A guidebook to common creatures and plants in Florida’s freshwater springs.
This guide was created by Jennifer Adler for the Walking on Water springs environmental education program. It includes photos and descriptions of 47 common creatures and plants that find their home in Florida’s springs, along with tips to help you identify them. This is by no means an exhaustive list of spring species, rather a guide to many of the things the students may find during our swim at Blue Springs Park in Gilchrist County, Florida. Even if you are not part of the Walking on Water program, feel free to use this as a resource to help yourself become more familiar with the flora and fauna of our unique spring ecosystems. If you do download the guide, I would appreciate it if you would please leave your thoughts/feedback in the comments section below. Although it was a labor of love, it took an incredible amount of time to both shoot and edit all of the photos as well as design and compile the guide. Knowing how this free resource is being used will help me improve it in the future and also better understand whether or not it is a helpful resource for the springs community. Please keep in mind that it was written for a 5th grade audience, and if you are a teacher and would like to use it as an educational resource for your classroom, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.