Oakland Nature Preserve

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The ONP Boardwalk is going through a major renovation and sections will be closed to complete work. Construction will begin Tuesday June 9th, 2020 and will continue into mid September. Please follow posted detour and safety signage while enjoying the Boardwalk. Follow our progress on Facebook for up to date information and progress photos.

Photo Pileated Woodpecker 

Open Year-round

 

West of Orlando,  just 30 minutes from the attractions and nestled between Winter Garden and Clermont in the beautiful Town of Oakland, lies a "hidden gem."  A 128-acre preserve offering environmental education and ecotourism activities for visitors of all ages.

 

Photo Gopher Tortoise 

How It Began

In the late 1880s and early 1900s Lake Apopka was the 2nd largest lake in Florida and a popular spot for recreational fishing tournaments. Much of the land around the lake was being farmed and used for agricultural purposes, and there were numerous fishing camps around the area.

In the early 1920s the city of Winter Garden began discharging sewage into the lake, and by the 1940s the farms along the north shore were discharging nutrients into the lake.  In the early 1950s a lake stabilization program was started, but the quality and quantity of game fish had already begun to deteriorate. Learn more...

Plan Your Day 

Enjoy hiking the upland trails or the boardwalk to lake Apopka, visit the Jim Thomas Environmental Education Center and Museum or just sit and relax with a good book on the Serenity Porch.

Check out the events calendar for special opportunities while you are visiting. 

Read more

Photo Oakland Nature Preserve Boarwalk 

Upcoming Events

Upcoming events

    • Mon, July 06, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Currently, many of our volunteer activities involves actively participating in habitat restoration as we move towards our goal of restoring the area’s native longleaf pine and sand hill habitats, as well as general preserve maintenance. Volunteer duties may include but are not limited to removing invasive plants on many of our trails, trimming plants along our boardwalk, leaf-blowing the parking lot, boardwalk, and pavilion, and various other tasks including but not limited to clerical and office work.

    General info: Because these are outdoor activities, it’s important to wear weather appropriate clothing, closed-toed shoes, and sunscreen. Bug spray is also recommended. Please bring a reusable water bottle and gardening/work gloves if you have them!

    We have limited spots available for volunteers. If registration is not available, we have reached our limit for the day.

    • Mon, July 06, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • ONP
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Night Alive!                                                      

    Whoooo is making that sound? Learn about animals that are active when the sun goes down and the moon comes out!

     Ages 6-9

     

    • Wed, July 08, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • ONP
    • 2
    Register

    Night Alive!                                                      

    Whoooo is making that sound? Learn about animals that are active when the sun goes down and the moon comes out!

     Ages 9-12

     

    • Fri, July 10, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • ONP
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Night Alive!                                                      

    Whoooo is making that sound? Learn about animals that are active when the sun goes down and the moon comes out!

     Ages 6-12

     

    • Sat, July 11, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Currently, many of our volunteer activities involves actively participating in habitat restoration as we move towards our goal of restoring the area’s native longleaf pine and sand hill habitats, as well as general preserve maintenance. Volunteer duties may include but are not limited to removing invasive plants on many of our trails, trimming plants along our boardwalk, leaf-blowing the parking lot, boardwalk, and pavilion, and various other tasks including but not limited to clerical and office work.

    General info: Because these are outdoor activities, it’s important to wear weather appropriate clothing, closed-toed shoes, and sunscreen. Bug spray is also recommended. Please bring a reusable water bottle and gardening/work gloves if you have them!

    For your first shift, please arrive at 7:45 for a quick orientation. Subsequent times please arrive for 8am.

    We have limited spots available for volunteers. If registration is not available, we have reached our limit for the day.

    Liability Waiver: I, my heirs and successors, do hereby voluntarily hold harmless and indemnify, release, waive and forever discharge Oakland Nature Preserve, Inc, its officers, board members, staff, representatives, successors, and assigns, from any and all liability.

    • Mon, July 13, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • ONP
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Time Warp!                                                   

    What was Florida like in the past and what will it be like in the future? Begin the day with prehistoric animals and journey forward through time with us!

     Ages 6-9

     

    • Wed, July 15, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • ONP
    • 3
    Register

    Time Warp!                                                   

    What was Florida like in the past and what will it be like in the future? Begin the day with prehistoric animals and journey forward through time with us!

     Ages 9-12

     

    • Fri, July 17, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • ONP
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Time Warp!                                                   

    What was Florida like in the past and what will it be like in the future? Begin the day with prehistoric animals and journey forward through time with us!

