ABOUT THE FESTIVALThe annual Wakulla Wildlife Festival will be held Saturday, April 16, 2016 at Wakulla Springs State Park. The festival is a celebration of the area’s wildlife and is intended to be especially inviting for children and the child in everyone. Local music, a Student Art Show (Aspiring Artists), children's activities, outdoor and wildlife exhibitors, and wildlife tours in a neighborhood family atmosphere make the festival an area favorite.
GO NATIVE!Pollinators across the country are under duress. Honey bee colony winter losses have been averaging almost 30% over the last 8 years. Monarch butterfly populations have decreased by as much as 90% over historic levels. One out of every 3 mouthfuls of food we eat is thanks to pollinators. We all have an interest in securing the well-being of pollinators. It is amazing how little it takes and how significant even the smallest effort can be. With the help of the Magnolia and Sarracenia Chapters of the Florida Native Plant Society and the Hairstreak Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association, the 2016 Wakulla Wildlife Festival is hoping to enlist and empower festival goers to be positive forces toward improving pollinator populations. We hope that you will enjoy the presentations, activities, art, food, and music arranged to inspire and engage your participation. Together, let’s GO NATIVE!
LOGISTICSEvery festival guest will want to be certain to visit the three sites within the park (The Lodge at Wakulla Springs, The Dogwood Pavilion, and the Green) which will host entertainment and presentations. Additional fees apply to tours.
The Lodge at Wakulla SpringsThe Lodge at Wakulla Springs is a fully functioning lodge complete with 27 guest rooms, a fine dining restaurant, soda fountain and gift shop. It is the centerpiece of the Wakulla Springs Historic District. Its Mediterranean Revival Architecture combined with its remaining Art Deco appointments make it a monument to the art and craftsmanship of the mid-1930's. It is fitting that it will serve as the site where visitors can examine award-winning art by Wakulla County students and Sammy Tedder's mesmerizing journey Local Waters through the Seasons.
The Dogwood PavilionA small beige building, nestled behind the restrooms and just up the hill from the Waterfront Visitors Center, will host photo-naturalist Bill Boothe as he motivates guests to provide for pollinators. Award-winning author Craig Huegel's dynamic presentation will inspire participants with native landscaping ideas and educator and honey bee enthusiast Sherri Kraeft will unravel the magic of honey bees.
The Green (Picnic Area)The heart of the festival, the Green, is the site for friendly and knowledgeable exhibitors, children’s activities, bluegrass music, and bird of prey presentations courtesy of St. Francis Wildlife Sanctuary. Bird Banding can be witnessed behind the Concession Building (Restroom location).
The ToursThe festival has premium guided tours available for an extra fee. Please click on TOURS for more information.
Tickets for the world-class wildlife viewing River Boat Tours may be purchased at the Waterfront Visitors Center. The Waterfront Visitors Center is the embarkation point for tens of thousands of park visitors each year as they enjoy the world-class wildlife viewing tours along the Wakulla River. The boat tours will begin at 9:40am and conclude with the last boat departing at 5:00pm.
Festival Headquarters will be located in the middle of the Green under a tent. Answers to questions, directions, and first aid can be found there. Any remaining seats on a premium guided tour may be purchased there as well.
A $6.00 per vehicle (2-8 people per vehicle) park entrance fee provides access to the Wakulla Wildlife Festival as well as the many park features. Picnic, swim, hike, visit the historic lodge, take a river boat tour, and of course...enjoy the festival!
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service (FPS) does not discriminate on the basis of disability in employment or in the admission and access to its programs, services or activities. FPS is committed to ensuring that its programs, activities, employment opportunities, and services are available to all persons, including persons with disabilities. For persons with a disability needing an accommodation to a FPS program, activity, employment, and/or service, please contact Jeff Hugo at 850-561-7286. To ensure we have enough time to provide appropriate accommodation, it is best that we receive your request at least 10 working days before the scheduled event or need for the service.