Nestled on the outskirts of Gainesville is Palm Point Nature Park, a 16.1 acre nature park, and a quiet, little hidden gem with trails covered in big cypress, oak and palm trees. But the real attraction comes when visitors walk down the shaded, moss-covered trails to the panoramic views of Newnans Lake. Birds, wildlife and … Continue reading Palm Point Nature Park
When you think of Gainesville, alligators usually come to mind. But if you go a little bit beyond the swamp, you’ll find Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation - a 274-acre wildlife refuge less than 20 minutes from UF’s campus. From howling hyenas to loving lemurs, Carson Springs is home to more than 70 different animals from … Continue reading Walk on the Wild Side of Gainesville
The Florida Museum of Natural History on the University of Florida campus is celebrating the 100th anniversary of being named the state’s official natural history museum by the Florida Legislature in 1917. The Museum is made-up of multiple buildings on the University of Florida campus including Dickinson Hall, Powell Hall, the Randell Research Center, and the McGuire … Continue reading Florida Museum Celebrates 100 years!
Payne’s Prairie State Park became Florida’s first state preserve in 1970 when the state purchased the land from the Camp family; and located at the north entrance of Payne’s Prairie is the charming La Chua Trail. While Gainesville is known for its alligators, the La Chua Trail is home to such local wildlife as wild … Continue reading La Chua Trail
Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation is an educational conservation facility that rescues exotic animals in need. Carson Springs also has a rehabilitation license for native wildlife, and supports conservation of endangered species. The facility is home to over 25 different animal species and adheres to strict safety protocols to provide the animals with the best living … Continue reading Feeling Wild?
The University of Florida is home to the largest occupied bat houses in North America. Estimates vary on just how many bats live on campus, from as many as 300,000, to between 100,000 to 200,000, but what is certain is that there are more bats on campus than you will see anywhere else. We went … Continue reading UF Bat Houses – World’s largest occupied bat house!