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Take a Journey Through the Florida Wildlife Corridor!

As the sun sets on Autumn, the air is getting crisper and the days shorter. The beginning of winter in Florida is the perfect time to wake up early and enjoy outdoor activities in the cooler temperatures! This month, consider discovering the hidden gems of the Florida Wildlife Corridor by exploring one of the 1,500+ miles of designated paddling trails or nearly 6,000 miles of land trails nestled within it. From Cedar Key National Wildlife Refuge, to Etoniah Creek State Forest, to the Fakahatchee Strand, there is something to explore in just about everyone’s backyard.

To inspire your trip, check out one of the many expedition films on the Florida Wildlife Corridor Foundation’s website. Their newest release, Home Waters, follows three teens who undertake a 4-day, 50-mile trek atop paddleboards and kayaks from Rainbow Springs State Park to Homosassa Bay. On your own trip, keep an eye out for the diverse wildlife that take refuge within the corridor, such as the elusive Florida Panther, manatees who are now making their way to springs for the winter, or shy white pelicans who will be gracing the Sunshine State until spring.

On December 14th, join us for our Outdoor Florida Webinar with Jason Lauritsen and Marly Fuller of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Foundation. They will be highlighting the importance of maintaining the ecological connections among our special places, and sharing how connections not only benefit our wildlife, but also enrich our communities and economies. Register here.

Resources:

Explore the Florida Wildlife Corridor

Wildlife Viewing Resources – FWC

Wildlife Viewing in Florida – Visit Florida

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December 2022 Activity Month Calendar

Save the Date for our monthly Outdoor Florida Webinar Series

Outdoor Florida Webinar Series

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Trail Safety Video

With our sunny skies and active lifestyles, Florida’s residents and visitors enjoy exploring our many miles of trails. Trail safety is important, particularly where trails and roadways cross. We all need to do our part to protect one another and prevent accidents. Whether as a motorist or trail user, we have a shared responsibility to:

  • Look and listen.
  • Obey signs and markings.
  • Take responsibility for our own safety.

The Florida Department of Transportation and Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Recreation and Parks joined together to put the spotlight on this important topic by developing a Trail Safety Video.

Feel free to share or download the video along with the extra information found below ... and remember to Always Put Safety First.

                                         More Trail Safety Information
Trail Safety Poster
Trail Safety at Crossings

For even more information on trail safety, please visit our assistance and resources section.



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Do you enjoy hiking, biking, paddling or horseback riding? The Office of Greenways and Trails  (OGT) within the Division of Recreation and Parks provides statewide leadership and coordination to establish, expand and promote non-motorized trails that make up the Florida Greenways and Trails System, pursuant to the Florida Greenways and Trails Act (Ch. 260, Florida Statutes). More can be found in the Office Overview and Historical Timeline


"Florida's Growing Trail System" article in the March/April 2019 issue of Quality Cities Magazine provides an overview of Florida's trail system and Trail Town program.


To be included in OGT's online calendar, send regional and state event announcements to Doug Alderson.


Featured Publications: 2019-2023 Florida Greenways and Trails System PlanUnpaved Non-Motorized Trail GuidelinesTrail Design Standards Infogram2022 Outdoor Recreation Economic InfogramEstablishing and Promoting a Paddling Trail or Blueways System.


Florida trails 500-plus miles in length:

    

Two Equestrians in Apalachicola State Forest
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