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Chinsegut Conservation Center April Nature Programs

April 7th 7:30 PM               Night Hike: Gather at 7:30 PM at the Center for a brief talk before hitting the trails. Hike will begin at bat houses to watch over 1000 Brazilian free-tailed bats emerge for the evening then continue on to May’s Prairie. This hike is for ages 5+ please register at (352) 754-6722. … Continue reading Chinsegut Conservation Center April Nature Programs

Disovering Anclote Island’s Delights

Anclote Key State Preserve is steeped in history. French and Spanish pirates used Anclote Key to launch raids in 1682, according to researchers. There are rumors of buried treasure. The word Anclote is a Spanish word that means anchor. The island is about 180 acres, around 4 miles long, and less than a mile in … Continue reading Disovering Anclote Island’s Delights

Register now for the Inaugural Mermaid Chase 4K Paddling Race

Be one of the first to experience the new Bayport-Linda Pedersen Paddling Trail during the inaugural “The Mermaid Chase” 4K Paddling Race scheduled for April 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants will launch from and return to Linda Pedersen Park, located at 6300 Shoal Line Blvd., and have three hours to complete a … Continue reading Register now for the Inaugural Mermaid Chase 4K Paddling Race

March Nature Programs at Chinsegut Conservation Center

March 3rd 6:00 PM                 Southeastern American Kestrel (SEAK): Regional FWC Kestrel nest box monitoring coordinator Brendan O’Connor is visiting Chinsegut to give a talk on the SEAK and looking to recruit volunteers for this annual citizen science monitoring project. All are welcome for this program. Please register at (352) 754-6722, space is limited. March 4th … Continue reading March Nature Programs at Chinsegut Conservation Center

Discover Ozello: the Nature Coast Keys

Ozello (or as the locals pronounce it Ozelluh) can be found between Crystal River and Homosassa by turning onto Highway 494 from U.S. 19. This winding two-lane blacktop is called “The Ozello Trail,” and it twists and turns through St. Martin’s Aquatic Preserve, a 23,000 acre wildlife preserve owned by the citizens of Florida and … Continue reading Discover Ozello: the Nature Coast Keys

Exceptional Entertainment in a Natural Setting Feb. 11-12

Free Admission • $10 Parking • Buses and RV’s $25 Come out and experience The Little Everglades Ranch at our first Ranch Days event.  All shows, musical entertainment, and activities at the Lil Buckaroo Coral are free. Cost of guided tours, rides, art, crafts, food and beverages will vary per vendor. Event patrons can enjoy … Continue reading Exceptional Entertainment in a Natural Setting Feb. 11-12

Have a Blast at the Brooksville Raid

The Hernando Historical Museum Association, Inc. and North Pinellas County Scout Sertoma Club, Inc. are presenting the 37th Annual Brooksville Raid Re-enactment, Jan. 21- 22, 2017 at Sand Hill Scout Reservation, 11210 Cortez Blvd. in Brooksville. This unique event is eye-opening and educational, as well as fun and entertaining. It is promoted as quality family … Continue reading Have a Blast at the Brooksville Raid

Chinsegut Conservation Center January 2017 Programs

January 1st   9:00 AM                     First Day Hike –  Is this the year you make a resolution to get outdoors, try something new, reconnect with nature or get fit? Join us at the Conservation Center to get this year started on the right foot with a 2 mile hike. All ages invited, terrain is not stroller … Continue reading Chinsegut Conservation Center January 2017 Programs

Last Chance to Win Admission to Harvestmoon Farm Corn Maze: Enter NOW

NatureCoaster.com has partnered with Harvestmoon Farm to give away 3 pairs of admissions to their awesome Peanuts™ themed Corn Maze and family fun Farm for this weekend, Oct. 29 or Oct. 30. You can enter by clicking here: http://giveaways.naturecoaster.com/wp Fill out your name and Email and press Enter! We will announce winners this evening and … Continue reading Last Chance to Win Admission to Harvestmoon Farm Corn Maze: Enter NOW

2016 Fall Family Fishing Festival Nov. 5th

The 2016 Fall Family Fishing Festival will return to Withlacoochee River Park on Saturday, November 5, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (rain or shine). The 2016 Fall Family Fishing Festival provides valuable educational and recreational opportunities for residents and visitors.  Withlacoochee River Park is located at 12449 Withlacoochee Boulevard, Dade City, Florida. Made possible by the Pasco County Parks, … Continue reading 2016 Fall Family Fishing Festival Nov. 5th

Halloween and Harvest Festivals in Florida’s Nature Coast

Fall is here. The temperatures have dropped enough to make the weather pleasant and the rains have slowed. A Nature Coast fall is not marked by changing leaves as it is in most of the U.S. We celebrate fall with corn mazes, pumpkin patches and haunted houses. If you like family activities, a corn maze … Continue reading Halloween and Harvest Festivals in Florida’s Nature Coast

Touring West Pasco’s Historic Stilt Houses

On a recent visit to Port Richey, I enjoyed a charter up the Pithlachascotee River (called the “Cotee” by locals) from Sims Park in downtown New Port Richey and then out about a mile into the Gulf of Mexico where I was greeted by houses on stilts! Captain Ray of Miss Daisy Boat Tours was … Continue reading Touring West Pasco’s Historic Stilt Houses

Fresh-to-Table: “New Farm Food” for NatureCoasters™

Looking for an approach to eating that’s so fresh you can taste it? Fresh-to-Table restaurants are making waves in the culinary industry, including some on the shores of the NatureCoast. Chefs worth their salt always pick top-shelf ingredients as the first step in creating a truly remarkable meal, and freshness is the most important factor. … Continue reading Fresh-to-Table: “New Farm Food” for NatureCoasters™

Cooking Cracker Cane Syrup

Sugar cane is a tropical perennial grass that has three main varieties – chewing, crystal and syrup. In Central Florida, the sugar cane crop is planted in January and harvested in November. Cane syrup has been a part of the Nature Coast region for generations, with pioneer families in the 1800s and early 1900s traditionally … Continue reading Cooking Cracker Cane Syrup