Homosassa Programs and Wildlife

Programs and Wildlife

Programs

  • Manatee programs are offered daily at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and at 3:30 p.m. From April 1 through November 15 the programs are presented alongside the main spring in the bleachers overlooking the Fish Bowl underwater observatory. From November 15 through March 31 the programs are presented alongside the in-ground manatee pool at the Manatee Care Center.
  • Wildlife Encounter programs are offered daily at 10:30 a.m. and at 2:30 p.m. at the Wildlife Encounters pavilion. Wildlife encounters introduce visitors to native Florida wildlife.
  • An Alligator/Hippopotamus program takes place daily at 12:30 p.m. from the bridge between the alligator lagoon and the hippopotamus pool.

Wildlife

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park includes the Wildlife Walk and paved trails for wildlife viewing. The Wildlife Walk consists of elevated boardwalks that are accessible for visitors in wheelchairs or strollers. The boardwalk allows an elevated view into the natural habitats and provides rain shelters along the way. Unable to survive in the wild for various reasons, the park’s captive wildlife are ambassadors for their species, promoting conservation through education.

The Fish Bowl underwater observatory floats in the main spring and allows an underwater view of the spring and the fish and manatees. A television screen with a viewing control is located on the sundeck allowing visitors in wheelchairs to appreciate a view out the underwater windows.

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park is an excellent site for birding. The Pepper Creek Birding Trail runs from the Visitor Center parking area along the tram road and loops through the parking areas at Fish Bowl Drive and returns via a boat ride along Pepper Creek. This trail is one of 20 birding trails in Citrus County that are part of the Great Florida Birding Trail. An information kiosk is located at the trailhead behind the parking area of the Visitor Center on U.S. 19. The Citrus County Audubon Society offers monthly bird walks on Pepper Creek Trail from October through April (with the exception of December).