The Y is a cause-driven charitable organization committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We make sure that everyone, no matter their age, gender, race or ability, is welcomed as part of the YMCA family. Our summer camps encourage an outdoor
experiences from fishing to archery.
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.
Lake Griffin State Park offers a variety of outdoor activities in a naturally beautiful setting. The Dead River connects the park to Lake Griffin, which is the eighth largest lake in Florida. Visitors can enjoy boating, canoeing/kayaking, fishing, hiking, and camping. Anglers of all ages will find plenty of largemouth bass, bluegill, speckled perch, and catfish. In addition, we rent canoes and kayaks and offer guided paddle trips, guided boat tours and we have a family friendly natural trail. For over 10 years the park has host an annual Kid's Fishing Clinic.
The purpose of Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve is to protect the natural ecology of over 46,000 acres of lands and waters and over 6,000 years of human history along the St. Johns and Nassau Rivers in northeast Florida. We offer a variety of special programs and events for the public throughout the year. These include education programs for schools, volunteer work days, seasonal night hikes, and living history events.
Little Manatee River State Park is a hidden gem in southern Hillsborough County, offering opportunities for wildlife viewing and exploration by canoe, foot, or horseback. The Little Manatee River winds through the park with many oxbows, twists and turns to explore. A 6.5 mile Hiking Trail loops through six unique natural communities, offering scenic river overlooks and a surprise around every bend. Come for the day, or make reservations to camp overnight.
This jewel of a park is a great place to get away for a weekend or a week-long vacation. Picnic facilities and a swimming area are located near the scenic point where the Ochlockonee and Dead Rivers intersect. Ochlockonee, which means "yellow waters," is a mix of brackish, tidal surge, and fresh water. Pristine and deep, the river empties into the Gulf of Mexico. Trails allow visitors to explore the park and see the diverse wildlife, including the red-cockaded woodpecker, and natural communities such as pine flatwoods and oak thickets. A boat ramp provides easy access to the river.
Withlacoochee River Park is a wilderness park within the Pasco County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Department. The departments mission is to improve the quality of life for Pasco County citizens by providing excellent parks and recreation facilities and program opportunities for everyone to enjoy. The park is situated on over 450 acres of natural Florida wilderness. Visitors can experience the pleasures of bird watching, hiking, camping, fishing, canoeing/kayaking and relaxing with nature. The park is open seven days a week from 7:00 am until dusk; there is a $2 parking fee.
Hillsborough River State Park provides resource-based recreation while preserving, interrupting and restoring natural and cultural resources. We offer a youth camp for youth organizations to provide a camping experience that fosters the Leave No Trace concepts. We offer Ranger and volunteer-led nature walks, campfire programs and interpretive programing. The park also offers hiking trails, biking trails, canoe rentals, swimming, 112 campsites, primitive camping and fishing.