In this Issue:
  • Nature Tourism – Bald Point State Park
  • Nature Tourism in the Panhandle – Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) – Pensacola Beach
  • Panhandle Outdoors LIVE – Watershed School – Week’s Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
  • 2016 Gulf Coast Agritourism and Ecotourism Business Development Conference
  • National Estuaries Week! – Ecotourism
  • “And then it began to rain”… the April edition of Discovering the Panhandle
  • Alligators Become More Active in the Spring
  • Outdoor Adventure is Nearby!
  • Gulf Coast Agritourism and Ecotourism Business Development Conference Announced for November
  • Panhandle Outdoors LIVE 2013!
  • Kayaking

    Nature Tourism – Bald Point State Park

    Some of the most picturesque and scenic natural areas along north Florida’s Gulf Coast are found in Bald Point State Park. The 4,065 acre park is located on Alligator Point, where Ochlockonee Bay meets Apalachee Bay. Bald Point State Park offers a variety of land and water activities. Coastal marshes, pine flatwoods, and oak thickets …

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    Nature Tourism in the Panhandle – Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) – Pensacola Beach

      All Photos by Molly O’Connor We began our series on Nature Tourism along the ICW at the Alabama state line on Perdido Key and discussed the ICW itself.  This month we will continue in Escambia County with a visit to Pensacola Beach. BARRIER ISLANDS Pensacola Beach is on Santa Rosa Island.  The longest barrier …

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    Panhandle Outdoors LIVE – Watershed School – Week’s Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

    Mobile Bay?… part of the Florida panhandle?… Really?… Well… yes… during the colonial period “West Florida” extended west to the Biloxi area and besides, all western panhandlers know we are really “lower Alabama”; we hear it a million times a year… so YES, it’s part of the Florida panhandle! We’ll go with it. Approximately 35 …

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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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    National Estuaries Week! – Ecotourism

    A couple of years a few agencies in south Alabama put together something they called the Alabama Birding Trail. It was a relatively simple idea really – they developed a brochure that marked different locations where visitors could enjoy birding in the two county area. They had large signs posted at those locations so that …

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    “And then it began to rain”… the April edition of Discovering the Panhandle

    As we left the winter months and headed into spring I was expecting a lot of new blooms, new animal tracks, and more live encounters with wildlife… and then the rain began.  I do not know if the entire panhandle has been getting what Pensacola has but the rain has been nonstop for over a …

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    Alligators Become More Active in the Spring

    The American Alligator is an icon in the state of Florida. Viewed on the program “Swamp People” and as the mascot of the University of Florida, most visitors to our state view this animal more on television than in the wild; but they are certainly there. In need of mates and calories from the lack of eating …

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    Outdoor Adventure is Nearby!

    This time of year, many families are looking for ways to entertain their kids during spring break. For those not planning to travel far, our area is full of fun, and often inexpensive, outdoor adventures. As part of a series of field excursions led by Extension Agents over the past few years, we’ve been able …

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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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    Panhandle Outdoors LIVE 2013!

      Are you interested in exploring and discovering more about the waterways and wildlife around you?  If so, Panhandle Outdoors LIVE may be right up your alley.  In 2012, natural resources Extension Agents took over 200 people on trips from Perdido to Apalachicola, and this yearlong series of hiking, boating, and kayaking trips is back …

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