Natural Resources

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Florida is home to a wide variety of natural resources that contribute to its communities, industries and recreational activities. Well-known for its gorgeous beaches, Florida boasts the longest coastline in the contiguous United States, not to mention the largest number of freshwater springs. Tourists appreciate the sunny climate, and farmers also benefit from its abundant rainfall. UF/IFAS Extension offers a wealth of information on natural resources topics, including many plant and animal species, rivers and lakes, and good environmental stewardship. Additionally, UF/IFAS Extension Florida Sea Grant provides research, education and extension in support of coastal resources specifically.

Ecosystems & Species

Florida contains more than 80 types of ecosystems. From coastal dunes to freshwater marshes to forests, which cover almost half the state’s land, explore the environments that surround us. Along the way, learn about the animals and plants that call Florida home.

Water Resources

Sugar-sand beaches may be Florida’s most famous water resources, but the state also features a network of rivers, lakes and springs at its surface, as well as vast subterranean aquifers below. Learn about water and wise use of this vital resource with UF/IFAS Extension publications and websites.

Living in Florida

UF/IFAS Extension believes good stewardship of Florida’s natural resources begins with understanding and appreciation. You can learn more about the great outdoors or discover the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ and Florida Master Naturalist programs, advice on energy conservation, ecotourism opportunities, and more.