List of nature centers in Florida

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There are nature centers and environmental education centers throughout the state of Florida. To use the sortable tables: click on the icons at the top of each column to sort that column in alphabetical order; click again for reverse alphabetical order.

Name Location County Region Summary
Amelia Island Nature Center Amelia Island Nassau Greater Jacksonville website, operated by Amelia Island Plantation
Anne Kolb Nature Center Hollywood Broward South website, located in the municipal West Lake Park, 1,500 acres of coastal mangrove wetlands, 3,500-gallon saltwater aquarium
Apalachicola Environmental Education and Training Center Eastpoint Franklin Florida Panhandle website, operated by the State, features tanks and exhibits about the river, bay and gulf habitats found in Apalachicola
Arch Creek Park Museum & Nature Center North Miami Miami-Dade South 8 acres, operated by the County, museum features Native American artifacts
Archbold Biological Station Venus Highlands Central 5,192.63-acre (21 km2) research institute, open to visitors, environmental education programs
Audubon Center for Birds of Prey Maitland Orange Central website, raptor rehabilitation and environmental education center, operated by the National Audubon Society
Audubon Resource Center at Lettuce Lake Tampa Hillsborough Tampa Bay Area Operated by the Tampa Audubon Society in the 240-acre park
Babson Park Audubon Center Babson Park Polk Tampa Bay Area website, 3 acres, owned by the National Audubon Society, home to the Ridge Audubon Society
Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge & Education Center Orlando Orange Central website, wildlife rehabilitation center
Bahia Honda State Park Marathon Monroe South 524 acres, Sand and Sea Nature Center features displays about local sea and shore life, including corals, shells, crabs, sea urchins, drift seeds, sea sponges and sea turtles
Barrier Island Sanctuary Management and Education Center Melbourne Beach Brevard Central 34 acres in the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, operated by the County, partners with Sea Turtle Conservancy for sea turtle guided walks
Bill Sadowski Park and Nature Center Miami Miami-Dade South website, operated by the County, 30 acres
Blowing Rocks Preserve Jupiter Island Martin Treasure Coast 73 acres, owned by the Nature Conservancy, Hawley Education Center features rotating natural history and art exhibits
Bonita Nature Place Bonita Springs Lee Southwest website, operated by the City, 30 acres, preserve for gopher tortoises, bee house, bat house
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve St. Petersburg Pinellas Tampa Bay Area Operated by St. Petersburg Parks & Recreation, 245 acres, features the Boyd Hill Environmental Center
Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center Tarpon Springs Pinellas Tampa Bay Area 9,800 acres, operated by the County
Busch Wildlife Sanctuary Jupiter Palm Beach South website, nature center and wildlife rehabilitation hospital
Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium Fort Myers Lee Southwest Includes the museum, 105 acres with three nature trails, a planetarium, butterfly and bird aviaries
Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center Ruskin Hillsborough Tampa Bay Area website, 160-acre preserve, environmental education and hands-on learning center
Castellow Hammock Preserve & Nature Center Miami Miami-Dade South website, 112 acres, operated by the County
Cedar Point Environmental Park Englewood Charlotte Southwest website, 115 acres with pine flatwoods, salt marsh, mangrove fringe and hammock areas, environmental center
Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center Punta Gorda Charlotte Southwest website, provides over 20 different educational programs, manages 8 environmentally sensitive lands and provides a total of over 8 miles of hiking trail and other recreational opportunities
Chinsegut Conservation Center Brooksville Hernando Tampa Bay Area website, cover 408 of the 850 acres comprising Chinsegut Wildlife and Environmental Area, managed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Collier-Seminole State Park Naples Collier Southwest 7,271 acres of mangrove swamp, cypress swamps, salt marshes, mangrove river estuaries, and pine flatwoods, nature center
Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center Naples Collier Southwest website, 21 acres, new center under construction
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Naples Collier Southwest Operated by the National Audubon Society, includes the Blair Audubon Center in the 13,000 acre swamp preserve
Crane Point Museum and Nature Center Marathon Monroe South 63 acres, includes the natural history museum, trails, wild bird rehabilitation center
Crowley Natural and Cultural History Center Sarasota Sarasota Southwest 185 acres, includes trails, pioneer museum and historic buildings, wild and farm animals
Crystal Springs Preserve Crystal Springs Pasco Central 525-acre sanctuary with Magnitude 2 spring system, nature center and learning lab
Daggerwing Nature Center Boca Raton Palm Beach South website, 40 acres, located in South County Regional Park, operated by Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation
Deerfield Island Park Deerfield Beach Broward South website, accessible by boat only, 53.3-acre nature-oriented park with guided nature walks, trails, water shuttle
