in the picnic area adjacent to the Visitor Center on US. 19. Regular admission will apply for entrance into the Wildlife Park.

The Children’s Education Center has reopened after the first phase of restoration was completed on this historic building. The building was the original entrance to Nature’s Giant Fish Bowl and was built in the 1940s. The roof was replaced, and brick work was added to the lower half off the interior walls to protect the building from water damage. The remaining interior walls were repainted.


As you can see, we have a lot planned for April and encourage you to visit Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park to learn about the importance of native plants and orchids.

For more information, please call (352) 628-5343. 

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
4150 S. Suncoast Blvd.
Homosassa, FL 34446

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