Leon County Sustainable Communities Summit: Exploring Our Backyard
Saturday, February 18 • 9 AM – 1:30 PM
Location: Turnbull Conference Center, 555 W. Pensacola Street
A fun day for anyone interested in learning the importance of our local environment, gaining hands-on skills for outdoor adventures or discovering local places to explore.
Everyone is welcome to attend - this day will be enjoyable for all skill levels, but is particularly fun for outdoor beginners!

What to Expect


Fun and interactive sessions to gain outdoor skills such as hiking and camping 101, kayaking basics, how to identify local plants and animals, bicycle safety and maintenance, outdoor survival skills and more.


Learn the importance of enjoying and respecting our region’s natural spaces, and how they make our community healthier, happier and more sustainable.


Hear from community members and experts alike about their favorite places to explore in the Big Bend region of Florida. Discover the vast opportunity for adventure that exists locally, right in our own backyard.


Experience a guided outdoor activity of your choice after the Summit.




Saturday, February 18, 2017

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Post-Summit Activities


Opening Remarks

Let's Learn - Keynote Speaker
Doug Alderson

Let's Do - Breakout Sessions
Learn fun, useful skills to prepare you for the outdoors


Let's Go - Panel Discussion
Discover local and regional places to explore

Closing Remarks and Sendoff


Doug Alderson

I am happiest when sharing an outdoor experience with good friends and family, says outdoor writer and photographer Doug Alderson. Alderson is the author of several books, including Wild Florida Adventures, Wild Florida Waters, The Great Florida Seminole Trail, Waters Less Traveled, New Dawn for the Kissimmee River, Encounters with Florida’s Endangered Wildlife and his newly released A New Guide to Old Florida Attractions: From Mermaids to Singing Towers. He has won three first place Royal Palm Literary awards for travel books and several other state and national writing and photography awards. Additionally, his articles and photographs have been featured in magazines such as Sea Kayaker, Coast and Kayak, Wildlife Conservation, Native Peoples, American Forests, Sierra, Mother Earth News and A.T. Journeys. For more information, log onto

Doug Alderson

Thanks to our Roundtable Members

Amanda Heidecker, Visit Tallahassee: A Division of Leon County

Bob Ballard, TCC Wakulla Environmental Institute

Bo Schmitz, Four Points Sheraton Downtown

Brian Hickey, Visit Tallahassee: A Division of Leon County

Brian Wiebler, Tall Timbers

Elizabeth Swiman, FSU Sustainable Campus

Gary Stogner, Visit Tallahassee: A Division of Leon County

Natasha Hartsfield, Tallahassee Museum

Jim Davis, Sustainable Tallahassee

Janet Roach, Visit Tallahassee: A Division of Leon County

Leigh Davis, Leon County Parks & Recreation

Meghan Mick, Red Dirt Discoveries

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