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:

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THIS MONTH’S EVENTS

03/23/14
Our Native Scrub Jay
Sheraton Scrub Preserve
One of the best sites to observe Florida's most enigmatic bird. Learn how its cooperative breeding habits make this the most interesting native Florida avian species. We may also see gopher tortoises and other scrub species. 9 am-11 am.
03/23/14
Stories and Legends' Krafts-4-Kids
Pinecrest Gardens (historic Parrot Jungle)
The class is about the legends surrounding the Banyan and Calabash trees...where they are from and how they are revered in their native countries of India and Mexico respectively. Children will receive seeds of both species to plant at home. There will be an informative discussion regarding the role of decomposers. The class is intended for children ages 6-12. Classes are limited to 20 children and the cost is $5 with all materials included in the price. Call for reservations in advance at 305-669-6990. 2-3:30 p.m.
03/28/14
Bats & Bugs (the good kind!)
PineLands Preserve
Dusk is the perfect time to observe wildlife. Come take a leisurely evening stroll to observe bats, moths, spiders and more. It's not unusual to spot turkey, and deer on the drive in. Please drive slowly. 7 pm-9 pm.
04/05/14
Who Eats the Leaves?
Sweetwater Hammock Preserve
It's spring...what happened to all those fall leaves? Did someone rake them up? The answer is no! Come learn about detritivores and decomposers. Those little guys with a big job! 9 am-11 am.
04/12/14
Florida's Ancient Dunes
Walton Scrub Preserve
Explore Florida's geologic past and gain a better understanding of our imperiled (and ancient) scrub ecosystem. Come learn how scrub flora and fauna are uniquely adapted and distributed along Florida¿s ridges. 9 am-11 am.
04/12/14
Kiwita Nature Center Open House
Camp Chowenwaw Park
Explore nature exhibits and talk with park naturalists. Be sure to catch Mike Leonard of the park education team and "Rocky," a surprisingly quick tortoise who may even show you his soccer skills. Saturday Open House: 9:30 am-3 pm and Live program: 1- 2 pm.
04/12/14
An Egg-strodinary Spring Egg Hunt!
Pinecrest Gardens (historic Parrot Jungle)
Calling All Kids! Don't miss this exciting day of mayhem and madness at the our 11th Annual Eggstravaganza. Over 50,000 eggs featured at scheduled egg hunts throughout the day, prizes, face painting, balloon art, interactive games, music, arts and crafts, our petting zoo, story-telling, delicious food and even a wild life show. It's a virtual wonderland of activities. $5 General Admission, Members enter FREE. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
04/19/14
Wildflowers & Butterflies
Paleo Hammock Preserve
"Leap-idoptera" into spring and come walk among some of our most colorful inhabitants. Wildflower/Butterfly identification brochures will be provided. Bring close-focusing binoculars and camera. 9 am-11 am.
04/19/14
History Museum Open House
Camp Chowenwaw Park
Explore the history of Girl Scouting in NE Florida. New exhibits feature insignia donated by former Girl Scouts from the 1930s - 1990s. Saturday's Open House, 9 am -11 am.
04/26/14
A Walk on the Watershed
George Lestrange Preserve
How is this property in western Ft. Pierce connected to the Indian River Lagoon? Take a walk on the watershed and find out! Participants will have a chance to encounter a watershed model as well. 9 am-10:30 am.

Florida Communities Trust is not responsible for events that are rescheduled or canceled at Florida Communities Trust-funded parks.