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Coastal & Marine


Gulf County is a rural, first tier ocean facing county in the Panhandle of Florida. The coast of Gulf County is home to the St. Joseph Bay. This area is known for the St. Joseph Bay Peninsula, that guards the bay from the open Gulf of Mexico. This barrier provides for a unique aquatic ecosystem for a wide diversity of sea life. Extension focus areas are primarily in health ecosystems, water resources and ecotourism.

Florida Sea Grant

Florida Sea Grant is a university-based program that supports research, education and extension to conserve coastal resources and enhance economic opportunities for the people of Florida. We are a partnership between the Florida Board of Education, NOAA and Florida’s citizens and governments. Our extension, education programs are done in partnership with UF/IFAS Extension and coastal counties of Florida.

St. Joseph Bay Water Watch

St. Joseph Bay Water Watch is a citizen-science water monitoring program ran by UF/IFAS Gulf County Extension. We partner with local organizations and residents to monitor water quality throughout the waters of St. Joseph Bay.

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Environmental Education

Gulf County Extension hosts extension programing events such as Panhandle Outdoors Live Water Schools and Florida Master Naturalist Program.