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August is National Water Quality Month
Lake Apopka is no stranger to poor water quality; just ask the Friends of Lake Apopka (FOLA) or anyone who lives along the shores of Florida’s 3rd largest lake that was one time touted as “the best bass fishing in the nation.” Due to years of pollution, however, Lake Apopka’s water quality was so
poor that it was eventually declared a Superfund cleanup site.

Today, you can stand on the dock at Oakland Nature Preserve and see a much different lake. While there is still much work that needs to be done, Lake Apopka is recovering. Bass once again inhabit the lake and Osprey fish its waters.

Many Americans take good quality water for granted, thanks to the Clean Water Act. This is not the case globally or everywhere in the United States. Take a moment this month to be grateful for the clean, fresh glass of water from your tap, and walk the Oakland Nature Preserve boardwalk to the Lake Apopka to appreciate the diversity of plants and animals that have returned to this valuable water resource in central Florida.

Duke Energy Powers ONP!
For the second year in a row, Duke Energy has provided funding for our week long summer camps.  Here's how we say thanks!

Whole Foods Markets Makes ONP Beneficiary of “Donate Your Dime” Campaign

Whole Foods Market in Orlando has made the Oakland Nature Preserve (ONP) the beneficiary of a fundraising campaign for the second year in a row. Last year over $3,000 was raised during the “5% Day” Campaign when 5 percent of one day’s net store sales were donated to ONP.  The donation was used to help fund educational programs and restoration efforts, as well as for general operating funds.

This year Whole Foods Market will be asking its customers to donate the dime they normally get credited to their bill for using reusable bags to ONP. The “Donate Your Dime” for ONP Campaign will begin July 1 and go through September 30, 2014.

If you are a regular Whole Foods Market shopper, please remember to “Donate Your Dime” to ONP. If you are new to Whole Foods Market, please visit their store at 8003 Turkey Lake Road in Orlando. You can virtually visit the store at

For more information about the “Donate Your Dime” to ONP contact Barb Gugliotti at or call 407-509-0054.

Other Upcoming Events

We have many exciting events happening in the next few months.  Be sure to visit our calendar or our education page for full listings.

Oakland Nature Preserve Calendar of Events
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Oakland Nature Preserve
747 Machete Trail Oakland, FL 34787 Phone (407) 905-0054