     Ages 6-12

     

    • Mon, July 20, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • ONP
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Art in Nature!                                                   

    Art can be found everywhere you look. Join us for a day creating art from nature. 

     Ages 8-12

     

    • Wed, July 22, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • ONP
    • 1
    Register

    Art in Nature!                                                   

    Art can be found everywhere you look. Join us for a day creating art from nature. 

     Ages 8-12

     

    • Fri, July 24, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • ONP
    • 1
    Register

    Fire Ecology                                                   

    Led by a Certified “Burn Boss” learn about why fire is beneficial to our native habitats, and if weather permits we will then participate in a small controlled burn! 

     Ages 12-17

     

    • Sat, July 25, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Currently, many of our volunteer activities involves actively participating in habitat restoration as we move towards our goal of restoring the area’s native longleaf pine and sand hill habitats, as well as general preserve maintenance. Volunteer duties may include but are not limited to removing invasive plants on many of our trails, trimming plants along our boardwalk, leaf-blowing the parking lot, boardwalk, and pavilion, and various other tasks including but not limited to clerical and office work.

    General info: Because these are outdoor activities, it’s important to wear weather appropriate clothing, closed-toed shoes, and sunscreen. Bug spray is also recommended. Please bring a reusable water bottle and gardening/work gloves if you have them!

    For your first shift, please arrive at 7:45 for a quick orientation. Subsequent times please arrive for 8am.

    We have limited spots available for volunteers. If registration is not available, we have reached our limit for the day.

    Liability Waiver: I, my heirs and successors, do hereby voluntarily hold harmless and indemnify, release, waive and forever discharge Oakland Nature Preserve, Inc, its officers, board members, staff, representatives, successors, and assigns, from any and all liability.

    • Mon, July 27, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Note: This event is from 9am-12pm.

    Currently, many of our volunteer activities involves actively participating in habitat restoration as we move towards our goal of restoring the area’s native longleaf pine and sand hill habitats, as well as general preserve maintenance. Volunteer duties may include but are not limited to removing invasive plants on many of our trails, trimming plants along our boardwalk, leaf-blowing the parking lot, boardwalk, and pavilion, and various other tasks including but not limited to clerical and office work.

    General info: Because these are outdoor activities, it’s important to wear weather appropriate clothing, closed-toed shoes, and sunscreen. Bug spray is also recommended. Please bring a reusable water bottle and gardening/work gloves if you have them!

    We have limited spots available for volunteers. If registration is not available, we have reached our limit for the day.

    • Mon, July 27, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • ONP
    • 3
    Register

    Home Sweet Habitat!                                                 

    Florida has some pretty unique habitats! Learn about plant and animal amazing adaptations to our wetland and upland ecosystems.

    Ages 6-9

     

    • Wed, July 29, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • ONP
    • 5
    Register

    Home Sweet Habitat!                                                 

    Florida has some pretty unique habitats! Learn about plant and animal amazing adaptations to our wetland and upland ecosystems.

    Ages 9-12

     

    • Fri, July 31, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • ONP
    • 3
    Register

    Home Sweet Habitat!                                                 

    Florida has some pretty unique habitats! Learn about plant and animal amazing adaptations to our wetland and upland ecosystems.

    Ages 6-12

     

    • Sat, August 08, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • 6
    Register

    Currently, many of our volunteer activities involves actively participating in habitat restoration as we move towards our goal of restoring the area’s native longleaf pine and sand hill habitats, as well as general preserve maintenance. Volunteer duties may include but are not limited to removing invasive plants on many of our trails, trimming plants along our boardwalk, leaf-blowing the parking lot, boardwalk, and pavilion, and various other tasks including but not limited to clerical and office work.

    General info: Because these are outdoor activities, it’s important to wear weather appropriate clothing, closed-toed shoes, and sunscreen. Bug spray is also recommended. Please bring a reusable water bottle and gardening/work gloves if you have them!

    For your first shift, please arrive at 7:45 for a quick orientation. Subsequent times please arrive for 8am.

    We have limited spots available for volunteers. If registration is not available, we have reached our limit for the day.

    Liability Waiver: I, my heirs and successors, do hereby voluntarily hold harmless and indemnify, release, waive and forever discharge Oakland Nature Preserve, Inc, its officers, board members, staff, representatives, successors, and assigns, from any and all liability.

