Natural History Festival in Daytona Beach


Join us at the Museum of Arts & Sciences in Daytoan Beach for a fun and exciting day of fossils, marine specimens, minerals, ecology, and more! There will be a Natural History Festival on September 14, 2019, from 10 am to 3 pm.

Free for members or with paid museum admission.


10:00am: Dragons from Deep Time with MOAS Senior Curator of Education and History, James "Zach" Zacharias

11:00am: The Fossil Hunters TV Show: Women in Paleontology

12:00pm: Wetland and Core Climate Change with Dr. Benjamin Tanner

1:00pm: The Takeover of the Everglades by the Burmese Python with Conservancy Wildlife Biologist, Ian Bartoszek

2:00pm: Going Dry in the Land of Water? Florida's Hydrological History and Ideas for Avoiding a Future Water Crisis with Dr. David Kaplan from the University of Florida

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Blue Spring Clean Up for Manatees


Sign Up to Clean Up!

Join us on Saturday, September 28, 2019 on National Public Lands Day for a Clean Up at Blue Spring State Park in Orange City!

Trash in the environment can be a big problem for manatees. During past Clean Ups at Blue Spring State Park, volunteers collected over 80 lbs of trash incl. bottles, cans, plastic wrappers, cigarette butts, discarded clothes, shoes, and more. Each item found on land can easily blow into the water and become a problem for manatees.

We will be meeting on Saturday, September 28th, 2019 at 8:30 a.m on the lawn in front of the Thursby House inside Blue Spring State Park. The Clean Up will take place on land, however if you have your own kayak, canoe, paddle board or snorkeling equipment, you are welcome to cleanup in /on the water as well. We will be providing supplies for on-land cleanup.
This is a collaboration between Blue Spring State Park and Save the Manatee Club.

For any questions, please email Cora at

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