A Program of Marion County Schools

The Story of Bone Mizell, Florida Cow Hunter

A legend in his own time, Morgan Bonaparte Mizell was known as a fun-loving Florida cow hunter who could “outride, out rope, outshoot. and outdrink” any cowman in the state back in late 1800s when there were no fences to contain the thousands of cattle that roamed the scrub lands. We explore the life and legend of this tall, lanky character known as “Bone” through stories that have been handed down.

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Save the Manatees

Manatees 101 – Join TJ Fridrich, Manatee Biologist, as we learn about the biology and conservation of Florida manatees. Learn about the importance of the Silver River for manatees.

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Eric Hutcheson

While most people are content to view the pristine waters of Silver Springs from a riverbank or while riding inside a glass-bottom boat, Eric Hutcheson wanted a closer look at the phenomenon beneath the surface. So, in 1993, Hutcheson, a professional underwater cartographer, donned his scuba gear and dove into the world’s largest artesian spring. Join Eric to learn about his first hand experience diving into Silver Springs and the changes he has witnessed to the Floridan Aquifer over the past 30 years.

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Ethnobotany of FL Native Plants

Florida is home to a great diversity of beautiful and amazing native plants. Join us as we learn about native plants that you may want to add to your landscape, their importance to pollinators, and how they have been used for food, medicine, and more over the centuries. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes if you wish to join us for an optional hike after the talk.

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Pioneer Village Tour

Join us every second and forth Saturday for a Pioneer Village Tour at the Silver River Museum. While you’re here, be sure to check out the museum exhibits for 12,000 plus years of Marion County history!

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Meet the Real Ross Allen

Perhaps you saw the highway signs, old postcards, newspaper articles, or even saw the Ross Allen reptile show as a youngster. Now let Robert Ross Allen, his oldest son, help you peek behind all the props on stage. What made Ross Allen the star he was destined to be?

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