The Weedon Island Preserve consists of a variety of picturesque views and activities to discover as an entire family. With over four miles of paddling trails and 6,600 feet of ADA accessible boardwalk, which includes three separate observation platforms, anyone can get away from their urban environment within minutes from St. Petersburg and Tampa. The education center, fishing pier and kayaking opportunities create a full day’s worth of activities to enjoy the Florida outdoors.
The proposed area for the next Youth Conservation Center is at the FWC's Tenoroc Fish Management Area in Polk County. The Tenoroc site, located within the city limits of Lakeland, is also easily accessible from the Orlando and Tampa metropolitan areas. The Tenoroc Fish Management Area currently has nature trails and horseback riding trails, fishing ponds, archery, shotgun and rifle ranges, and a wide-array of birding and conservation habitat programming.
The long range vision of the Marine Discovery Center is to see a healthy Indian River Lagoon Estuary (IRL) and the ecosystem it supports preserved and enjoyed for its natural beauty, unmatched diversity of species and rich fishery for generations to come. Initiatives and activities designed to achieve this vision include providing education, research, restoration and heightened public awareness of this wondrous, fragile natural resource.
The Shingle Creek Regional Park offers a unique blend of nature and history in a setting quietly hidden within an urban area. Approximately 200 acres are accessible as of January 2009’s opening. Located just minutes from the busy tourist corridor of U.S. Highway 192, the park is in the middle of a destination that offers a myriad of accommodations with direct access to the Walt Disney World Resort as well as other local attractions. The park will allow visitor to experience vivid encounters with a wild and vanishing Florida.
The Ed Yarborough Nature Center at the Geneva Wilderness Area was established with the mission to learn about nature by experiencing it. It features exhibits and displays that highlight the diverse ecology of Central Florida. Classes can learn about native wildlife, conservation, and biodiversity, or they may learn about land management by identifying native and nonnative flora and fauna. This is a facility that hosts environmental education and outreach for schools, private and public programs, and a summer Eco Camp program.
The Marine Science Station is used by the Citrus County Schools to increase student environmental literacy through hands-on laboratory and field-based educational experiences in Gulf of Mexico coastal and near shore habitats; inspire student interest and involvement in environmental conservation/protection and to promote student development of environmental stewardship ethics.
The Ocala Conservation Center is on a 57-acre peninsula, rich in history and wildlife in Marion County in north Central Florida. It is 20 miles east of Ocala, on Lake Eaton, in the heart of the Ocala National Forest. The facilities are rustic, yet comfortable, with air-conditioned cabins and dining hall. Outdoor classrooms are fishing piers, shooting ranges, nature trails, Lake Eaton and the vast Ocala National Forest.
Joe Budd Youth Conservation Center (JBYCC) is 12,000 pristine North Florida acres located just outside Tallahassee. We host summer day camps June through August and school year programs for families and classrooms August through May. Our school year programs include fields trips, night hikes, public events, and retreats, including classroom and outdoor hands-on learning for kids of all ages.