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Springs Field School
August 13 @ 9:00 am - August 16 @ 3:00 pm$50.00 – $100.00
A CRASH COURSE IN FLORIDA SPRINGS
This course provides an overview of the current understanding of how springs are a product of their environmental surroundings and how they respond to management decisions. This event is also our most advanced springs education program and another fantastic way to immerse yourself in nature while learning about Florida springs!
Florida’s artesian (deep groundwater) springs are an important natural resource, providing the basis for extensive wildlife support and human recreation. These springs and the Floridan Aquifer that feeds them are under increasing threats from human activities, including flow reductions, nutrient increases, aquatic weed management activities, recreational impacts, and a variety of water resource development projects. A growing awareness of these problems is leading to a rapid increase in demand for knowledge about the basic chemistry, biology, and ecology of springs to be used for improved resource management. This Florida Springs Institute program addresses the above issues through a series of lectures and springs visits accompanied by a number of our states leading springs and environmental experts for what is our most advanced springs education program to date.
This year’s Springs Field School will be held over the course of four days at The Retreat at Silver Springs. Facilities include a lecture hall, dining hall, showers, cabins, and a swimming pool. All meals and sleeping accommodations will be covered through admission. Guided field trips will be led to Silver Glen Springs, Rodman Dam/Ocklawaha River, Silver Springs, and Ocala Wastewater Treatment Plant.
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