Florida Wildlife Festival
Florida Wildlife Festival Field Trips
2016 information listed, please check back frequently for updates!


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Field trips are on a first come first serve basis. Interested parties can sign up for tours at festival grounds on the day of the festival. No reservations accepted.

Bear Habitat Field Trip - Guided Tour

US Forest Service

Bear Country Field Trips
9:30 A.M. & 1:00 P.M.

Join us for a two-hour field trip conducted by the U. S. Forest Service to the Ocala National Forest to learn about bear habitat. Field trips are by bus and include a moderate hike to a site where Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologists will provide participants with interactive lessons about bear biology, behavior, and management. Biologists will also talk about other Florida native wildlife species.

NOTE: Persons must be able to travel on natural terrain for ½ mile hike.

Black Bear Scenic BywayFlorida Black Bear Scenic Byway Tour
“America’s First Naturalist and National Scenic Byway”

12:30 P.M.

Our Florida Scenic Byway tour will take you “back in time” to visit William Bartram, a famous explorer and botanist. We will meet Mr. Bartram on the St. Johns River where he camped in 1774 under a magnificent shady live oak along the Byway. Mr. Bartram will tell us about his travels through Florida, the wildlife he encountered and the America Wilderness.

On our way back to the Wildlife Festival, we will stop at Alexander Springs and tour this magnitude 1 spring and cultural resources in the surrounding area. This will include a “cool” walk down to the spring and experience the ecology of the spring. The tour will be a joyful experience in an air-conditioned bus where you will be refreshed with cold drinks, pleasant scenery and a very experienced interpreter. Being on the Florida Black Bear Scenic Byway will provide you a “free-fun” tour to discover wildlife and recreation activities.

NOTE: Persons must be able to travel on natural terrain for ½ mile hike.

Friends of Carr CabinFriends of the Carr Cabin Heritage Tour to Carr Cabin

9:30 A.M. and 1:00 P.M.

Join the Friends of the Carr Cabin on a tour to the Archie Carr Cabin in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service to experience the forest of long ago.

The structure, built in 1938 on 46 acres of scrub and forest on Lake Nicotoon, was donated to the Ocala National Forest in 2007 along with the land by Archie’s brother, Dr. Tom Carr, a noted radio-astronomer and physicist. We hope by sharing the specifics of the cabin, it’s restoration, and the surrounding landscape, we will help enlarge the natural and cultural richness of Florida.

Carr Cabin tour does not have access to restroom facilities.

NOTE: Persons must be able to travel on natural terrain for ½ mile hike.

Florida Wildlife Festival
23 South Central Ave
P.O. Box 300
Umatilla, Florida USA 32784
Phone: (352) 669-3511 Fax: (352) 669-8900 ~ Email


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