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July is National Park & Recreation Month & Lakes Appreciation Month!
Have you appreciated your lake today?!

Many of us get our drinking water from lakes. Most of us spend time playing on lakes.  Some of us even work on lakes. But have you taken the time to appreciate your lake? Most of us take our water resources for granted, thinking that they will always be there and usable. Lake Apopka, however, is a good example of why we should not take our lakes and other water resources for granted. It is the 3rd largest lake in Florida and was, through the 1930’s, touted as “the best bass fishing in the country.” By the mid-1940’s it began showing signs of distress. In 1981 it was declared a Superfund Site.
Fortunately due to efforts of a small but very dedicated, determined, and hardworking group of citizens, Lake Apopka is turning around. Those citizens helped to build Oakland Nature Preserve for the purpose of making sure we never take Lake Apopka for granted again. July is National Lakes Appreciation Month. Come to the Preserve and spend some time at the end of the boardwalk appreciating your Lake Apopka.

July has been celebrated as National Park and Recreation Month since 1985. This year’s theme is “Out is In.” National Park and Recreation Month is not just about getting outdoors and enjoying our nation’s vast and diverse outdoor recreation sites, but also about celebrating the remarkable men and women who work and volunteer at parks and recreation facilities, maintaining them for our enjoyment. They enhance our experience with creative and informative programs, or organized activities. Get outdoors this month and visit Oakland Nature Preserve or any of the other local parks and recreation sites. They are there for your enjoyment and benefit.

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