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Jim Thomas, Our Environmental Hero


It's Time for After School Science Club

Our increasingly popular After School Science Club is available during the Fall and Spring semesters for budding young scientists in 1st through 5th grades.  Science Club students will learn about nature, insects, plants, ecosystems, make crafts, and much more. View the syllabus here!

After School Science Club is held every Tuesday from 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm for 12 weeks.
The Fall session will begin on Sept 15, 2015 and run through December 8, 2015 (12 weeks).  There will be no Science Club on Tuesday, November 24th.  
Registration is $50 for a members and $110 for non-members.  (Family membership is $50.)

Pay for Science Club here:


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We are an official Site Manager on the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail!

If you find an injured bird or wildlife please review this important notice!

Current Maintenance Needs

Below is a list of items that currently need attention at the Preserve.  Please notify the Director if you plan to begin working on any of these items.

  • Trim the tree branches away from security cameras 3 & 5 in the parking lot.
  • Affix a memorial plate to one of the rocking chairs (In Memory of Dr. Clarence Robbins).
  • Hang the wood duck painting in the Museum.
  • Hang the stained glass piece in the Museum window.
  • Replace a single board on the boardwalk near marker #220 (to replace the wood patch).
  • Overgrown vegetation needs to be cut back on Boardwalk at marker #280.
  • Mona's Garden sign needs to be put up (sign is in the office, wooden frame and backing are in the Fish Cabin).
  • The 'Sandhill Restoration Project' sign needs to be repaired and put back up (located in the office).
  • Wooden Nature Trail sign needs to be put back up.
  • The turtle pen behind the Education Center needs new shade cloth on top to prevent debris from dirtying up the water.
  • Grass going into Sinkhole area is too overgrown to walk into the sinkhole trail.
If any of these items have been completed, please email to have this list updated.

Current Supply Needs

Below is a list of items currently needed at the Preserve.  Please email if you would like to donate any of these items.

Office Supplies
Cleaning Supplies
Wildlife Supplies
Tape Dispenser Pegs
Turtle Scale
Avery Labels (#5160)
Magic Erasers
Turtle Hide Boxes (2)
Small Manilla Envelopes
Damp Rid
Swiffer Duster
Large Clorox Wipes
Gallon Zip Lock Bags

Possible Scout Projects

Below is a list of possible scout or volunteer projects.  Please email if you would like to sign up for any of these projects.

  • Install 2-3 wooden shelves above the sink and counter in the office for storage.
  • Add an additional bench to the back side of the Orange Trail kiosk/bench, and an additional frame to the back of the kiosk to allow for additional interpretive poster(s).
  • Stencil and paint trail names on colored post markers (i.e. Orange Trail, Green Trail, etc.)
  • Large bulletin board & white board combo for posting current events and daily docent instructions to the left of "Mule Bits" (Education Center).
  • Repair or recreate the Honor Forest case at the entrance to the Boardwalk.
  • Amon Pavilion Kiosk on West Orange Trail: add wood frames around outside of aluminum kiosks to prevent vandals from prying kiosks open.

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