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Wekiva River / Tomoka Marsh Aquatic Preserves

8300 West State Road 46
Sanford, FL 32771
(407) 330-6727

November 2015

  • Seminole County Natural Lands Festival
    Sat, Nov 7 (8 am - 5 pm)
    Visit our exhibit at the Seminole County Natural Lands Festival.
  • Twin Mounds Hike
    Sun, Nov 8 (9 am)
    Join the Friends of the Wekiva River when they visit a historic Native American site inside the Rock Springs Run State Reserve during a field trip on Sun., Nov. 8th. The site is named "Twin Mounds" since it is comprised of two large shell middens near the northwesterly shore of the Wekiva Wild and Scenic River. Dr. Jonathan Walz, Assistant professor of Anthropology and Archaeology at Rollins College, will lead the excursion, providing background on earlier archaeological excavations there to help us better understand the lifeways of the Native Americans who lived in the Wekiva basin. This site was carefully examined by archaeologists some years ago, and on-site signage provides valuable information generated by that earlier study. Although there are approximately two dozen shell middens near the Wekiva River, only two - Twin Mounds and Shell Island farther upstream - have been closely scrutinized.   Dr. Brent Weisman of USF chronicled his research in the scientific journal, the "Florida Anthropologist". Portions of the Reserve were first purchased by the state of Florida in 1983 to preserve the rich variety of habitats there.  The Florida black bear, Florida scrub jay, sandhill crane, indigo snake, gopher tortoise and a variety of more common species often are seen throughout the Reserve. There's a limit on the number of participants, so if you want to be a part of this very special outing, you are urged to RSVP with FOWR Board member Weegie Henry at 407.341.9025 as soon as possible. Participants will meet in the last parking lot off the asphalt road leading in from the entrance to the Rock Springs Run State Reserve by 9 a.m. (The entrance is located just beyond the black bear bridge on SR 46 near Sorrento about six miles west of Sanford. There is a $3 self-pay admission fee per vehicle at the entrance.) At 9:30 a.m., a state park service tram will transport visitors several miles to the edge of a hardwood forest near the Wekiva Wild and Scenic River. Visitors must be able to do a 1.5 mile roundtrip hike through the forest to the site.

December 2015





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