Everglades Youth Conservation Camp

Associated Agency: 
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

The Everglades Youth Conservation Camp (EYCC) was established in the late 1960s by individuals and organizations that deeply cared about conservation, protecting wilderness areas, and preserving a way of life. The camp facility is now owned and operated by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) under the Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network (FYCCN) and accredited through the American Camping Association.

Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center

Camp Bayou, located in the Little Manatee River Watershed, is an environmental education and hands-on learning center dedicated to preserving a sample of Florida’s original habitats, and to promoting appreciation and understanding of our natural resources and of our local culture and history.

Tenoroc Youth Conservation Center

Associated Agency: 
FWC Fish Management Area


The proposed area for the next Youth Conservation Center is at the FWC's Tenoroc Fish Management Area in Polk County. The Tenoroc site, located within the city limits of Lakeland, is also easily accessible from the Orlando and Tampa metropolitan areas. The Tenoroc Fish Management Area currently has nature trails and horseback riding trails, fishing ponds, archery, shotgun and rifle ranges, and a wide-array of birding and conservation habitat programming.

Shingle Creek Nature Center

Associated Agency: 
Osceola County Parks and Recreation

The Shingle Creek Regional Park offers a unique blend of nature and history in a setting quietly hidden within an urban area. Approximately 200 acres are accessible as of January 2009’s opening. Located just minutes from the busy tourist corridor of U.S. Highway 192, the park is in the middle of a destination that offers a myriad of accommodations with direct access to the Walt Disney World Resort as well as other local attractions. The park will allow visitor to experience vivid encounters with a wild and vanishing Florida.

Ed Yarborough Youth Conservation Center

Associated Agency: 
Seminole County Leisure Services

The Ed Yarborough Nature Center at the Geneva Wilderness Area was established with the mission to learn about nature by experiencing it. It features exhibits and displays that highlight the diverse ecology of Central Florida. Classes can learn about native wildlife, conservation, and biodiversity, or they may learn about land management by identifying native and nonnative flora and fauna. This is a facility that hosts environmental education and outreach for schools, private and public programs, and a summer Eco Camp program.

Marine Science Station

Associated Agency: 
Citrus County Schools

The Marine Science Station is used by the Citrus County Schools to increase student environmental literacy through hands-on laboratory and field-based educational experiences in Gulf of Mexico coastal and near shore habitats; inspire student interest and involvement in environmental conservation/protection and to promote student development of environmental stewardship ethics.

Ocala Conservation Center and Youth Camp

Associated Agency: 
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

The Ocala Conservation Center is on a 57-acre peninsula, rich in history and wildlife in Marion County in north Central Florida. It is 20 miles east of Ocala, on Lake Eaton, in the heart of the Ocala National Forest. The facilities are rustic, yet comfortable, with air-conditioned cabins and dining hall. Outdoor classrooms are fishing piers, shooting ranges, nature trails, Lake Eaton and the vast Ocala National Forest.

Watermelon Pond Plantation

While offering some of the best quail habitat and upland bird hunting in North Central Florida, they are not a commercial quail hunting preserve with multiple parties hunting the same properties. In fact, it is a small family run operation. Therefore, guests will have unlimited access to their own private area and one on one attention from the experienced guides. Also provided is pheasant hunting for a change of pace. Add a little good old southern hospitality & some home cooking’ and the trip is sure to be memorable, enjoyable & productive.

Joe Budd Youth Conservation Center

Associated Agency: 
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Joe Budd Youth Conservation Center (JBYCC) is 12,000 pristine North Florida acres located just outside Tallahassee. We host summer day camps June through August and school year programs for families and classrooms August through May. Our school year programs include fields trips, night hikes, public events, and retreats, including classroom and outdoor hands-on learning for kids of all ages.

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