San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park provides resource-based recreation while preserving, interpreting and restoring natural and cultural resources. The park has something for every nature enthusiast; including self-guided interpretive trails, guided tours, wildlife discovery, fishing and so much more.
Winter Haven, Florida is a unique, Premier City. It has countless recreational, social and special events. The City recognizes the importance of a high quality of life to Winter Haven residents and visitors. The City strives to ensure outdoor activities for all ages and walks of life. Winter Haven has numerous nature parks, boat ramps, fishing docks and walking trails throughout the city.
Sitting on the northern shoreline of its namesake, Big Lagoon State Park's 655 upland acres separate the mainland from Perdido Key and the Gulf of Mexico. Natural communities, ranging from saltwater marshes to pine flatwoods, attract a wide variety of birds, especially during the spring and fall migrations, while the beaches, shallow bays, nature trails and open woodlands offer splendid opportunities for nature study. The park also beckons visitors to camp, swim, fish, boat, canoe and hike. Crabbing in the shallow waters of Big Lagoon is a popular activity as well.
The Key Biscayne Community Center has been a vital part of the community since it opened for use on October 30, 2004. The Community Center provides a central location for all residents, young and old, to participate in a wide variety of both active and passive activities in a two-story facility located adjacent to the Village Green. The Community Center includes a multipurpose gym, 25-meter pool, dance and aerobics studio, wellness/fitness center, computer lab, arts & crafts room, meeting rooms and underground parking.
The Great Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail is a 190-mile marked canoe and kayak trail that meanders through the coastal waters and inland tributaries of Lee County, Florida. The Paddling Trail allows modern paddlers to navigate ancient paths in Southwest Florida by kayak or canoe where Calusa Indians once traveled, past pristine islands and waters teeming with wildlife.
Grassy Waters Preserve is a community environmental education center whose mission is to connect visitors of all ages with the pristine wetland ecosystem that acts as their water supply. Through place-based experiential learning, Grassy Waters seeks to cultivate a deeper appreciation of the natural environment while educating, inspiring, and empowering citizens. By fostering a sense of environmental stewardship, Grassy Waters hopes to ensure that this unique wetland system continues to meet both human and ecological freshwater needs for generations to come.
Hardee County Wildlife Refuge and Pioneer Park
The Hardee County Wildlife Refuge at Pioneer Park is dedicated to caring for rescued and rehabiltated animals. The vast majority of animals living at the Refuge are native to Florida. The staff are responsible for providing the animals with the best care possible. Each animal is treated to a proper diet and the best enviroment possible. Please join us for a tour of the facility on the elevated boardwalk.
The Florida Professional Paddlesports Association (FPPA) is a network of professional paddlesport outfitters and retailers whose purpose is to promote paddling in Florida.
DaySpring offers guests an unparalleled opportunity to experience peace, tranquility and stunning natural beauty. The Center provides a setting conducive to education and renewal allowing guest to grow intellectually, emotionally and spiritually.
The Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County is the governmental agency responsible for providing an economical and environmentally conscious integrated waste management system. The SWA offers a comprehensive education outreach program in which staff conducts a variety of environmental lessons. Currently we offer in-school lessons, facility tours, and labs all with a look into an integrated waste management system. We also offer a summer program called the Jr.