What do fly fishing, archery, birdwatching, woodworking, wildlife, cast netting, and lighthouse history have in common? These were all exhibits offered at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge’s 7th annual Wildlife Heritage & Outdoors Festival on Sat. Feb. 2, 2013. The mission of this festival was “Connect People to Nature” through a community celebration of nature’s diversity and local heritage. The many exhibitors provided fun outdoor activities from the past and present for people of all ages. Visitors learned how to call a turkey, explored the old St. Marks Lighthouse keepers quarters, met representatives from many outdoors support organizations and enjoyed a silent auction. This year’s sponsors were: the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, St. Marks Refuge Association, the National Wild Turkey Federation, Florida Big Bend Flyfishers, Inc., and the USCG Auxiliary - FL 1-2.
Viva Florida 500 is a statewide initiative led by the Florida Department of State to highlight the 500 years of historic people, places and events in present-day Florida since the arrival of Juan Ponce de León to the land he named La Florida in 1513. Viva Florida 500 events are taking place year-round in 2013, and our many partners are planning more than 150 events statewide. The goal is to promote 500 years of Florida’s history – its people, places and cultural achievements. Justin Riney is taking a journey around Florida on a paddle board to explore the state's wildlife and scenic outdoors and to draw attention to conservation of Florida’s waterways. He landed at the St. Marks Lighthouse and was met by Secretary of State Ken Detzner to highlight his trip as part of Viva Florida.
Photos by Lou and Betsy Kellenberger
Category:Lifestyle and Recreation
Keywords:Wakulla County, expedition florida 500, festival, florida, nature, outdoors, refuge, st. marks, st. marks national wildlife refuge, viva florida, wakulla
© Original Photography by Lou Kellenberger