Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve

Associated Agency: 
National Park Service


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

Associated Agency: 
Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Park Service

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.

Ochlockonee River State Park

Associated Agency: 
Florida Park Service

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

Associated Agency: 
Pasco County Parks, Recreation, and Natural Resources

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 Center of Anna Maria

The mission of The Center is to serve as a gathering place for the community to come together and make friends. The Center strives for excellence in meeting the human service needs of all those living on or nearby our barrier island. The Center is focused on the community and open to all.

Winding Waters Natural Area

Associated Agency: 
Palm Beach County Environmental Resources Management

This One's for the Birds. This 548-acre natural area contains mesic flatwoods, hydric hammock, depression marsh, wet prairie, and dome swamp. Several areas were cleared for agricultural purposes and have been restored to shallow-water and deep-water marshes. Birdlife is abundant with bald eagles, anhingas, green herons, belted kingfishers, wood storks, roseate spoonbills, and loggerhead shrikes making appearances. Bring your kayak or canoe to paddle at this urban wetland.

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Snook Islands Natural Area

Associated Agency: 
Palm Beach County Environmental Resources Management

Creating habitat in a busy city. This 118-acre wetland restoration project created 11 acres of mangroves and 2 acres of oyster reefs within the Lake Worth Lagoon, along the shoreline in downtown Lake Worth. Public use facilities include a boardwalk, kayak launch, and floating dock. Restrooms are available at Bryant Park. Bring your binoculars to see an American oystercatcher, one of the many shorebirds who call these islands "home since" 2005.

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