In this Issue:
  • Florida Master Naturalist Program
  • Arbor Day–a celebration of the trees in our lives
  • Have a “Tree-mendous” Arbor Day!
  • Oil Spill Science Seminar held in Okaloosa County
  • Free “Brace for the Storm” Workshops Help Homeowners Prepare for Disasters
  • Beekeeping in the Panhandle Workshop & Trade Show April 1 & 2
  • 2016 Gulf Coast Agritourism and Ecotourism Business Development Conference
  • Endless October Options in Northwest Florida!
  • Exotic Pet Amnesty Day set for Oct. 3 in Fort Walton Beach
  • Gulf Coast Agritourism and Ecotourism Business Development Conference Announced for November
  • Events

    Florida Master Naturalist Program

    The Florida Master Naturalist Program is an adult education University of Florida/IFAS Extension program. Training will benefit persons interested in learning more about Florida’s environment or wishing to increase their knowledge for use in education programs as volunteers, employees, ecotourism guides, and others. Through classroom, field trip, and practical experience, each module provides instruction on the …

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    Arbor Day–a celebration of the trees in our lives

    Do you have a favorite tree? Often, the trees in our lives tell a story. One of the selling points when we bought our house 14 years ago was the tall, healthy Southern magnolia in the front yard. It was beautiful, and I could see it out my front window. A perfect shade tree, I …

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    Have a “Tree-mendous” Arbor Day!

    Arbor Day has a 145-year history, started in Nebraska by a nature-loving newspaper editor who recognized the many valuable services trees provide. We humans often form emotional attachments to trees, planting them at the beginning of a marriage, birth of a child, or death of a loved one, and trees have tremendous symbolic value within …

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    Oil Spill Science Seminar held in Okaloosa County

    The Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill occurred about 50 miles offshore of Louisiana in April 2010. Approximately 172 million gallons of oil entered the Gulf of Mexico. Five years after the incident, locals and tourists still have questions. The Okaloosa County UF/IFAS Extension Office invited a Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Scientist, Dr. Monica Wilson, …

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    Free “Brace for the Storm” Workshops Help Homeowners Prepare for Disasters

    Here in the latter half of June, temperatures have heated up and summer thunderstorms have swept through on a regular basis. As we are reminded often,  hurricane season has begun. While we haven’t had a major storm in 11 years, northwest Florida is still a prime target. Be Ready Florida is a statewide program dedicated …

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    Beekeeping in the Panhandle Workshop & Trade Show April 1 & 2

    The Beekeeping in the Panhandle Working Group is pleased to offer the 5th Annual Beekeepers Field Day And Trade Show 2016 Beekeeping is one of the fastest growing hobby and commercial endeavors in Florida.  There is much to learn and share about this fascinating trade. The workshop and trade show offers something for every level and …

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    2016 Gulf Coast Agritourism and Ecotourism Business Development Conference

    In 2014, five Extension agents involved with www.naturallyescarosa.com launched the first Gulf Coast Agritourism & Ecotourism Business Development Conference. Over sixty business owners and members of the hospitality industry met to discuss marketing, sustainable tourism, and how to handle insurance and liability in an industry that involves outdoor exploration. Back by popular demand, we have …

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    Endless October Options in Northwest Florida!

    October is a glorious time of year in northwest Florida. Temperatures are cooler, skies seem bluer, and the summer crowds have left the still-warm waters of the Gulf mostly to us locals. It is also the perfect time to explore the many local, state, and national parks nearby, or visit farms that share their harvest …

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    Exotic Pet Amnesty Day set for Oct. 3 in Fort Walton Beach

    Do you have any exotic pets you can no longer care for? Would you like the opportunity to surrender those pets without any penalties or fines? Then join the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park for an Exotic Pet Amnesty Day on Oct. 3 in Fort Walton Beach. This …

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    Gulf Coast Agritourism and Ecotourism Business Development Conference Announced for November

    The UF/IFAS Extension Escambia and Santa Rosa counties and Naturally EscaRosa would like to invite agritour and ecotour providers to the 2014 Agri/Eco-tourism Business Development Conference on November 5-6, 2014. The conference is geared for businesses wishing to enhance and develop their offerings. Owners, operators and employees of u-pick operations, fresh produce markets, corn mazes, …

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