In Person Book Signing with Florida author Kirsten Hines



Come and join us we host Florida author Kirsten Hines here in Winter Park at Azalea Lodge at Mead Botanical Gardens for an in-person event and book signing for her latest book, Wild Florida.

Brilliant wildlife photography and intimate storytelling showcase Florida's animal species within their natural habitats

- Presents intimate and artistic photographs featuring a wide range of Florida's animals from little-known insects to iconic Florida bears and panthers, including both native and non-native species

- Includes stories that provide an accessible approach to complex ecological and biological insights grounded in science

- Offers a hopeful approach to Florida's future, inspiring conservation of the natural areas that support the state's animals

If you cannot attend the event but would like a signed copy, please follow the link here, and add in the notes you would like a signed copy.


A captivating visual and narrative journey into the ecology of Florida’s animals, this book features brilliant wildlife photography and intimate storytelling that introduces the variety of species within the state.

Brilliant wildlife photography and intimate storytelling showcase Florida’s animal species within their natural habitats 

Kirsten Hines provides a captivating visual and narrative journey into the ecology of Florida’s animals in Wild Florida. The intimate and artistic photographs in this book introduce readers to the wide variety of wildlife that thrives within the state. In essays that accompany her images, Hines offers stories and observations about each species and encourages conservation of the natural areas that support them.

Hines takes readers along with her on excursions through swamps and into camping stakeouts, sharing experiences such as watching the movements of Florida black bears for months to capture the perfect shot of a mother with her cubs. She introduces an array of species that call the state home, from the iconic Florida panther and the endemic red widow spider to the loggerhead sea turtle and even invasive species like the Burmese python. These pages feature Magnificent Frigatebirds from the tropical environments of the south, beavers from the temperate north, and animals that live within the gradual blending of environmental borders between these climatic extremes across the peninsula.

Wild Florida also highlights the unique ecosystems where these creatures can be found, including locations such as Ocala National Forest, Big Cypress National Preserve, Dry Tortugas National Park, and Everglades National Park. Hines’s patience in studying the secret lives of Florida’s animals results in surprising revelations about the hidden wonders that readers can even discover in their own backyards.

This book not only champions the diversity of Florida’s natural features, but also inspires readers to take action to ensure the treasures of the state remain protected. These elegantly presented words and images make a strong case for preserving the beauty and wonder of the state’s animals and their environments for years to come.


Kirsten Hines is a writer, award-winning nature photographer, and conservationist. Hines is coauthor of Attracting Birds to South Florida Gardens and several other books on Florida's nature and history.


The Azalea Lodge at Mead Botanical Garden (previously known as The Clubhouse) is the perfect indoor place for any type of special event — wedding receptions, business meetings, dances, workshops, family reunions, school functions and more! This beautiful 2,400 square foot reception hall has a capacity of 175. It includes a foyer, meeting space and main hall. An outdoor a terrace overlooks Alice’s Pond. Tables and chairs are included in rental fee. The Azalea Lodge is located next to the Little Amphitheater, a popular location for outdoor wedding ceremonies.


"Hines's images are both technical and artful, and the accompanying text is simultaneously accessible and reverent. Residents or visitors, newcomers or natives will all learn something new in these pages and find renewed appreciation for the ecology of still-wild Florida."-Julie Wraithmell, executive director, Audubon Florida

Event date: 
Tuesday, January 9, 2024 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
Azalea Lodge at Mead Botanical Gardens
1300 S. Denning Drive
Winter Park, FL 32789
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Wild Florida: An Animal Odyssey By Kirsten Hines Cover Image
ISBN: 9780813069814
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: University Press of Florida - November 14th, 2023

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