Panhandle Outdoors: St Andrews Beaches, Dunes & Bay
Join us for a wading and snorkeling tour of underwater habitats of St. Andrews Bay. You’ll get an up-close and personal look at marine nursery grounds teeming with sea life as we explore the bay’s seagrass meadows with masks, seine nets and a variety of scientific sampling gear. We’ll go face-to-face with tropical fish and marine invertebrates like sea urchins that live along the jetties at St. Andrews Pass.
University of Florida/ IFAS Extension faculty are planning and leading this series of field trips for Panhandle residents to explore and learn about the Panhandle's signature aquatic resources and the plant and animal communities they support.
Trips begin in January 2012 and run monthly through November 2012. Participants can choose to attend as many or as few of the individual events as they wish.
The expedition schedule is as follows:
January 18: Leon Sinks & Wakulla Springs
February 16: Florida Caverns & Falling Waters
March 15: Eglin AFB Seepage Slopes and Fire Ecology
April 4: Bear Creek Educational Forest & Garden of Eden Trail
May 11: Perdido River Canoe Trip
June 6: Navarre Beach Tour and Kayak Trip
August 22: Ochlockonee River Canoe Trip
September 20: St. Andrews State Park, Snorkeling
October 11: Hiking at Tate’s Hell
November 14: Hiking at Torreya State Park
Each day starts at 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST or 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST. 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 per class.
Registration is available at http://panhandleoutdoorslive2012.eventbrite.com. Space is limited, so register early!