Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

Associated Agency: 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The Mission of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

The Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge vision is to serve as an outstanding showcase for ecosystem management that restores, protects and enhances a portion of the unique northern Everglades biological community. This public asset provides for the enjoyment and enhanced quality of life for present and future generations.

City of Winter Garden

To provide high quality recreation programs and facilities to all resident of and visitors to Winter Garden. Upcoming program development will include Interpretive Programs, Nature Center, Canoe/Kayak launch, Primitive Group Camping, Hiking Trails, Historical Exhibits and Picnic Pavilions.

Savannas Preserve State Park

Associated Agency: 
Department of Environmental Protection/Florida State Parks

Provides resource-based recreation while preserving, interpreting and restoring natural and cultural resources. Youth programs are taught via school field trips, summer camps, 4-H Partners, home school groups, family programming and public events. Core program topics include Flora & Fauna in the Park, Fire Ecology, Conservation and outdoor activities such as hiking, birding, orienteering, geo-coaching, kayaking and archery.

George Mullen Activity Center

Provides diverse year round recreational opportunities through the preservation of open space, park settings, recreational facilities, and programs that meet the physical, mental, cultural and social needs of our residents, while enhancing the overall quality of life. The George Mullen Activity Center began their first nature program designed for elementary school children in 2014. They also provide half-day programs on Saturdays.

Crandon Park Visitors and Nature Center

Associated Agency: 
Miami-Dade County Parks and Recreation Department

Crandon Park lies on picturesque northern Key Biscayne, Florida; formerly one of the largest coconut plantations in the United States as well as former location of that Crandon Park Zoo. The Crandon Visitors and Biscayne Nature Center serves as a window into Bear Cut Preserve, 264 acres of preserved barrier island habitat. Within the preserve various ecosystems can be observed including: dunes, maritime hammock, mangrove forest, and sea grass beds. The Visitors Center's exhibit & aquarium room displays recreated native marine ecosystems, and interpretive exhibits.

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Rye Preserve

Associated Agency: 
Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department

Experience a slice of old Florida at the Rye Preserve! Rye Preserve is a 145-acre property located just northwest of the Lake Manatee Dam. The property features nature trails, horseback trails, picnic areas, a playground and a canoe/kayak launch.

The preserve's trail system leads visitors through four distinctive ecosystems including sand pine scrub, xeric oak scrub, oak hammocks, and the river community. A variety of interesting creatures can be seen in these areas including the rare gopher tortoise and Florida scrub-jay.

Robinson Preserve

Associated Agency: 
Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department

Robinson Preserve offers visitors numerous ways to explore the coastal habitats. Scale the 40-foot tall observation tower for a view of four counties and five water bodies or check out the view from the camera in the Valentine House Visitor's Center. Bike or roller blade on 2.5 miles of paved trail, and hikers can explore more than 5 miles of shell and coastal trails. For paddlers, Robinson Preserve's 2.5 miles of blueways present a chance to navigate through mangrove tunnels, marshes, and more. The opportunities are endless.

Duette Preserve

Associated Agency: 
Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department

Duette Preserve is composed of over 21,000 acres of land located in eastern Manatee County. This unique property is owned and managed by the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners. As the headwaters of the Manatee River, the Preserve was originally purchased to provide protection for Manatee County's municipal water supply. Duette Preserve also protects and enhances the native plant communities and the diverse species which inhabit these areas.

Emerson Point Preserve

Associated Agency: 
Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department

Emerson Point Preserve is a 365 acre preserve located at the tip of Snead Island in western Palmetto. At Emerson Point, visitors can take in the beauty of Florida's wildlife and native plant communities while exploring both prehistoric and historic sites.

Photo Credit: John Ilko

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