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Wekiva River
Wekiva River, Florida

The Wekiva River is a National treasure. This river boasts beautiful vistas and unique ecosystems.

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Enjoying the River

Help us protect this amazing river so we can all enjoy the river for many more years to come!

Open Space
Navtive Plants

The Wekiva Basin is filled with gorgeous flora and fauna.

Orchids
Otter frolicking

Join us for one of our monthly field trips!

Volunteer FOWR-Volunteers


Ambassadors Program

In 2015, FOWR will launch our Environmental Ambassadors Program. This program will provide students the chance to get involved in protecting and promoting the health of the Wekiva River Basin.

Click here for more information.

Links


Upcoming Events

  • DISCOVER WEKIVA
    Saturday - April 18th, 2015
    Katie's Landing at 9am-3pm
  • SPRING 2015 LAKE
    RESTORATION EVENTS

    Save the dates! Saturday mornings.
    March - May
  • FYN/FFL WINTER CLASSES
    New FREE classes offered through
    Florida Friendly Landscaping

A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE WITHIN FLORIDA 800-435-7352. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. REGISTRATION NUMBER CH42991

 

 

Welcome Note

Since 1982 the Friends of the Wekiva River have worked to protect, preserve, and restore the natural functions and beauty of the Wekiva River system. As a result of our leadership and the cooperation of our river partners, the Wekiva is designated a Florida Outstanding Water, a Florida Canoe Trail, a Florida Wild and Scenic River, and a National Wild and Scenic River with over 70,000 acres of state-protected lands in the basin. Despite this ample recognition, the Wekiva River and its fragile ecosystem face numerous threats.

These include the fragmentation and loss of habitat, declines in spring flow, degradation in water quality, and wildlife mortality on the roads. read more.


Lake Norris Paddle Recap

Twenty-eight first-time Lake Norris paddlers responded to the invitation from Friends of the Wekiva River to explore the 3,600-acre lake within the Wekiva basin. Katie Moncrief, whose love for paddling the waterways of Central Florida has often inspired others to “go further”, led the adventure. We launched into the dark, tannic waters of Black Water Creek. It felt like entering the jungle as we navigated our way through roots and logs, covered from above by a canopy of budding spring growth. Suddenly, the trail opened into bright light, revealing Lake Norris, the shoreline covered with spatterdock, the cry of the osprey announcing our presence in their nesting territory and the cypress trees in the distance, rooted in knee-deep water, beckoning us to come closer. Our minds started asking questions. How did they get here? What made them grow this way? Who sculpted these trees? Yes! Beauty and intrigue combined. Katie interpreted as the paddlers surrounded her. Scientists have speculated that the cypress are more than 300 years old and that changes in climate, including water levels and nutrient deposits, are responsible for the unique growth of these curious trees. Many thanks to Carl Reiche for his expert help with vessel launching and docking, the tippiest part of the paddle!


What's Going on in the Woods of the Wekiva?

Seasonal changes do occur in Central Florida, no matter what our relatives up north say about their absence. Keeping track of the subtle changes in the natural landscape over the calendar year is instinctive to me, and a process that I plan to share in a series of articles on the website – beginning with this installment.

SPRING HAS SPRUNG — Early March 2015 Edition


Wekiva Bird Survey Results

Click here for Wekiva River Bird Survey Results


Discover Wekiva - April 18th, 2015

The Wekiva River

Get to know it!

Events & Programs

Next Board Meeting:
April 2nd, 2015 at 6 p.m .
SPECIAL PROGRAM
See events

The Friends of Wekiva River have been working closely with the Rotary Club of Seminole County South to form the Wekiva River Promise. The project is to educate on the effects of nitrates and promote personal stewardship to ensure the enjoyment of the River for years to come!
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