The Marion Oaks Recreation Department provides residents the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of diverse year-round activities for all ages, cultures, and abilities. We are committed to offering high quality facilities and innovative programs, including outdoor conservation focused activities like archery and fishing. As
community leaders, our goal is to inspire active, healthy, and engaged lifestyles that enhance a sense of community pride, family unity, positive development, and personal growth while creating life long memories.
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 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.
In Scouting, boys and girls start with their best right now selves and grow into their very best future selves. It’s fun, hands-on learning and achievement that puts kids in the middle of the action and prepares them for today – and for life. The BSA’s goal is to train youth in responsible citizenship, character development, and self-reliance through participation in a wide range of outdoor activities, educational programs, and, at older age levels, career-oriented programs in partnership with community organizations.
The mission of TASCO Teen Fishing Club is to provide an opportunity for teens to participate in a no-fee program that will teach them the art of fishing, conservation, and promoting marine stewardship with emphasis on safety. The TASCO Teen Fishing Club uses fishing to build youth's self-esteem and self-confidence, working to ensure that every child gets an opportunity to experience the thrill of sport fishing and a basic introduction in the marine sciences.
The Band of Brothers is a fellowship of men of all ages, young and old. Our mission is to help men grow in their faith and character. We do this through developing relationships to encourage, support, and mentor others. This is done through study, public service, and fellowship opportunities (i.e., archery). Band of Brothers fellowship and study opportunities vary from month to month. We have offered a variety of outdoors activities archery, corn hole, golf, paintball, camping, fishing, axe throwing, and more.