Duette Preserve is composed of over 21,000 acres of land located in eastern Manatee County. This unique property is owned and managed by the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners. As the headwaters of the Manatee River, the Preserve was originally purchased to provide protection for Manatee County's municipal water supply. Duette Preserve also protects and enhances the native plant communities and the diverse species which inhabit these areas.
Designated as a Florida State Historical Preserve, this small park is a living legend rich in history. The now extinct Tequesta Indians occupied the site from 500 B.C. to 1300 A.D. The park was created around a natural limestone bridge formation that was once part of an important Indian trail for both the Tequesta and Seminoles, and later used by the federal government as part of the military trail during the Seminole wars. The park has a museum containing fossils, artifacts left by natives, and other unique relics of early Miami.
Located in the heart of the Redland Agricultural area the nature Center is named after James Castellow an early South Florida homesteader and citrus farmer. The park, Miami-Dade's first environmental education center, has long been a hotspot for nature lovers in Miami-Dade.
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 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 Canoe Outpost-Peace River strive to provide the most
professional, affordable, memorable, and fun paddling and outdoor
experience to visitors of the Peace River while instilling a sense of
stewardship of the environment in order that we may all enjoy the natural
beauty for generations to come.
Sonfishers is an outreach ministry of Calvary Chapel, Merritt Island, Florida. It was founded in 2012. According to research: “Reconnecting Children To Nature “NatureDeficit Disorder”, the lack of quality outdoor play is a serious problem in the United States”. Sonfishers provides Faith-based youth and adult recreational and competitive sport — Fishing Clubs and Archery Classes. These activities reconnect the next generation with nature and traditional outdoor activities.
Girl Scouts opens the doors to truly enriching experiences: great adventures, helping the community and hundreds of activities in which she can develop values and skills to help her discover her own potential.
In Girl Scouting, she can do it all! Girls in grades K-12 can join as girl members anytime for just $12.