Newsletter NEW Winter/Spring 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!!
When: December 30th thru January 6th (Weekdays. No camp on 1/1/14)
Where: Ed Yarborough Nature Center,
3485 N. County Road 426
Geneva, FL 32732
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm Extended day available
Cost: $132/camp $15/extended day (for all 5 days)
For more information, see our Newsletter or call 407.349.0959 for more information. Scholarships available.
Summer Eco Adventure Camp was
a GREAT Success!
I have to say that running Eco Adventure Camps is the BEST part of my job. During camp the kids have fun setting traps, hiking, dip-netting, making eco cakes, picking blueberries, dissecting snakes and frogs, working on fun art projects, making journals, playing capture the sponge, making edible arthropods, learning about gopher tortoises, snakes, sirens, frogs, and spiders. We even made plaster casts of tracks we found down by the lake.
We met a long list of animals during our time at camp. Ms. Carissa came with a gopher tortoise that she had just rescued and talked to the kids about these amazing creatures and how important they are to the Ecosystem. Mr. Rhett even brought in Sponge Bob Scale Pants (a Sulcatta tortoise), a tarantula, a scorpion and even a Giant Cane Toad. Our kids learned scientific names like Heterodon Platirhinos, Pantherophis Guttata Guttata, and Bufo Quercus (say those 3 times fast!).
Mr. Rhett is our snake whisperer and found many different types of snakes while we were hiking. In one week we found 7 yellow rat snakes in our chicken coup alone. He even found a Florida pine snake. Pine snakes are a species of special concern so it was amazing that we found one in the wild! We spotted a coral snake, black racers, red rat snakes, swamp snake and even found a crown snake. We even set up aquariums for all the toads, fish, tadpoles, and a siren that we caught!
I want to thank all of my camp teachers. Miss Daneen, Mr. Rhett, Miss Natalie, Miss Nancy, Mr. Jeff, Miss Brandice and Miss Anastasia are amazing and I am so fortunate to have such knowledgeable, fun, caring and giving teachers. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and passion for our environment with us. If we teach our children at a young age to appreciate their environment and the creatures that live there, they will carry it with them throughout their lives!
Lori Hartsock, Program Coordinator
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