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. 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!"
Gainesville Ecotours is partnering with Santa Fe College's Community Education department to offer two summer hiking courses! We hope you will join us on the trail this summer!
*June 22, 2013: Barr Hammock Preserve Ecotour
*July 13, 2013: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Ecotour
Register at Santa Fe College and just click on the course title!
Gainesville Ecotours will be hosting the Gainesville "Old Florida" Birding and Nature Festival April 18-20, 2014! We will host paddling tours to our local springs, birding outings, bat tours, hikes, and more! Please visit the website for upcoming information and we hope to see you there!
For more questions or if you would like to sponsor the event, please email Terri (at) GainesvilleEcotours (dot) com.
Gainesville Ecotours News!
April 26, 2013 - Gainesville Ecotours will be hosting the Gainesville "Old Florida" Birding and Nature Festival April 18-20, 2014! We will host paddling tours to our local springs, birding outings, bat tours, hikes, and more! Please visit the website for upcoming information and we hope to see you there! For more questions or if you would like to sponsor the event, please email Terri (at) GainesvilleEcotours (dot) com.
April 11, 2013 - In honor of the 75th anniversary of the publishing of The Yearling, Gainesville Ecotours will be partnering with Santa Fe College to offer a Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Ecotour! We will hike the flatwoods 5 miles north of her home to get a feel for what Cross Creek, FL was like when she rode from Micanopy out to the country then take a guided tour of her home. Optional lunch at the aptly named Yearling Restaurant! Register online soon at this link: Santa Fe College Community Education
April 2, 2013 - Gainesville Ecotours is proud to announce that we are starting the Gainesville Ecotours Family Nature Club in conjunction with Children in Nature Network and Get Outdoors Florida! The events will be every third Thursday of each month at various conservation areas in Gainesville and Alachua County. Check the calendar for details. The program goals are to get children into natural settings and provide exercise. A program theme and materials will be provided as a guide with plenty of time for free play, exploration and hiking provided. Times will typically be from 9:30am - 11:00am. Parents and children ages 0-3 are free, children ages 4-12 are $5.
February 8, 2013 - Gainesville Ecotours has been invited to be a contributor for the Gator Glob! This is a local lunch out blog with articles about different eateries, but it also has tidbits about events going on in Gainesville. We will be contributing our nature events. Read our first article about the opening of Alachua County's Barr Hammock Preserve here!
January 30, 2013 - We are pleased to partner with John Reed Photography for our upcoming nature photography hike, March 30, 2013! Learn particulars of cameras, photography, outdoor photography, and go home with a nice photo! Register by February 15, 2013 for the early bird rate of $60 per person. Contact Terri@GainesvilleEcotours.com for more info.
December 28, 2012-We are pleased to announce that we are helping to produce the Cinema Verde Environmental Film and Arts Festival in Gainesville February 9-14, 2013! Please email Terri@GainesvilleEcotours.com if you would like to sponsor the event or purchase group tickets. We will also be organizing ecotour events as part of the festival! Hope to see you there!
November 23, 2012-Gainesville Ecotours is pleased to announce we will be partnering with Conservation Trust for Florida and Alachua County to participate in a Martin Luther King Day of Service on January 21, 2013! This program is being run locally by the University of Florida, Center for Leadership. Our group will help create trails at the beautiful Barr Hammock Preserve and Gainesville Ecotours is volunteering to be a group leader to lead University of Florida students in this volunteer effort.
November 19th, 2012- On December 2, 2012-Gainesville Ecotours is participating as a vendor in Whiskers and Wine, a fundraiser for Gainesville Pet Rescue! It is from 4-7pm at Half Cork'd in downtown Gainesville, Florida. We will be donating 50% of our proceeds to their programs. Hope to see you there! *Update: Based on sales from the benefit, Gainesville Ecotours presented Gainesville Pet Rescue a donation check for $50! Thank you for having us and glad we could help this great cause.
November 15-18-Gainesville Ecotours has a featured coupon on the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce's Shop Gainesville! For these three days, purchase Gainesville Ecotours gift cards for 10% off! Find the coupon here!
October 30, 2012-Gainesville Ecotours just concluded an offer on Living Social for half off a few of our ecotours. We are proud to say that we will be taking out 70 hikers between now and January 31st! Thank you to all who participated and we are excited to meet everyone!
October 2012-Gainesville Ecotours events are now on Fun4GatorKids.com! Now families perusing local events can find our events on this great family website.
Photo by Emily Katharine Photography