Discovery Center at Tuscawilla Park Ocala Marion Central website, operated by the City of Ocala, environmental and science education
Ed Yarborough Nature Center at Geneva Wilderness Area Geneva Seminole Central website, 180 acres, operated by the County
Elsa Kimbell Environmental Education and Research Center Hobe Sound Martin Treasure Coast Located in the 11,500-acre Jonathan Dickinson State Park
Enchanted Forest Sanctuary Titusville Brevard Central website, 471-acre nature preserve, management & education center features hands-on exhibit room, discovery room
Environmental Center at Miami Dade College Kendall Miami-Dade South website, operated by Miami Dade College, 9-acre nature preserve, features a lake, an endangered pine rockland, hammocks, butterfly gardens, native plantings, an organic garden and a variety of animals
Environmental Learning Center Vero Beach Indian River Treasure Coast website, 64 acres, environment of the Indian River Lagoon
Erna Nixon Park Nature Center Melbourne Brevard Central 54 acres, operated by the County
Fern Forest Nature Center Coconut Creek Broward South website, operated by the County, 247-acre Designated Urban Wilderness Area
Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center Key West Monroe South Native plants and animals of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, both on land and underwater
Florida Keys Wild Bird Center Tavernier Monroe South website, wild bird rehabilitation center, boardwalk trail past aviaries of rescued but unreleasable birds
Florida Museum of Natural History Gainesville Alachua North Central Exhibits include fossils, butterfly rainforest, recreated southwest Florida mangrove forest and sea grass estuary, area Native Americans, Northwest Florida ecosystems, outdoor wildflower and butterfly garden, trails through 60-acre Natural Area Teaching Lab
Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center Hutchinson Island Martin Treasure Coast 57 acres, focus is Florida's coastal ecosystems
George C. McGough Nature Park Largo Pinellas Tampa Bay Area website, operated by the City, nature center houses live animal exhibits and hands-on activities for children, outdoor birds of prey
Grassy Waters Preserve West Palm Beach Palm Beach South website, operated by the City of West Palm Beach, 23 square mile wetlands ecosystem
Green Cay Nature Center Boynton Beach Palm Beach South 100 acres, operated by the County
Greynolds Park Miami Miami-Dade South Operated by the County, 249 acres
Guana River Environmental Center Ponte Vedra Beach St. Johns Greater Jacksonville Exhibits and education about the ecosystem of the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center Boca Raton Palm Beach South 20 acres of protected barrier island, operated by the City, includes saltwater tanks displaying different South Florida marine habitats, sea turtle rehabilitation center
Harbor Branch Ocean Discovery Center Fort Pierce St. Lucie Treasure Coast Exhibits about marine environments and the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University
Hobe Sound Nature Center Jupiter Island Martin Treasure Coast Provides support for the 1,035-acre Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge's volunteer, environmental education, interpretation and visitor services programs
Homer Powell Nature Center Titusville Brevard Central website, operated by the County in 25-acre Wuesthoff Park
Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park Homosassa Springs Citrus Tampa Bay Area Park features manatee observation area
Honeymoon Island State Park Dunedin Pinellas Tampa Bay Area 385 acres, Rotary Centennial Nature Center features exhibits about the natural and cultural history of Honeymoon and Caladesi Islands and an elevated observation deck
J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge Sanibel Lee Southwest 5,200 acres, education center features interactive exhibits on refuge ecosystems, the work of "Ding" Darling, migratory flyways, the National Wildlife Refuge System and a hands-on area for children
Johnnie Johnson Nature Center at Lori Wilson Park Cocoa Beach Brevard Central website, 32 acres, operated by the County
Ladell Brothers Outdoor Environmental Center Madison Madison North Florida website, 20 acres, located on the campus of North Florida Community College
Lemon Bay Park and Environmental Center Englewood Sarasota Southwest 210-acre nature-based County park, black mangrove forest, mangrove fringe along the shoreline, pine and scrubby flatwoods, educational classes, guided nature and bird walks
Loggerhead Marinelife Center Juno Beach Palm Beach South website, education center and sea turtle hospital, features live sea turtles, aquaria, displays of local wildlife, educational displays about South Florida's marine environment
Long Key Natural Area & Nature Center Davie Broward South website, operated by the County, 164.8 acres, exhibits on natural history and area Native Americans, elevated oak hammock, 14-acre orange grove, restored wetland marshes, man-made ponds and canals
Lyonia Environmental Center Deltona Volusia Central website, located in the Deltona Regional Library complex, adjacent to the 360-acre Lyonia Preserve, operated by the County
Manatee Observation & Education Center Fort Pierce St. Lucie Treasure Coast website, waterfront environmental education and wildlife viewing center, touch tank, aquaria
