Big Cypress National Preserve

Associated Agency: 
National Park Services

Big Cypress National Preserve is 729,000 acres of swampland in south Florida. A unit of the National Park Service located in Eastern Collier County, it is part of the Everglades ecosystem and a critical watershed for the Ten Thousand Islands area to the southwest. It is a diverse wild area of cypress swamps, prairies, pinelands, hardwood hammocks, and is home to a variety of wildlife including the endangered Florida Panther. Incredible wildlife viewing opportunities, canoeing, hiking and biking are just some of the activities available during the winter months in the swamp.

Oscar Scherer State Park

Associated Agency: 
Department of Environmental Protection/ Florida State

Oscar Scherer State Park is a 1400 acre park featuring Florida's rare, scrubby flatwoods and the endangered Florida Scrub Jay. We offer year-round youth programming for both individuals and groups. We lead hikes and Junior Ranger programs, tram tours and field trips. Come hike our trails or hop in a canoe or kayak and explore the brackish waters of South Creek. With a strong emphasis on interpreting and preserving our natural resources, we do our best to accommodate any request for an educational opportunity. Explore the real Florida with us today!

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

Associated Agency: 
Department of Environmental Protection/Florida State Parks

We provide resource-based recreation while preserving, interpreting and restoring natural and cultural resources. The Park has 8 fishing platforms, 19 picnic pavilions and is home to Miami-Dade's oldest historic structure, the Cape Florida Lighthouse.

There are many different options for volunteering at the Park as a group or an individual. One of our most attended is the monthly beach cleanups on the 2nd Saturday from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

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Oleta River State Park

Associated Agency: 
Department of Environmental Protection/Florida State Parks

Oleta River State Park, Florida's largest urban park, is located on Biscayne Bay in the busy Miami metropolitan area. Although it offers a variety of recreational opportunities, the park is best known for miles of off-road bicycling trails, ranging from novice trails to challenging trails for experienced bicyclists. Along the Oleta River, at the north end of the park, a large stand of beautiful mangrove forest preserves native South Florida plants and wildlife. Canoeists and kayakers can paddle the river to explore this amazing natural area.

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A.D. Barnes Park

Associated Agency: 
Miami Dade Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces

A.D. Barnes Park is a 65-acre park nestled in the heart of one of Miami's busiest areas. The park is home to The Sense of Wonder Nature Center set within one of the few remaining Pine Rocklands in Miami-Dade County. As a result, the 8.5-acre Nature Center has become an oasis for migrating birds and, according to the National Audubon Society, is one of the best places to see birds in Miami. This park is listed as a site on the Great Florida Birding Trail.

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Little Manatee River State Park

Associated Agency: 
Department of Environmental Protection/Florida State Parks

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.

Royal Rangers Outpost 169

Associated Agency: 
Victory Church


Life is a journey, one adventure at a time. The best time to train a man is while he's still a boy. By mobilizing, inspiring, and resourcing mentors, Royal Rangers offers character and servant leadership education to boys and young men (K-12) in a highly relational, fun, and interactive environment. Royal Rangers exists to "evangelize, equip, and empower the next generation of Christ-like men and lifelong servant leaders." This is our passion!

Ochlockonee River State Park

Associated Agency: 
Department of Environmental Protection/Florida State Parks

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.

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