Due to the Health Department issuing a West Nile Health Alert and the report of positive readings within the sentinel flock located at the Geneva Wilderness Area, *ALL NIGHT HIKES AND EVENING ACTIVITIES AT THE GENEVA WILDERNESS AREA HAVE BEEN CANCELLED*
September 27th Open House and Free Night Hike
October 18th Fright Hike
November 8th Night Hike and Smores
November 15th Owl Class
All day events/classes/activities are still scheduled:
October 4th Snake Class
November 1st Geocaching 101 Class
The Health Department recommends the following if you are going to be outside:
· Wear shoes, socks, long pants and long-sleeves
· Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing
· Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus and IR3535 are effective
Newsletter NEW Fall 2014 Schedule!
See what Natural Lands has to offer in or latest newsletter. Check out our Upcoming Classes, HIkes, and other opportunities to explore and learn about nature!
Winter Break Eco Camp! Wild Winter Wonders! Registration Form
Come have fun while learning about the natural world!! Natural Lands is offering a week long day camp for your kids during their Winter School Break. The camp is held at the Ed yarborough Nature Center in Geneva.
When: December 29th thru January 5th (no camp on 1/1/15).
Where: Ed Yarborough Nature Center, 3485 N. County Road 426,
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm (extended day available 7:30am-5:30pm)
Ages: 7-12 years old
Cost: $132/wk ($15/wk extended day)
Call 407-349-0959 for more information. You can register at any of our active parks (Red Bug Lake Park, Sanlando Park, or Sylvan Lake Park)
Nature Adventure Birthday Parties!
Create a birthday party experience your child will never forget! A trained staff member will welcome your party guests, present and exciting program with live animals, and take the group on a hike on our 180 acre property. You will have time in the center for exploration and to enjoy your refreshments. Parties are held at in the Ed Yarborough Nature Center in the Geneva Wilderness Area just minutes from Sanford and Lake Mary. Call 407.349.0959 for availability and cost.
History of the Natural Lands Program
The Natural Lands Program was established in 1990 by a voter approved referendum. The money was used to purchase lands for the purposes of preservation, recreation and education. The Natural Lands now consist of over 6,600 acres of preserved land. The largest parcels are called wilderness areas.
There are eight wilderness areas and one preserve that are open to the public. Integral to the goals and objectives for managing acquired lands in an acceptable manner are protection and restoration of the natural resources present. An important element in protecting the resources is to prevent dumping, poaching, and other illegal activities. Appropriate land management activities, such as prescribed burning, forest management, resource monitoring, and removal of exotics, are implemented to protect the viability of the Natural Lands Properties.
The Natural Lands Progam offers a variety of programs and activities for all ages including field trips for schools, eco-camp, eco-adventure programs, and hikes.
Wilderness Areas and Nature Center
Black Bear Wilderness Area
Black Hammock Wilderness Area
Chuluota Wilderness Area
Econ River Wilderness Area
Geneva Wilderness Area and Ed Yarborough Nature Center
Lake Harney Wilderness Area
Lake Jesup Wilderness Area
Lake Proctor Wilderness Area
Spring Hammock Preserve
Rules of Use
Other Land Management Agencies and Environmental Organizations
Cuplet Fern Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society
Florida Forest Service
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Florida Park Service
Seminole Audubon Society
St. Johns River Water Management District
The Nature Conservancy
US Fish and Wildlife Service