There are many new events for this year. Below is a schedule of outdoor activities organized by the University of Florida IFSA Extension. You’ll enjoy hiking, paddling and more with an extension guide. Bring along your family and friends. All participants must be over 18 years old.
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 by popular demand with nine new locations. Local experts will provide you with insight into the “real” Florida and take you to places unique to our corner of the world. We promise you’ll go home with a new appreciation for our Florida ecosystems!
The expedition schedule is as follows:
March 15: Aucilla River Sinks (Jefferson County)
March 28: The Great Florida Wildlife Trail (Calhoun County)
April 2: Pitcher Plants & Weeks Bay (Baldwin County, Alabama)
May 8: Coastal Dune Lakes (Walton County, Florida)
June 6: Yellow River & Boiling Creek (Santa Rosa County)
August 15: Saltwater Marshes of St. Andrews Bay (Bay County)
September 24: Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve (Franklin County)
October 3: Blackwater River State Forest (Santa Rosa County)
November 15: Seagrasses & Manatees of Apalachee Bay (Wakulla County)
Each day starts at 9:30 am central/10:30 am eastern and runs to 4:00 central/5:00 eastern. Depending on location, moderate walking, hiking, swimming, and/or paddling may be involved. Lunch, park entry fees, and rentals will be provided for each participant (18 and up only) at a cost of $30.
Click here for registration and contact information. Space is limited, so register early!
Necessary equipment and clothing will vary based on weather and location, but participants should bring sturdy shoes, drinking water, sunscreen, and a camera to each trip. Transportation to each location will be facilitated by carpooling, and some counties may be able to provide transportation.