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Improved Manatee Viewing Center now open for season

Improved Manatee Viewing Center now open for season

Tampa, FL-- TECO announced today that their "award-winning" Manatee Viewing Center reopened today for the 2012-2013 season with "new additions for nature lovers."

Many improvements have been made to the center, and the facility is still free to visitors!

TECO says visitors can look forward to the following new features:

 

National Public Lands Day: Volunteers needed!

National Public Lands Day: Volunteers needed!

Lithia, Florida-- This Saturday, September 29, is National Public Lands Day- a day when nearly 50 state parks will host events for volunteers to join in the efforts made to keep Florida's natural areas healthy and clean.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service and the Friends of Florida State Parks, Inc. will focus this year's events on supporting Florida’s public lands, encouraging citizens to spend more time outdoors and visiting state parks to enjoy a more healthy and active life style.

South Florida State College to hold open house

South Florida State College to hold open house

Avon Park, Florida-- South Florida State College is inviting the community to celebrate its expanded mission and new name, and to learn more about the new and existing programs it offers, at the SFSC: Celebration Open House on Wednesday, September 26, from 3-6 p.m., at the SFSC Highlands Campus.

Florida Aquarium fundraises with Fishbowl Bowling

Florida Aquarium fundraises with Fishbowl Bowling

Tampa, Florida-- Friendly fun during Fishbowl bowling can make all the difference to the animals living at the Florida Aquarium, and that is the mission of the Aquarium's Enrichment Fundraising Team (EFRT). 

They are hosting an event at Splitsvilles in Channelside on Tuesday, July 24 from 5 - 9 p.m., and the proceeds raised  will go towards "enriching the lives of the animals through innovative housing and other environmental structures, new food delivery methods and play."

Pumpkins in July?

Pumpkins in July?

Tampa, Florida- As Busch Gardens began preparations earlier this year to transform the park into “The Dark Side of the Gardens” for its 13th annual Howl-O-Scream event this fall, the horticulture team realized that they faced a challenge: It's hard to find heirloom pumpkins and winter squash in Tampa in October.

Their soulution? To research seeds and plant their own heirloom pumpkin patch. 

Pumpkin preview here. 

Florida Aquarium to release rehabilitated turtle into wild

Florida Aquarium to release rehabilitated turtle into wild

Tampa, Florida-- The Florida Aquarium's vet staff successfully rehabilitated a Green Sea Turtle, whom they found under the Howard Frankland Bridge, and fittingly named "Howard."

According to the Aquarium, Howard has been recuperating at the Aquarium since his rescue in March, and is finally ready to be released back into the wild. 

The Center for Conservation Team, comprised of staff and volunteers, will release Howard back to his natural habitat around 11 a.m. today. 

 

Free guided nature tours at Lettuce Lake Park

Free guided nature tours at Lettuce Lake Park

Tampa, Florida-- Wear your walking shoes and some comfortable clothing to take a free guided tour of Lettuce Lake Park!

The park offers tours of the boardwork and  the scenic Hillsborough River every Saturday and Sunday morning from 8:30 - 9:30.

Lettuce Lake Park says participants can expect to see native plants, a variety of birds, and usually even an alligator or two, as Park Rangers provide information and historical facts.