The St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum's mission is to discover, preserve, present, and keep alive the stories of our nation's oldest port as symbolized by our working St. Augustine Lighthouse. Since maritime traditions existed historically in St. Augustine and at the Lighthouse, we include marine based activities such as fishing and kayaking in our programming, which are great experiential learning methods
that give links to the past.
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.
Highland Recreation Center offers programs, classes, and events for nearly every interest and age. The facility features a three-story indoor playground, 1/13 mile walking track, party rooms, a game room, a licensed preschool for 3-4 year olds, after-school care, indoor and outdoor basketball courts, a fitness center, a functional training room, two program rooms, and the tallest municipal water slide in Pinellas County. Our goal is to strengthen the community by creating memorable experiences through education, recreation parks and arts.
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.
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.
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.