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Springs Outing: Santa Fe Karst Hike w/ Tom Morris – SOLD OUT

May 11, 2019 @ 10:00 am 4:00 pm


This month’s Springs Outing will explore three distinct and impressive karst features that are all within five miles of the Florida Springs Institute office – right in the Institute’s back yard. The features include: the Santa Fe River Rise in O’leno State Park, the second largest dark water rise in Florida; Scrubtown Sink, a nearby giant sink that is the Poster Child for how not to treat a sinkhole; and best of all, a little known and unnamed Ichetucknee-like karst valley, or trace, with an extinct headspring, rocky walls, caves, and a gorgeous park-quality mesic hammock forest. Bring your cameras! The group will meet at the North Florida Springs Environmental Center (99 NW 1st Avenue, High Springs) at 10 AM. Wear woods-friendly shoes and clothes. We will probably encounter ticks in O’leno, so prepare accordingly. Bathrooms are available only at the North Florida Springs Environmental Center at the beginning and end of the outing, so practice your wilderness bathroom skills. The outing will formally end in the late afternoon around 4 PM, but folks may leave early if necessary. There may be an opportunity for our younger and more agile members to swim in clear groundwater at the bottom of a 45-foot deep vertical sink, so bring along bathing suits. Don’t forget a bagged lunch, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, bug spray, and water! A portion of the proceeds from this outing will benefit the Ichetucknee Alliance, a nonprofit organization working to ensure the restoration, preservation, and protection for future generations of the ecosystems along the full 5.5-mile length of the Ichetucknee River, including all its associated springs.


May 11
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
$10.00 – $20.00
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23 people are attending Springs Outing: Santa Fe Karst Hike w/ Tom Morris – SOLD OUT

John Moran Debra Akin Jim Gross Robert Ulanowicz Kathy Wood Mary Odum Steve Walsh Dave Wilson Martha Tod jane blais Robert Bryan Tessa Skiles John Hendrix Joe Hartman Stacie Snipes Loye Barnard Elizabeth Reynolds Mike Roth Virginia Seacrist Bill Oigarden Virginia Campbell Ray Beville Joy Bonin

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  1. I plan to attend the Santa Fe karst outing this Saturday starting at the Environmental NF Springs Institute in High Springs at 10:00 AM. Please notify me if If I need a ticket in advance or there are no tickets available at this time. thanks

    1. Thank you for your interest in attending our event! Participants are required to register for this event in advance. We do have a few tickets still available. Tickets can be purchased above.

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