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Alabama’s Coastal Paradise


Celebrate Alabama’s Coastal Paradise

with Three New Episodes of Discovering Alabama.

We hope you enjoyed the premiere. If you missed it,

we now have all three shows in our new Coastal Pardise area.

Just click on the image below

Let us know what you thought abut the shows.

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Click the image below to see the new Coastal Paradise section of our website. 
We have some great educational resources available for you there. 





Hi, I’m Doug Phillips. Welcome to Discovering Alabama, the original, Emmy awarded, documentary series about the rich natural history and heritage of Alabama. 2014 is a special year for us. We’re celebrating our 30th anniversary. That’s right, we’ve been on the air 30 years now. Thanks to all of you for your support, we couldn’t do it without you.

doug-turkeyAlabama contains a remarkable array of nature, forests, rivers, wildlands, and wildlife €“abundant across a diverse landscape from the mountains to the prairielands to the gulf coast. This natural heritage is closely linked with the state’s cultural heritage. Alabama’s wildlands were integral to the daily lives of Native Americans who often celebrated nature in their spiritual practices. By the 1800s, Alabama’s plentiful game, timberlands, water, and soils were the lure for waves of settlers seeking this bounty of nature as their hope for a new life. Today, Alabama’s natural wonders are sought for recreation and are promoted as attractions to entice tourism, expanding growth, and industrial development. Discovering Alabama explores the many interesting and changing relationships between Alabama’s lands and people, from the past to the present.

An important aim of Discovering Alabama is to document this information for the citizens, communities, and schools of the state. But another concern of Discovering Alabama is to highlight the state’s natural history in a context useful for planning. In looking to the future, we can sometimes benefit from the wisdom of the past. Native Americans knew well the meaning of the adage, “The nature of life is nature.” Discovering Alabama brings to you a remarkable realm of nature in hopes that this aspect of our heritage is aptly embraced and retained for generations yet to arrive.

You are invited to tune in to Alabama Public Television or contact us for video purchase, and join me as we Discover Alabama.

Happy outings,
Dr. Doug


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This looks interesting for anyone in the Tri-Cities Area. There's a small fee involved.

Staying found is a lost art.

Anyone who has spent time in the backcountry probably has at least one story of a wrong turn, a lost trail, and/or a wayward hiking partner. Improving your map-and-compass skills is a good way to reduce such misadventures and keep track of where you are.

Join Mothering Herbs owner, Summer, a former Outward Bound Instructor, Appalachian Mountain Club Guide, and outdoor enthusiast who has been teaching and using Map and Compass skills for over 20 years.

Summer will help you see three dimensions of the land in the two dimensions of a topographic map by teaching you how to read contour lines, landmarks and other map features. We'll also talk about magnetic north, true north, and magnetic variation (declination), and help you make sense of it all. From there, you'll learn how to take a bearing from the terrain and your map so that you can triangulate your position and plan a route. We will then break into groups and learn through using the skills together in a series of fun games. Maps and a few compasses will be provided.

Skills you'll learn:
Learn how to read topographic lines and other basic features on a map Learn how to orient a map to match the environment both with and without a compass. Learn basic compass features and how to utilize the map with a compass. Learn how to plot your current position on your map. Use a map & compass to navigate to new locations. Build confidence in your navigation skills.

Cost: 25.00 per person. Reserve your spot by prepaying 10.00 via paypal to or contact her to pay cash. Size of class limited to 20 people. Groups of five or more can contact for group rate.
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Map and Compass Class

April 12, 2015, 1:00pm - April 12, 2015, 4:00pm

McFarland Park

Staying found is a lost art. Anyone who has spent time in the backcountry probably has at least one story of a wrong turn, a lost trail, and/or a wayward hiking partner. Improving your map-and-compas...