Category Archives: Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Manatee Successfully Rehabbed and Released

A young male manatee was rescued by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) on February 20, 2017.  He was found at Three Sisters Spring in Crystal River. The manatee was suffering from cold stress injuries and was underweight. FWC brought him to the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park for treatment and rehabilitation. … Continue reading Manatee Successfully Rehabbed and Released

May’s Focus is on Wetlands and Wildflowers at the Wildlife Park

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will be highlighting Wetlands and Wildflowers during the month of May when wildflowers are springing up all along our roadsides and in our fields. Exhibits will be on display in the Park’s Visitor Center and in the Discovery Center on this theme. You may ask yourself “What is … Continue reading May’s Focus is on Wetlands and Wildflowers at the Wildlife Park

Wildlife Puppeteers receive Long Term Project Award

Donald Philpot, Executive Director of the Friends of Florida State Parks, presented the organization’s 2016 Long Term Project award to the Wildlife Puppeteers from Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. The Long Term Project of the Year honors efforts that result from a partnership of a Florida State Park and their Citizen Support Organization … Continue reading Wildlife Puppeteers receive Long Term Project Award

Wildlife Park to present Ranger Camps in June and July

Camp helps educate children about Florida’s native wildlife The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will offer two weeklong Wildlife Ranger Camps in June and July. The Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park sponsor the programs. June’s Wildlife Ranger Camp is for children ages 8 and 9 years old, … Continue reading Wildlife Park to present Ranger Camps in June and July

Pre-Register Now for Wildlife Ranger Camps in June & July

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will offer two weeklong Wildlife Ranger Camps in June and July. The Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park sponsor the programs. June’s Wildlife Ranger Camp is for children ages 8 and 9 years old, and runs June 19 through June 23. July’s … Continue reading Pre-Register Now for Wildlife Ranger Camps in June & July

Wildlife Park plans Spring Egg-stravaganza on April 15

Children invited to a spring egg hunt with prizes for finders of gold eggs Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and the Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park will be hosting a Spring EGG-stravaganza starting at 8:00 am in the field behind the main entrance and Visitor Center parking area. Thousands of eggs will … Continue reading Wildlife Park plans Spring Egg-stravaganza on April 15

Panthers and Bobcats featured at the Wildlife Park in April

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will be highlighting Florida’s Big and Little Cats: Florida Panthers and Bobcats during the month of April. A special program and displays on Florida Panthers and Bobcats are planned during the month of April. A special program on the Living with Florida Panthers initiative will be presented on … Continue reading Panthers and Bobcats featured at the Wildlife Park in April

Wildlife Park to Host March 25 Bird Walk

Experienced and novice birders are welcome The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, in cooperation with Citrus County Audubon Society, will host a monthly bird walk on Pepper Creek Trail on Saturday, March 25, 2017. An experienced birder from Citrus County Audubon, will lead the walk on this trail–one … Continue reading Wildlife Park to Host March 25 Bird Walk

Homosassa’s Wildlife Park History featured in March

The history of Homosassa and the Park will be highlighted during the month of March at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. Displays on our area’s heritage will exhibited in the Park’s Visitor Center on US 19 and in the Discovery Center from Tuesday, March 7, 2017 through the end of the month. Special … Continue reading Homosassa’s Wildlife Park History featured in March

Monthly Bird Walk at Wildlife Park Sat. 2/25

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, in cooperation with Citrus County Audubon Society, will host a monthly bird walk on Pepper Creek Trail on Saturday, February 25, 2017. An experienced birder from Citrus County Audubon, will lead the walk on this trail–one of 19 birding trails in Citrus … Continue reading Monthly Bird Walk at Wildlife Park Sat. 2/25

New Deer Boardwalk to Open Friday 2/17 at Wildlife Park

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and the Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park will be holding a ribbon cutting to celebrate the Grand Opening of the park’s new Deer Boardwalk on Friday, February 17, 2017 at 2:00 pm. This has been a major undertaking of the Friends … Continue reading New Deer Boardwalk to Open Friday 2/17 at Wildlife Park

Citrus Watercolor Society Spring Show 3/4-5

The Citrus Watercolor Society will be holding its Spring Art in the Park exhibit and sale in the Visitor Center of the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park on Saturday, March 4, and Sunday, March 5, 2017. This show features the artwork of the Society’s many talented watercolorists. Originals, prints and cards will be … Continue reading Citrus Watercolor Society Spring Show 3/4-5

Wildlife Park features Alligators in February

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park’s monthly focus during the month of February will be on the American alligator. Displays will be available in the Visitor Center on US 19 and in the Discovery Center inside the Wildlife Park. Two special programs will be presented on the American alligator. (featured image at top of … Continue reading Wildlife Park features Alligators in February

How to Coexist with Backyard Wildlife Program 1/20 at the Wildlife Park

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park has set aside the month of January to honor some of Florida’s well-known naturalists and conservationists. In addition to displays in the Visitor Center and the Discovery Center, we will be presenting a special program on how we can all be conservationists by making small changes in our … Continue reading How to Coexist with Backyard Wildlife Program 1/20 at the Wildlife Park

Join the Wildlife Puppeteers for a New Hippo Show

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will be presenting a new series of Wildlife Puppeteers’ plays on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 2:00 pm in the Discovery Center inside the Wildlife Park. Regular park admission applies for the January 21, 2017 play. The Wildlife Puppeteers will also be … Continue reading Join the Wildlife Puppeteers for a New Hippo Show

