Orange County Parks and Recreation's mission is to maintain beautiful parks, preserve the environment, and provide exceptional recreation for the well-being of our communities. Moss Park offers a variety of programming for youth, families, and adults. Year-round there's something for everyone including orienteering, nature walks, and
availability for youth groups to use the park's great camp grounds. Many youth organizations such as Boy and Girl Scouts, Nature Play Kids, and YMCA groups visit the park to camp, fish, and engage in team-building activities.
The Environmental Discovery Center's mission is to foster an awareness of the natural environment by providing stimulating environmental educational programs that inspire participants to be active stewards of their surrounding natural resources. The Center hosts Enviro Camp during summers for elementary school aged children (7 to 10 years old.) Camp activities include but are not limited to hikes, scavenger hunts, hands-on experiments, kayaking, archery, and crafts to help children appreciate their natural surroundings and learn ways of becoming good stewards of our environment.
The purpose of the Silver Springs Shores (SSS) Special Tax District is to provide recreational opportunities and facilities to the property owners of the tax district. Recreation services include a community center, three swimming pools, a youth center and outdoor game courts. The Silver Springs Shores Community/Youth Center provides a place where adults and youth can relax by the pool, play billiards, table tennis, and enjoy other activities on a daily basis. Additional outdoor youth programs are available including fishing and archery activities.
The Royal Rangers provide youth mentorship training with the emphasis on Christian character development and leadership. We do this by providing fun adventure-based training in a variety of environments. One of our key adventure environments is outdoor activities, many of which include traditional conservation focused activities such as canoeing, fishing, archery, and gun safety and marksmanship.
The Central Florida Zoo is home to over 350 animals representing over 100 species throughout the world and plays an active role in both local and global conservation efforts. We strive to make seeing animals up-close an engaging and interactive learning experience through in-park activities including Keeper Chats, animal shows, and other fun encounters. Guests can also fully immerse themselves in the outdoors while traversing through the trees at Seminole Aerial Adventures.
The YMCA's mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. We have multiple programs for all ages; programs like silver sneakers, boot camps, 21 day fitness, Les Mill's body combat, Zumba, pool aerobics, basketball leagues, pickle-ball, volleyball, karate, swim team, sailing, personal training, after school programs and summer camps. We offer a full size gymnasium, exercise and weight room, pool, sauna and spa. There is something here for everyone!
Blackwater Fox Hunter Association hosts an annual field trial/bench show every year around the fourth of July. They hold this event at the Coldwater Equestrian Campground where there are many activities for the youth and families to enjoy. The bench show includes a child-friendly handling session with prizes for each child, a dance held under the pavilion for all of the families involved in the field trial, and a water slide and tubes for the kids to enjoy during their time.
Camp Weed has served as the Diocese of Florida’s resident camp for more than 92 years. In that time, we’ve moved from St. Augustine Beach to Panama City, finally settling in 1978 in Live Oak, Florida. During that time, we’ve served thousands of campers, and we love seeing generations of families - grandparents, parents, and children - come through our gates. Camp Weed offers a unique summer experience that allows campers to experience God’s great outdoors, and through them, experience God.
The Bell Creek Nature Preserve is a 477-acre Preserve located east of McMullen Road, south of Boyette Road in Riverview. The trail system passes though different habitat areas, including scrub habitat with endangered Florida golden aster. There is also a new classroom for outdoor education, programs, an habitat education garden, and a lake that provides a setting for kayaking lessons.