    • Sat, August 15, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • 6
    Register

    Currently, many of our volunteer activities involves actively participating in habitat restoration as we move towards our goal of restoring the area’s native longleaf pine and sand hill habitats, as well as general preserve maintenance. Volunteer duties may include but are not limited to removing invasive plants on many of our trails, trimming plants along our boardwalk, leaf-blowing the parking lot, boardwalk, and pavilion, and various other tasks including but not limited to clerical and office work.

    General info: Because these are outdoor activities, it’s important to wear weather appropriate clothing, closed-toed shoes, and sunscreen. Bug spray is also recommended. Please bring a reusable water bottle and gardening/work gloves if you have them!

    For your first shift, please arrive at 7:45 for a quick orientation. Subsequent times please arrive for 8am.

    We have limited spots available for volunteers. If registration is not available, we have reached our limit for the day.

    Liability Waiver: I, my heirs and successors, do hereby voluntarily hold harmless and indemnify, release, waive and forever discharge Oakland Nature Preserve, Inc, its officers, board members, staff, representatives, successors, and assigns, from any and all liability.

    • Sat, August 22, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • 6
    Register

    Currently, many of our volunteer activities involves actively participating in habitat restoration as we move towards our goal of restoring the area’s native longleaf pine and sand hill habitats, as well as general preserve maintenance. Volunteer duties may include but are not limited to removing invasive plants on many of our trails, trimming plants along our boardwalk, leaf-blowing the parking lot, boardwalk, and pavilion, and various other tasks including but not limited to clerical and office work.

    General info: Because these are outdoor activities, it’s important to wear weather appropriate clothing, closed-toed shoes, and sunscreen. Bug spray is also recommended. Please bring a reusable water bottle and gardening/work gloves if you have them!

    For your first shift, please arrive at 7:45 for a quick orientation. Subsequent times please arrive for 8am.

    We have limited spots available for volunteers. If registration is not available, we have reached our limit for the day.

    Liability Waiver: I, my heirs and successors, do hereby voluntarily hold harmless and indemnify, release, waive and forever discharge Oakland Nature Preserve, Inc, its officers, board members, staff, representatives, successors, and assigns, from any and all liability.

    • Sat, August 29, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • 6
    Register

    Currently, many of our volunteer activities involves actively participating in habitat restoration as we move towards our goal of restoring the area’s native longleaf pine and sand hill habitats, as well as general preserve maintenance. Volunteer duties may include but are not limited to removing invasive plants on many of our trails, trimming plants along our boardwalk, leaf-blowing the parking lot, boardwalk, and pavilion, and various other tasks including but not limited to clerical and office work.

    General info: Because these are outdoor activities, it’s important to wear weather appropriate clothing, closed-toed shoes, and sunscreen. Bug spray is also recommended. Please bring a reusable water bottle and gardening/work gloves if you have them!

    For your first shift, please arrive at 7:45 for a quick orientation. Subsequent times please arrive for 8am.

    We have limited spots available for volunteers. If registration is not available, we have reached our limit for the day.

    Liability Waiver: I, my heirs and successors, do hereby voluntarily hold harmless and indemnify, release, waive and forever discharge Oakland Nature Preserve, Inc, its officers, board members, staff, representatives, successors, and assigns, from any and all liability.

    • Sat, October 10, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • ONP

    Join us for a wonderful evening of food, drinks, music, and more. 

    This is event is for adults 21+, no children please.

    • Sat, November 14, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EST)
    • Speer Park, Oakland FL
    Register


