Polk County's Environmental Lands program began in 1994 with the passage, through a referendum, of a property tax levy. Since that time, 11 properties have been purchased. The Trek Ten Trails program motivates citizens to get out and explore these lands.
Industrial hemp could be the next big agricultural commodity grown in Florida. Although hemp and marijuana are the same species of plant, they are grown differently and produce different chemical compounds. Read on to discover how they differ.
Florida is home to 37 state forests, administered by a division of the state Department of Agriculture. In addition to protecting ecosystems and rare species, the forests offer a range of outdoor recreational activities.
The northern section of Merritt Island, adjacent to the Kennedy Space Center, comprises both Canaveral National Seashore and a national wildlife refuge. The national seashore protects 25 miles of undeveloped beach. The wildlife refuge offers hiking trails and wildlife viewing.
Lake Kissimmee State Park, wedged between 3 lakes, is a piece of old Florida in its heartland. One of its unique features is the 1876 Cow Camp that demonstrates what life was like for a cow hunter on a 19th-century cattle drive
. Developed and primitive camping is available inside the park.
The Tampa Bay History Center is a museum in downtown Tampa that presents the cultural history of the Tampa Bay region. In addition to its permanent and temporary exhibits, it also contains the Columbia Cafe, a branch of the original Ybor City Columbia Restaurant, and a small gift shop.