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.
Classroom - Outdoor
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.
Based on the principles of visionary environmental advocate, Arthur R. Marshall, Jr. (1919-1985), the mission of the Foundation is to develop, promote, and deliver science-based education and public outreach programs central to restoration of the greater Everglades ecosystem and its historic "River of Grass." Established in 1998, the Foundation has quickly grown to become a leader in environmental education and is the only non-profit in South Florida offering hands-on learning opportunities in Everglades restoration and preservation.
Opened in 1996, this 17 acre Regional Park is built and operated through a cooperative effort of partners & sponsors. While the land is owned by Florida Power & Light, the facilities were originally funded by Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau. Seasonal staffing is provided by Lee County Parks & Recreation. Native plant habitats and gardens have been planted and maintained by the Coccoloba Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society and many volunteers.
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.
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center is a unique cooperative project of the City of Boca Raton, Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District, Florida Atlantic University (FAU), and Friends of Gumbo Limbo. Each year, visitors receive valuable environmental education while enjoying respite from the city bustle. As a beacon for environmental education, research, and conservation, Gumbo Limbo's 20 acres of protected barrier island not only provides refuge to many varieties of plants and animals - some rare or endangered - but represents a commitment to protect our natural resources.