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ALLIGATOR LAKE SPRING FESTIVAL 2012 in Lake City, FL!

Hello and thank you for your interest in the Lake City Spring Festival at Alligator Lake.
Four Rivers Audubon and GWHO (Gateway Wildlife Habitat Organization) along with the support of the Columbia County Tourism Development Council will be holding the 3rd annual Spring Festival at Alligator Lake.  We have cleared the date, April 07, 2012, with our Columbia County Tourist Development Leader Harvey Campbell and Landscape Manager Clint Pittman and reserved the beautiful new pole barn adjacent to the Lake. 

The event is to be a one day (Birdwalks only from 8:00 – 10:00 with displays and other activities from 10:00 – 3:00) family event reaching out to the communities of Lake City and Columbia County. The purpose of the event is to underscore the importance of this wonderful park as both a water resource (headwaters of the Ichetucknee River) as well as the valuable natural resource it is as a site on the Great Florida Birding Trail.  Activities will be designed to engage and educate folks about water, healthy yards, birds, flowers, plants and enjoying the outdoors. We plan to include nature walks, educational displays and vendors. Many local residents have never even visited the park.  It is a natural classroom for teaching about our environment and the economic benefits of protecting Columbia County’s natural resources.

Our event grows each year.  Last year we had over 30 vendors and displays.  Over 400 participants joined us for a free day of fun, sun, good food, education and opportunities to purchase native plants and other healthy yard related goodies.  Our highlights this year will include a wide variety of educational displays and vendors such as a visit from the FWC helicopter, FWC’s wild critters, bird and butterfly walks (with loaner binoculars), the North Florida Artists’ League paint out, activities for children and food provided by Blue Roof Grill (for a very reasonable price). 

We will also be expanding our focus on children’s activities and hosting a discussion of the water challenges facing North Central Florida. Please check out the times for our Walking Workshops and make plans to arrive for the ones you would like to join!   

If your mission or business relates to our mission we invite you to join us for the day.

WHEN:  April 7, 2012   Birdwalks (reservations necessary) will be scheduled from 8:00-10:00.  This is also the time for folks to set up booths and displays. The balance of the Festival will run from 10:00-3:00 and is free and open to the public.

WHERE:  You will enter Alligator Lake Park and Recreation area from Old Country Club Road.
The activities will be clustered around the parking area and the new Pole Barn.

IF YOU WISH TO BE A VENDOR OR BRING AN EDUCATIONAL DISPLAY:
12x12 display areas will cost $15.  Non-profits will be able to display at no cost.
If you have questions or to reserve your space send a message to Valerie Thomas at v.thomas57@gmail.com.

 

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SPECIALS GUESTS lead “Walking Workshops”

Enjoy a 1 hour stroll with the experts.  Space will be limited so check in at the hospitality table when you arrive or send a message to jsulek@audubon.org to reserve your space today!

8:00 a.m.  Bird walks - Jerry Krummrich and Valerie Thomas from Four Rivers Audubon
10:00 a.m.  BIRDS AND their HABITAT -  Valerie Thomas.
11:00 a.m.  BUTTERFLIES with Author Mark Minno (his books will be available for sale)
12:00 p.m.  NATIVE PLANTS of North FL -  Betsy Martin from the FL Native Plant Society
1:00 p.m. INVASIVE EXOTICS – Beau Willsey from FWC

 

Displays and Vendors include:

Native plants and … “Ask a native plant expert”
Educational displays on gardening, wildlife rescue and conservation, water and springs
Natural skin products and specialty foods
Local Artisans featuring birds and natural landscapes – paintings, sculpture and yard whimsey
Books on Florida Natural History with a book signing by Butterfly expert Mark Minno
Activities for kids by Fort White Middle School, Four Rivers Audubon and GWHO

…And much more!!!