Manatee Educational Program

Manatee at Homosassa Springs

Imagine gazing upon a watery world, where a jubilee of fishes swirl in rhythmic symphony through crystal clear water, interrupted only by one of Florida’s most beloved aquatic mammals – the West Indian manatee. 

At Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, you can view and learn about the West Indian Manatees. 

The springs environment creates a serene backdrop for the park’s three daily manatee programs, where rangers and volunteers provide visitors with interesting stories about the park’s non-releasable captive manatees and what they can do to protect manatees in the wild. 

The state park currently provides a permanent home to three non-releasable captive manatees. Manatee become non-releasable when their injury or illness is so severe that they are no longer able to survive in the wild.  Most common injuries result from boat strikes. 

The state park also participates in U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Manatee Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release Program. The park cares for injured or ill manatees until they can safely be released back into the wild.

Manatee Education Program Homosassa

Program Registration

Registration is not required.

Program Cost

Free with park admission and includes a 15 to 20 minute talk followed by a feeding of the park’s captive manatees.  

Times

Offered three times daily:

  • 11:30 a.m.
  • 1:30 p.m.
  • 3:30 p.m.

Location

April 1 - November 14
Underwater Observatory

November 15 - March 31
Manatee Care Facility

Participating Parks