Margaret Hames Nature Center Palm Bay Brevard Central Located in over 100-acre Turkey Creek Sanctuary, operated by the City
Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center Key Biscayne Miami-Dade South Located in the 808-acre Crandon Park, cooperative project of three partners: Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami-Dade County Parks and Recreation Department and the not-for-profit community support group
Marine Science Center Ponce Inlet Volusia Central Ooperated by the County, includes marine environment exhibits, sea bird and sea turtle rehabilitation
MacArthur Beach State Park North Palm Beach Palm Beach South 225 acres, includes William T. Kirby Nature Center
Moccasin Lake Nature Park Clearwater Pinellas Tampa Bay Area 51 acres, operated by the City
Morningside Nature Center Gainesville Alachua North Central Operated by the City, 278 acres, includes living history farm
Oakland Nature Preserve Oakland Orange Central website, 128 acres, environmental education center
Okeeheelee Nature Center West Palm Beach Palm Beach South website, 90 acres, operated by the County
Oscar Scherer State Park Nature Center Osprey Sarasota Southwest 1,400 acres
Oxbow Eco-Center Port St. Lucie St. Lucie Treasure Coast website, operated by the County, environmental learning center located on a 225-acre preserve
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park Micanopy Alachua North Central 22,000 acres, exhibits in the visitor center, nature programs
PEAR Park Leesburg Lake Central website, 268 acres, operated by the County, park includes nature center with a geology lab, trails. demonstration gardens, observation pavilions, viewing blind
Pine Jog Environmental Education Center West Palm Beach Palm Beach South 150 acres, a unit of the College of Education of Florida Atlantic University
Polk's Nature Discovery Center Lakeland Polk Tampa Bay Area Operated by the County on the 1,267-acre Circle B Bar Reserve
River Center Jupiter Palm Beach South website, operated by the Loxahatchee River District, features live aquatic tanks, interactive exhibits, and a touch tank that represent the river system from a freshwater cypress swamp to seagrass-dominated estuary to marine ecosystems
Riverwalk Park Nature Center Rockledge Brevard Central website, 6 acres, operated by the County, habitats and animals of the Indian River Lagoon
Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Naples Collier Southwest 110,000 acres, features a 2,300-gallon aquarium and interactive exhibits about the park's natural and cultural history
Rotary Park Nature Center Merritt Island Brevard Central website, 37 acres, operated by the County
Roy Hyatt Environmental Center Cantonment Escambia Florida Panhandle website, 120 acres, owned by the National Audubon Society, operated by the Francis M. Weston Audubon Society
Sandoway House Nature Center Delray Beach Palm Beach South Features shell exhibit, coral reef pool with sharks
Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Nature Center Sanibel Lee Southwest website, features a touch tank and exhibits teaching about the ecology of Sanibel and Captiva, 4 miles of trails
Sawgrass Nature Center and Wildlife Hospital Coral Springs Broward South website, 5 acres, nature center and wildlife rehabilitation hospital
Secret Woods Nature Center Fort Lauderdale Broward South website, 57 acres, operated by the County
Sense of Wonder Nature Center Miami Miami-Dade South website, 65 acres, operated by the County in A.D. (Doug) Barnes Park
Shamrock Park and Nature Center Venice Sarasota Southwest website, over 80 acres, County park, includes 1.2 mile paved multi-use trail
Silver River Museum and Environmental Education Center Ocala Marion Central Program of the Marion County Public School System, located within the Silver Springs State Park, area cultural and natural history
Street Audubon Nature Center Winter Haven Polk Tampa Bay Area website, owned by the National Audubon Society, 42 acres, operated by the Lake Region Audubon Society
St. Andrews State Park Panama City Beach Bay Florida Panhandle 1,200 acres, Environmental Interpretive Center features ecosystem dioramas, butterfly, bird egg and sea shell collections, sea turtle nesting exhibit, saltwater aquarium
Tallahassee Museum Tallahassee Leon Florida Panhandle 52 acres, open air museum, nature discovery center, 1880s period farm, Florida wildlife on outdoor and indoor display
Tree Hill Nature Center Jacksonville Duval Greater Jacksonville 50 acres, features a Florida natural history museum, butterfly and hummingbird gardens, and native animals
Tropical Audubon Society Miami Miami-Dade South website, Steinberg Nature Center, 3 acres, botanical garden
Trout Lake Nature Center Eustis Lake Central website, 230 acre wildlife preserve, includes the Charles Newell Hall and Museum and the Environmental Education Center
Water Works Environmental Education Center Palatka Putnam Northeast Owned by the City, focus is conservation of clean freshwater, open on a limited basis
Weedon Island Preserve St. Petersburg Pinellas Tampa Bay Area Owned by the County, features the Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center
Wekiwa Springs State Park Apopka Orange Central 7,000 acres, nature center open on weekends
Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida Pensacola Escambia Florida Panhandle website, wildlife rehabilitation center

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