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Florida Springsfest, held March 2-3 at Silver Springs State Park, celebrated the beauty and wonder of Florida Springs. The family-friendly event attracted more than 7,000 attendees and countless environmental organizations, vendors and artists. The world-famous glass bottom boat rides exposed Floridians and visitors to this unique underwater world, demonstrating the fragility of these ecosystems and the habitat they provide for numerous aquatic species. The theme of this year’s Springfest – Movies filmed in Springs – included an appearance by the Sea Hunt divers, bringing a special nostalgia to the event.

Lindsay Cross, FCV Ed Fund’s Public Lands Advocate, engaged visitors at the event in fun conservation advocacy activities to promote the importance of conservation funding, especially the Florida Forever program. Florida residents sent postcards to their state elected officials explaining why they #LoveFlorida and requested their support for full funding of Florida Forever this legislative session. Friends and families of all ages had a blast taking photos in the giant #LoveFlorida frame, demonstrating their favorite things to do in Florida parks and preserves.

Here are some of the pictures from the weekend. Check out why these spring-goers #LoveFlorida:

If you missed the event, you can still tag us with #LoveFlorida when you visit your favorite neighborhood park or nature preserve.

Learn more about the importance of conservation and how protecting land helps protect our springs and aquifer in Lindsay’s op-ed entitled “Instant Conservation” from the Ocala Star Banner.

Highlights from the event can be viewed on the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/floridaspringsfest/

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