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Sunday, April 20, 2014

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Manatee Nebula Exhibit On Display At Wildlife Park

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The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park is pleased to have been selected as the location for the display of the 10-foot wide Manatee Nebula from the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO). The exhibit is on loan to the Wildlife Park from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the next three years until USFWS opens their Visitor Center at Three Sisters Springs. The Manatee Nebula exhibit may be seen inside the Park’s Visitor Center at the main entrance on US Highway 19. There will be no charge to come and view the display.

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May 25 Wildlife Park to Host Early Evening History Cruise with Wine & Cheese

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The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and the Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park will be presenting An Early Evening History Cruise with Wine and Cheese on Saturday, May 25, 2013. The cruise aboard pontoon boats departs from the Park’s Visitor Center boat docks promptly at 4:30 pm for an evening cruise to the main spring and Fish Bowl area. There you will learn about the area’s history while you enjoy a taste of wine, cheese, crackers and an assorted fruit bowl. Grape juice and water will also be available.

Gary Ellis, Director of GARI (Gulf Archaeological Research Institute), will speak about the early peoples of this area. Then, Park volunteer Bert Henderson will do a presentation on the area’s history since the 1800s. There will be door prizes. Pontoon boats will return you to the Visitor Center on US 19 at sundown.

Tickets for this event may be purchased at the Park’s administrative office located at the Visitor Center on US 19. Tickets are $25.00 each. Tickets are limited, so early purchase is recommended. Please arrive by 4:00 pm as tickets must be presented to the ticket taker before boarding boats. This event is a fundraiser for the Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park. For more information, please call the park office at (352) 628-5343. In the event of rain, a rain date of June 1, 2013 has been set.

The event will take place:

Saturday, May 25, 2013
(Rain date: June 1, 2013)
4:30 pm until 7:30 pm
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
4150 South Suncoast Boulevard (U.S. Highway 19)
Homosassa, Florida

Wildlife Park to Present Wildlife Ranger Camps June and July

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The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will offer two weeklong Wildlife Ranger Camps in June and July. The Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park sponsor the programs. June’s Wildlife Ranger Camp is for children ages 8 and 9 years old, and runs June 17 through June 22. July’s Wildlife Ranger Camp is for children ages 10 through 12, and runs from July 15 through July 20.

Applications for the Wildlife Ranger Camp are available in the park office. Each program is limited to 20 campers and will be filled on a first come basis with preference to those who have never attended before.

Each Wildlife Ranger Camp includes four, half-day camp sessions from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The Friday session starts at 4 p.m. with an overnight stay in the park. A graduation ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday. The cost of the program is $65 per child and includes a T-shirt and supplies.

Applicants will be asked to write a short essay on an animal that lives in Florida and why you think that animal is important to attach to their application. Parents and guardians may stop by the park office located in the Visitor Center on U.S. 19 to pick up an application. For more information, please call Tricia Fowler at (352) 628-5343, ext. 1002.

Camp topics include mammals, birds, reptiles, manatees, the ocean, sea turtles, and saving energy through alternative sources. Indoor and outdoor activities for children include nature hunts, visiting the wildlife areas in the park and other scientific activities.

The summer camps will take place:
June 17--22, 2013
Monday–Thursday: 9 a.m.–1 p.m.; Friday: 4 p.m. and overnight
Saturday: Graduation at 11 a.m.
and
July 15--20, 2013
Monday–Thursday: 9 a.m.–1 p.m.; Friday: 4 p.m. and overnight
Saturday: Graduation at 11 a.m.
at
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
4150 S. Suncoast Boulevard (U.S. Highway 19)
Homosassa, Florida

May 11, Wildlife Jeopardy: Cranes

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Wildlife Park To Host Wildlife Jeopardy Program May 11 
-May’s program to focus on Cranes -

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will host a Wildlife Jeopardy program in the Education Center on Saturday, May 11, 2013 from noon until 12:30 pm. The program will be on Cranes.

The Wildlife Jeopardy program is an educational program for all ages. Volunteer Barbara Cairns will use a Jeopardy-style format to present interesting information on different Florida species monthly.

This program is included at no additional charge with regular park admission. It is a ten-minute walk from the park’s West entrance on Fishbowl Drive to the Education Center. The programs are held monthly December through May.

Barbara works as a docent in the Children's Education Center and is a retired school principal in overseas Dept. of Defense Schools in Labrador, Germany and Panama. She is also a published author with articles and stories in books, magazines and newspapers. Her latest books are Cracker Cow: a Narrative of Florida History, and Gatsby’s Adventures.

For more information, visit www.floridastateparks.org.

The event will take place:

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Children’s Education Center
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
4150 South Suncoast Boulevard (U.S. Highway 19)
Homosassa, Florida

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