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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 OUTING IS SOLD OUT.
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.
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