Florida Springs Restoration Summit: November 1-4, 2018, Ocala, FL

About the Conference


The Florida Springs Council, with support from the Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida and the Jelks Family Foundation, is hosting a four-day conference open to the public to report on the status of springs health in Florida and to develop a roadmap for springs restoration and protection. The 2018 Florida Springs Conservation Plan, a result of the 2016 Summit, will be released during the conference and provided to all participants. The desired outcome for the 2018 conference is a highly-informed audience of decision makers, scientists, advocates, and laypersons who can work together to recognize the threats to Florida’s springs and follow through on implementing meaningful springs restoration and protection actions.

Conference Format


Prior to the full conference, there will be a meeting of select representatives of all springs alliance organizations on November 1, 2018.

This meeting is by invitation only.

The main conference will consist of a series of panel/audience discussions arranged into seven major springs regions over the course of two days. Panelists will address the current knowledge about springs science and management, as well as the tools and activities needed for meaningful springs restoration and long-term protection. A poster session during the evening of the first day of the conference will offer the opportunity to encourage discussion of the springs’ current status by all conference attendees. Both days will include a lunchtime keynote address that synthesizes the themes of the conference.

Sessions are designed to provide the most up-to-date, summarized information through speed talks. All speakers will be invited based on their knowledge of the specific subjects. All speakers must submit a short abstract (limit 200 words) and a short PowerPoint presentation prior to the conference. Each speaker will be limited to a maximum of six PowerPoint slides: one title slide and five slides to summarize their presented information. Questions will not be taken during or after individual presentations but will be encouraged afterwards in group discussions.


Summit participants will be provided with a program that includes all speaker bios and abstracts. This booklet will be designed to facilitate note taking. Participants will be encouraged to record ideas and questions that they think of during the presentations that can be shared and recorded in the discussion sessions.

A half-day field trip to Silver Springs will be offered on November 4, 2018, following the conclusion of the conference.

Date and Time


Thursday, November 1, 2018, 9:00 AM –

Sunday, November 4, 2018, 12:00 PM EDT

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Harvey R. Klein Conference Center

College of Central Florida - Ocala Campus

3001 Southwest College Road

Ocala, FL 34474

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Full Summit $75

     Student price $55

One day $50

     Student price $30

Field trip to Silver Springs November 4  FREE

     State park admission and kayak, canoe, or

     paddleboard rental fees will apply. 

Refunds up to 1 day before event.

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The mission of the Florida Springs Council is to ensure the restoration, preservation, and protection for future generations of Florida's springs and the Floridan Aquifer that sustains those springs and provides our drinking water. For more info, please visit