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In the Grass, On the Reef Public Events
Join Us for an Exciting Series of Events Focusing on our Region's Ecology

To celebrate the premiere of the next In the Grass, On the Reef documentary, Oyster Doctors, we’re inviting our viewers to join us 'In the Grass" and "On the Reef."  We’re leading field trips in each county of the Forgotten Coast, and in the major coastal features of the area: The St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, Apalachicola Bay, and Saint Joseph Bay.  Spots are limited, so register early!

In the Grass, On the Reef: Oyster Doctors Documentary Premiere Screening

This event will take place:
Saturday, March 8 at 4 pm ET at the Ft. Coombs Armory, Apalachicola


This WFSU original production follows four years of research into the ecology of the coast.  When the Apalachicola Bay oyster fishery collapses, Dr. David Kimbro and his crew set out to investigate the cause.  The tools they use are adapted from research conducted by he and his colleague, Dr. Randall Hughes, into fear on the oyster reef. 

Oyster Doctors examines the value of scientific research.  Does it matter if predators scare mud crabs into not eating oysters?  Does this science only have value when the techniques developed are used to help restore an economically important resource?  Set against the backdrop of Florida’s spectacular Forgotten Coast, our researcher’s failures and triumphs lead to unexpected discoveries and an ever-expanding string of questions about the inner workings of our coasts.  You’ll never look at your seafood the same way again.

Register here ↓

Ft. Coombs Armory is located at 45 Ave D, Apalachicola, FL


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EcoAdventures to Celebrate the Documentary Premiere

All of the following events are free and open to the public. Please register for each using the form below.

 

Kayak Tour of Wakulla Beach

This event will take place:
Thursday, March 6 at 9 am ET at the Wakulla Beach boat ramp.
Approximately four hours. You will be sent a map upon selection.

Located at the mouth of the Saint Marks River, Wakulla Beach boasts lush salt marshes and extensive intertidal oyster reefs.  Over 90% of Gulf seafood spends some part of its life cycle in salt marshes, oyster reefs, or seagrass beds.  Yet, at first glance, it can be hard to see just how many animals live in these ecosystems.  Get your feet dirty with Dr. Randall Hughes and Dr. William “Doc” Herrnkind as we go exploring “In the Grass” and “On the Reef.”  Wakulla Beach is a unit of the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge.

We will be walking in salt marshes and on oyster reefs. These are tricky places in which to walk;  prepare to get wet and muddy.  We will also be kayaking along the coast. Please apply if you have intermediate kayaking skills or better. 

Be sure to bring:

  • Clothes you don’t mind getting muddy and wet.
  • Hard soled shoes.  Oyster reefs will tear up water socks.
  • Plenty of drinking water.
  • Sunscreen.

All applicants for this field trip will be placed in a lottery and notified or their status as spots are limited!

Register here ↓

 

Walking Tour of the Saint Joseph Bay Buffer Preserve

This event will take place:
Saturday, March 8 at 10 am ET at the St. Joseph Bay State Buffere Reserve Visitor Center.
Approximately two hours.

For almost five years, Dr. Randall Hughes conducted much of her research into the ecology of salt marshes on the St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve.  This is a pristine stretch of coast that bursts with plant and animal life- if you look closely.  Of course, you don’t have to look all that closely to see a plant more commonly found in the warmer parts of our state - black mangroves.  Randall has been investigating what makes these largely cold intolerant plants more likely to succeed in north Florida.  Do the plants that have survived here, just slightly north of their range, have some genetic advantage over others that failed to survive long enough to reproduce?  The answer to that and other similar questions could determine what Saint Joseph Bay marshes look like in the coming decades.

St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve Center is located at 3915 State Road 30-A, Port St. Joe, FL 32456


View "In the Grass, On the Reef: Oyster Doctors" Premiere Field Trips in a larger map

Be sure to bring:

  • Clothes you don’t mind getting muddy and wet.
  • Plenty of drinking water.
  • Sunscreen.

Register here ↓



Apalachicola River & Bay Boat Tour

apalachicola river

This event will take place:
Saturday, March 8 at 1 pm ET in Apalachicola, FL.
Approximately 2 hours. You will be sent a map upon selection.

The Apalachicola oyster is world renowned for its flavor, but it’s in a fight for its life.  Drought and low river flows have crippled Florida’s largest oyster fishery.  Join us as we head out on the river and bay for a closer look at an ecosystem looking to rebound.  Dan Tonsmeire is the Apalachicola Riverkeeper: he knows about the connection between the Apalachicola River and the oysters in the bay. Dr. Randall Hughes is a marine biologist: she knows the ecology of the oyster reef.  They’ll lead this excursion into Florida’s last great bay.

All applicants for this field trip will be placed in a lottery and notified or their status as spots are limited!

Register here ↓

In the Grass, On the Reef
Event Registration

All events are free to the public, but registration is required to attend. Please register below.

We apologise but the kayak and boat tour registrations are currnetly closed. Lottery Winners have been chosen.



Event Selection
Yes, I would like to attend the In the Grass, On the Reef: Oyster Doctors Documentary Premiere Screening, Saturday, March 8 at 4 pm ET at the Ft. Coombs Armory, Apalachicola.




Yes, I would like to attend the Walking Tour of the Saint Joseph Bay Buffer Preserve, Saturday, March 8 at 10 am ET at the St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Reserve Visitor Center.




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If you have questions about any of these events please email Rebecca Wilkerson at rw10c@my.fsu.edu.