Follow the amazing underground journey of precious “blue gold” southward from Tallahassee to the mother lode of Wakulla Springs. Join Jim Stevenson, Florida springs expert, on our fascinating tour of the Wakulla Spring Basin which examines the sources and traces the water journey to the world-famous 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 in Tallahassee at 10:00 a.m. and ends at the tower overlooking the spring at 2:00 p.m. We will meet at Cascades Park at 9:30 a.m. on the west side of the Edison Restaurant, which can be reached via Oakland Avenue (See below map with black check mark over meeting location towards the bottom). Each tour is limited to 10 vehicles and carpools are strongly encouraged (we will condense down to 10 vehicles when we meet at the start of the tour and leave the remaining vehicles in the public parking lot).
Your registration covers the entrance fee to Wakulla Springs State Park. Bring your lunch to enjoy at the park!
This is a special event hosted for Florida Springs Institute outings participants. There is a cost to attend this event ($25 for general public and $15 for students) and registration is required. $5 of each registration will be donated to the Florida Springs Institute. The remainder of your registration will be donated to the Friends of Wakulla Springs State Park.
About Our Guide: 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. Jim currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Florida Springs Institute and Wakulla Springs Alliance.
General admission and student tickets available for purchase below. For questions, please comment below or email the Florida Springs Institute at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!