Canaveral National Seashore

Associated Agency: 
National Parks Service

Canaveral National Seashore, part of the National Park Service, is located on the Atlantic coast of central Florida and is comprised of nearly 58,000 acres of natural barrier island, open lagoon, coastal hammock, pine flatwoods, and offshore waters. With 24 miles of pristine beach, it is prime habitat for many threatened and endangered species providing nesting beaches for several thousand protected marine turtles. The Park Rangers at Canaveral offer numerous environmental and conservation related programs to the public, and in summer of 2021, they began their new Jr.

Busch Wildlife Sanctuary

The Sanctuary features a fully functioning wildlife hospital, an interactive discovery center, and nature trails that are home to rescued native Florida animal ambassadors. We offer field trips, outreach, and virtual programs for school children, adults, homeschool groups, etc. as well as a variety of daily public programs. We also offer a Junior Naturalist program for nature nerds ages 5-12.

Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens

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.

Lake Talquin State Park

Associated Agency: 
Department of Environmental Protection/Florida State Parks

Nestled on the bluffs overlooking Lake Talquin's southern shore, the park offers outdoor activities for all ages. Visitors will find outstanding freshwater fishing with common species such as largemouth bass, striped bass, speckled perch, bream and catfish being caught off the park's boardwalk or dock.

Bring your canoe or kayak to launch and explore the roughly 10,000-acre Lake Talquin. Enjoy a leisurely walk on the interpretive trail past ravine systems to a bluff overlooking the lake.

Marine Science Center

The mission of the Marine Science Center is to create innovative and inspiring marine education experiences which empower the lives of our students and guests. We also use advanced training and professional partnerships to provide outstanding rehabilitation of sea turtles, seabirds, and contribute to the emerging field of conservation medicine.

Guana Totonato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve

The GTM Research Reserve is a collaboration between Florida's Department of Environmental Protection and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Reserve covers74,000 acres of coastal lands in northeast Florida and offers interpretive exhibits, aquariums, classrooms, teaching and working laboratories, an auditorium and an outdoor amphitheater overlooking the Guana River Aquatic Preserve. Our Coastal Training Program offers trainings for professionals on issues of concern in our local community including watershed, invasive plants, and much more.

Life Sports Fitness, Inc.


Life Sports Fitness is a tax-exempt organization that delivers high quality, fun, educational fitness programs for children. We provide school-age children with out-of-school-time (OST) youth development options in year-round programs teaching life skills and core values via sports, fitness and positive mentorship. We pride ourselves in our ability to teach, motivate and inspire children by unleashing their potential.

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Camp Chowenwaw County Park

Associated Agency: 
Clay County Parks and Recreation Division

Camp Chowenwaw County Park was purchased to conserve rapidly diminishing open space, preserve the property's upland and wetland natural communities, protect and if possible enhance the site's suitability for listed species that have used or could use the habitats, restore and interpret the unique historic resources on the site, and provide educational and recreational opportunities for the public.

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.

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