Ecological Discovery Series

Join us on unique experiential learning adventures in North Florida and beyond!  Through the Ecological Discovery Series, you will have the opportunity to learn about local plants, animals, and ecosystems while hiking, biking, and boating through beautiful landscapes from pitcher plant bogs to upland longleaf pine ecosystems.

Herps of the Sandhills - April 26, 2014 - (rescheduled) 9am - 2pm  $45/person  

This course is a 5-hour field trip through the fascinating, biologically diverse, longleaf pine ecosystem of the northeast Apalachicola National Forest.   We incorporate a hiking expedition into one of our ongoing scientific research and conservation projects - the repatriation of the striped newt.  This salamander species has gone extinct in the Apalachicola National Forest and our project’s  mission is to repatriate the striped newt into its former geographical stronghold.  Using the project as a learning platform, we will visit drift fences around four seasonal or “ephemeral” wetlands into which we have recently introduced the striped newt.  The drift fences, with associated pitfall traps, provide an excellent opportunity to witness the frogs, salamanders, snakes, lizards, turtles, and insects moving in and out of ephemeral wetlands.   Using a dipnet, we will sample nearby wetlands to learn about amphibian larvae, and will encounter a plethora of arthropods as well.  Come out and learn ephemeral wetland ecology, amphibian life history, and scientific investigation all within the native longleaf pine ecosystem.  In order to provide a personalized experience, this class is limited.  Email [email protected] to register.


Frog Calls of North Florida - Gather around a pond on a drizzling dark night to listen to the almost deafening sounds of 10 species of frogs calling at once!  Most ponds are drying now so we are just waiting for the summer rains to appear to schedule this one.  Check back soon or join our mailing list to be notified when this class is scheduled.


More to come…..