The Tarpon Springs Recreation Department is committed to providing its citizens with a wide variety of recreational opportunities supported by our parks, personnel and facilities. Our goal is to deliver superior programs and services which meet the needs of the community in a cost-effective manner.
Our main focus is to provide activities and programs for youth and adults to lead a healthy, active and safe lifestyle.
Bordering the populous Miami - Dade County on the Atlantic Coast, the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves manage approximately 69,000 acres of natural resources. The public can explore this unique estuary with marine biologists through hands-on experiences i.e. wading, boat tours, kayak tours, and Bayologist Camp. Home to the occasional bottlenose dolphin, manatee, sea turtle, seahorse, and osprey.
Fishing, Faith & Fun is a Bible based fishing program and part of the recreation ministry of Idlewild Baptist Church. Our annual six-week program begins the second Saturday of January. Each session is two and one-half hours long and is composed of classroom instruction and hands-on fishing lessons on IBC's property. Children ages 7-15 are welcome and parent participation is encouraged. Online registration is available between November 1 and December 31 or you may pick up an application at the Welcome Centers or church office.
Our mission is to empower youth and expand their possibilities through teaching them to fish and enjoy the outdoors. We give them an opportunity to develop skills and enhance their self-esteem. We also aim to provide exceptional experiences for youth, teaching life skills to stay off drugs, in school and out of gangs. Recently we have added more boating, snorkeling and scuba certification.
Our mission is provide resource based recreation while preserving, interpreting and restoring cultural and natural resources. Manatee Springs State Park is a Florida State Park located six miles west of Chiefland on SR 320, off US 19. Manatee Spring is a first magnitude spring that flows directly into the Suwannee River by way of a short run. Present also are swamps and hardwood wetlands along the Suwannee, along with many sinkhole ponds, including one with a cave 90 feet below the ground that connects to a popular divers' destination known as the catfish hotel.
Groundwork Jacksonville's mission is to bring about the sustained regeneration, improvement, and management of the physical environment by developing community-based partnerships which empower people, business and organizations to promote environmental, economic and social well-being. Our Green Team Youth Corps include the following programs. Summer Apprenticeship: Twenty neighborhood teens, 10 weeks part-time work focusing on conservation, hands-on projects in national parks and neighborhood green spaces.
Horseshoe Lake Park provides outdoor and resource-based recreation programs that enhance the quality of life for residents. Recreation and play are important for healthy lifestyle, and we utilize natural resources to help build stronger families. While recreational
activities are fun it is important to note that they provide life lessons that build success and happiness among youth and adults.