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We are looking for any interesting photos that we can post here on our website. We are especially interested in nature/habitat photos of the St. Sebastian River, the St. Sebastian River Preserve Park (formerly St. Sebastian River State Buffer Preserve), and the surrounding area. If you have any photos that you think may be of interest to our members, that you would like us to post here, please click here send us an email with your photos, or for more information. Photos need to be in the "JPEG" format and do not need to be any higher resolution than 72 dpi.
American River's National River Cleanup 2016 - St. Sebastian River
The following photos of our 2016 St. Sebastian River Cleanup were taken by volunteer Sandy Peterson.
National River Cleanup Week - 2008
The following photos are from our river cleanup trip on the St. Sebastian River, June 1, 2008 as part of the "American Rivers" National River Cleanup Week. The trip was hosted by the Friends and the water-side part of the cleanup was sponsored by Kayaks, Etc. of Vero Beach. The land-side part of the cleanup was held in and around Moore's Point Park at the mouth of the St. Sebastian River and was conducted by Sherry Shipley, Frank Wegel and Bruce ZIngman.
Thanks to all who helped out, especially the AmeriCorps volunteers, and to Mike & Kristen Beck of Kayaks, Etc.!
Mike Beck of Kayaks, Etc. with their mega canoe (aka garbage scow!).
The "slave ship", commanded by Captain Mike (photo courtesy of Jerry Woods)
Ahh, now that looks like more fun! (photo courtesy of Jerry Woods)
AmeriCorps volunteers with trash collected from the water-side part of the cleanup.
Bags of trash from the river cleanup - all bottles and cans got recycled!
National River Cleanup Week - 2007
Below are a few pictures from our recent kayak trip on the South Prong of the St. Sebastian River. This was the first trip we have hosted using kayaks and working with our corporate member - "Kayaks, etc". The trip was in June 2007 and coordinated as a cleanup event as part of the American Rivers organization's National River Cleanup Week.
The photos were taken by Friend's member Linda Weinstien and are used by permission.
Kristen and Mike Beck of Kayaks, etc. man their huge canoe, brought from Germany to collect any trash found along the trip.
Gorgeous and fragrant swamp lilies in blossom along the shoreline of the river.
View of the South Prong of the St. Sebastian River.
This bumper sticker is out of print, but the message is still important!
from The Federation of Fly Fishers and
the Florida Seagrass Outreach Partnership
Early morning fog over the South Prong of the St. Sebastian River
Donald MacDonald park is on the eastern shoreline
©Dr. Jeff Slade, used by permission
This picture is part of the walking trail at the Sebastian Stormwater Park off Englar Drive. The park is open to the public. For more information and a link to a map of the park and trails, visit the Sebastian Area Chamber of Commerce website.
This picture came from a PowerPoint presentation given to the Friends by Troy Rice, Director of the St. Johns - Indian River Lagoon Program, on January 25, 2005. If you would like to download the entire PowerPoint presentation (3.4 MB) with many more pictures of the park, please click here. You will need either the Microsoft Office PowerPoint program (or similar software) or the free PowerPoint Viewer. If you would like to download the free PowerPoint Viewer software from Microsoft, please click here.
St. Sebastian River Buffer Preserve State Park
The Florida House of Representatives Mural Project
In the late 1990s, the Florida House of Representatives undertook major renovations of the House Chamber. As part of the project, Speaker John Thrasher and the House commissioned artist Christopher Still of Tarpon Springs to paint a series of eight murals highlighting Florida’s long and diverse history. These murals now permanently hang in the House Chamber.
Melane Byrd, a 7th grade teacher and wife of House Speaker Johnnie Byrd, has led an effort to teach the stories behind these murals to Florida students. Mrs. Byrd is working with the Department of Education and educators to incorporate the history depicted in these murals into art and history classes across the state. The curriculum being prepared for the fall of 2004 will include a video and detailed guide explaining each piece of art and the history within each mural. A book titled This Land Called Florida will also be available for purchase by school media centers throughout the state.
The House website no longer features these murals with their descriptions, but more information can be found on the Florida House webiste, along with a link to the artist's website and views of the murals.
Old US 1 bridge - St. Sebastian River
©Randy Lang, used by permission