Stephen Foster Folk Culture State Park

Associated Agency: 
Department of Environmental Protection/Florida State Parks

Situated on the banks of the legendary Suwannee River, this center honors the memory of American composer Stephen Foster, who wrote "Old Folks at Home," the song that made the river famous. The museum features exhibits about Foster's most famous songs and his music can be heard emanating from the park's 97-bell carillon throughout the day. In Craft Square, visitors can watch demonstrations of quilting, blacksmithing, stained glass making, and other crafts, or visit the gift shop. Hiking, bicycling, canoeing, and wildlife viewing are popular activities.

Mahogany Youth Corporation

Our mission is to empower youth and expand their possibilities through teaching them to fish and enjoy the outdoors. We give them an opportunity to develop skills and enhance their self-esteem. We also aim to provide exceptional experiences for youth, teaching life skills to stay off drugs, in school and out of gangs. Recently we have added more boating, snorkeling and scuba certification.


Oxbow Eco-Center

The Oxbow Eco-Center is an environmental learning center located on a 225-acre preserve on the North Fork of the St. Lucie River and is where young and old alike can discover the mysterious and hidden life of the forest and river. The preserve at the "Oxbow" is a living laboratory, offering year-round educational programs on a variety of nature-related subjects. At the Oxbow, you can join a naturalist on a guided walk through quiet gardens planted and nurtured by Mother Nature herself, or journey on your own through the verdant and wild sanctuary.

Miami-Dade County 4-H Youth Development Program

Associated Agency: 
University of Florida/IFAS

The University of Miami-Dade/IFAS Extension 4-H Youth Development Program uses a learn-by-doing approach and caring adults to help youth gain the knowledge and skills they need to be productive, responsible citizens. We achieve these goals by teaching life skills with the 4-H Essential Element in the areas of Mastery, Belonging, Independence and Generosity. For more information contact 4-H Agent Jeramy A. Smith at or (cell) 770-468-7453.


Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreation Center

Associated Agency: 
Lee County Parks and Recreation

Our mission is to provide safe, clean and functional Parks & Recreation facilities. To provide programs and services that add to the quality of life for all Lee County residents and visitors. To enhance tourism through special events and attractions. We are committed to fulfilling this mission through visionary leadership, individual dedication and the trustworthy use of available resources.

Trout Creek Park

Associated Agency: 
St. Johns County Recreation & Parks Department

The St. Johns County Recreation & Parks Department is committed to a thriving local park system, the opportunity for our residents and visitors to enjoy healthy, active lifestyles, and the preservation of the natural beauty of our environment. Explore the many ways Recreation and Parks is making our community happier and healthier by providing a place where it all comes together, an appreciation of history, and a respect for nature.

Horseshoe Lake Park

Associated Agency: 
Marion County Board of County Commissioners Parks and Recreation

Horseshoe Lake Park provides outdoor and resource-based recreation programs that enhance the quality of life for residents. Recreation and play are important for healthy lifestyle, and we utilize natural resources to help build stronger families. While recreational activities are fun it is important to note that they provide life lessons that build success and happiness among youth and adults.

UNF Eco Adventure's Environmental Education

Associated Agency: 
University of North Florida

Our mission is to provide meaningful experiences in nature and improve the quality of life of students, youth and the Northeast Florida community through experiential education in the Sawmill Slough Nature Preserve on campus. Eco Adventure is part of the Recreation Department in the University of North Florida. It had its beginnings 30 years ago when the nature trail system began and the university began to rent canoes to students.

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

Our mission is to foster understanding of the interaction of people, wildlife and their environment by creating experiences that engage our guests; providing fun and innovative educational opportunities; funding operations, expansion, and programs through an entrepreneurial spirit with public and private partnerships; instilling passion in the next generation as responsible stewards of the future. "Inspiring discovery and appreciation of the earth's wildlife through innovative experiences in a caring environment."

Okeeheelee Nature Center

Associated Agency: 
Palm Beach County Department of Parks and Recreation

Okeeheelee Nature Center aims to bring awareness to south Florida's unique environments and animals, and inspire people to take action to benefit the earth.