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 October. Please follow posted detour and safety signage while enjoying the Boardwalk. Lake Access may change daily. 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

    • Sat, October 03, 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. We have a waitlist available, you must register for the waitlist for each shift you'd like to be waitlisted on. Waitlists do not carry over.

    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, October 05, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • 1
    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!

    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, October 05, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • ONP
    • 1
    Register

    Plant Structures

    In this lesson we will continue our journey of classifying living things.  First students will compare shared and dissimilar characteristics of plants and animals.  Then students will compare and/or contrast the function of organs and other physical structures of plants vs. humans. We will then look closely at plant function and structure by breaking into groups and doing a plant dissection lab. Students will observe and identify plant parts and organs while we discuss function

    • Tue, October 06, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • ONP
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Fall Inspired Low Relief Painting ages 6-9

    Join us for a nature inspired painting using a low relief technique! Students will create a rustic masterpiece inspired by fall.

     
    • Thu, October 08, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • ONP
    • 0
    Join waitlist


    • Sat, October 10, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Dora Canal
    • 14
    Register

    Dora Canal

    Paddle Dora Canal to Lake Eustis and side canal.  Meet at Summerall Park.

    Need to rent a kayak? Kayaks are limited so please visit www.oaklandnaturepreserve.org/blue-hike to rent kayak before you register for hike.

     

    • Sat, October 17, 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. We have a waitlist available, you must register for the waitlist for each shift you'd like to be waitlisted on. Waitlists do not carry over.

    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, October 19, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • 20
    Register

    This Volunteer Event is for the David Weekley Homes corporate group.

    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.

    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 24, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • 7
    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!

    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 24, 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    This is a volunteer event for Windermere High Key Club members. Members will be assisting with the Pumpkin Glow Jack-O-Lantern Trail event. Duties will be assigned upon arrival.

    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. Parental consent for any minor is assumed by providing the Emergency Contact.

    • Sat, October 24, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Oakland Nature Preserve Green Trail
    Register

    Calling All Artists And

    Jack-O-Lantern Enthusiasts:

    We want to display your talent!   Bring us your Jack-O-Lantern for display.  All Jack-O-Lanterns will be placed along the Preserve's Green Trail to create a glowing spectacle for all to enjoy. All pumpkins submitted will be available for pick up after the event.

    Do you have a child 10 and under that would like to participate are not ready to carve a pumpkin? We will have a special Painted Pumpkins Patch at the beginning of the Pumpkin Glow Trail for these special creations.

    Awards and Age Groups:

    Would you like  your jack-o-lantern to be part of the community vote? The night of the event all ONP visitors will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite jack-o-lanterns. Each age category will be identified for the voting process. Let us know at drop off if you would like to part of the contest. 

    Ages 10 and under:

    All participants in the Painted Pumpkins Patch will receive a fun Pumpkin Glow Certificate and large ONP  sticker!

    Awards for each carved jack-o-lantern group: 

    • Fan Favorite - ONP T-shirt and special meet and great with your favorite ONP Ambassador animal.
    • 2 Honorable Mentions - Meet and greet with your favorite ONP Animal Ambassador

    Age groups:

    • Ages 10-14 
    • Ages 15-17 
    • Ages 18+


    • Mon, October 26, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • ONP
    • 5
    Register

    Comparison of Plant and Animal Cells

    In this lesson we will continue our exploration of living things by taking a close look at animal and plant cells.  We will introduce the basic parts of a cell and how they work together to maintain homeostasis. Students will learn how to use a microscope and prepare slides including the use of stains. We will examine plant (onion and elodea) and animal (their own!) cells under the microscopes.

    Standards we may touch upon:

    SC.5.L.14.2: Compare and contrast the function of organs and other physical structures of plants and animals, including humans, for example: some animals have skeletons for support – some with internal skeletons others with exoskeletons – while some plants have stems for support.

    SC.6.L.14.1Describe and identify patterns in the hierarchical organization of organisms from atoms to molecules and cells to tissues to organs to organ systems to organisms.

    SC.6.L.14.2: Investigate and explain the components of the scientific theory of cells (cell theory): all organisms are composed of cells (single-celled or multi-cellular), all cells come from pre-existing cells, and cells are the basic unit of life.

    SC.6.L.14.3Recognize and explore how cells of all organisms undergo similar processes to maintain homeostasis, including extracting energy from food, getting rid of waste, and reproducing.

    SC.6.L.14.4Compare and contrast the structure and function of major organelles of plant and animal cells, including cell wall, cell membrane, nucleus, cytoplasm, chloroplasts, mitochondria, and vacuoles.


