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Celebrate Wakulla County's Natural Beauty and Heritage at Wakulla Wildlife Festival 

Dates:  April 3-5, 2008

eagle.gifFestival Admission:  Normal park admission fees allow access to all of the Festivals FREE activities.  The $4.00 per vehicle Wakulla Springs State Park admission fee on Saturday, April 5th includes access to Art on the Terrace, free presentations and exhibits, children's activities, living history demonstrations, live bluegrass music and the spectacular Birds of Prey and Reptile Shows presented by Georgia Southern University.

Additional fees apply to Premium Guided Tours.  Space is limited for these popular activities.  Pre-registration is required by March 28, 2008.  Please download and print the Wildlife Festival Registration Form, make your selection(s), and call (850) 926-0700 to make reservations.  Premium guided tour prices DO NOT INCLUDE the cost of admission to State Parks and the St. Mark's National Wildlife Refuge.

sammy tedder.gifOur focus is on the environment with its accompanying wildlife and heritage.  Festival tours take you to many phenomenal natural areas, including Wakulla Springs State Park, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, the Wakulla River, the St. Mark’s River, Apalachee Bay, Apalachicola National Forest, Ochlockonee River State Park and the Sinks of the Wakulla Springs River Basin. 

Overnight Accommodations:

Make a reservation directly with Wakulla Springs State Park and Lodge (850) 926-0700 to stay in one of the historic twenty-seven guest rooms, or call The Inn at Wildwood Resort (850) 926-4455 ( ), a nature-based hotel and golf retreat, to enjoy your festival getaway!

You can also stay at the newly built Best Western Wakulla Inn & Suites, located at 3292 Coastal Highway (Hwy. 98) in Crawfordville, Florida.  Call them to make your reservations at (850)926-3737 or visit them on the web by clicking here.

The Sweet Magnolia Inn, located in quaint St. Marks, Florida, is a locally owned bed and breakfast with a selection of beautifully decorated rooms for you to choose from.  Call them at 1-800-779-5214 or locally at (850)925-7670, or visit them on the web at

Guests can also stay at The Landing Motel in Panacea, Florida.  They can be reached at (850)984-0180. 

For more information about the festival, and to download and print the registration form, please visit

Pictured above left:  A golden eagle returns from an inspiring free flight during Georgia Southern University’s spectacular Raptor Show.

Pictured above right:  Sammy Tedder performs live for the Wildlife Art Opening at Wakulla Springs State Park.

- Submitted by Jeff Hugo

This article originally published on March 3, 2008.

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