Featured Environmental Studies/Nature Centers

Archbold Biological Station

Discover the Florida scrub habitat on a nature tour, visit the weather station, and tour the Learning Center. Explore the relic dune island Lake Wales Ridge, one of the world’s most rare endangered ecosystems. 123 Main Dr., Venus, FL, 33960. Highlands County. Tel: 863-465-2571 ext. 233. Cost: Fee.... More Info

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Crystal Springs Preserve

Take a stroll through the woods with a naturalist, learn to identify exotic and native plants, see some of Florida’s largest alligators, and more. 1609 Crystal Springs Rd, Crystal Springs, FL 33524. Tel: 813-715-9707. Cost: Fee.

Enchanted Forest Sanctuary

Visit a 470-acre forest featuring miles upon miles of hiking trails and animals such as lizards, gopher tortoises, and bobcats. Learn about animal tracking and botany. 444 Columbia Blvd., Titusville, FL 32780. Tel: 321-264-5185. Cost: Free.

Everglades National Park

Educational programs at the park focus on habitats, archaeology, living history, and more. See alligators, birds, turtles, and other animals. 40001 State Road 9336, Homestead, FL 33034. Tel: 305-242-7700. Cost: Fee/Free.

Geneva Wilderness Area and the Ed Yarborough Nature Center

Take a themed, guided hike through the wilderness, see exhibits in the nature center, and enjoy hands-on nature programs in the great outdoors. 3485 N. County Road 426, Geneva, FL 32732. Tel: 407-349-0769. Cost: Fee.

Lake Kissimmee State Park

Enjoy birdwatching, nature hikes, canoeing, fishing, and more at this 5,930-acre park. 14248 Camp Mack Rd, Lake Wales, FL 33898. Tel: 863-696-1112. Cost: Fee.

Margaret Hames Nature Center at Turkey Creek Sanctuary

Check out the interpretive exhibits on site, walk the sanctuary’s trails, and see a variety of Florida’s wildlife such as manatees, alligators, and turtles. 1518 Port Malabar Blvd., NE Palm Bay, FL 32905. Tel: 321-676-6690. Cost: Free.

Marine Science Center

Groups can tour exhibits, visit the Sea Turtle and Seabird Rehabilitation areas, and participate in a seine netting activity at Lighthouse Point Park Beach. 100 Lighthouse Dr., Ponce Inlet, FL 32127. Tel: 386-304-5545. Cost: Fee.

Morningside Nature Center

Enjoy a 278-acre living history site and environmental education center featuring a small farm, cabin, schoolhouse, costumed interpreters, wildlife, and nature programs. 3450 E University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32641. Tel: 352-334-3326. Cost: Free/Fee.

Oakland Nature Preserve

Explore the trails and ecosystems with indoor and outdoor facilities. Programs focus on topics such as water conservation, animal habitats, weather, and more. 747 Machete Trail, Oakland, FL 34760. 407-905-0054. Cost: Fee.


Also known as Palatlakaha Environmental and Agricultural Reserve Park, PEAR Park’s trails feature Florida scrub jays, wildflowers, and more. 5241 Legacy Blvd, Leesburg, FL 34748. Tel: 352-253-4950. Cost: Free

Riverwalk Park Nature Center

Explore the Indian River Lagoon, learn how to identify and mammal, and embark on a mock sea turtle rescue. 5355 US Highway 1, Rockledge, FL 32955. Tel: 321-433-4490. Cost: Fee.