Expanded Patrick Smith Event and Workshop to be Held November 7th and 8th at Forever Florida

St. Cloud, FL – Oct 1, 2014 The operators of the Allen Broussard Conservancy and Forever Florida – Ziplines & Adventures in the Wild present the Patrick Smith Day 2014 – A Florida Nature and Heritage Retreat for Writers and Photographers.

The event is in honor of Patrick Smith who passed away on January 26, 2014. A three-time Pulitzer Award winner, Smith was a celebrated storyteller, author and historian who was also recognized as the “Greatest Living Floridian” by the Florida Historical Society. His book, A Land Remembered, was voted “Best Florida Book” by Florida Monthly Magazine.

General admission to this popular event is free and open to all enthusiasts of Florida’s nature and heritage. The Saturday event features a Writing and Photography Marketplace with a variety of vendors. Additional activities and presentations include:

* “Bring Your Own Horse Trail Ride!”– a three hour ride through Forever Florida’s swamps, sleuths and creeks. Cost is $75 person.
* “A Land Remembered” Wild Coach Tour. Cost is $32 per person
* “Remembering Patrick Smith” Lecture & BBQ is $18. The lecturers are:

o Dr. Nick Wynne, Author, Past President of Florida Historical Society
o Judge Nelson “Storyteller” Bailey, retired Circuit Judge West Palm Beach County
o Warren Resen, Freelance writer
o Rick Smith, Patrick Smith Jr.
* “Re-purposing the Florida Cracker Horse” by Dr. Sandra Wise
* “Marjorie Harris Carr Defender of Florida’s Environment” by Peggy McDonale
* “Digital Publishing Changes the World” by Capt. Rodney Smith
* “The Cracker Tenor” reception and performance by Ben DeHart

Parking is $5. Details about the event as well as purchasing event activities are available online at www.ForeverFlorida.com/promotions or by calling 407-957-9794. All proceeds benefit the Allen Broussard Conservancy.

Forever Florida-Ziplines & Adventures in the Wild, 4755 N. Kenansville Road – St. Cloud, Florida 34773

A SPECIAL WORKSHOP FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS: Friday afternoon through Saturday morning is the

Photography Workshop hosted by James Valentine and Vince Lamb. James Valentine a naturalist photographer, artist and filmmaker whose work includes more than 10 books and has helped to preserve millions of acres of wild acres. Florida Master Naturalist, Vince Lamb has conducted numerous photography workshops and classes in Central Florida.

The overnight retreat includes accommodations in Camp Illahaw, refreshments, Wild Coach transfers, photo expeditions and workshops on writing and photography. The cost is $175 per person. Registration is limited and available online.

Directions: Forever Florida – Ziplines and Adventures in the Wild is located just one hour southeast of Orlando at 4755 N. Kenansville Road, just 25 miles southeast of St. Cloud, Florida. Take US 192 to Holopaw, turn south on US 441 and drive 7.5 miles. Forever Florida – Ziplines and Adventures in the Wild will be on the east (left) side of the highway.

About Forever Florida – Ziplines and Adventures in the Wild: Forever Florida – Ziplines and Adventures in the Wild is a unique eco-tourism attraction located just 25 miles southeast of St. Cloud, Florida; just one hour southeast of Orlando. Departing from a picturesque Florida cattle and horse ranch, guests journey deep into the 4,700-acre

Forever Florida Wildlife Conservation Area. This very special place encompasses 12 distinct ecosystems and is pristinely preserved just as nature intended. Guests experience natural streams, forests, pastures, wetlands and learn about the wide array of Forever Florida’s wildlife including alligators, black bears, white-tail deer and the endangered Florida panther. Several unique adventures are offered: The Zipline Adventure, Coach Adventure, Horseback Adventure, the Cypress Canopy Cycle and the Thrill Pack.

Visitors to Forever Florida – Ziplines and Adventures in the Wild make a positive impact on the environment as a substantial portion of revenues go toward the acquisition of additional lands to be conserved by the Allen Broussard Conservancy.

About Forever Allen Broussard Conservancy. The mission of the Allen Broussard Conservancy at Forever Florida is to preserve and protect the fragile ecosystems of Florida’s native wilderness, to provide a permanent protective habitat for wildlife, to maintain the historical ranching operation and to educate the public about the importance of conservation and the preservation of our unique heritage. For more information, contact  ABConservancy@ForeverFlorida.com.