Saving Our Water, One Mind at a Time

By Maya Oli Down a dirt road in North Central Florida, you can find a blue crystal-clear spring that real Floridians know about. Many people have not been to many springs, even though Florida has the densest area of springs in the world. At first look, you might think that Blue Springs is 100% clean….

Blue Springs for Sale

By Ella Denny and Aleida Wells Kim Davis, long-time owner of Blue Springs Park, has decided to pass on the beauty of the park to a new caretaker. Back in 1958, when the park first came into Davis’s family, it was an engagement gift to her great-aunt. Throughout the years, it’s been passed down through…

The Choking Plant: Hydrilla

Story and artwork by Makayla Kraus Before the 1950s, the springs and their runs were abundant in native pennyworts, ludwigia, sagittaria and eelgrass. However, these plants are now at risk because of introduction of the exotic aquarium plant known as hydrilla verticillata. This flora looks simple, with its long stalks and faded emerald leaves. Unfortunately,…

“Vegan Joe,” Our Lifeguard

By Daniel McMahan Joe “Vegan Joe” Nieves has been a lifeguard for over five years. Joe has rescued countless lives from the perils of the underwater world. Joe was lifeguarding at Springs Ambassadors Camp. He is distinct with his long black hair and black beard. Springs can be dangerous places with high jumps, rope swings…

What Makes Blue Springs Blue?

By Ayrianna Vasquez and Morgan Russell It has been long known that all of Florida’s springs are crystal clear and blue. There are many theories on why the springs are blue. Rain Shitama thinks that “the reflection of the sky makes them blue.” He is wrong, because the real reason is the same reason for…

Let’s Start Recycling in Gilchrist

Story and artwork by Clara Summerford Many people today are working endlessly to remove waste and conserve our springs. However, recycling is not among the efforts underway at Blue Springs in Gilchrist County. Such a simple act of responsibility should be enforced in all natural parks, and could remove vast amounts of litter from our…

The Romance of Blue Springs

By Alyssa Bressler There are many reasons and facts behind why Blue Springs is a very good place for a date. Today we interviewed visitors about what brought them to Blue Springs and we found a couple having fun on a date. One of the biggest reasons it’s a good place for this is that…

Food & Water: Q&A with the Chefs

By Lucy Castine and Ilana Hoover What is organic, anyway? A way of growing and eating food that is not as harmful to nature as our normal ways of growing and eating food. Val Leitner and Anna Prizzia of Forage Farm cook organically for Springs Ambassadors Camp. We, Ilana Hoover and Lucy Castine, interviewed the…