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:Camp Chowenwaw Park
Camp Chowenwaw (Cho'-wen-waw), which means "Camp of the Little Sisters" is located 2.5 miles north of Green Cove Springs, at the mouth of Black Creek near its confluence with the St. Johns River. The Girl Scouts operated the site as a camp for over 70 years. The original cabins and the "Big Cabin" were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s using logs cut on site. Other rustic lodges and cabins also exist at the site, constructed at different times during the Girl Scouts' use of the camp. The camp originally opened in 1933 and reopened as a County Park in 2006. Camp Chow offers a variety of recreational activities including a nature walk with interpretive signs, camp sites, education buildings, fishing pier, canoe launch, picnic pavilions, swimming pool, sand volleyball, outdoor classroom, museum, playground, and a summer camp every year. April 11, Camp Chowenwaw Park will host a public event in honor of Earth Day! Local elementary school students will submit artwork on the theme "What Earth Day Means to Me". The public will vote for their favorite during the event, and the winner of the most votes will receive a prize. Duval Audubon Society chapter will lead a guided bird walk beginning at 8:15 am. Other organizations participating will include Florida Forest Service, the St. Johns Riverkeeper, and Florida Public Archaeology Network demonstrating Timucuan pyrotechnology. Watch local painter Kitty Corey in action with a new work in progress. Naturalists will be stationed throughout the park to help visitors explore the natural and historic features, including a butterfly gardening expert at the entrance garden, biologists at the pond and nature center, a storyteller giving a campfire chat, and a history buff in the park museum. A scavenger quiz will guide visitors through the event. The first 30 people to present correct answers to all the questions will win a prize. Several crafts to make and take home, information booths, and other art demonstrations round out the day. With food available for purchase on site, it's sure to be a fun-filled day for the whole family.
THIS MONTH’S EVENTS
Florida Communities Trust is not responsible for events that are rescheduled or canceled at Florida Communities Trust-funded parks.