The people at the Oakland Nature Preserve are dedicated to preserving Florida’s natural environment through educational classes, guided hikes, paddling tours, live animal exhibits, a museum, and a microscope laboratory. The park has a few hiking trails which vary in length from 0.2 – 0.7 miles. The most popular trail is the 0.7-mile boardwalk that meanders through beautiful wetlands to a covered pavilion on Lake Apopka. Admission to the park is free, but advanced reservations and payment are required for ecology tours and special events. Some of the programs include insect safaris led by an entomologist, Cork and Canvas for adults, and story time for kids. Classroom space is limited and fill up quickly. They have a limited number of kayaks for rent for those who wish to participate in the paddling tours. Members of the Oakland Nature Preserve receive a discounted price. The Oakland Nature Preserve is also accessible from the West Orange Trail and is a popular stop for cyclists.
Last modified: August 16th, 2018