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Our vision is to make Wakulla County a world-class destination that brings together education, conservation and recreation in a manner that stimulates economic development in an environmentally responsible way. We believe that Wakulla has a lot to offer and we want to see it grow and flourish by providing recreational and environmental opportunities for its citizens and visitors.  

As the Wakulla Environmental Institute continues to grow and develop, we will be implementing initiatives to bring together recreation with education and conservation through eco-tourism.

Visiting Wakulla?

Check out Visit Wakulla and learn about what to do in Wakulla. 

Wakulla Springs State Park 

The Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park is home of one of the world's largest and deepest freshwater springs where visitors can swim, hike, snorkel, lodge, enjoy boat tours down the Wakulla River and more.

Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratory

This nonprofit aquarium offers a one-of-a-kind experience to visitors wishing to get up-close and hands-on with the region's great biodiversity. Thousands of  animals are featured at the Lab including sharks and sea turtles as well as our more hidden treasures of the sea like sea horses and hermit crabs.

St. Marks Wildlife Refuge

The St. Marks Wildlife Refuge is one of the country's oldest and encompasses 17,000 acres of protected acres with habitats ranging from coastal marshes to islands and an extraordinary diversity of plant and animal life. The Refuge is also home to the historic St. Marks Lighthouse, which was built in 1842 and is still in use today.

Ochlockonee River State Park

This scenic state park was is located at the convergence of the Ochlockonee and Dead Rivers and features biking, boating, hiking, fishing, picnicking, camping and swimming for visitors. 

San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park

In addition to the excellent hiking, fishing and picnicking opportunities offered by San Marcos de Apalache, this State Park and National Landmark also tells an interesting story which dates back to 1528. The many different flags flying on the park and the on-site museum demonstrate its colorful history.

Capital City to the Sea Trails

The Capital City to the Sea Trails (CC2ST) is envisioned to be a series of trails that will connect various regions of Leon County and Wakulla County and currently includes Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail and the Ochlockonee Bay Bike Trail. When completed, WEI will serve as a trailhead for the trail with facilities for bikers.

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Contact Information

For more information contact Wakulla Environmental Institute by phone (850) 922-6290 or e-mail

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