Environmental Education

The Lionfish Tournament is Over… What Now?

The recent Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day was a big success.  8,089 lionfish were removed over that weekend and over 6000 visitors are now more aware of the issue this invasive fish is causing in our waters.  But did it help?  Did this tournament make a large dent in the local population? Honestly, we are …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2016/05/27/the-lionfish-tournament-is-over-what-now/

Restoring Healthy Estuaries – Update

Restoring our estuary to a more healthy state is of interest to many in our community.  The Sea Grant Program in Escambia County is trying to provide both education and training to help local citizens better understand what problems we have, solutions that may help mitigate them, and train citizens to assist in monitoring our …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2016/05/21/restoring-healthy-estuaries-update/

4-H SUMMER DAY CAMPS

Summer brings great opportunities for youth to engage in adventures and educational experiences beyond the classroom environment. 4-H offers hands on learning opportunities through day camps and residential camp each year. This year we will offer camps that teach our community’s youth about the environment and wildlife, aerospace, heritage arts like sewing and canning, civic …

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Spring Garden Festival

SPRING GARDEN FESTIVAL, Saturday, May 7 – 8:00 a.m. – Noon Join Escambia County Master Gardeners for garden demonstrations, plant information, and a plant sale this Saturday morning. Tour the beautiful gardens and ask one of the many volunteers about Florida Friendly plants and practices. Event will include children’s activities and the McGuire’s Pipe Band. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2016/05/03/spring-garden-festival/

An Ancient Mariner… the horseshoe crab

Talk about weird and cool at the same time! The horseshoe crab is one of the oldest living species we have in the Gulf of Mexico.  Fossils of this animal date back to almost 500 million years… this is before there was such a thing as fish!  The separating of Pangea, the rise and fall of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2016/03/11/an-ancient-mariner-the-horseshoe-crab/

Seagrass Awareness!

The importance of seagrasses has been getting a lot of attention in the media lately. Come join us to learn more about seagrasses, marine creatures that live in seagrasses, and learn how to protect them at the 16th annual Seagrass Awareness Celebration! Seagrass Awareness is an annual free family event held at Shoreline Park South …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2016/02/19/seagrass-awareness/

Spring Gardening Series Starts March 12

Escambia County Master Gardeners will be presenting gardening topics on various Saturdays this spring for the public.  The programs will be held at Woerner Landscape and Pet Supply, 1332 Creighton Road.  Each program will begin at 10:00. Topics include Water Gardens, Attracting Butterflies and Pollinators, Color in the Garden, Attracting Wildlife, and Container Gardens. Spring Gardening …

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

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 island in …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2016/02/12/nature-tourism-in-the-panhandle-intracoastal-waterway-icw-pensacola-beach/

Florida Master Naturalist class starting soon!

Want a firsthand look at northwest Florida’s wetland habitats? Register now for the Florida Master Naturalist Program’s hands-on learning experience this spring. The Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) is a hands-on learning experience for adults. The FMNP both informs and prepares individuals to share information about Florida’s natural areas and environmental history. Classes will begin …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2016/02/10/florida-master-naturalist-class-starting-soon/

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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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2016/02/05/panhandle-outdoors-live-watershed-school-weeks-bay-national-estuarine-research-reserve/

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