On a morning stroll through the park, I enjoy the cooler temperatures and the changes they bring: Red Maple and Magnolia trees cascade their tawny leaves down from their sprawling canopy, while thousands of silver snook bask in rays of golden sunlight. Scores of wild manatees are traveling to the park to rest in the life-sustaining warm waters of Homosassa’s main spring. I reflect on how this Fall morning may have appeared centuries ago, appreciating the likely similarities of admirers on the banks and an abundance of wildlife below the glimmering water’s surface.
I am privileged to work with our team of skilled Rangers and Volunteers who passionately share their knowledge about Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. Though the furred, feathered, and scaled inhabitants who call the park home cannot survive in the wild on their own, they are serving an important role as ambassadors for native wildlife. We hope you’ll come experience “the Real Florida” in a unique way with this “one of its kind” wildlife state park.