Oleta River State Park, Florida's largest urban park, is located on Biscayne Bay in the busy Miami metropolitan area. Although it offers a variety of recreational opportunities, the park is best known for miles of off-road bicycling trails, ranging from novice trails to challenging trails for experienced bicyclists. Along the Oleta River, at the north end of the park, a large stand of beautiful mangrove forest preserves native South Florida plants and wildlife. Canoeists and kayakers can paddle the river to explore this amazing natural area.
The Naples Preserve is a 9 ½ acre site within the City of Naples. To save it from development, it was purchased by the citizens of the City of Naples (2000) along with Florida Community Trust Forever Florida funds (2002). A 0.4 mile-long accessible boardwalk winds through oak-rosemary scrub and pine flatwoods. Our gopher tortoises and birds (especially migrating and winter residents) are favorites of our guests. The Hedges Family Eco-center provides information about the nature destinations in Collier County, nature talks, programs for schools, and is home to the Robert W.
The GTM Research Reserve is a collaboration between Florida's Department of Environmental Protection and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Reserve covers74,000 acres of coastal lands in northeast Florida and offers interpretive exhibits, aquariums, classrooms, teaching and working laboratories, an auditorium and an outdoor amphitheater overlooking the Guana River Aquatic Preserve. Our Coastal Training Program offers trainings for professionals on issues of concern in our local community including watershed, invasive plants, and much more.
We conduct a mobilized outreach program. We offer classroom instruction at a Church or organization location and then take children to a local park/lake to conduct water activities, hiking, etc. Archery lessons take place at the organization site. It is our desire to provide children with fun outdoor activities that will allow them to unplug, relax, and explore God's Creation.
Lake Griffin State Park offers a variety of outdoor activities in a naturally beautiful setting. The Dead River connects the park to Lake Griffin, which is the eighth largest lake in Florida. Visitors can enjoy boating, canoeing/kayaking, fishing, hiking, and camping. Anglers of all ages will find plenty of largemouth bass, bluegill, speckled perch, and catfish. In addition, we rent canoes and kayaks and offer guided paddle trips, guided boat tours and we have a family friendly natural trail. For over 10 years the park has host an annual Kid's Fishing Clinic.
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.
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.