As the founding camp property of the Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranches, Inc., Youth Camp was purchased in Barberville in 1982, and has lead the Sheriff's Youth Ranch mission to prevent delinquency and develop lawful, resilient, and productive citizens. Youth Camp boasts 200 acres and includes many water bodies on site, making it ideal for favorite outdoor activities like canoeing, fishing and hiking! The camp is available for rentals through most of the year but is occupied in the summer by youth from all over the state!
The Rainbow Lakes Estates was established in 1959, originally comprised of 16 square miles and includes three sparkling lakes (Lake Bonable, Little Lake Bonable, and Tiger Lake.) These lakes constitute approximately 330 acres of water for our members' fishing and watersport pleasure, with access to a fishing pier and boat ramp as well. While Rainbow Lakes provides quality recreational opportunities and facility use to its residents and property owners, non-residents may also purchase memberships and enjoy use of amenities such as the Youth Center.
Located on Tremain Street across from Gilbert Park on Lake Dora, Grantham Point Park is sometimes referred to as "Lighthouse Park". Grantham Point Park was created from road rubble and fill to create one of Mount Dora's famous landmarks - the lighthouse. Built to represent the "Port of Mount Dora", the lighthouse has become a symbol of the city. At "Mount Dora's Favorite Spot," families can engage in all kinds of outdoor fun from fishing, and wildlife viewing, to picnics by the water.
The goal of the 4H extension programs is to provide research-based knowledge and education programs enabling people to make practical decisions to improve their quality of life. Seminole County 4H plans to develop the Project Learning Tree program for K-8th grade students and continue to utilize the Project WILD curricula. Through partnering with Seminole County's Greenways and Natural Lands as well as its public schools, students will be able to regularly engage in wildlife discovery activities.
Shamrock Park and Nature Center encompass some of the last remaining scrub habitat in the coastal area of Sarasota County. It includes a 1.2 mile paved multi-use trail that winds through the central portion of the park. The park trail system connects to the Venetian Waterway Trail, which further connects to the 10.6 mile Legacy Trail. This network of trails offers park visitors the opportunity to walk, bike or roller blade from Shamrock Park to downtown Venice, the historic train station, Caspersen Beach, and north to Sarasota with several parks to visit along the way.
The Coldwater Nationals is a fox dog field trial designed to introduce more young people to hunting and conservation by providing safe, educational, mentored youth hunts. The youth accompanied by a parent or guardian can learn outdoor skills from a mentor during organized hunts. We hold our annual fox dog field trial event at the Coldwater Creek Recreation Area. What is a Fox Dog Field Trial? It is a 3-day hunt for 5 hours each day, where dogs are cast into the field to pursue game animals and their skills are assessed by judges.
Gobblers Lodge is a 3D archery range where people of all ages can come to learn the sport, and even hone their bow hunting skills. The 2.5 acre 3D course is located on a 10-acre parcel and is wheelchair accessible/ADA compliant. Gobblers Lodge focuses on providing the community with free events as well as certified archery instruction to youth of local schools, churches, and at risk groups.
Cypress Pillar Healing Arts is dedicated to helping "grow a healthier you" through programs and services that support the mind, body, and spirit. We believe very strongly that connecting people to nature as well as teaching traditional outdoor activities such as archery, kayaking, fishing, environmental education, mindfulness, and outdoor survival can truly help improve health. These types of programs are a vital part of our Healing Arts Center's offerings. We provide programs at our center, online via virtual classes, and also offsite at parks and preserves.
Nine native Florida ecosystems are preserved at the 12,841-acre Loxahatchee Slough Natural Area: mesic flatwoods, wet flatwoods, mesic hammock, hydric hammock, wet prairie, depression marsh, slough marsh, strand swamp, and dome swamp. Loxahatchee Slough Natural Area serves as headwaters of the Wild and Scenic Loxahatchee River, is part of the Jeaga
Wildways, and is a featured part of the Ocean to Lake Hiking Trail from Lake Okeechobee to the Atlantic Ocean.