Wild Florida Adventures is a member of the American Canoe Association (ACA), Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism, Pure Water Wilderness, and Original Florida.Wild Florida Aventures received certification as an ethical ecotour operator by the Florida Society of Ethical Ecotourism at the Platinum Level during their recent annual conference on June 28, 2015.
My background includes over 8.5 years with the Florida Park Service both as a Ranger and as a Law Enforcement Officer. I have extensive knowledge of the various counties in the Southwest, St. Johns and Suwannee River water management districts.
I'm a graduate of the Florida Master Naturalist program and have extensive experience as an natural history interpreter.
I am a former employee and teaching assistant at the Santa Fe Community College Teaching Zoo working with the endangered and now extinct Dusky Seaside Sparrow. I have also worked for the St. Augustine Alligator Farm as a presenter of animal education programs, in addition to prior experience as a Naturalist working for the City of Gainesville at Morningside Nature Center and Bivens Arm Nature Park.
I am currently involved as a volunteer docent at the Florida Museum of Natural History assisting with outdoor nature and internal exhibit programs for children grades preschool through 12th grade.
I have also developed nature programs and day hikes in the area of north central Florida that will hopefully be of interest to people that enjoy the outdoors.
I am a member of Friends of the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve and a life member of Cuong Nhu Oriental Martial Arts.
And last but not least, I'm an alumnus of the University of Florida with a BA in Anthropology with extensive field work as an archaeological field assistant working on projects for the Florida Museum of Natural History and the American Museum of Natural History (New York, NY.) in both Florida and the coastal region of Georgia. I am currently certified as an L2 A.C.A. Kayak Instructor.
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