Manager's Message

Tricia Fowler Park Manager  in front of the spring

Tricia Fowler, Park Manager

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park connects generations of visitors across the park’s diverse history, a bridge between history and natural resources that has shaped this small section of the Nature Coast.

I grew up with the state park as my backyard, frequently visiting the resident wildlife and the glittering waters of the Homosassa Springs. My many childhood visits inspired my adult career in wildlife care, ultimately working for the Florida Park Service in several capacities before becoming the manager of this sensational and unique location.

The life sustaining waters of the Homosassa Springs showcase the relationship between native Florida wildlife and people, giving the animals the stage to tell their own story of survival.

Some of our wildlife were injured, some were orphaned, some were born in captivity; regardless of what brought them into our care, they all share the same chapter in their storyline: they are unable to survive in the wild on their own. Though the furred, feathered, and scaled inhabitants who call the park home would not be able to live on their own, they are serving an important role as ambassadors for native wildlife, sharing their individual stories with visitors from around the world.

Our Florida panthers, bobcats, black bear, bald eagles and many other fascinating wildlife await the opportunity to share their stories with you and your family.

We hope you’ll come experience “the Real Florida” in a unique way with this “one of its kind” wildlife state park.