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  • March 21, 2020
  • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Meet at a designated spot at Cascades Park in Tallahassee

Join Jim Stevenson, Florida springs expert, on a fascinating tour of the Wakulla Spring Basin which examines the sources and traces the water journey to the world famous Wakulla Springs.

Follow the amazing underground journey of precious “blue gold” southward from Tallahassee to the mother lode of Wakulla Springs

See the actual sinkholes hidden away in the woods where exploration cave divers enter one of the longest and deepest underwater cave systems in the world. Learn how this incredible connection of caves conducts groundwater through the Floridan Aquifer from Leon County south to Wakulla Spring. Learn what you can do to help save our precious Wakulla Springs!

There are seven stopping sites of interest en route to Wakulla Springs, including lakes, sinkholes and the wastewater treatment plant. We will observe land use activities that affect the quantity and quality of the water flowing to the spring and hear about steps taken during the past 20+ years to protect the precious Wakulla Springs.  Experience the scenic basin area of Wakulla Springs and observe protection strategies against the enjoyable backdrop of local vegetation and wildlife. Jim will share his remarkable knowledge of education, stormwater management, wastewater management, land acquisition, land use planning, research, monitoring, and best management practices.

"Saving Wakulla Springs" Overland Tour is a car caravan/walking tour that leaves from Cascades Park at 8:00 a.m. and ends at the tower overlooking the spring at 12:00 noon. Each tour is limited to 10 vehicles and carpools are strongly encouraged. (Some of the visit sites have very limited parking).  The cost is $18 per person, $10 for students  (the majority of which will be donated to the Friends of Wakulla Springs State Park).

This tour covers the entrance fee to Wakulla Springs State Park. Additional options include lunch in the Lodge and a boat tour to observe the wildlife and ecology of the river.

A NOTE ABOUT THE TOUR LEADER: Jim Stevenson was the chief naturalist of Florida’s state parks for 20 years, the former coordinator of the Wakulla Springs Basin Working Group, and former chairman of the Florida Springs Task Force.

This tour will be offered four times during the Spring of 2020, on these Saturdays: 

   January 25
   February 29
   March 21
   April 25
   May 16

Register for the tour date of your choice HERE.

For additional questions or assistance with your tour registration, please call Palmetto Expeditions at 850-926-3376 or email to:  https://palmettoexpeditions.com.

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