Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast

Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast is a regional land trust that saves land forever, working to protect the character, natural integrity and biodiversity of the bays, beaches, barrier islands and their watersheds on Florida's Gulf Coast. We partner with landowners, donors, and local government to meet our four priorities: conserving habitat, protecting shoreline and water access, connecting lands, and providing recreational access.

Tradewinds Park and Stables

Associated Agency: 
Broward County Parks and Recreation

At roughly 625 acres, Tradewinds Park & Stables is one of Broward County's largest and most diverse parks. Tradewinds Park was acquired in 1974 from Margueritte C. McLean, whose family used the property for breeding and raising thoroughbred horses. The north side of the park is a rural farm setting with livestock and horses and includes educational farm tours, trail rides, pony rides, horse and junior farmers camps, a farmhouse museum, and model steam train rides. Tradewinds Educational Farm was developed to reflect the history of agricultural activities in Broward County.

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Omni Amelia Island Resort

Discover the natural wonders Amelia Island has to offer at Omni Amelia Island Resort. The resort provides family-friendly tours, a retail shop and animal experiences, all on the expansive 1350 acres of Omni Amelia Island Resort. Join in a stroll through a maritime forest and discover the species that call the forest home. Catch a glimpse of a painted bunting or great blue heron on a kayak tour, assist in sea turtle recovery with an on-property naturalist, and more.

Oscar Scherer State Park

Associated Agency: 
Department of Environmental Protection/ Florida State

Oscar Scherer State Park is a 1400 acre park featuring Florida's rare, scrubby flatwoods and the endangered Florida Scrub Jay. We offer year-round youth programming for both individuals and groups. We lead hikes and Junior Ranger programs, tram tours and field trips. Come hike our trails or hop in a canoe or kayak and explore the brackish waters of South Creek. With a strong emphasis on interpreting and preserving our natural resources, we do our best to accommodate any request for an educational opportunity. Explore the real Florida with us today!

Turtle Tides Amelia

Associated Agency: 
Immersion Enterprises, LLC

We are a family owned and operated business. We want to share our love and passion for Amelia Island while enjoying nature in its natural habitat. Our self-guided ecotours and rentals are a way to fully enjoy our environment while having the lowest impact on our ecosystem. Self-guided ecotours will give you and your group a chance to have fun, create memories and immerse yourself in life experiences.

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

Associated Agency: 
Department of Environmental Protection/Florida State Parks

We provide resource-based recreation while preserving, interpreting and restoring natural and cultural resources. The Park has 8 fishing platforms, 19 picnic pavilions and is home to Miami-Dade's oldest historic structure, the Cape Florida Lighthouse.

There are many different options for volunteering at the Park as a group or an individual. One of our most attended is the monthly beach cleanups on the 2nd Saturday from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

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Oleta River State Park

Associated Agency: 
Department of Environmental Protection/Florida State Parks

Oleta River State Park, Florida's largest urban park, is located on Biscayne Bay in the busy Miami metropolitan area. Although it offers a variety of recreational opportunities, the park is best known for miles of off-road bicycling trails, ranging from novice trails to challenging trails for experienced bicyclists. Along the Oleta River, at the north end of the park, a large stand of beautiful mangrove forest preserves native South Florida plants and wildlife. Canoeists and kayakers can paddle the river to explore this amazing natural area.

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A.D. Barnes Park

Associated Agency: 
Miami Dade Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces

A.D. Barnes Park is a 65-acre park nestled in the heart of one of Miami's busiest areas. The park is home to The Sense of Wonder Nature Center set within one of the few remaining Pine Rocklands in Miami-Dade County. As a result, the 8.5-acre Nature Center has become an oasis for migrating birds and, according to the National Audubon Society, is one of the best places to see birds in Miami. This park is listed as a site on the Great Florida Birding Trail.

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Lake Griffin State Park

Associated Agency: 
Department of Environmental Protection/Florida State Parks

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.

Little Manatee River State Park

Associated Agency: 
Department of Environmental Protection/Florida State Parks

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.

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