Category Archives: Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Wildlife Ranger camp graduates 24 Junior Rangers

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and the Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park held a graduation for twenty-four 11 and 12 year-olds who took part in July’s Wildlife Ranger Camp. This group of young people learned about Florida’s wildlife, enjoying hands-on activities and learning experiences. Camp topics included mammals, birds, reptiles, manatees, the … Continue reading Wildlife Ranger camp graduates 24 Junior Rangers

Bald Eagles Featured at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park for July

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will be focusing on the threatened Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), our national bird, during the month of July. Educational exhibits about the Bald eagle will be on display in the Park’s Visitor Center and Discovery Center throughout July. Three mature Bald eagles; Spirit, Homosassa and Summer; an immature … Continue reading Bald Eagles Featured at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park for July

Learn About Black Bears at the Wildlife Park in June

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will be focusing on Florida’s Black bears during the month of June.  There will be displays and hands-on activities in the Visitor Center and in the Discovery Center throughout the month.  A special program is planned on the theme of Black bears on Thursday, June 15, 2017. The … Continue reading Learn About Black Bears at the Wildlife Park in June

Memorial Day activities at the Wildlife Park

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will offer special activities to remember and honor all who served our Country. Volunteer Carla Nicklas is coordinating this event. Volunteers will be collecting items for the Mission in Citrus Homeless Veterans Shelter in Inverness, Florida. They need the following items: toilet … Continue reading Memorial Day activities at the Wildlife 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