Past events

Sat, July 04, 2020 Community Volunteer Day
Fri, July 03, 2020 Who Goes There? session 3 ages 6-12
Wed, July 01, 2020 Who Goes There? session 2 ages 9-12
Mon, June 29, 2020 Who Goes There? session 1 ages 6-9
Mon, June 29, 2020 Restoration Work Day
Sat, June 27, 2020 Blue Hike Kayak Tour 27 June 2020
Sat, June 27, 2020 Community Volunteer Day
Fri, June 26, 2020 Animal Adventures! session 3 ages 6-12
Wed, June 24, 2020 Animal Adventures! session 2 ages 9-12
Mon, June 22, 2020 Animal Adventures! session 1 ages 6-9
Mon, June 22, 2020 Restoration Work Day
Sat, June 20, 2020 Community Volunteer Day
Fri, June 19, 2020 Incredible Invertebrates! session 3 ages 6-12
Wed, June 17, 2020 Incredible Invertebrates! session 2 ages 9-12
Mon, June 15, 2020 Incredible Invertebrates! session 1 ages 6-9
Mon, June 15, 2020 Restoration Work Day
Sat, June 13, 2020 Community Volunteer Day
Sat, June 06, 2020 Community Volunteer Day
Sat, May 30, 2020 Community Volunteer Day
Sat, May 23, 2020 Community Volunteer Day
Mon, May 18, 2020 Restoration Work Day - Wiregrass planting
Sat, May 16, 2020 Community Volunteer Day
Tue, May 12, 2020 Homeschool Class Series - canceled
Sat, May 09, 2020 Community Volunteer Day
Mon, May 04, 2020 CANCELED Restoration Work Day
Sat, May 02, 2020 CANCELED Insect Safari
Sat, May 02, 2020 CANCELED Community Volunteer Day
Sun, April 26, 2020 CANCELED Disney VoluntEARS Volunteer Day
Sat, April 25, 2020 CANCELED Community Volunteer Day
Mon, April 20, 2020 CANCELED Restoration Work Day
Sat, April 18, 2020 CANCELED Community Volunteer Day
Tue, April 14, 2020 Homeschool Class Series cancelled
Sat, April 11, 2020 Blue Hike Kayak Tour April 2020: CANCELLED
Sat, April 11, 2020 Community Volunteer Day CANCELLED
Wed, April 08, 2020 Story Time - cancelled
Mon, April 06, 2020 Restoration Work Day CANCELED
Sat, April 04, 2020 CANCELED - Insect Safari
Sat, March 28, 2020 Family Volunteer Day - Seed Bombs for Restoration CANCELED
Sat, March 21, 2020 PLT/PW Training
Sat, March 21, 2020 Blue Hike Kayak Tour March 2020
Sat, March 21, 2020 Community Volunteer Day CANCELED
Mon, March 16, 2020 Art in Nature Spring Break Camp
Mon, March 16, 2020 Restoration Work Day
Sat, March 14, 2020 Community Volunteer Day
Tue, March 10, 2020 Homeschool Class Series
Sat, March 07, 2020 Insect Safari
Sat, March 07, 2020 Blue Hike Kayak Tour Lake Norris March 7 2020
Sat, March 07, 2020 Community Volunteer Day
Mon, March 02, 2020 Restoration Work Day
Sat, February 29, 2020 Community Volunteer Day
Mon, February 24, 2020 Restoration Work Day
Sat, February 22, 2020 Blue Hike Kayak Tour February 2020
Sat, February 22, 2020 Community Volunteer Day
Mon, February 17, 2020 Presidents' Day Archery Camp
Mon, February 17, 2020 Restoration Work Day
Sat, February 15, 2020 Gopher Tortoise Run 3-miler on site run/walk
Sat, February 15, 2020 Community Volunteer Day
Wed, February 12, 2020 Story Time
Tue, February 11, 2020 Homeschool Class Series
Mon, February 10, 2020 Restoration Work Day
Sat, February 08, 2020 Insect Safari
Sat, February 08, 2020 Volunteer Day - WOHS JROTC
Mon, February 03, 2020 Restoration Work Day
Sat, February 01, 2020 Insect Safari
Sat, February 01, 2020 Volunteer Day - Dharma Inc. Youth Group
Sat, February 01, 2020 Gopher Tortoise Run - 3 Miler for Conservation
Mon, January 27, 2020 Restoration Work Day
Sat, January 25, 2020 Community Open House
Sat, January 25, 2020 Community Open House Volunteers
Mon, January 20, 2020 Restoration Work Day - Troop 210
Sat, January 18, 2020 Project Learning Tree
Sat, January 18, 2020 Community Volunteer Day
Thu, January 16, 2020 Brevard County Private Event
Tue, January 14, 2020 Homeschool Class Series
Mon, January 13, 2020 Restoration Work Day
Sat, January 11, 2020 Blue Hike Kayak Tour January 2020
Sat, January 11, 2020 Community Volunteer Day
Mon, January 06, 2020 Restoration Work Day
Sat, January 04, 2020 Insect Safari
Sat, January 04, 2020 Community Volunteer Day
Mon, December 30, 2019 Restoration Work Day
Mon, December 23, 2019 Restoration Work Day - Event Full
Sat, December 21, 2019 Community Volunteer Day
Mon, December 16, 2019 Restoration Work Day
Sat, December 14, 2019 Community Volunteer Day
Tue, December 10, 2019 Booking.com Volunteer Day
Mon, December 09, 2019 Restoration Work Day
Sat, December 07, 2019 Insect Safari
Sat, December 07, 2019 Blue Hike Kayak Tour December 2019
Sat, December 07, 2019 Planting, Trail Life Volunteers only
Mon, December 02, 2019 Restoration Work Day
Sat, November 30, 2019 Community Volunteer Day
Mon, November 25, 2019 Restoration Work Day
Sat, November 23, 2019 Community Volunteer Day
Mon, November 18, 2019 Restoration Work Day
Sat, November 16, 2019 Community Volunteer Day
Wed, November 13, 2019 Story Time
Tue, November 12, 2019 Homeschool Class Series
Mon, November 11, 2019 Restoration Work Day
Sat, November 09, 2019 Goin' Batty with Florida Bats
Sat, November 09, 2019 Community Volunteer Day
Mon, November 04, 2019 Restoration Work Day
Sat, November 02, 2019 Insect Safari
Sat, November 02, 2019 Blue Hike Kayak Tour
Sat, November 02, 2019 Community Volunteer Day
Mon, October 28, 2019 Restoration Work Day
Sat, October 26, 2019 3:00 Boat Tour
Sat, October 26, 2019 2:00 Boat Tour
Sat, October 26, 2019 1:00 Boat Tour
Sat, October 26, 2019 12:00 Boat Tour
Sat, October 26, 2019 11am Boat Tour
Sat, October 26, 2019 Oakland Heritage & Wildlife Festval
Sat, October 26, 2019 Heritage & Wildlife Festival Volunteer Day
Mon, October 21, 2019 Restoration Work Day
Sat, October 19, 2019 Trunk or Treat
Sat, October 19, 2019 Blue Hike Kayak Tour: Cancelled
Sat, October 19, 2019 Community Volunteer Day
Mon, October 14, 2019 Restoration Work Day
Sat, October 12, 2019 Community Volunteer Day
Tue, October 08, 2019 Homeschool Class Series
Mon, October 07, 2019 Restoration Work Day
Sat, October 05, 2019 Insect Safari
Sat, October 05, 2019 Community Volunteer Day
Mon, September 30, 2019 Restoration Work Day
Mon, September 23, 2019 Restoration Work Day
Sat, September 21, 2019 Community Volunteer Day
Mon, September 16, 2019 Restoration Work Day
Sat, September 14, 2019 Community Volunteer Day
Tue, September 10, 2019 Homeschool Class Series
Mon, September 09, 2019 Restoration Work Day
Sat, September 07, 2019 Insect Safari
Sat, September 07, 2019 Community Volunteer Day
Sat, August 31, 2019 Community Volunteer Day
Mon, August 26, 2019 Restoration Work Day
Sat, August 24, 2019 Community Volunteer Day
Mon, August 19, 2019 Restoration Work Day
Sat, August 17, 2019 Community Volunteer Day
Mon, August 12, 2019 Restoration Work Day
Sat, August 03, 2019 Insect Safari
Mon, June 17, 2019 Summer Camp
Wed, June 12, 2019 Story Time

