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Gainesville "Old Florida" Birding and Nature Festival
April 18-20, 2014

Gainesville, Florida is widely known for its nature, sustainability and innovation and we want to share it with you! We are home to nearby springs, birds, butterflies, and bats! We have hundreds of acres of County and Water Management District conservation areas in which to go birding and hiking, two state parks, the Devil's Millhopper sinkhole, Cedar Key and its surrounding scrub and gulf coast waters, Ocala National Forest with scrub jays and red-cockaded woodpeckers, and we have bison, wild Spanish horses and more. This will also be Florida's only International Migratory Bird Day event, which we will celebrate with children's events Saturday and a celebration Saturday night! Find more info by visiting the festival website at

FREE Barr Hammock Preserve Hikes!

Gainesville Ecotours has partnered with Conservation Trust for Florida to provide four educational hikes at Barr Hammock Preserve...and did we mention they are free??? Join Gainesville Ecotours as we hike, enjoy and learn about nature, get some fresh air and exercise, and enjoy a special treat afterwards! To register, visit our calendar page and click on the link on each event!

            Welcome To 

    Gainesville Ecotours!

Founded in October 2012, Gainesville Ecotours provides guided interpretive environmental hikes in Gainesville and Northeast Florida!   Along with hiking we work with local businesses to conduct tours, provide a guide, or plan nature outings for all types of local events such as environmental film festivals, Road Scholar nature weeks, university tours, county nature tours, and land trust nature tours.  We also host the Gainesville Ecotours Family Nature Club every third Thursday of each month! Our hikes range from wilderness hikes, urban ecotour hikes followed by cupcakes, lunch and/or beer/wine tastings, fitness hiking, nature photography workshops, geocaching and geocaching birthday parties for children, company retreat events, and homeschooling and scouts environmental education outings!  There is so much nature in Gainesville - let us help you experience it or incorporate our natural beauty into your event!

Gainesville Ecotours is committed to helping people find, explore, and understand Florida's natural resources and wildlife, the "Old Florida," of north central Florida and Gainesville. By planning a guided hiking ecotour or helping plan your event, our company provides the route to find these areas of wildnerness in Gainesville's own back yard, allowing for a peaceful outlet, an environmental education opportunity, a chance for exercise in a natural setting, and a "wild" adventure.  We are here to help fulfill Gainesville's motto of, "Where Nature and Culture Meet!"  

Photo by Emily Katharine Photography

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