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Panthers and Bobcats featured at the Wildlife Park in April

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will be highlighting Florida’s Big and Little Cats: Florida Panthers and Bobcats during the month of April. A special program and displays on Florida Panthers and Bobcats are planned during the month of April. A special program on the Living with Florida Panthers initiative will be presented on … Continue reading Panthers and Bobcats featured at the Wildlife Park in April

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

Art in the Park – Art, Craft and Music Festival

Over 115 artisans participate in this annual juried show featuring fine art, fine craft, and craft artist vendors. Live entertainment is featured throughout the day. The  Student Art Pavilion features a county-wide exhibit of Hernando County student art and a Kid’s Art Zone. You’ll enjoy food, children’s activities, an Art Boutique and more…all in the … Continue reading Art in the Park – Art, Craft and Music Festival

Cattle Dog Coffee Roasters to Compete for Best Cold Brew Title in Nashville

If you are a coffee connoisseur, you need to know about Cattle Dog Coffee Roasters, Citrus county’s first and only coffee roasters. They have state-of-the-art home brewing kits, on-site roasting of over 30 varieties, delicious breakfast, lunch and bakery treats and are soon on their way to Nashville to compete in the Coffee Fest Cold … Continue reading Cattle Dog Coffee Roasters to Compete for Best Cold Brew Title in Nashville

Homosassa’s Wildlife Park History featured in March

The history of Homosassa and the Park will be highlighted during the month of March at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. Displays on our area’s heritage will exhibited in the Park’s Visitor Center on US 19 and in the Discovery Center from Tuesday, March 7, 2017 through the end of the month. Special … Continue reading Homosassa’s Wildlife Park History featured in March

Experience ‘Art in the Park’ March 11-12

The Hernando County Fine Arts Council is excited to present its very popular “Art in the Park” for the 33rd year on Saturday, March 11, from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, March 12, from 10 am to 4 pm at Tom Varn Park in downtown Brooksville – and you’re invited! This celebration of … Continue reading Experience ‘Art in the Park’ March 11-12

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

Spring Hill’s Start & its Iconic Waterfall

In 1968, the United States was in the throes of the Vietnam War, Richard Nixon was elected President, and Spring Hill was established. It is hard to imagine how the mega land developer, Deltona Corporation, would choose to develop this specific piece of Florida. The Mackle Brothers created the Deltona Corporation to build their Florida … Continue reading Spring Hill’s Start & its Iconic Waterfall

Wildlife Park features Alligators in February

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park’s monthly focus during the month of February will be on the American alligator. Displays will be available in the Visitor Center on US 19 and in the Discovery Center inside the Wildlife Park. Two special programs will be presented on the American alligator. (featured image at top of … Continue reading Wildlife Park features Alligators in February

Discovering San Antonio

Every year, in October, the Rattlesnake Festival is held in San Antonio. I will never forget talking to a friend in Crystal River about the San Antonio Rattlesnake Festival and having her ask why I was going to Texas! I replied that San Antonio was right here in Florida’s Nature Coast and proceeded to explain … Continue reading Discovering San Antonio

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

Join the Celebration: Brooksville Native American Festival

Learn to build fire the primitive way. Listen to traditional Native American  music. Watch ancient traditional Polynesian dancers. Visit an actual teepee. Shop for authentic handmade native arts and crafts and much more! The Fourth Annual Brooksville Native American Festival is on the horizon, taking place at beautiful Florida Classic Park on February 4 and … Continue reading Join the Celebration: Brooksville Native American Festival

Family Fun Delights at the 2017 Kumquat Festival

Kumquats are fun to eat and the word kumquat is fun to say, so it stands to reason that the Kumquat Festival January 28 in Dade City is going to be a fantastically fun event for all! Today, NatureCoaster explores all things kumquat to help prepare you for the 20th Annual Kumquat Festival. Read on. … Continue reading Family Fun Delights at the 2017 Kumquat Festival

Wildlife Park features Florida Conservationists

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park has set aside the month of January to honor some of Florida’s well-known naturalists and conservationists. These include William Bartram, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Rachel Carson, and Archie Carr: all who have played an important part in the conservation of Florida’s natural resources. In addition to displays in the … Continue reading Wildlife Park features Florida Conservationists

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

The Nature Coast Citrus Business

Gift fruit is a term used to describe locally grown citrus that has been washed, waxed, sorted and packed for shipment to someone who doesn’t live in the Sunshine State. At several times throughout the last century or so, Florida’s Nature Coast has been an integral part of this delicious business. Saint Joe is home … Continue reading The Nature Coast Citrus Business

Whooping Cranes @ the Wildlife Park

Whooping cranes will be highlighted during the month of December at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. The Park is currently home to a pair of Whooping cranes, Peepers and Levi, who live in a natural habitat with a pond surrounded by grassy banks. The Park will be presenting a Wildlife Jeopardy program on … Continue reading Whooping Cranes @ the Wildlife Park

Shopping Small for Big Returns on Florida’s Nature Coast

Thanksgiving is a week away. What a blessing it is to live in the paradise of Florida’s Nature Coast during the fall season. While we do not have extravagant color shows from the changing of the leaves, we do have beautiful wildflowers that change with the seasons, and more subtle things make this an ideal … Continue reading Shopping Small for Big Returns on Florida’s Nature Coast

Theatre: Peter Pan

Based on J.M. Barrie’s classic tale of a young boy who dreams of never growing up and can fly, you’ll find yourself transported to the world of Neverland as you enjoy this original adaption of the Tony Award-winning musical that has delighted audiences around the world. Each performance is a Dessert Theatre Experience featuring sweet … Continue reading Theatre: Peter Pan

Theatre: Peter Pan

Based on J.M. Barrie’s classic tale of a young boy who dreams of never growing up and can fly, you’ll find yourself transported to the world of Neverland as you enjoy this original adaption of the Tony Award-winning musical that has delighted audiences around the world. Each performance is a Dessert Theatre Experience featuring sweet … Continue reading Theatre: Peter Pan

Theatre: Peter Pan

Based on J.M. Barrie’s classic tale of a young boy who dreams of never growing up and can fly, you’ll find yourself transported to the world of Neverland as you enjoy this original adaption of the Tony Award-winning musical that has delighted audiences around the world. Each performance is a Dessert Theatre Experience featuring sweet … Continue reading Theatre: Peter Pan

Learn about Red Wolves at the Wildlife Park

The Red wolf (Canis rufus) is one of the world’s most endangered canids. Red wolves are native to North America and once ranged throughout the Southeast United States including Florida. The Red wolf was designated as an endangered species in 1967. Due to loss of habitat and human-caused mortalities, the Red wolf population nearly vanished … Continue reading Learn about Red Wolves at the Wildlife Park

Crafting Wines for the Florida Lifestyle in the Nature Coast

In 2001, Ron Hunt began creating some of the best Orange, Key Lime, Plantation White, Plantation Red, Blush, Spice & Port wines available at Florida Estates Winery. How does he do it? First, Ron and his team clean everything used to create the wines. Any dust, dirt of debris in the equipment thwarts the process. … Continue reading Crafting Wines for the Florida Lifestyle in the Nature Coast

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