    • Sat, October 31, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • 6

    This event is for members of the WOHS JROTC. Registration is not necessary for members of the group, but please complete the form with parent/guardian signature.

    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. We have a waitlist available, you must register for the waitlist for each shift you'd like to be waitlisted on. Waitlists do not carry over.

    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, November 02, 2020
    • (EST)
    • ONP
    • 7
    Register


    • Mon, November 02, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)
    • 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!

    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, November 07, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)
    • 6

    This event is for members of the WOHS JROTC. Registration is not necessary for members of the group, but please complete the form with parent/guardian signature.

    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. We have a waitlist available, you must register for the waitlist for each shift you'd like to be waitlisted on. Waitlists do not carry over.

    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, November 09, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)
    • ONP
    • 4
    Register

    Food Webs and Interdependence

    A food web consists of all the food chains in a single ecosystem. Each living thing in an ecosystem is part of multiple food chains. Each food chain is one possible path that energy and nutrients may take as they move through the ecosystem. All of the interconnected and overlapping food chains in an ecosystem make up a food web.

    Trophic Levels

    Organisms in food webs are grouped into categories called trophic levels. Roughly speaking, these levels are divided into producers (first trophic level), consumers, and decomposers (last trophic level).

    This lesson will enhance student understanding of the flow of energy and the interdependence of life by focusing on food chains and food webs through discussion, interactive activities and games.

    • Sat, November 14, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)
    • 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. We have a waitlist available, you must register for the waitlist for each shift you'd like to be waitlisted on. Waitlists do not carry over.

    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, November 14, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)
    • Lake Jem park
    • 15
    Register

    Lake Jem Park

    Paddle down Apopka-Beauclair canal, through Lock and return.

    Need to rent a kayak? Kayaks are limited so please visit www.oaklandnaturepreserve.org/blue-hike to rent kayak before you register for hike.

     

    • Mon, November 16, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)
    • 5
    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!

    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, November 16, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (EST)
    • ONP
    • 7
    Register

    Food Webs and Interdependence

    While humans and many animals depend on their teeth for chewing, grinding and processing food, modern birds must use their beaks and digestive tracts.  Many birds, such as the Barn Owl, must swallow their prey whole, but unlike most birds owls do not have the bag-like organ used to store food after it has been swallowed for later digestion.  Instead, the food passes directly from the gullet to the gizzard, where digestive fluids and bits of sand dissolve the digestible tissues.

    The indigestible parts of their meal, such as fur, bones, and feathers, form into small masses called “castings” or “pellets” and are regurgitated by the bird.  Scientists dissect these pellets to learn more about the owl’s behavior and the complex nature of the food chain. Students, too, can observe and learn about owl pellets just like scientists do.

    We will begin by dissecting owl pellets leading into a discussion of food chains, food webs, and interdependence and how it relates to our area.  This lesson will enhance student understanding of the flow of energy and the interdependence of life by focusing on food chains and food webs. Our walk today will be to look for decomposers, an essential part of a food web.

    Standards we may touch upon:

    Big Idea: Interdependence -

    A. Plants and animals, including humans, interact with and depend upon each other and their environment to satisfy their basic needs.

    B. Both human activities and natural events can have major impacts on the environment.

    C. Energy flows from the sun through producers to consumers.

    SC.4.L.17.2 Explain that animals, including humans, cannot make their own food and that when animals eat plants or other animals, the energy stored in the food source is passed to them.

    SC.4.L.17.3 Trace the flow of energy from the Sun as it is transferred along the food chain through the producers to the consumers.

    SC.4.L.17.4 Recognize ways plants and animals, including humans, can impact the environment.


    • Sat, November 21, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)
    • 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. We have a waitlist available, you must register for the waitlist for each shift you'd like to be waitlisted on. Waitlists do not carry over.

    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, November 23, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (EST)
    • ONP
    • 6
    Register

    Food Webs and Interdependence

    While humans and many animals depend on their teeth for chewing, grinding and processing food, modern birds must use their beaks and digestive tracts.  Many birds, such as the Barn Owl, must swallow their prey whole, but unlike most birds owls do not have the bag-like organ used to store food after it has been swallowed for later digestion.  Instead, the food passes directly from the gullet to the gizzard, where digestive fluids and bits of sand dissolve the digestible tissues.

    The indigestible parts of their meal, such as fur, bones, and feathers, form into small masses called “castings” or “pellets” and are regurgitated by the bird.  Scientists dissect these pellets to learn more about the owl’s behavior and the complex nature of the food chain. Students, too, can observe and learn about owl pellets just like scientists do.

