The annual Wakulla Wildlife Festival will be held Saturday, April 15, 2017 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.
THE SPRING SINGS!
There are many songs which have and still do perforate the stillness of Wakulla Spring.
In the past there was the trumpeting of mastodons, the howling of dire wolves, and the eerie call of the limpkin. There were the songs of hunters as they carved their tools and weapons, the songs of women preparing hides and food, and the songs of traders bartering for goods.
The 2017 Wakulla Wildlife Festival will not only explore the evidence of songs long vanished, but offer opportunities for festival participants to experience the songs of bellowing alligators, chorusing frogs, or melodious migrating songbirds. Additionally, human voices will sing of our legacy in the region and celebrate the struggle associated with survival.
We hope you have come prepared to listen as the springs sings.
The Dogwood Pavilion
A 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. Historian and author Tracy Revels will engage a dialog about her revisited history of Wakulla Springs, Upon the Face of the Waters. And FSU Professor Emeritus Robert Deyle will proffer an explanation of the dark water of the spring founded upon recent studies.
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).
Festival Headquarters is located in the Concession Building located between the park’s restrooms. 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. It will also serve as the site where visitors can examine award-winning art by Wakulla County students.
The 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.
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.