Lu, the Hippo’s Birthday Party 1/26 at the Wildlife Park

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will celebrate Lu, the hippopotamus’ 57th birthday with two special birthday parties on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 10:00 am and at 12:30 pm. Lu is the oldest living hippo in captivity in North and South America. Lu has been a long-time … Continue reading Lu, the Hippo’s Birthday Party 1/26 at the Wildlife Park

Wildlife Park features Florida Conservationists

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park has set aside the month of January to honor some of Florida’s well-known naturalists and conservationists. These include William Bartram, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Rachel Carson, and Archie Carr: all who have played an important part in the conservation of Florida’s natural resources. In addition to displays in the … Continue reading Wildlife Park features Florida Conservationists

First Day Hike at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park 1/1

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park invites residents and visitors to start the New Year off on the right foot by taking part in a Ranger-led First Day Hike through the wildlife park. Participants should gather at 9:00 am at the park’s West entrance located on Fishbowl Drive. The ranger will greet the group … Continue reading First Day Hike at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park 1/1

Whooping Cranes @ the Wildlife Park

Whooping cranes will be highlighted during the month of December at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. The Park is currently home to a pair of Whooping cranes, Peepers and Levi, who live in a natural habitat with a pond surrounded by grassy banks. The Park will be presenting a Wildlife Jeopardy program on … Continue reading Whooping Cranes @ the Wildlife Park

Christmas Celebration of Lights at the Wildlife Park 12/17-24 and 26

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, along with the Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park, will host its annual Christmas Celebration of Lights, a nine-evening event, from Saturday, Dec. 17 through Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24, and again on Monday, Dec. 26, 2016. The park will open at … Continue reading Christmas Celebration of Lights at the Wildlife Park 12/17-24 and 26

Two Programs feature Red Wolves this week at the Wildlife Park

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will present two special programs on Red wolves this week. The first will be on Wednesday, Nov. 16. Park Services Specialist Andrea Junkunc will offer a program on The Endangered Red wolves. The program starting at 1:00 pm in the Florida Room of the Visitor Center located on … Continue reading Two Programs feature Red Wolves this week at the Wildlife Park

Watercolor Art Show at Wildlife Park 11/19-20

The Citrus Watercolor Society will conduct their annual fall show and sale at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park in Homosassa, on Saturday and Sunday, November 19 and 20. Whether you are a serious collector or just a plain admirer of watercolor art, you will find works of art that will please the … Continue reading Watercolor Art Show at Wildlife Park 11/19-20

Wildlife Park to Reschedule 11/19 Puppeteer Show

The Wildlife Puppeteers’ puppet play originally scheduled for Saturday, November 19, 2016 has been cancelled. This play entitled “This is your life…Lu, the hippopotamus!” will be rescheduled soon. The puppet play is based on the 1950s television show. Lu’s family and friends, past and present, join in celebrating his uniqueness. Wildlife Puppeteers are available to … Continue reading Wildlife Park to Reschedule 11/19 Puppeteer Show

Learn about Red Wolves at the Wildlife Park

The Red wolf (Canis rufus) is one of the world’s most endangered canids. Red wolves are native to North America and once ranged throughout the Southeast United States including Florida. The Red wolf was designated as an endangered species in 1967. Due to loss of habitat and human-caused mortalities, the Red wolf population nearly vanished … Continue reading Learn about Red Wolves at the Wildlife Park

Oct. 22 begins Monthly Bird Walks at the Wildlife Park

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, in cooperation with Citrus County Audubon Society, will host a monthly bird walk on Pepper Creek Trail on Saturday, October 22, 2016. An experienced birder from Citrus County Audubon, will lead the walk on this trail–one of 19 birding trails in Citrus … Continue reading Oct. 22 begins Monthly Bird Walks at the Wildlife Park

Park to Present Wildlife Jeopardy Program about Bats Oct. 12

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will offer a Wildlife Jeopardy program on Florida’s Bats in the Discovery Center inside the Wildlife Park on Saturday, October 15, 2016 from noon until 12:30 pm. This is one of two special programs scheduled in October as the park focuses on … Continue reading Park to Present Wildlife Jeopardy Program about Bats Oct. 12

Wildlife Park Focuses on Bats for October – Lots of Events!

During the month of October, Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will be focusing on learning more about Florida’s bats. Bats are an important part of natural ecosystems. They prey upon insects, some of which are agricultural or human pests. While there are more than 1,000 species of bats worldwide, Florida is home to … Continue reading Wildlife Park Focuses on Bats for October – Lots of Events!

Haunted Tram Rides at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park 10/28-29

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and the Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park are busy planning and setting up for their annual Haunted Tram Rides community event scheduled for the evenings of Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29, 2016. The event will begin at 6:00 pm each evening, and run until 10:00 … Continue reading Haunted Tram Rides at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park 10/28-29

Wildlife Park Volunteer Creates Stained Glass Portrait of Rosie, the Manatee

Nills Anderson, a transportation volunteer at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and stained glass artist has created a beautiful portrait of Rosie, the much-loved manatee who passed away in December 2015 after a long life of 50 years or more. He wanted to memorialize Rosie who was known as the Matriarch of the … Continue reading Wildlife Park Volunteer Creates Stained Glass Portrait of Rosie, the Manatee

Wildlife Park gets a 2nd Florida Panther Kitten

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park welcomes a second endangered Florida panther kitten. The kitten, now 7 to 8 months old, is named Sakata. He weighs approximately 35 to 40 pounds. He was found on Monday, January 18, 2016 by employees performing routine field maintenance at the Sakata Research Station in Fort Myers, Florida. … Continue reading Wildlife Park gets a 2nd Florida Panther Kitten