The School of Arts and Sciences offers plant enthusiasts two days' worth of ambling horticultural education in six different tourable garden locales. Family groups of up to six people can explore six flora-infested Tour of Gardens spaces, either in self-guided sessions or expertly guided tours. Roam the oak-infused lawns and historic rose gardens of the Goodwood Museum & Gardens, or gain the help of a guide to unearth botanical secrets in the secluded Hidden Garden. An educational session at the Organic Vegetable Garden provides aspiring subsistence farmers with tips on garden layouts and compost making, ensuring they'll never again be forced to bite into the sauna-grown potatoes sold in seedy grocery establishments. Junior family members can bounce across a rubber-cushioned, fun-filled green space in the Backyard Playscape.
Professor Gallop Franklin shuns half measures. Not content to settle on one black belt, he trotted headlong into four—one in goju karate, one in tae kwon do, one in tang soo do, and one in nisei goju. A devoted martial artist since 1963, Gallop pulls from his lifetime of training and instructional experience to lead karate classes at his dojo, Gallop’s Karate. Red and blue mats stretch across the floor of a facility more than 2,000 square feet, where he and his staff of kick-smart martial artists lead students of all ages through karate techniques and training exercises, aiming to enhance physical fitness levels while building confidence and discipline. The instructors infuse adult classes with rigorous drills of functional exercises—a regimen described by reporters from Tallahassee Magazine as “a mind-boggling number of jumping jacks, pushups, karate sit-ups and leg lifts.”
In addition to traditional karate classes, trainers also conduct an energetic boot-camp program that combines martial arts movements with high-intensity exercises. The staff hosts a daily after-school program as well, where they engage youngsters in crafts, games, and karate lessons. They offer students assistance in homework, help them study for tests, and lend constructive feedback on their performance art pieces expressing anguish over bad cafeteria food.
Though Amy Koontz Knippel’s resume teems with prestigious education and accolades—she possesses a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, was awarded the Visual and Media Artist Fellowship from the South Florida Consortium, and received the Millennium Cultural Recognition Award from the Florida Secretary of State—she’s not one to keep the secret of her talents to herself. That’s why she started Natural Photo Safaris: she knows that others love photographing the beauty of the world as much as she does, but might not possess her level of training. She leads groups out into the world to capture eye-catching sights in a range of photographic styles while she teaches guests the ins and outs of their own cameras. She instills the core principles of taking good pictures regardless of what kind of equipment her students wield, even catering to students with older-model cameras that take film.
Within the indoor archery lanes at Tallahassee Indoor Shooting Range, arrows leap off their bowstrings, disappear behind curtains of speed, and reappear at their destinations with mighty-and-satisfying smacks. Eight such lanes exist inside the range’s 30,000-square-foot warehouse facility, each one strewn with targets and decoys at odd intervals along its 30-yard length. Once archers have gotten comfortable slinging their arrows from a stationary position, they can move on to the interactive deer-hunting trail, where they’ll take aim at moving deer targets hiding within the facility’s indoor forest.
Milestone Real Estate Institute prepares its students to earn or reactivate their sales licenses as swiftly and as thoroughly as possible. The Florida Real Estate Commission–approved school offers self-paced online courses as well as intensive classroom sessions. The school's commitment to education extends to occasional free classes open to the public, spreading informed homeownership far and wide like some kind of disease that makes you smarter about real estate.
Experienced aestheticians at North Florida Cosmetology Institute nurture the creativity of students training for careers in hairstyling and cosmetology. The talented pupils shadow their instructors and learn through supervised hands-on experience, snipping and coloring clients' tresses or transforming manes with cornrows and perms under the watchful gaze of their mentors. The academy’s budding aestheticians also wax away unwanted fuzz, tint lashes, and paint nails in their pursuit of an artistic career that doesn't involve feeding, walking, and crate-training a computer.