Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Saturday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Office Hours Monday - Saturday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., closed Sunday
Phone Number: (407) 254-1940
8777 Winter Garden - Vineland Rd.
Orlando, FL 32836
Points of Interest:
- Palmetto Passage is CLOSED.
- All other trails are open but muddy or wet in some areas. Closed-toe shoes are recommended.
Home of the Vera Carter Environmental Center which provides a variety of exhibits and displays. Hike on miles of trails and participate in ongoing environmental programs. No dogs or bicycles allowed.
Trailblazer Hiking Program: hike 20 miles in the Preserve and get a free T-shirt! Register at the Preserve's Education office each time you visit.
- Bird Checklist
- Eco Education programs are offered for field trips, related to Florida plants, wildlife and conservation. Advanced scheduling and a minimum of 10 paid participants is required. For more information call 407-254-1940 or email Jill.Danzl@ocfl.net.
- EcoSaturdays are the perfect opportunity for a family outing to learn about the environment! Please note that adults must supervise their children through the duration of the class. Join us for these free programs at 11 a.m. on the following dates; classes are first come, first served up to class limit; seating is limited so please arrive early. Registration is not required.
- July 20: Prehistoric Pottery -- Join Emma from the Florida Public Archaeology Network as she teaches us about the advent of pottery in Florida, and how pottery can help archaeologists understand a site and its pre-historic people. We will do hands-on experimentation using Play-doh to explore pottery-making and pottery-decorating technology. Suitable for ages 7 and up and limited to 25 participants.
- July 27: Orange County Water Utilities presents Responsible Irrigation Month -- Did you know 50 percent or more of all water used goes on our lawns and landscaping? Orange County Water Utilities’ Outreach Team will teach ways to conserve water in our homes, and you will take home some useful tools to help like rain gauges, shower timers, faucet aerators and more. Suitable for all ages (but best suited for adults) and limited to 50 participants.
- August 24: Dragons in the Sky -- Discover the fascinating life of a dragonfly as we trace its life cycle. Craft your own dragonfly from recycled materials and learn how the parts of a dragonfly work. Suitable for ages 7 and up and limited to 25 participants.
- August 31: Animal Tracks -- Where does all the wildlife hide? Discover what to look for when tracking down wildlife including tracks, scat, and other calling cards. Learn how to cast a track and identify the animal it belongs to. Suitable for ages 7 and up and limited to 25 participants.
- September 21: Shell, Slither, and Snap -- Florida is a hotspot for reptile diversity. Learn about these scaled creatures and meet some of our resident turtles, snakes and baby alligators. Suitable for ages 7 and up and limited to 25 participants.
- September 28: Guided Hike -- Learn about Florida’s ecosystem, outdoor recreation and more as we hike the trails. Come prepared to walk at least one mile; remember proper footwear, sunscreen and bug repellant. Suitable for ages 7 and up and limited to 25 participants.
- Nature Nuts: Homeschool family programs offered the first two Tuesdays of the month, starting at 11am. Cost $2 per person. Pre-registration is required; to register or for more information, call 407-254-1940 or email Shawn.Cook@ocfl.net.
July 2: Eagle Watch -- Celebrate America’s national symbol! Discuss the bald eagle’s successful journey back from the brink of extinction in the lower 48 states and learn about the life history of the bald eagle today. Suitable for ages 7 and up and limited to 35 participants.
- July 9: Beachcombing and Life on the Seashore -- Explore the unique adaptations of organisms found on Florida’s beaches. Meet our hermit crab, learn about the importance of sand dunes, and identify common sea shells you can find at the beach! Suitable for ages 7 and up and limited to 35 participants.
- August 6: Owls are Silent Hunters of the Night -- Discover the owls of North America. Learn the calls of the local owls and how they are supremely adapted for their special role in nature-silent nocturnal hunters. Uncover the mysteries of the pellets owls produce and piece together the bones of owl prey. Suitable for ages 7 and up and limited to 35 participants.
- August 13: The Everglades are called “The River of Grass” -- In South Florida we have an amazing place called “the Glades.” It is the largest wetland in North America, and it is vital to health of our state. Look at what makes this ecosystem unique its fascinating plants and animals, and the latest on restoration efforts and issues it faces today. Suitable for ages 7 and up and limited to 35 participants.
- September 3: Endangered Species of Florida -- Discuss the special plants and animals on Florida’s most recent Endangered and Threatened Species list. Learn why they are declining in numbers and what you can do to help them. Suitable for ages 7 and up and limited to 35 participants.
- September 10: Call of the Wild -- Discover nature’s symphony. Learn how your ears work, why animals make different sounds, and play sound “bingo” for wild prizes! Suitable for ages 7 and up and limited to 35 participants.