Swimsuits to Hiking Boots, September 22, 2012


Rainbow Springs State Park will host the exhibit “Swimsuits to Hiking Boots” to educate the public on issues facing the Rain- bow River, surrounding uplands and Florida’s natural resources. The event is co-sponsored by Southwest Florida Water Management District, Marion County Springs Festival and Friends of Rainbow Springs State Park.

Starting at 10:00AM individuals working to preserve Florida’s most precious natural resource – water – will host intimate tours of the state park’s upland trail systems. There will also be informational presentations and workshops, as well as educational booths for organizations and agencies making a difference. Visitors can also rent kayaks or tubes and take a swim in the crystal clear water.

Below is a list of tours and workshops already planned.

9 a.m. and 2 p.m.: Rainbow Springs Headsprings Canoe Tour with Ranger (10-boat maximum per tour; RSVP to nicky.aiken@dep.state.fl.us)

10 a.m. and 4 p.m.: Rainbow Springs Headsprings Snorkel Tour with volunteers (experienced snor- kelers with own equipment only; 12-people per tour maximum; RSVP to nicky.aiken@dep.state.fl.us)

• 8:30 a.m.: Uplands Ecosystem Hike with Ranger (up to four miles long; 20-people per tour maximum; RSVP to nicky.aiken@dep.state. fl.us)

8 p.m.: Moonlight Paddle down the Rainbow River with Rang-ers (20-canoe maximum; RSVP to nicky.aiken@dep.state.fl.us)

8:30 a.m.: Uplands Ecosystem Hike with Ranger (up to four miles long; 20-people per tour maximum; RSVP to nicky.aiken@dep.state. fl.us)

• Florida Yards and Neighbors Work- shop with Kathleen Patterson (95-people maximum; RSVP to kathleen.patterson@marioncoun- tyfl.org)

• 9 a.m.: Rainbow Springs Basin Tour with Pete Colverson (40-people maximum; RSVP to judygreenhal- gh@yahoo.com) 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.: Ranger-Guided Historic Garden Walk (20-people maximum per tour; first come, first served

9 a.m., 10 a.m., and 11 a.m.: Butterfly Garden Walk and Garden Tips with volunteers (20-people maximum per tour; first come, first served)

9 a.m. and 2 p.m.: Rainbow Springs Headsprings Canoe Tour with Ranger (10-boat maximum per tour; RSVP to nicky.aiken@dep. state.fl.us)

10 a.m. and 4 p.m.: Rainbow Springs Headsprings Snorkel Tour with volunteers (experienced snor- kelers with own equipment only; 12-people per tour maximum;

Park admission is $2 per person, but children 6 and under are free. More information is available by contacting Nicky Aiken, Park Services Specialist, at nicky.aiken@dep.state.fl.us.

Rainbow Springs State Park is located at 19158 SW 81st Place Road in Dunnellon.