Ecotourism vs. Geotourism

Tatum House sm

In this post we hope to show the differences or similarities of Ecotourism-vs-Geotourism Ecotourism – The Definition Ecotourism is now defined as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education” (TIES, 2015).  Education is meant to be inclusive of both staff and […]

Learning New Skills with the Ladies


Each year all over the USA there are Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshops. These workshops are wonderful for introducing new skills to adventurous women of all ages. This year I was helping teach a number of freshwater fishing classes. Day one  started out very at a very chilly for Florida 24  degrees. After spending the […]

Beyond BOW Ladies Trapping Event

Beyond BOW Ladies Trapper Training

We had a great time at the Ocala Youth Conservation Center  with the Florida Trappers Association for this years event. The women were all very eager and excited to learn new skills. Below you will find a participant submitted article we received referencing her time at the event. Adventure Hours: Women Trappers-In-Training Written by: Clinnon Alexander The […]

Hiking in Winter Florida

Toothpetal Orchid

Winter is not one of the “prettiest” months to hike in Florida – but the weather is perfect! If you know where to look there are small surprises everywhere! During a recent hike at Brooker Creek Headwaters Preserve we found a number of flowers in bloom. Toothpetal False Rein Orchids (Habenaria floribunda) were popping up […]

7 Family Activities to Improve Compass Skills

Originally Published by Matt Louv on January 20, 2015 at Being able to use a compass is an important skill for any person who will find themselves out and about in nature. But don’t wait until you’re in the thick of it to figure out exactly how to do it – the difference between competence […]

Crowley “Full Moon Hike”

Full Moon Hike

Join us at Crowley for a thrilling guided moonlit hike out to the tower for the moon rise!

Teaching in the Rain – No Problem

Teaching in the rain

I came across this article recently and after having to cancel a rather large event this past weekend due to rain thought that now would be a good time to share. This article is written by Ray Cramer who is an experienced outdoor educator at IslandWood, a 225-acre outdoor leaning center in Bainbridge, WA Where […]

 Camping With a Large Group

Group Camping

As an outdoor educator, please allow me to share some general guidelines for camping with a large group  of approximately 30-40 of your closest friends /associates. I’ve done this many, many times and have the scars to prove it. Unfortunately, you/I cannot take a large group anywhere with any kind of spontaneity. Especially when your chosen […]

’Tis the season for superstition

spider superstition

By Terry W. Johnson Most folks enjoy having wildlife living just outside their backdoor. But that hasn’t always been the case. In times past, people often either took their wildlife neighbors for granted or honestly believed that many of them were imbued with frightening magical powers.  Worse yet, some thought they were cavorting with witches and ghosts. […]

Brown Bag It

Whether you are going back to school or heading out with the kids for a hike a bag lunch may come in handy. Below you will find 20 unique upgrades to the brown bag lunches of the past! Do you have one you would like to share? We would love to hear from you! 1. Pasta Salad […]