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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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In January 2015, over 3095 reviews of the standards were given during an online process. The draft Course of Study was revised and presented to the State Board of Education in April.

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