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11 months ago
I had the pleasure of taking Professor Larry's Emerald Coast Dune and Beach Eco Tour at Topsail State Park and it was truly an unforgettable experience. Professor Larry is an expert in his field, with a wealth of knowledge about the local ecosystem, its flora and fauna, and the delicate balance that keeps it thriving. The tour started with a short presentation on the history and ecology of the area, which was fascinating and informative. Professor Larry was engaging and enthusiastic, and his passion for the subject was infectious. Once we set out on the tour, it was clear that we were in good hands. Professor Larry knew the best spots to find the most interesting wildlife and vegetation that would have gone unnoticed by the untrained eye. He took the time to explain the significance of each sighting, and how it fit into the larger ecosystem. One of the highlights of the tour was our visit to the dunes, where we learned about the importance of these natural formations and the role...
- Ross W
a year ago
My family and I had an absolutely blast hanging out with Larry and learning everything there is about the eco system of Northwest Florida. We saw ghost crabs, learned about the sand, ocean currents, why the water is blue here, and so much more!
- Julio D
3 years ago
If you love the outdoors and nature like I do, you’ll truly enjoy your time With Dr Larry Rainey! He is so knowledgeable about everything to do with life in and around the beach. I feel that this tour is great for all ages. If you’d like to learn more about the miraculous living world of the Gulf Coast you should definitely try this tour. Educational but with a very relaxed and laid back feel. I’m looking forward to seeing some different things and learning more next time we’re in town.
- Lisa B

Santa Rosa Beach/Seaside/Miramar Beach

Northwest Florida is home to some of the most beautiful waters and beach/dune systems in the world. Visitors from far and wide come to experience these natural wonders, but few have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of what they are seeing. While walking along these shores, visitors will learn about the waters, beaches, dunes, and wildlife (plants and animals) that make these ecosystems so special.

Why me?

*I've been teaching and learning about our beaches and dunes for over 45 years.

*Marine Biology Master's degree from the University of Alabama - most classes I took were at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab.

*I created and taught a televised international science show for middle schools for over 12 years. Some of you may have been taught it in your school.  "Integrated Science"

*I also taught Biology and Marine Biology in the Florida public school system for 10 years before getting my Ph.D. from the University Of Alabama in Secondary Science Education.

What will we do?

*Emerald Coast Beach and Dune Tours offers personalized visits to some of the most pristine areas along the northwest Florida Coast. 

*Have you ever wondered what makes our beach so special? Come with me and I'll show you! We will look at what is on our beaches (often overlooked), why our dune systems are so important, the wildlife (both flora and fauna) that make this system so unique, and much more!  Bring your questions!

*Tours in groups of 1-8 participants,  $50 each person

*Participants should wear comfortable clothing, hats, bring water and snacks, sunscreen, binoculars and cameras.

*Level of exercise:  Moderate, a casual walk along the beach.  We can discuss accommodations if you need to I believe that everyone should be able to enjoy the discovery of our beaches.

*Tours daily: from 9am-12 or 2-5pm; or Private Party by special request.

Contact Dr. Rainey for further details or schedule a tour.

See you on the beach!

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