The purpose of Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve is to protect the natural ecology of over 46,000 acres of lands and waters and over 6,000 years of human history along the St. Johns and Nassau Rivers in northeast Florida. We offer a variety of special programs and events for the public throughout the year. These include education programs for schools, volunteer work days, seasonal night hikes, and living history events.
Little Manatee River State Park is a hidden gem in southern Hillsborough County, offering opportunities for wildlife viewing and exploration by canoe, foot, or horseback. The Little Manatee River winds through the park with many oxbows, twists and turns to explore. A 6.5 mile Hiking Trail loops through six unique natural communities, offering scenic river overlooks and a surprise around every bend. Come for the day, or make reservations to camp overnight.
Life is a journey, one adventure at a time. The best time to train a man is while he's still a boy. By mobilizing, inspiring, and resourcing mentors, Royal Rangers offers character and servant leadership education to boys and young men (K-12) in a highly relational, fun, and interactive environment. Royal Rangers exists to "evangelize, equip, and empower the next generation of Christ-like men and lifelong servant leaders." This is our passion!
This jewel of a park is a great place to get away for a weekend or a week-long vacation. Picnic facilities and a swimming area are located near the scenic point where the Ochlockonee and Dead Rivers intersect. Ochlockonee, which means "yellow waters," is a mix of brackish, tidal surge, and fresh water. Pristine and deep, the river empties into the Gulf of Mexico. Trails allow visitors to explore the park and see the diverse wildlife, including the red-cockaded woodpecker, and natural communities such as pine flatwoods and oak thickets. A boat ramp provides easy access to the river.
Withlacoochee River Park is a wilderness park within the Pasco County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Department. The departments mission is to improve the quality of life for Pasco County citizens by providing excellent parks and recreation facilities and program opportunities for everyone to enjoy. The park is situated on over 450 acres of natural Florida wilderness. Visitors can experience the pleasures of bird watching, hiking, camping, fishing, canoeing/kayaking and relaxing with nature. The park is open seven days a week from 7:00 am until dusk; there is a $2 parking fee.
The City of Clewiston Recreation Department hosts a "Beginning" Fish Camp and an "Advanced" Fish Camp over the summer months. The Fish Camp is open to youth from 9-15 years old. Fish Camp lasts 5 days and includes basic skills such as; equipment nomenclature, line selection, knots, casting instruction with push button and spinning reels, lure selection, ecology, fish biology, boat & water safety and stewardship of the environment. Instructors are local fishing guides, local marina owners, fishing club members and recreation staff.
Rare scrub habitat, saved forever. Florida scrub habitat covers 63% of Yamato Scrub. A 10-acre basin marsh is located in the northern portion of the 217-acre natural area. Bridges across canals and a tunnel underneath Clint Moore Road allow for easy access to more than three miles of hiking trails. Bicyclists can enjoy a view of the scrub from the western perimeter of the site on the multiuse El Rio Trail.