Springs Informational Kiosks installed in 20 Florida State Parks

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service has installed new interpretative kiosks at each of the 20 state parks with freshwater springs. The panels share information about the threats to springs – groundwater pollution, erosion and invasive plants – and what visitors can do to reduce that threat.

Florida has one of the highest concentrations of springs in the world. Twenty of those springs are the main attraction at some of Florida’s most popular state parks. Water quality and water quantity is a priority for the Department, as is providing access to Florida’s state parks. The kiosk provides the opportunity to touch and learn about limestone, the building block of the Floridan Aquifer and the springs.

The kiosk teaches the reader how to help by eliminating contributions to groundwater pollution to keep the water clean, placing all trash in garbage cans to keep the spring litter free, avoiding stepping on plants growing on the river bottom to keep them healthy, entering the water from designated areas to prevent eroding the banks and admiring wildlife from a distance.

The new kiosks can be seen at the following state parks:

Northwest Florida:

Northeast Florida:

Central Florida:

Southwest Florida:

In an effort to include the use of technology and the opportunities SMART phones present, a QR code on the interpretive sign directs visitors to more information. Visitors are encouraged to post photos of springs to social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #savingFLSprings. Follow the Florida Park Service on Twitter and Facebook, as well as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection on Twitter.

 

 

 

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