Our water resources are stretched today providing us with water for our homes, our crops, factories, businesses, and nature. Unfortunately, today's problem will only continue as the population of Central Florida grows. As we look for other water ... READ MORE
March 22nd is World Water Day, a day to remember the importance of water in our lives, its responsible use, and the work still to be done to provide safe water to everyone. The United Nations decreed it an annual observance in 1992 to be first ... READ MORE
The University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is a federal-state-county partnership dedicated to developing knowledge in agriculture, human and natural resources, and the life sciences. Join Lara and Shannon ... READ MORE
When alligators are in the news, it's not usually because they did something amazing or saved someone's life. In fact, it's often the opposite. These often maligned reptiles are part of life in Florida. They are critical species for the health ... READ MORE
As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in Florida, I wanted to take a moment to update our UF/IFAS Extension community about our current status, best practices and next steps.
Please call your local UF/IFAS Extension office ... READ MORE
Illinois pondweed (Potmagoeton illinoensis) is a Florida native aquatic plant that provides valuable aquatic habitat and forage for wildlife. Additionally, pondweed can act as a pioneer species in recovering lake ecosystems, increasing dissolved ... READ MORE
Need a Little Focus for Your Exam Prep Efforts?
The Aquatic Pest Control Exam is by far one of the most difficult exams to pass! An Exam Prep for the Aquatics and Core Exams will be offered at the Polk County Extension office December 13, ... READ MORE
In celebration of Microplastics Awareness Month (September), UF/IFAS Extension Polk County's Natural Resources program is excited to announce a new event with DIY Beeswax Food Wrappers!
Join us for a film screening of "Smog of the Sea" and ... READ MORE
July is National Lakes Appreciation Month
Did you know that almost 11% of Polk County is covered in water? That's right! Water covers approximately 10.6%, or 213 square miles, of Polk County's total land mass (2,011 square miles). These lakes, ... READ MORE
"On World Oceans Day, people around our blue planet celebrate and honor the ocean, which connects us all. Get together with your family, friends, community, and the planet to start creating a better future. Working together, we can and will ... READ MORE