Welcome to the Florida Communities Trust Parks Directory
Since 1991, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Florida Communities Trust have assisted Florida communities by providing grant funds to acquire land for parks and open spaces. As Florida continues to grow, these lands are crucial to protecting the state’s precious natural, cultural and historical resources. Preservation 2000 and Florida Forever funds awarded by the Trust have resulted in a collection of local and regional parks as diverse as Florida’s communities – from beachfront parks like Loggerhead Park Preserve in Melbourne Beach to such urban parks as Tampa’s Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park. Each of these wonderful locations offers a wide range of recreational opportunities while providing Floridians and visitors with the chance to experience nature first-hand.
This directory provides an easy way to find out more about the Florida Communities Trust parks in your community and those you may visit.
Park of the Month:Oakland Nature Preserve
Oakland Nature Preserve (ONP) is located in Orange County, Florida on the south end of Lake Apopka. It encompasses 128 acres that include five of Florida's 12 major ecosystems. The Preserve is open 365 day a year, and its over 13 miles of hiking trails/boardwalk and education center are free to the public. The mission of ONP is to promote understanding of the fragile balance between humans and the environment through education, restoration, and conservation, and inspire children and adults to become good stewards of the natural environment.
THIS MONTH’S EVENTS
Oakland Nature Preserve
* 2015 Spring Clean Up-GreenUp: Saturday, May 16, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Recycling = income for ONP! ONP is participating in the Town of Oakland's 2015 Spring Clean Up! Bring your recyclable aluminum, steel cans, copper wiring, electronics and appliances (no TVs or refrigerators) to ONP. * Eco-Movie Matinee: Saturday, May 30, 1:00 pm Journey to Planet Earth: The State of the Planet's Wildlife. FREE to the public. * Turtle and Tortoise Club: May 19, 7:00 p.m. * Insect Safari: Saturday, June 6, 10:00 a.m. Free to the public. * Take a Hike! Saturday, June 13. Explore the Preserve on your own this month. From alligator hatchlings, to butterflies nectaring on wildflower blooms, Osprey carrying gigantic bass back to their nests, to gopher tortoise heads bobbing in courtship rituals, there is so much to see! * Science Saturday: Saturday, June 20. The Management of Lake Apopka. * Turtle and Tortoise Club: Tuesday, June 16, 7:00 p.m. * Community Volunteer Workdays: 1st and 4th Saturdays of the month - 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (June 6th and June 27th)
Florida Communities Trust is not responsible for events that are rescheduled or canceled at Florida Communities Trust-funded parks.