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Howard T. Odum (1924-2002)


The Florida Springs Institute is named after the late Dr. Howard T. Odum, the Father of Springs Ecology, who first called the world's attention to the majesty and mystery of these unique and complex ecosystems. Our founder, Dr. Robert L. Knight, studied under the direction of Dr. Odum and has conducted follow-up studies of the ecology of 18 major springs in Florida. This website is a vital part of our mission to provide science-based education to the public and their leaders. We have gathered a collection of information about springs ecology so vast that you will find it necessary to stop by frequently. The Florida Springs Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization funded entirely through grants and private donations.


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Take a journey with Terrence the Turtle to some of Florida's most famous springs! Discover the different animals and plants that you will find in our springs; explore fun activities that you can do at our springs; learn about the threats facing our springs; and uncover the solutions that we can take together to protect and restore our springs for future generations!

Aquatic Adventures: Florida Springs & Aquifer is designed for all ages and grade levels. Children and adults alike will admire the detailed drawings and descriptions of our springs. Aquatic Adventures also features several puzzle-like activities that teach the reader about Florida's environment.

To learn how you can acquire copies of Aquatic Adventures, click here.

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