Get Involved 

Restoration 

Our goal is to restore the Preserve upland property back to the way it was before explorers arrived to the Americas, to its original Sandhill habitat. Habitat Restoration volunteers: Remove invasive plants, prepare the soil, growing native plants, maintain restored areas, and monitor wildlife. More information...

 

Museum and Office

You do not have to be a Master Naturalist or scientist to be a great volunteer tour guide, museum docent, environmental interpreter or greeter.  If you enjoy the outdoors and talking with people, and have an outgoing and friendly demeanor we welcome you to consider joining our program.  More information...

 

Youth

ONP Eco-Interpreter (EI) volunteer's main priority is engaging with ONP guests at activity stations on the porch of our Education Center. 

The Leader in Training (LIT) program is for youth who want to gain knowledge in programming events, working with kids and gain leadership skills. More information..

Membership 

An annual membership to the Oakland Nature Preserve helps us to provide resources to support the restoration efforts, education programs, and mission to educate the public about the natural history and ecology of the Lake Apopka basin.

 Become a Member Now

 

Our mission: 

To promote an understanding of the fragile balance between mankind and the environment by educating visitors about Lake Apopka basin's ecosystems and cultural history, and by restoring and conserving the lands within the Preserve. 

 

Photo Environmental Education Center 

Florida Communities Trust Logo

Funding for the acquisition of this site was provided by the Florida Communities Trust using Preservation 2000 funds.

 

  

Call:
Office: +1 407-905-0054

Address:
P O Box 841

747 Machete Trail

Oakland, FL 34760

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