The State of Florida is celebrating 500 years of history, since the arrival of explorer Juan Ponce de León in 1513. Expedition Florida 500 is a modern-day excursion that derives its name from this historic milestone. Unlike Ponce de Leon, Expedition Florida 500 front man, Justin Riney, isn’t looking for new land to settle, rather to clean up, restore and protect Florida’s shorelines and waterways. He launched in Pensacola and has journeyed the state’s coastlines, engaging the public as he goes.
For over 100 million years Sea Turtles have roamed the oceans, providing a vital link in marine and shoreline ecosystems. From leatherbacks to loggerheads, six of the seven species of sea turtles are threatened or endangered at the hand of humans. Sadly, the fact is that they face many dangers as they travel the seas — including accidental capture and entanglement in fishing gear (also known as bycatch), the loss of nesting and feeding sites to coastal development, intentional hunting (poaching), and ocean pollution.
Keeping kids active and engaged over the long hot summer is a challenge most parents face. The Foosaner Art Museum offers a Summer camp for kids that exposes them to art appreciation and allows them to try their hand at various mixed mediums. The camp has an overall theme: Have Art Will Travel, exploring different cultures and their contributions to art. The art classes are taught by local Artists, Art educators and aides with a student teacher ratio of 10 to 1 or less. The ages range from 3 years old through 6th grade. Students are taught an appreciation for art and Museum etiquette.
National Geographic’s Crittercam is a research tool designed to be worn by wild animals. It records video for a unique look from the wearer’s perspective. This technology has gathered film from the viewpoints of different wildlife species all across the globe. Now it’s a Florida black bear’s turn.
For 16 days this month the Brevard Wildlife Corridor has hosted a moving festival, exploring the great outdoors in our county. Brevard is the first county to offer this unique experience, patterned after last year's Florida Wildlife Corridor. The goal: get people outdoors to experience and appreciate the outdoors the Space Coast.