Sea Squirts

The Sea Squirts Program introduces marine life to children ages 2-5 years. Adults will accompany their children to the program. Activities may include examinations of species both skeletal and alive, arts and crafts, stories, audio visual presentations, and games. Reservations must be made in advance so we can prepare materials for arts and crafts. Cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance to receive a … Continue reading Sea Squirts

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County Launches Animal Abuse Listing

Last month, the county introduced a new online tool intended to protect animals from falling victim to abusive owners. Volusia County Government has launched an animal abuse listing on the Animal Services page of the county’s website beginning May 28. The purpose of the listing is to make shelters and other adoption agencies aware of someone’s criminal history as it relates to animals. The animal … Continue reading County Launches Animal Abuse Listing

One for the History Books

Dudley Farm Historic State Park, Newberry Photos/Text by Kelsey Walters  Family Activities Near Gainesville Many people think of the Sunshine State as a land of sunburnt tourists, teeming with gators and home to the world’s most famous mouse.  Before Walt Disney settled into Central Florida and made it one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, Florida had a lengthy history of war, exploration and … Continue reading One for the History Books

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Pets After the Holiday Excitement

By Dr. Tiffany Beischel Caring for your New Pet After Christmas The holidays have come and gone but for some lucky ones there is an adorable gift still giving slobbery love. Imagine waking up to a fluffy puppy or kitten on Christmas day! The excitement for something so adorable never goes away – until the destruction of your favorite shoes, the “accidents” found around the … Continue reading Pets After the Holiday Excitement

Florida’s Toxic Algae Blooms

The Shameful Truth Behind Florida’s Algae Blooms If you’re someone with at least two of your five senses, you’ve likely been made aware of Florida’s algae bloom crises. Along both coasts of our state, marine ecosystems are being laid to waste by toxic algae. The algae is so prolific this year because it is fed by nutrient-rich runoff from our agricultural industries, golf courses and … Continue reading Florida’s Toxic Algae Blooms

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Pool Safety for Your Pet

Pet Safety Around the Water Last month we had a great question regarding safety for dogs at the beach. As a follow up this month we will delve deeper into overall swimming and pool safety for our canine friends. Being aware of potential dangers and setting up for a fun experience will help make outdoor water activities an enjoyable time for all involved. Can Your … Continue reading Pool Safety for Your Pet