The Florida Frontiersmen, Inc. (FFI), a 501c3 nonprofit, has over 300 + acres of reclaimed mine lands containing a mixture of wooded wetlands with swamp and stream, and cleared fields. We're situated between Bartow and Fort Meade on the south side of Homeland.
There are three covered shooting ranges for black powder rifles, smooth bores, pistols, and shot guns. There are also two uncovered shooting ranges, traditional archery range, hawk & knife throwing range, and we are in the process of building a covered multipurpose range.
Over 6,000 acres of pristine land and water south of a sharp bend in the St. Johns River makes Dunns Creek State Park home to several unique natural communities, which makes it a great place to recreate. There are plenty of unique trails with abundant wildlife as well as an ADA compliant fishing platform and floating canoe launch. Dunns Creek, in conjunction with Ravine Gardens State park, offers a variety of programs for the public including summer youth camps and family kayaking opportunities.
Everything we do at Outdoor Youth Adventures is to enhance the lives of local youth by providing them opportunities to get outside, experience the Florida outdoors, and become stewards of the local environment. We are able to do so through educational programs, exploration, adventure and experiential learning.
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.
Ravine Gardens State Park is one of the nine New Deal-era state parks in Florida. Aptly named for the two ravines up to 120 feet deep with banks at 45 degree angles, the ravines were transformed into a dramatic garden by the federal Works Progress Administration in 1933. Visitors can enjoy the views of the remaining original landscape along a unique system of trails in addition to other amenities including picnic sites, and the Civic Center complex with a large pavilion, auditorium, and meeting rooms available to rent.
Colt Creek State Park offers great opportunities for those interested in learning about fishing, kayaking, or canoeing. Located in Lakeland, Colt Creek has three natural streams and three lakes that are ideal for fishing. Common fish that fishermen can expect to see include largemouth bass, catfish, and bluegill. The park’s 3 lakes, Mac Lake, Middle Lake, and Little Lake are approximately 26, seven, and three acres, respectively. At Mac Lake, visitors can also enjoy fishing from the accessible dock.
Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park is part of a 16,000 acre Preserve on the West Central side of Pasco County Florida. The park provides a day use area with picnic areas, shelters, pavilions, restrooms, large playground area and access to an extensive trail system. The trail system provides nature hiking, off road biking, equestrian trails and a paved multipurpose trail. The park also offers camping facilities which include 16 primitive tent camping sites arranged in a loop, 3 remote back
country camping sites, a group camping area and 8 primitive cabins arranged in a loop.
Conveniently located less than two miles from downtown Sarasota, Arlington Park was selected as one of the South Florida locations on the Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail. This city park offers residents and visitors a 50-meter lap pool, 25-yard instructional pool, outdoor and indoor basketball courts, tennis courts, playground, outdoor fitness gym, ½-mile walking trail and dog park. This park is owned and operated by the City of Sarasota Parks & Recreation District. Diverse recreational as well as aquatic programs are offered year round.
Popular Hollywood North Beach Park, a 56-acre park acquired by Broward County in 1988 and located at A1A and Sheridan Street, provides access to 1.1 miles of the City of Hollywood's public beach and beautiful views of the Intracoastal Waterway. Amenities include parking lots (fees apply) with beach access, picnic areas, two shelters for rent, fishing piers along the Intracoastal, Loggerhead Pocket Park, and four other pocket parks along the Intracoastal Waterway.
When the Anne Kolb Nature Center opened on February 10, 1996, it was the culmination of a lengthy process that involved many years of planning and development. Today, the nature center complex is a 1,500-acre coastal mangrove wetland that's home to a wide variety of plants and animals, including some threatened and endangered species. Fossil-fuel boats are not permitted in the open waters and on the paddling trails of West Lake. Trail maps are available at the visitor center. The nature center is part of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail.