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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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Parks and Preservation

Environmental Education and Programs


Guided Hikes

These hikes are scheduled at some of our most beautiful wilderness areas.  Themes include topics such as frogs, owls, insects, and nighttime adaptations. $3 per person. Must register and pay in advance, space is limited. Must be 7 years old or older. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Hike Schedule

We also offer private hikes, at a charge of $3 per person, to groups of 15 to 25.  Please call 407-349-0959 for more information.

Night Hike

Nature Adventure Birthday Party!

Create a birthday party experience your child will never forget! Your party will feature live animals, nature walk, nature exploration and more. Parties are held in the Ed Yarborough Nature Center in the Geneva Wilderness Area just minutes from Sanford, Oviedo, and Lake Mary.
All parties include a 3 hour room/facilities rental and an SCNL instructor will lead the program. We will also set up the room with tables and chairs.  Cost:  $170  For more information contact 407-349-0959.

School Field Trips

Geneva Wilderness Area and the Ed Yarborough Nature Center can serve as wonderful outdoor classrooms and provide a great opportunity for hands-on learning. Students can explore this property with Natural Lands staff and learn about the environment around them.

The typical education program consists of a program in the nature center and discovery time in the Nature Center, a nature-based activity based on your school curriculum, and a guided hike through the Geneva Wilderness Area. 

Cost:  $5 per student (minimum 15 students)

For more information or to schedule your field trip, please call (407)349-0959 or email


In School Program 

The Natural Lands staff provide a presentation, live animals, skulls, maps and other related visual aides to give students a "nature" experience in the classroom.

Cost:  FREE

Number of Students:  Minimum of 20 students, Maximum of 120 students. Groups larger than 120 will be split into multiple class periods within the same day. There is no charge for this program. Small groups will have a more hands-on experience. In cases of large groups, teachers can choose a small group of students to join us up front to participate in the hands-on portion of the show.

Number of Programs:  Up to 3 shows in one day within a 3-hour period.

For more information or to schedule a program, please call (407)349-0959 or email

Community Events
Join the Seminole County Natural Lands at one of their exciting nature events!  Learn about the native plants, wildlife and the environment around you.  Please call 407-349-0959 for more information or check out our Newsletter.

National Public Lands Day
Free Open House and Night Hike
Help us celebrate National Public Lands Day by getting outdoors on the trails and join us for an Open Huse and FREE Night Hike! Have fun getting to know the native animals in the Nature Center, then enjoy the beauty of one of our unique Seminole County Natural Lands properties with one our Natural Lands Guides

When:       September 27, 2014
Time          6:00pm-6:00pm Open House
                   7:00pm-9:00pm Night Hike
Location: Geneva Wilderness Area
                   3485 N. County Road 426
                   Geneva 327632
Cost:         FREE - Call 407.349.0959 to make a reservation. 
                                      Space is limited!

Snakes of Florida Class!
When:  October 4, 2014 
Time:     9:00am-12 noon
Cost:     $5 per person
Location:  Ed Yarborough Nature Center, 3485 N. County Road 426, Geneva, FL  32732

Join a local snake expert as he gives an introduction to and dispels some of the myths about these often misunderstood cold blooded residents! 
Ages 7 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Register at any active Park (Sylvan Lake Park, Red Bug Lake Park, Sanlando Park).  Call 407.349.0959 for more information

Fright Hike!!!

When:         October 18, 2014
Time:           7:30pm-10:00pm
Location:   Geneva Wilderness Area
                      3485 N. County Road 426
                      Geneva  32732
Cost:           $5 per person

Are you afraid of the dark?  What about a dark, windign path through the woods?  this Halloween, find the courage to brave Fright Hike, a spooky event at the Geneva Widerness Area!

Tickets are limited, so purchase your tickets NOW at any of our active parks:  Red Bug Lake park, Sanlando Park or Sylvan Lake Park.  Call 407-349-0959 for more information.

Who's Watching Who? Owl Class

November 15, 2014
Time:         7:00pm-9:30pm
Cost:        $5 per person
Location: Ed Yarborough Nature Center 
                   3485 N. County Road 426
                   Geneva, FL 32732

Join us for a journey into the world of owls. learn about these amazing creatures, dissect an owl pellet and go on a hike to see if you can find some of these unique animals. Open to ages 7 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Register at any active Park (Sylvan Lake Park, Red Bug Lake Park, Sanlando Park) Call 407.349.0959 for more information

Eagle Picture

 Native Plant Awareness Day

Wildlife Appreciation Day

Programs Offered by Our Partners

Cuplet Fern Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society
Hikes and Classes
Learn to attract birds to your yard, about birdwatching tools, bird identification techniques, and practice identification session with audio and visual aids. Class includes a field trip to the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Contact Seminole Audubon Society for information and registration at 407- 977-4389.