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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 19, 2010
CONTACT: Jeff Hugo, (850) 561-7286
  Jessica Kemper Sims, (850) 245-3029, (850) 251-0834

Wakulla Wildlife Festival Underway

~Wakulla Wildlife Festival Serves as Signature Event for Florida State Parks 75th Anniversary~

WAKULLA SPRINGS - The Wakulla Wildlife Festival kicked-off today at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Wakulla Springs State Park. The festival will continue through tomorrow, Saturday, March 20 with a special program highlighting Florida State Parks’ 75th Anniversary between 12:45 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. in the Azalea Shelter.

“Visitors are immersed in the rich heritage and diverse ecosystems that envelop them in the Wakulla Springs Watershed,” said Florida Park Service Director Mike Bullock. “Wakulla Springs State Park is the hub of activities designed to educate, inspire and empower positive change by connecting individuals with their environment and heritage.”

The Wakulla Wildlife Festival offers art, music, activities for children and families and a host of interesting environmental experiences. In addition, on Saturday, Georgia Southern University will present two birds of prey and reptiles programs. Throughout the weekend, visitors can take a night cruise down the Wakulla River or come out at sunrise to sit among Spanish moss dangling from cypress limbs.

Tonight, during the art opening guests can hear the Native American flute of Jonny Lipford and enjoy a meal in the Ball Room Restaurant in the historic Wakulla Springs Lodge. Nature lovers can hone their wildlife watching skills and join a group of photographers to capture moments of outdoor splendor.

In addition to the Wakulla Springs Lodge Restaurant and the park soda fountain, food will be available from the Coastal Restaurant, Kast Net Restaurant and Taste Budz. More than 30 exhibitors will be on hand, in addition to living history demonstrators and blue grass bands. Premium and children’s tours will also be available for visitors to enjoy. To sign up for activities, visit www.WakullaWildlifeFestival.org.

Throughout 2010, DEP’s Florida State Parks will celebrate 75 years of recreation and preservation. Florida State Parks will host special activities and interpretive events from coast to coast, including 25 signature events which highlight individual parks’ histories, as well as the history of the state park system as a whole.

Created in 1935 by the Florida Legislature, Florida State Parks has grown from eight to 160 parks over the last 75 years. Today, the Florida Park Service manages more than 700,000 acres of Florida’s natural environment, including 100 miles of beaches, eight National Historic Landmarks and 39 sites on the National Register of Historic Places. Florida State Parks has been recognized by the National Recreation and Park Association as the nation’s first and only two-time Gold Medal winner for the nation’s best park service.

To learn more about 75th Anniversary events, and the history of Florida State Parks, visit www.floridastateparks.org/history. To follow Florida State Parks on Twitter, visit www.Twitter.com/FLStateParks.

wakulla springs lodge

"Visitors are immersed in the rich heritage and diverse ecosystems that envelop them in the Wakulla Springs Watershed."

Mike Bullock
Florida Park Service Director

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Last updated: March 23, 2010

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