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Dig In! Gardening Course starts September 2021

UF/IFAS Extension Master Gardeners serve the community. Image of bees, flowers, landscape and people talking

Growing a Green Thumb! Levy County Extension hosts the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF-IFAS) Extension Master Gardener volunteer (MGV) training program. Meeting Fridays, September 10 – November 5, 9:30 am… Read More

Science Behind Weed Control

FFA students meet for National Farm Safety instruction at Levy Agriculture Center.

Extension connects the general public with University of Florida scientist and specialist by providing research based education. The science behind weed control, specifically Dioscorea bulbifera (air potato vine), engages youth and residents to seek out,… Read More

Fall Gardening Workshop; A Cornucopia of Techniques and Tips

Join us for an exciting half-day outdoor gardening workshop. Guests will discuss and practice diverse  gardening techniques and tips. Bring your friends and curiosity. Build knowledge and gain gardening confidence. Masks encouraged but not required…. Read More

Recreational Scallop Season 2021

A boat and the text Scalloping Best Practices

Nothing says summer in the Nature Coast like the start of scalloping. Starting tomorrow, June 15th, thousands will splash into the clear water searching through carpets of seagrass for bay scallops. This annual marine Easter… Read More

Sculpture and Plants welcome Park Visitors

Park rangers position manatee cutouts at park entrance.

Florida Master Gardeners, park rangers and Friends of Manatee Springs celebrated the 67th Anniversary of Manatee Springs State Park. Sculpture work was commissioned by a local artist and welder. Eragrostis spectabilis (Purple love grass) and… Read More

Water quality monitoring commences in the newly established Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve

Florida’s Aquatic Preserve System The Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection oversees the Aquatic Preserve system. The goal of the Aquatic Preserves is to protect the best of Florida’s submerged areas so current and future generations… Read More

Learn how to restore marine habitats

Coral reef and sponges in the Gulf of Mexico.

Marine habitats Marine habitats such as seagrass meadows, coral reefs, and sponge beds are some of the most threatened on the planet. UF/IFAS and Florida Sea Grant Extension agents in the Nature Coast work a… Read More

Donor marsh at Duke Energy Mariculture Center making donations!

plants, gloves, and buckets in a marsh

In 2018, we worked with Duke Energy’s Mariculture Center in Crystal River to establish a large salt marsh nursery in one of their culture ponds. We needed the donor marsh because habitat restoration requires access… Read More