The Southwest Florida Water Management District has organized a new series of Hog hunts throughout the year to help reduce the wild hog population.
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 Program is put together to reduce the wild hog population or to at least keep it within manageable numbers on District lands. Continue reading 2017-2018 Hog Hunting Season
Aripeka-Bayport Christmas Bird Count
This is the nation’s longest-running citizen science bird project, and it helps fuel the National Audubon Society’s science throughout the year.
Volunteers throughout the United States participate. Our local chapter has participated for many years.
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Following a brief talk about the Preserve and the needed work, volunteers will assist in clearing a new hiking trail. Work will be completed by noon.
An optional guided nature walk will be offered following completion of work. Volunteers should wear long pants and sturdy shoes with closed toes. Continue reading Clearing A Hiking Trail
Safe 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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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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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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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce hosts its Annual Hernando County Residents Reception on September 12, from 5 PM to 8 PM at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.
During the event, you’ll have the opportunity to meet Hernando County representatives, from offices such as the Sheriff’s Office, the Hernando County Commission, the School Board and others.
Local restaurants will offer samples of their signature dishes at this gathering, which is free and open to the public.
For more information: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce
The Rotary Clubs of Spring Hill and Brooksville will have a lyngbya cleanup on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 5 p.m. at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee.
Volunteers are needed for this community effort to get rid of the algae from the water. Special rakes are used to remove the algae in a careful manner. Each rake full of lyngbya helps clean the water of pollutants. Lyngbya is an algae that can cause serious damage to the springs and its inhabitants. It interferes with fishing, boating, swimming and the health of manatees and other aquatic life.
The cleanup will last about two hours. For information about the project, contact Doug Brainard at (352) 442-1156 or [email protected]
This annual community fundraising fest features lots of live entertainment that includes, dance and music in addition to a great variety of arts & craft vendors. Great food and beverages await your taste buds and the proceeds will benefit local non-profit community groups.
Location: Weeki Wachee Springs State Park
Fri-Sat. March 7-8, 2014 – 9am to 5pm
Sun. March 9, 2014 – 9am to 4pm
Admission: $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-11 and free for 5 and under.
No dogs or alcohol allowed.
Free parking at Sand Hill Scout Reservation with shuttle service to the Swamp Fest. For more info, call (352) 556-5807 or (352) 597-4424 or go to www.swampfestweekiwachee.com.
On Saturday, February 1st., the Audubon Society will host the annual sparrow drive in the Weeki Wachee Preserve in Hernando County. The goal is to flush sparrows and capture them in mist nests for banding.
Volunteers will walk in lines through the grass and short shrubs, flushing sparrows and other grassland birds into a long line of mist nets for capture and banding. You will be able to see and photograph wintering grassland sparrows up close as birds are removed from mist nets and at the banding station on site. Terrain is uneven ground with grass and most shrubs not more than thigh-high on a 6′ tall person.
Common captures are Henslow’s, Le Conte’s, Grasshopper, Swamp, and Savannah sparrows.
Email Marianne Korosy for more information and to sign up.