UPCOMING: ANNUAL MEETING
Join us for our Annual Meeting on Saturday, January 14th, 2020 from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. at the Orange City Council Chambers!
This is a great opportunity to meet other members, learn how you can get more involved, and give feedback of what you would like to see in the future. You do not need to be a member to attend! We will be providing an overview about our past projects, introduce our board members, and outline our membership, fundraising, and event committees. We need people to help out on all these committees, so this is a great chance to learn more! Refreshments and snacks will be provided. Learn more and register here.
UPCOMING: ORANGE CITY MANATEE FESTIVAL
The next Orange City Manatee Festival will be taking place on January 25th and 26th, 2020. The Friends of Blue Spring will once again be helping with the shuttle buses from the main event location at Valentine Park into Blue Spring State Park and back. We will also have a table at the park to inform visitors about our group, activities for kids, and our famous Bucket Brigade. We will need lots of volunteer help for this event! Learn more and register here.
WHAT WE HAVE BEEN UP TO...
In collaboration with Save the Manatee Club volunteers we had a great time at the Orange City Christmas Parade on December 14th, 2019!
WEDNESDAY BINGO NIGHTS AT BLUE SPRINGS BREWERY!
Blue Springs Brewing had their soft Opening in November and has been introducing a wide variety of micro-brews including Ales, Lagers, Stouts and Hard Cider as well as their signature cocktails. The menu offers a variety of unique pub food. On December 14th was their Grand Opening.
EVERY Wednesday (unless otherwise specified) starting at 6 p.m. they are hosting BINGO. Each play-card is $1 and 100% of the proceeds goes to the Friends of Blue Spring State Park. Friends of Blue Spring members have been participating weekly and we're excited to welcome new volunteers to help us out! It's also a great opportunity to meet new members and help raise money for the park!
DECEMBER VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION NIGHT
We were excited to be part of the Volunteer Appreciation Night on December 6th, 2019 at Blue Spring State Park. Volunteers have accumulated over 5,000 hours at Blue Spring State Park this year, including work as camp and cabin hosts, lawn maintenance, manatee observers, manatee rovers, interpreters, assistance with parking and at the ranger station, cleanups, and much more. The CSO sponsored the dinner and we had a great turnout!