26th Annual Halloween Harvest Festival

halloweenSafe family fun for all ages!
No parking fee – No entry fee.
Pay as you play

  • hay rides $3.00 pp
  • haunted house (NOT recommended for the young) $4.00 pp
  • children’s games 4 tickets for $1.00. Most games require one ticket
  • wrist bands for games only $5.00
  • all inclusive wrist bands for hay ride, haunted house & games = $10.00
  • pet costume contest Friday-registration begins 6:30pm with contest starting at 7pm.
  • costume contest for children ages 0-12 is on Saturday. Registration is 6pm-7pm. Contest begins 7pm
  • entry fee for contests: $2

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Hog Hunting On The Nature Coast

The Southwest Florida Water Management District has organized a new series of Hog hunts during the upcoming 2016-2017 season.

Wild hogs are a non-native species can have a negative impact on our preservation lands. This includes:

  • Preying on native wildlife, competing with native species for food and transmitting diseases to other wildlife, livestock and humans.
  • Damage with their broad snouts can leave an area looking like a plowed field.
  • Wild boars may facilitate the spread of exotic plant species by transporting seeds and/or providing germination sites through rooting.

This Feral Hog Dog Hunt Incentive Program is put together to reduce the wild hog population or to at least keep it within manageable numbers on District lands. Continue reading Hog Hunting On The Nature Coast

Native Plant Society Plant Sale at Chinsegut Hill

The Hernando Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will be sponsoring a Native Plant Sale, Exhibit and Tour at Chinsegut Hill on Saturday, September 24, 2016. This is free family-friendly fun for citizens of Hernando county and visitors to the area.

The Florida Native Plant Sale will feature plants suitable for fall planting from Rita Grant, Rick McDonnell from Hickory Hill, and David Barnard, Cypress Acres Nursery.

Information about invasive exotics plant removal, gardening tips, Florida-friendly landscaping practices and more will be available.

Tours of the Chinsegut Hill grounds beneath the live oaks and magnolias will be given from 10:00 to 11:00 am.

Manor House Tours are also available and are $5 per person.

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16th Annual Hernando County Residents Reception

Celebrate Hernando County at the 16th Annual Hernando County Residents Reception

As a resident, we’re sure you have many questions about Hernando County. Questions about schools… safety and law enforcement… roads and local government… healthcare… and naturally… where to shop, eat and play.

To help answer these questions, plan on attending the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce’s 16th Annual Hernando County Residents Reception at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park.
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Centralia Historic Marker Project

Centralia Historic Marker Project

centralia sawmillCentralia (1910-1922), located only a few miles north of Weeki Wachee, was once a thriving, but short-lived logging town and sawmill, which had a significant impact upon Hernando County’s past.

The Historic Hernando Preservation Society has actively sought to recognize significant historic sites in Hernando County by the installation of historic markers through the Florida Division of Historical Resources Historic Marker Program.

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New Reclaimed Water Transmission Line Helps The Springs

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Water Management Districts have funded 26 springs projects with more than $40 million, that will result in $82 million for spring improvement projects after local matching funds.

Hernando County will invest $6 million in a reclaimed water transmission line along US19 that will provide up to 1.7 million gallons of reclaimed water per day to the Timber Pines Subdivision and Golf Course for irrigation use. Both Hernando County and SFWMD will each contribute an extra $3 million, for a grand total of $12 million.

The Weeki Wachee Springs springshed should benefit from this project through reduced nutrients and reduced potable water use. It will enable long-term sustained growth in the area by reducing environmental pressure on the Weeki Wachee River and Springs.

The project should be completed by spring of 2017.

Prescribed Fires for Hernando County

The Land Management Section of the Southwest Florida Water Management District will be conducting prescribed burns during the months of October through March at two preserves in Hernando County.

weeki wachee preserveApproximately 400 acres at Weeki Wachee Preserve will be burned in small, manageable units. The property is located west of US Highway 19 between Spring Hill and Hernando Beach. Some trails may be temporarily closed during prescribed burn events.

Approximately 300 acres at Annuteliga Hammock will be burned in small, manageable units. The property is comprised of several blocks and is located east of US Highway 19 and north of Centralia Road and south of the county line.

According to Will VanGelder, the District’s land management supervisor, burns are implemented to mimic natural fire cycles under a controlled situation. The objective is to avert uncontrolled wildfires and enhance the area’s natural conditions by maintaining the ecological and wildlife habitat values. Prescribed burns are only conducted when weather conditions are optimal to meet the desired objectives and to minimize impacts to the public.

Although every effort will be made to assure that smoke does not affect homes or highways, vehicle operators should exercise caution if smoke reduces visibility on the area’s roads or highways.

Enjoy the hidden gems Weeki Wachee has to offer.