Florida Wildlife Festival Free Field Trips

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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.

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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 and bug spray will be provided .

Promise Habitat

Wildflower Tour at Promise Ranch

Hosted by Promise Ranch and Naturalist Lavon Silvernell
10:00 am - 39711 Crest Haven Ct, Umatilla, FL 32784

Promise Ranch invites you to join Naturalist Lavon Silvernell for a guided wagon ride through native Florida. A conservation area including marsh, flatwoods and hardwood hammock. A photographer’s delight with occasional stops to admire Fall blooming wildflowers, native plants and wildlife sightings of many native species including turkeys, song birds and quail. Registration is required to attend, by emailing umatilla@umatillachamber.org


Black Bear Scenic BywayFlorida Black Bear Scenic Byway Tour
“First Ranger on the Ocala National Forest and Juniper Springs”

12:30 P.M.

Our Florida Black Bear National Scenic Byway tour will take you back in time to reflect on the history of the Ocala National Forest in 1908. Our first stop will be at Wildcat Lake and we will be greeted by Charlie Rogers who served as the first District Ranger in 1908. Charlie will give us a detailed description of how the Forest was when he first set foot on the National Forest and interesting encounters that he faced as a Forest Ranger.

Our second stop will be traveling on the Florida Black Bear Scenic Highway to Juniper Springs. On this stop and as we walk to the springs, we will learn about the importance of our Florida springs, cultural resources of the springs and how the Civilian Conservation Corps developed this Spring as a great recreation area for the public. As our tour travels the Scenic Byway, our interpreter, Jim Thorsen and Tom Rose will engage the participants in knowledgeable facts about the Ocala National Forest and “bear stories”.

Please join us for a “free-fun” tour of our Scenic Byway and experience the beautiful landscapes and the Byway story.

NOTE: Persons must be able to travel on natural terrain for ½ mile hike and bug spray will be provided .

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 and bug spray will be provided .

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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