St. Johns County third-graders visit manatees in the wild as part of an 18-lesson curriculum

“I’m totally putting this on Instagram,” one third-grader said as he took out his smartphone to take a picture of the large aquatic mammal swimming along Blue Spring in Orange City, Fla. “Wow! That one is so big!” screamed another student while tapping his teacher to get her attention. Students’ faces were in awe as…

Wallat named Taylor County extension agent

In his position, Geoff Wallat will implement programs for the Florida Sea Grant College Program that promote the sustainable use of natural resources in Florida’s coastal living areas. He will also be responsible for IFAS extension programs in areas such as water use and conservation, 4-H, forestry and wildlife management. Wallat has more than 22 years…

Gregory wins Don Sweat Award

Doug Gregory, Monroe County Extension Director and Florida Sea Grant extension agent, was recently awarded the Don Sweat Sea Grant Extension Award. The award is presented annually to a Florida Sea Grant agent who takes initiative, creativity and leadership in his or her extension program. Since 1991, Gregory has served as a valuable resource to…

Don Sweat Wins National Wick Award

Don Sweat, the recently retired Florida Sea Grant marine extension agent for a multi-county region on the state’s West Coast, has been awarded the national William Q. Wick Visionary Career Leadership Award in recognition of his career achievements in Sea Grant Extension. Sweat was the first extension agent hired by Florida Sea Grant’s then-fledgling marine…