In this Issue:
  • The Wacissa River: Clear and Wild
  • Let’s Cool Off
  • St. Marks River Preserve State Park
  • 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
  • Kayaking

    The Wacissa River: Clear and Wild

    Being off the beaten path has many advantages. In the case of a spring-fed river, it translates to less pressure from human use and a great opportunity for those who do visit to experience the “real Florida”. The Wacissa River, located in the southern half of Jefferson County, Florida, is near the crossroads identified as …

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    Let’s Cool Off

    With more than 250 crystal clear springs in Northwest Florida it is just a short road trip to a pristine swimming hole! Springs and their associated flowing water bodies provide important habitat for wildlife and plants. Just as importantly, springs provide people with recreational activities and the opportunity to connect with the natural environment. While …

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    St. Marks River Preserve State Park

    Located along the banks of the St. Marks River’s headwaters, this park offers an extensive system of trails for hiking, horseback riding, and off-road bicycling.  The existing road network in the park takes visitors through upland pine forests, hardwood thickets and natural plant communities along the northern banks of the river. The St. Marks River …

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    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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