Category Archives: Adventures

Things I do

Chinsegut Conservation Center Nature Programs for September

Chisnegut Conservation Center is located 7 miles north of Brooksville, and covers 408 of the 850 acres comprising Chinsegut Wildlife and Environmental Area (WEA). The Conservation center has regular nature programs and is the only educational facility operated by the Commission’s Office of Public Access and Wildlife Viewing. September 1st 7:30 PM                     Night Hike: As … Continue reading Chinsegut Conservation Center Nature Programs for September

Catch a Florida (Fishing) Memory with 10-year-old Katlyn Paul

Summer may be coming to a close, but for 10-year-old Katlyn Paul, this summer was one she’ll never forget. Katlyn submitted 10 different species to the 71-species Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Saltwater Fish Life List, one of three of our Catch a Florida Memory Saltwater Recognition programs. This qualified her for the … Continue reading Catch a Florida (Fishing) Memory with 10-year-old Katlyn Paul

Charming Crystal River

(Feature image courtesy of The Cutting Edge Photography.) Crystal River is situated around Kings Bay, which is spring-fed by a cluster of more than 30 springs, designated as a first-magnitude system. Because the water stays a constant 72 degrees, this area is a popular area for West Indian manatees to winter in. Incorporated in 1903, … Continue reading Charming Crystal River

Chinsegut’s Historic Treasures adorn Brooksville

Chinsegut (pronounced chin-SEE-gut) is an Alaskan Innuit word meaning, “The spirit of things lost and regained.” This local treasure is an interesting piece of the Nature Coast’s history, having been homesteaded by John and Susan Bishop in the 1800s. Colonel Bird T. Pearson of South Carolina acquired 160 acres through the Armed Occupation Act in … Continue reading Chinsegut’s Historic Treasures adorn Brooksville

Scalloping Florida’s Nature Coast: A Delicious Adventure

At one time, the West Central coast of Florida supported a robust commercial scallop industry, with 400,000 lbs. of bay scallops being harvested in Florida in 1957. By 1992, the commercial harvest was near zero. Fishery groups banded together and worked to restore the scallop populations to healthy levels and by 2005, most years showed … Continue reading Scalloping Florida’s Nature Coast: A Delicious Adventure

Nature Coast waters open for Scallop harvest starting July 1

Celebrate the Fourth of July with bay scallops! State waters from the westernmost point of St. Vincent Island in Franklin County through the Pasco/Hernando county line will be open for scalloping starting July 1. A span of waters in the middle from the Fenholloway River in Taylor County to the Suwannee River in Dixie County … Continue reading Nature Coast waters open for Scallop harvest starting July 1

Bramble Creek Farm: Growing Blackberries with Love

Pulling up to the wide farm gate on Hayman Road, anticipation of the sweet, yet slightly tart flavor of fresh, juicy blackberries has a grip on me. This is my second year visiting Bramble Creek Farm and I have a vision to fulfill – and a bucket! It is an idyllic scene; slowly touring the … Continue reading Bramble Creek Farm: Growing Blackberries with Love

Paddling Adventure for NatureCoasters: Blazing a new Trail

Kayaking and canoeing are peaceful ways of interacting with nature on the water and getting healthy exercise, without getting too wet. Florida’s Adventure Coast (Hernando County) recently opened a new paddling trail from Bayport Park to Linda Pedersen Park to  give residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy what makes Florida’s Nature Coast such a … Continue reading Paddling Adventure for NatureCoasters: Blazing a new Trail

Sign up now for Hernando County summer camps

The Hernando County Parks & Recreation Department announces its summer camp schedule. A variety of camps are being offered for children ages 8-14. Some camps have limited enrollment and age limits differ by camp. There is a $15 fee per camper due at registration. A $50 deposit is due for specialty camps at registration. Registration … Continue reading Sign up now for Hernando County summer camps

Summer Camp at Crystal River Preserve State Park

The Friends of the Crystal River State Parks, Inc., in partnership with the Florida Park Service, the Florida Coastal Office (FCO) and the Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN), will host summer camp for children ages 8-11 at the Crystal River Preserve State Park July 10th -14th 2017. Campers will learn how to appreciate and understand … Continue reading Summer Camp at Crystal River Preserve State Park

Scavenger Hunt with the Old Homosassa Heritage Council

I’ve found something fun for you to do and you’ll be helping to preserve the heritage of Old Homosassa! Win-Win, right? The Old Homosassa Heritage Council  (OHHC) is sponsoring an “amazing race” style scavenger hunt.  For a $25 donation you receive a high quality t-shirt or poster with artwork created by local Old Homosassa artist and gallery … Continue reading Scavenger Hunt with the Old Homosassa Heritage Council

Fresh Farm Food for NatureCoasters’ Good Health

Florida’s Nature Coast has a cornucopia of fresh farm produce available throughout most of the year. While the local grocery store may carry Florida fresh fruits and veggies throughout the year, a local produce market can provide foods that have been grown closer to home, and a trip to the farm provides the freshest food … Continue reading Fresh Farm Food for NatureCoasters’ Good Health

Saint Leo University Offers Girls Summer Camps About Robotics

Registration is now open for Saint Leo University’s Girls Can! Robotics Camps, offered to girls ages 10 to 15 at the campus, at 33701 State Road 52, St. Leo, 33574. Beginner camps are offered the weeks of July 10 through July 14, and July 17 through July 21. Girls with no previous experience will learn … Continue reading Saint Leo University Offers Girls Summer Camps About Robotics

The Lift Wake Camp at SunWest Park

The Lift Adventure Park will be offering 6 week-long sessions of summer camp at SunWest this summer! Camps are already starting to fill up, so we encourage you to sign up soon. Campers will learn to wakeboard, hop around on the Aqua Park, and paddle around the lake, all under the close supervision of caring … Continue reading The Lift Wake Camp at SunWest Park

April 8 Great Skunk Ape Adventure Hunt & Trail Event promoting Fun & Fitness

Join in the fun and adventure at Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park in this first ever adventure hunt-trail event to walk or run (1 mile,  3 mile or 10K)  on some new fantastic trails in this newly opened New Port Richey park. This is an all levels welcome, family friendly event (even dog friendly) that will be fun … Continue reading April 8 Great Skunk Ape Adventure Hunt & Trail Event promoting Fun & Fitness

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

Chinsegut’s Holiday Happenings

I admit that Chinsegut Manor House and it’s Retreat Center grounds have a real hold on me. There has been a magical draw to this place for me since moving to Brooksville over 10 years ago. Part of it is the beauty of the manor house, which was in a state of disrepair in 2005, … Continue reading Chinsegut’s Holiday Happenings

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