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Expedition Florida

Winner of four Emmy Awards and the Edward R. Murrow Award for radio feature writing, the Florida Museum of Natural History’s Expedition Florida project introduces audiences of all ages to the natural wonders of Florida’s past and present with the hope of conserving and preserving them for future generations.

Expedition Florida, inspired in 1996 by producers Leslie M. Gaines and Stephen Robitaille, Ph.D., is now produced by Gaines and his partner in Dragonfly Productions, Mailande Becker Holland. Learn more.

Florida Forest Capital State Park

The Florida Forest Capital State Park in Perry, Florida is a 13-acre park featuring a restored Florida Cracker homcestead built in 1864 with a dog trot style log cabin, barn, sugarcane mill and garden. In this episode join architectural historial Walter Marder for a tour and learn about early homesteaders environmentally conscious lifestyles. Learn more.

Wacissa River Paleontology

In this segment join scientists Harley Means, Ryan Means and James Dunbar as they snorkel, dive and explore ancient campsites (now underwater) of the first Floridians, paleoindians who came to Florida over 14,000 years ago. Learn more.

The Great Florida Birding Trail

In this segment join Mark Kiser, The Great Florida Birding Trail manager and David Steadman, Curator of Ornithology at the Florida Museum of Natural History as they describe excellent birding locations and opportunities in Taylor County near the community of Steinhatchee. Learn more.

Big Bend Coast Saltwater Paddling Trail

In this segment join Liz Sparks, Recreation Planner for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission along with expert kayak outfitters Russell Farrow and Jean Totz of Sweetwater Kayaks in St. Petersburg, as they explore The Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail that encompasses one of the longest and wildest publicly-owned coastal wetlands in the United States, and displays a striking array of bird and marine life. Learn more.

Steinhatchee Fishing

In this segment join veteran fly-fishing guide Rich Bouley in search of Redfish and trout in the crystal clear waters of Taylor County near Steinhatchee. Captain Bouley guided in the Florida Keys for over 15 years until he felt the population explosion and fishing pressure in the Key's ruined the funkiness and charm of the island chain he loved. In 2005 Bouley and his wife decided to head to North Florida's sparsely populated Big Bend Coast. Learn more.

Wakulla Springs State Park Underwater Exploration

In this episode join underwater explorers Jarrod Jablonski and Casey McKinlay as they explore one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world in the Woodville Karst Plains Project. This park plays host to an abundance of wildlife, including alligators, turtles, deer and birds. Learn more.

Marjorie K. Rawlings State Park

In this segment join Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings scholar Beyy Jean Steinshouer for a look back at Florida’s most famous author. This site was the home of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, the author of many major literary works, including The Yearling, which received the 1939 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, the novels South Moon Under, and Golden Apples, and her memoir, Cross Creek. Learn more.

San Felasco Hammock Preserve State
Park Mountain Biking

In this segment you’ll take a mountain bike ride through San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park. San Felasco has two entrances, one for hiking and trail running to the south and one for mountain biking and horse trails to the north. Hiking trails into the heart of the protected preserve are located off of the main entrance, along the south edge of the preserve off of CR232/Millhopper Road west of Gainesville. Learn more.
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