Get Your Feet Wet
Get Your Feet Wet Series:
Explore & Take Action for our River
Dive into our hands-on series where you will increase your understanding of local river issues and our priorities, and find opportunities to take action.
Explore different areas of our Watershed and build up an encyclopedia of knowledge on the St. Johns River’s habitats, wildlife, its threats, and most importantly – what you can do to make a difference!
February | Lost Springs of the Ocklawaha
All Lost Springs Group Paddles are full!
Explore on your own! Take your family, friends – note: availability is limited and filling up fast.
- Boat trips with Karen Chadwick: http://northstarcharters.net
- Boat trips with Captain Erika: www.captainerikasfloridaboatcharters.com
- Kayaking with Lars Anderson: Adventureoutpost.net
Attend an upcoming Lost Springs Film Screening
March | Mad for Manatees at Blue Spring
Saturday, March 7 | 9am-12pm
St. Johns River Marina
North Marina, 2999 State Road 44 W, DeLand, FL 32720
$25 Riverkeeper Members | $35 Regular Price – Suggested Donations
30 spots available
Go behind the scenes with Save the Manatee Club during the manatee’s annual wintering season at Blue Spring (December- March). In the winter months, manatees retreat from the main-stem of the St. Johns to our River’s warmer springs, which maintain a constant water temperature of 72 degrees. Still chilly for us, but a “hot tub” for these gentle giants!
We’ll start our trip to Blue Spring by boat with Blue Heron River Tours and updates from St. Johns Riverkeeper staff as we cruise to Blue Spring State Park. Once there, we’ll updates on land from Save the Manatee staff on current research at Blue Spring, point out individual manatees as we walk along the boardwalk and up to the spring head. Note: It’s always hard to predict how many manatees will be present at Blue Spring as it depends on the weather and temperatures. We’ll end the program with a short boat cruise on the St. Johns River and nearby oxbow – maybe spotting a manatee or two and other important wildlife, and talking about the local ecology of the River and St. Johns Riverkeeper’s work to protect it.
April | Our River’s Source at Blue Cypress Lake
Saturday, April 4 | 8:30am-11am
Middleton’s Fish Camp
7400 Blue Cypress Rd, Vero Beach, FL 32966
Pontoon Boat Cruise – $50 (12 spots) – Suggested Donation
Kayak – $40 Single Kayak, $80 Tandem Kayak, $20 Bring Your Own Kayak (20 spots)
Florida’s best-kept secret and the Headwaters of our St. Johns River is located 22 miles west of Vero Beach. April is the best month to witness the ospreys abound and nesting in the Lake’s cypress trees. Birds galore – you might also see owls, hawks, ducks, herons, cranes and more! And don’t be surprised if we see an alligator or two, as well.
Join St. Johns Riverkeeper staff and local boat and kayak master guides for a unique water voyage of all Blue Cypress lake has to offer and the place where our River’s begins its long 310 mile journey northward. You’ll also learn the recent nutrient pollution issue of sewage sludge affecting Blue Cypress with unprecedented algae blooms in the summer months and what you can do to help. After the trip, enjoy lunch (on your own) with us at local spot, Marsh Landing, before heading home.
May | Following Bartram’s Travels
Saturday, May 2 | 9am-4pm
St. Johns River Center
102 N 1st St, Palatka, FL 32177
$40 Riverkeeper Members | $50 Regular Price – Suggested Donations
30 spots available
Visit 12 historical sites that William Bartram traveled to in our St. Johns River Watershed. With expert historical guides from the Bartram Trail in Putnam County, enjoy an all inclusive-private driving tour that brings Bartram’s history back to life – we’ll visit hidden springs, enjoy lunch on the riverfront, and more!
William Bartram, a botanist, artist, naturalist, humanist, and author, explored the area along the St. Johns River in Putnam County during his excursions into Florida in the late 1700s. Recommended reading before our trip: William Bartram’s book, Travels, documents our local flora and fauna, and records his colorful encounters with local traders and native tribes.
June | Hunt for Bartram’s Ixia
Saturday, June 13 | 8am-10am
Julington Durbin-Creek Nature Preserve
13130 Bartram Park Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32223
Join us and Florida Native Plant Society Ixia Chapter for a guided hike in search of the rare and elusive Bartram’s Ixia. This flower starts to bloom in the early morning around the middle of May through early June. This is peak flower season in Julington-Durbin Preserve for many kinds of native Florida flowers. Participants will meet in the parking lot and head into the Preserve together.