    We will begin by dissecting owl pellet and then reassemble the bones found in the owl pellets to explore the skeletal system. Next, we will have a discussion of food chains, food webs, and interdependence and how it relates to our area.  This lesson will enhance student understanding of the flow of energy and the interdependence of life by focusing on food chains and food webs. Finally, we will go on a walk to look for decomposers, an essential part of a food web and record observations about decomposing logs during the walk, focusing on the activity found within this micro ecosystem.

    Standards we may touch upon:

    Big Idea: Interdependence -

    A. Plants and animals, including humans, interact with and depend upon each other and their environment to satisfy their basic needs.

    B. Both human activities and natural events can have major impacts on the environment.

    C. Energy flows from the sun through producers to consumers.

    SC.4.L.17.2 Explain that animals, including humans, cannot make their own food and that when animals eat plants or other animals, the energy stored in the food source is passed to them.

    SC.4.L.17.3 Trace the flow of energy from the Sun as it is transferred along the food chain through the producers to the consumers.

    SC.4.L.17.4 Recognize ways plants and animals, including humans, can impact the environment.


    • Sat, November 28, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)
    • 2
    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. We have a waitlist available, you must register for the waitlist for each shift you'd like to be waitlisted on. Waitlists do not carry over.

    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, November 30, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)
    • 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!

    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, December 05, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)
    • 15

    This is a volunteer event for Windermere High Key Club members. There is no regular volunteer hours scheduled for today.

    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!

    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. Parental consent for any minor is assumed by providing the Emergency Contact.

    • Mon, December 07, 2020
    • (EST)
    • ONP
    • 8
    Register


    • Sat, December 12, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)
    • Hull Island
    • 12
    Register

    Hull Island

    Paddle to Gourd Neck Spring or Nature Preserve

    Need to rent a kayak? Kayaks are limited so please visit www.oaklandnaturepreserve.org/blue-hike to rent kayak before you register for hike.

     

    • Mon, December 14, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)
    • 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!

    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, December 19, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)
    • 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. We have a waitlist available, you must register for the waitlist for each shift you'd like to be waitlisted on. Waitlists do not carry over.

    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, January 23, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)
    • Bugg Spring and Helena Run
    • 14
    Register

    Bugg Spring and Helena Run 

    Meet at Holiday Resort. Details to follow.

    Need to rent a kayak? Kayaks are limited so please visit www.oaklandnaturepreserve.org/blue-hike to rent kayak before you register for hike.

     

    • Sat, March 20, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Montverde
    • 15
    Register

    Montverde

    Meet at Montverde boat ramp.  Paddle to Smith's Island to see buffalo and Ferndale Preserve then return.

    Need to rent a kayak? Kayaks are limited so please visit www.oaklandnaturepreserve.org/blue-hike to rent kayak before you register for hike.

     

    • Sat, April 17, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Crooked River
    • 15
    Register

    Crooked River

    Meet at Crooked River Preserve.

    Need to rent a kayak? Kayaks are limited so please visit www.oaklandnaturepreserve.org/blue-hike to rent kayak before you register for hike.

     

    • Sat, May 22, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Lake Norris
    • 15
    Register

    Lake Norris

    Need to rent a kayak? Kayaks are limited so please visit www.oaklandnaturepreserve.org/blue-hike to rent kayak before you register for hike.

     

Past events

Tue, September 29, 2020 Art In Nature age 9-12
Mon, September 28, 2020 Science Day grades 5-6 Animal and Plant Classification
Mon, September 28, 2020 Restoration Work Day
Sat, September 26, 2020 Community Volunteer Day
Mon, September 21, 2020 Restoration Work Day
Sat, September 19, 2020 Community Volunteer Day
Mon, September 14, 2020 Homeschool Series
Sat, September 12, 2020 Community Volunteer Day
Mon, September 07, 2020 Restoration Work Day
Sat, September 05, 2020 Community Volunteer Day
Sat, August 29, 2020 Community Volunteer Day
Mon, August 24, 2020 Restoration Work Day
Sat, August 22, 2020 Community Volunteer Day
Mon, August 17, 2020 Restoration Work Day
Sat, August 15, 2020 Community Volunteer Day
Mon, August 10, 2020 Restoration Work Day
Sat, August 08, 2020 Community Volunteer Day
Mon, August 03, 2020 Restoration Work Day
Fri, July 31, 2020 Home Sweet Habitat! session 3 ages 6-12
Wed, July 29, 2020 Home Sweet Habitat! session 2 ages 9-12
Mon, July 27, 2020 Home Sweet Habitat! session 1 ages 6-9
Mon, July 27, 2020 Restoration Work Day