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Shorty Robbins
Parks and Recreation Manager
100 E. 1st Street
Sanford, FL  32771

Responsible for Sylvan Lake Park, Red Bug Lake Park, Sanlando Park, Seminole County Softball Complex and Soldiers Creek Park

Rick Durr
Greenways and Natural Lands
100 E. 1st Street
Sanford, FL  32771

Responsible for all Natural Lands, Streetscapes, Trails, Boat Ramps and Passive Parks


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Newsletter  NEW  Spring 2015 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!

Spring Break Eco Camp is Full,
but please take a look at our  Summer Eco Camp that starts June 1st!! 
2015 Summer Eco Camp! 

Summer Break will be here before we know it!  If you are looking for a fun, safe place for your child to go over the summer, join us at Summer Eco Camp!!! We offer 8 weeks of Eco Camp beginning June 1st!  Our week long day camps are filled with fun and learning about the Natural World!

Your children will have fun fishing, hiking, setting traps, learning about the animals in the Nature Center, playing games, art & crafts, and MORE!!!  Call 407-349-0959 for more information. 

**Scholarship available through Seminole County, The Cuplet Fern Society, and the Audubon Society.  Call 407-349-0959 for Scholarship information.

When:    June 1st through July 31st
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)

Week 1       June 1-5           Animals Everywhere
Week 2       June 8-12         Surviving in Nature
Week 3       June 15-19       Nature CSI
Week 4       June 22-26       Water Week
Week 5       July 6-10          Hidden Gems
Week 6       July 13-17        Planet Patrols
Week 7       July20-24         Nature Hunters
Week 8       July 27-31        Creepy Crawlers

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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. 

Environmental Education 
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