Jacksonville, Florida – A Watery Wonderland

Jacksonville, Florida, is a historic port city that is reinventing itself with a renewed focus on active outdoor fun. Spread over 841 square miles in Northeast Florida and poised alongside the St. Johns River and the Atlantic Ocean, Jacksonville offers plenty of options for outdoor family adventure. Beaches Jacksonville features 22 miles of white sand beaches, all within 25 minutes of downtown. Popular beaches include Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach and Jacksonville Beach, which holds a Blue Wave Beach certification for cleanliness and ecological stewardship from the Clean Beaches Coalition, a non-profit [...]

October 29th, 2016|Categories: By the Sea, Florida, Wildlife Wonder|Tags: , , |

Smoky Mountains, Tennessee – Tag Monarch butterflies in Cades Cove

Tremont offers free monarch tagging programs each fall. (Photo: Tiffany Beachy, GSMIT) Fall color in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in East Tennessee is dazzling, with crisp hues of red, brown, yellow and orange painting the landscape. Each September and October, the park features another autumn spectacle—the migration of the monarch butterfly. Each fall, these bright orange and black butterflies dance through the Smokies as they begin their journey south to overwinter in Mexico. Ongoing research and tagging programs are helping scientists track monarchs, identify migration routes and understand the dynamics of the population. [...]

October 6th, 2015|Categories: Conservation Education, Mountains, Parks, Tennessee, Wildlife Wonder|Tags: |