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SPringsWatch: Silver River

This group is not currently accepting volunteers. If you would like to join the waiting list, please complete the volunteer application below.

Located six miles east of Ocala in Marion County, the Silver River begins at Silver Springs, a group of artesian springs that comprise a first magnitude spring group. The river flows for approximately 4.5 miles to its confluence with the Ocklawaha River. Mammoth Spring is the largest of the Silver Springs group and is surrounded by the Silver River State Park. In 2013, the former Silver Springs attraction property was combined with the 4,418-acre Silver River State Park to become the 4,660-acre Silver Springs State Park. 

SpringsWatch volunteers conduct monthly sampling sessions along the Silver River. Our Silver River group currently collects data on water temperature, dissolved oxygen, specific conductance, vertical light attenuation, aquatic vegetation, and visual bird surveys.

SpringsWatch offers participants a deep dive into understanding the ecology of Florida springs as well as a fun day on the water helping to generate research which supports them.  To learn more about the data our volunteers are collecting, click on the monitoring summary or dashboard links below.

Click here or scroll down to sign up, contact us, or learn more about other SpringsWatch locations.  

Silver River SpringsWatch Data AND Monitoring summaries

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2022 Monitoring Summary

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2021 Monitoring Summary

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2020 Monitoring Summary

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2019 Monitoring Summary

Become a citizen scientist And help protect Florida's springs!

Springswatch volunteer application form

*Groups with a wait list are at capacity and currently not accepting new volunteers. If you wish to select one of these groups, we suggest applying for an additional group with no wait list to ensure you are able to participate in sampling as soon as possible. Apply for as many as you like!

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Shannon Letcher

FSI SpringsWatch Volunteer Coordinator


The Florida SpringsWatch program is funded in part through generous support from the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida and the Silver River Museum & Environmental Education Center