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
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
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
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
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