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The Civilian Conservation Corps in Florida
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was created during President Franklin D. Roosevelt's first term when the U.S. economy was suffering in the Great Depression. Its purpose was to put unemployed men to work doing manual labor restoring natural resources. There were 86 CCC camps in Florida.
The Hillsborough River
The Hillsborough River is one of Florida's major waterways, an important natural resource. Read on to find out what makes this river so special.
The National Weather Service in Florida
This article gives a brief history of weather services in the U.S. and a description of the National Weather Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) branches located in Florida.
The Suwannee River
The Suwannee River, made famous by Stephen Foster's song "Old Folks at Home," is a federally designated wild river. It is a beautiful river to paddle, particularly in its upper and middle sections, with many places available for overnight stops.
Tiger Creek Preserve
Take a hike through old Florida at the Nature Conservancy's Tiger Creek Preserve near Babson Park in Polk County. Six trails comprise over 10 miles of hiking through a variety of ecosystems.
Tomoka State Park
If you are planning a visit to the Daytona area and looking for a place to camp, Tomoka State Park in Ormond Beach may be what you're looking for. Besides camping, the park offers a 13-mile canoe trail, fishing, picnicking, and wildlife watching.
Troy and Lafayette Blue Springs
Troy Spring and Lafayette Blue Spring are 1st-magnitude springs along the Suwannee River and are surrounded by state park land. Their 72-degree waters invite swimmers in for a dip, but other recreational activities are also available.
University of Central Florida to Run Arecibo Site
A consortium led by the University of Central Florida has been chosen by the National Science Foundation to run the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. The site contains the second-largest radio telescope in the world and provides educational and research opportunities for the global community.
Van Fleet and TECO Rail Trails
If you enjoy biking, skating, or walking on paved trails, the 29-mile-long Van Fleet National Trail and the connecting 6.6-mile-long TECO trail may be just what you're looking for. The Van Fleet Trail is Florida's most rural trail. You are quite likely to see wildlife along the way.
Viewing the 2017 Solar Eclipse in Florida
On Monday, 21 August 2017, the first solar eclipse since 1918 will be visible across the continental U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina. If you view it in Florida, you will see a 70-90% partial eclipse. You must watch it entirely through certified solar lenses.
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