2018 Field Trips

General Field Trip Information

Green Isle Native Plants

May 5, 2018 Green Isle Nursery, 11303 SR 33, Groveland, Florida 34736

De Leon Springs State Park

April 30, 2018 De Leon Springs State Park is a 625 acres park is a spring overlooking beautiful Spring Garden Run, producing 19 million gallons of water a day at 72 degrees year-round. We were guided by Ranger Sloane through a Butterfly Garden that has about 500 plants for the butterflies and hummingbirds. We took a leisurely stroll on the one-half mile paved Nature Trail to see the 600 year old cypress tree and took a boat trip through the springs. We had lunch at the Sugar Mill Restaurant located in a 100 year-old replica of the original 1830s sugar mill, where you can cook your own pancakes at the table.

Oh, what a wonderful day we had! A little cool but made the field trip nice and refreshing. Birds were singing and making their nests, alligators were basking and the manatee were floating and minding their own business.The spring is so clear you could see the gar, sunfish and the turtles. Jim, was our ranger for the day and what a brilliant person he is. He led our group around the beautiful boardwalk that hugs the banks of the springs. Blue Springs is the habitat for a least 15 threatened or endangered plants and animals.This was a great trip!

Blue Springs State Park,2100 West French Avenue, Orange City, Florida

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Blue Spring State Park

April 16, 2018 Blue Spring State Park has the largest spring on the St. Johns River and is a designated manatee refuge in the winter. The park covers more than 2,600 acres and we were guided by Ranger Darrell Thomas through the springs and park. The park was a hot bed of steamboat activity, shipping tourists and goods to Jacksonville in the 1880s. “The Forgotten Mermaids”, an episode of the Underwater World of Jacques Cousteau, was filmed here in 1971. 

Wekiva Springs State Park

February 22, 2018: This was a great trip. The weather was perfect, the park gorgeous and we had an interesting leader. We saw many plants with winter interest and learned a lot about park history and habitats. Wekiva Springs State Park

Wekiva State Park

 

Creative Garden Structures

March 8, 2018, 9AM Creative Garden Structures has re-opened their store – they provide bee, bat and bird boxes and cedar furniture.

 

 

 

Published on  04.07.2018