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Wildlife Park to Present Wildlife Ranger Camps June and July

--Camp helps children learn about Florida’s wildlife--homosassa-wildlife-park-logo

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

April 26 Bird Walk on Pepper Creek Trail

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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, April 26, 2013.

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 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, April 26, 2013
8:00 a.m.
4150 South Suncoast Boulevard
Homosassa Springs, Florida

April 17: Florida’s Native Orchids

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 Park Focuses on Native Plants in April

 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 Orchids will be presented by Park volunteer and orchid enthusiast Jeff Rundell will present a program on the many native orchids that grow in our state. He will have some examples on display.

In the early days of Homosassa Springs, the attraction raised exotic orchids in large greenhouses and featured blooming plants for sale in the building which currently serves as the Children’s Education Center. This building was originally the main entrance of Homosassa Springs Attraction.

As a Florida State Park the Park’s current focus is on our native plants and animals. Rundell will be concentrating on 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.

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 and includes all Earth Day activities. For more information or to register to attend, please call Susan Strawbridge at the park office (352) 628-5445, ext.1002, Mondays through Fridays.

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