Explore the world of Expedition Florida, a multimedia project co-produced by the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida in Gainesville and Wild Tracks Productions.
“Wild Files” Shorts in High Demand
In response to requests from television stations, the Florida Museum edited several Expedition Florida segments into two- to five-minute-long “Wild Files” for use online and as on-air program fillers.
Expedition Florida: Birding in North Central Florida
Expedition Florida: Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park
Searching for ghost orchids in the Fakahatchee Strand
Exploring north Florida rivers for ice age tusks
Winner of four Emmy Awards and the Edward R. Murrow Award for radio feature writing, the Florida Museum of Natural History’s Expedition Florida project introduces audiences of all ages to the natural wonders of Florida’s past and present with the hope of conserving and preserving them for future generations.
The programs are designed to take viewers on a journey that explores Florida’s natural beauty. Personal encounters with these natural sights and sounds help viewers develop a sense of place about Florida and its rapidly vanishing habitats and wildlife.
The Florida Museum has produced three half-hour films in the series:
Expedition Florida: From Exploration to Exhibition, released in 1999, takes viewers behind the scenes as teams of scientists, curators and artists transform remarkable discoveries into museum exhibits. This program won a Suncoast Regional Emmy Award and the Edward R. Murrow Award for radio feature writing.
Expedition Florida: The Wild Heart of Florida, was released in 2002. It is based on an anthology of Florida nature writing by the same name, which was edited by author and photographer Jeff Ripple and his colleague Susan Cerulean, and published by University Press of Florida. A segment of this film also won a Suncoast Regional Emmy Award.
Expedition Florida: Wild Alachua, also released in 2002, introduces viewers to the cultural and natural history jewels of North Central Florida, including the Florida Museum of Natural History’s Butterfly Rainforest, Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park, Dudley Farm Historic State Park and the historic Cross Creek home of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of “The Yearling.” In 2005, 110 public television stations in 50 markets aired this film via American Public Television distribution. It won two Suncoast Regional Emmy Awards.