College of the Florida Keys

The College of the Florida Keys provides several Summer Adventure Camps for ages 7-17 years. Campers will swim in the CFK Olympic size pool, snorkel in the underwater training area (also known as the CFK lagoon), try scuba diving, go fishing, learn to cook, build a computer, build an aquarium, take a trolley tour and other great outdoor activities. CFK also hosts a "Community Day" event annually. Vendors from all over the community join in the festivities and CFK proudly displays academic showcases. Another great outdoor element is CFK's environmental and scuba clubs.

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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.

YMCA of the Suncoast

Associated Agency: 
Camp Muskogee

The YMCA of the Suncoast believes that all children deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. The YMCA wants all children, regardless of their finical situation, to have the opportunity to enjoy an outdoor environment where they can develop an appreciation of nature.

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.

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

Jiggs Landing

Associated Agency: 
Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department

Jigg's Landing offers freshwater fishing and canoeing opportunities on the Evers Reservoir and Braden River. The property was purchased in 1944 by Al (Jiggs) and Agnes Metcalf and included a 7-acre piece of property. They created a fish camp on the banks of the Braden River, that has become a landmark to residents. The camp has served Manatee County for more than 40 years.

San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park

Associated Agency: 
Department of Environmental Protection/Florida State Parks

San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park provides resource-based recreation while preserving, interpreting and restoring natural and cultural resources. The park has something for every nature enthusiast; including self-guided interpretive trails, guided tours, wildlife discovery, fishing and so much more.

Manatee Park

Associated Agency: 
Lee County Parks and Recreation

Opened in 1996, this 17 acre Regional Park is built and operated through a cooperative effort of partners & sponsors. While the land is owned by Florida Power & Light, the facilities were originally funded by Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau. Seasonal staffing is provided by Lee County Parks & Recreation. Native plant habitats and gardens have been planted and maintained by the Coccoloba Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society and many volunteers.

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