Big Bend Biodiversity Tours

This series of ecotours is designed to explore the plants and animals that make Florida’s Big Bend region a biodiversity hotspot.

Apalachicola Lowlands – Sunday, April 22nd, 8:30am – 5pm

This first in our series of tours will be an intimate driving and walking tour of the Apalachicola Lowlands. We will travel out to our own Rowletts Creek Preserve, an 80-acre inholding within the western Apalachicola National Forest. While the longleaf pine ecosystem will be our overall focus, we also will be zooming in on unique habitats such as pitcher plant bogs, ephemeral wetlands, and blackwater streams. Get up close and personal with amphibians, reptiles, invertebrates, and wildflowers galore!

The $70 class fee includes transportation, a tour-specific field guide with information about select plants and animals we will target for this trip, gourmet snacks, and two guides with over 40 years of combined experience as ecologists and outdoor educators.

Details: From our meeting location in Wakulla County, we will travel about 50 miles west to Rowletts Creek Preserve (near the community of Sumatra), making a few stops along the way.  Once there we will explore the wetland and upland ecosystems on our property and you will have the unique opportunity to see longleaf pine restoration at work as well as flowering pitcher plants and other endemic plants. Our return trip will be along the Gulf coast. About halfway back, you will have an opportunity to stretch your legs, take in the salt air, and use a flushing toilet. Our trip will wrap up around 5pm. Note: Rowletts Creek Preserve is a ‘primitive site’ with no facilities.

Meeting location and other details will be provided in an email closer to the date.  Feel free to contact us with questions!  Rebecca: or Ryan:


Registration CLOSED

Registration is limited to 10 people.

Last day to register: April 20th

Cancellation policy: Due to the space limitation for this tour, registration fees will only be refunded if we can fill your spot.