Community connections: How Wekiva Island partners with organizations for good

At Wekiva Island, we love being part of the community. We’re proud to be your go-to spot for family fun in the summer or a place to listen to live music in the evenings. We’re also passionate about our mission of sustainability, art, and education to inspire people to protect this beautiful place.

For us, that comes together in the ways we give back. We have chosen to partner with select organizations around Central Florida who help us amplify our impact and leave a lasting legacy. Here’s a little more about our partners and how they help us make a difference.

The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

If you’ve ever paddled on the Wekiva River, you might have seen a river otter in its natural habitat. Otters are special to us at Wekiva Island, from their occasional visits to the fact that our bar is named the Tooting Otter. In 2023, we were honored to take our otter appreciation further by sponsoring the North American river otter habitat at the Central Florida Zoo. We have committed to helping the Zoo feed and care for its otter, Molly, for a year. We are dedicated to the conservation of the Wekiva River and its inhabitants, and we love supporting the Zoo’s conservation efforts for river otters and many other animals. Keep an eye out for special events and give-back days that help us support the Zoo!

O-Town Compost

One thing we’ve always tried to do at Wekiva Island is share our sustainability measures while our guests are having fun. We want to make habits that are good for the environment easy. Last year, we did just that with our partnership with O-Town Compost. O-Town Compost is an incredible organization that takes the intimidation out of composting by allowing residents to fill a bucket with compostable items and have it picked up regularly. They then handle the composting to return nutrients to our Central Florida soil. At Wekiva Island, we have compost caddies for purchase, and guests can drop off their waste at our Wekiva Blooms: Community Compost Center next time they’re at the Island. It’s convenient, helps our area grow, and diverts waste from our landfill.

Springs Mean Business

When it comes to the springs, we put our money where our mouth is. That means being part of the Florida Springs Council’s Springs Mean Business program. As part of the program, businesses can either make a donation or execute on an idea that raises money for Florida Springs Council’s efforts. In turn, customers can use the list to support businesses that support springs protection. We have donated and supported Florida Springs Council through efforts like give-back nights and more.

The Audubon Center for Birds of Prey

Sitting in one of our riverside Adirondack chairs, you might catch a glimpse of a swallow-tailed kite or hear the cry of a red-shouldered hawk. Our friends at the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey take care of raptors just like these—and the habitats they call home. When you spend a day in our Audubon Cabana, you’re helping support that mission, because we donate 100 percent of the rentals to the Maitland organization to help them with their work.

With everything we do at Wekiva Island, we aim to be conscious of our mission and strategic in our partnerships and giving. We’re proud to work with these organizations and many others that work hard to make Central Florida—and our world—a better place. Next time you come to Wekiva Island, you can be confident in knowing you’re helping do the same.

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