Natural Resources and Programs

Preserving Gainesville’s Natural Areas for Education, Recreation, and the Future...

Nature Operations Division is a part of The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department.
The Nature Operations Division develops and conducts environmental education programs for the Alachua County school system, community education classes, nature preschool programs, and weekend and summer programs. Its staff is responsible for the development and operation of the City's Greenways and Greenspace Design including the Hogtown Creek Greenway, nature preserves development, and habitat management.

Sandhill Restoration Project at Boulware Springs Nature Park

A project to restore the sandhill habitat at Boulware Springs Nature Park and Sweetwater Preserve has completed the first phase with the removal of invasive hardwoods. Learn more about the habitat restoration projects at Boulware Springs Nature Park. Those visiting the park and the Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail will notice a difference in the surroundings. --> More info.


Every November on the Saturday after Thanksgiving: Saturday, November 28, 2015, from 9am-4pm. 

This event is held each year the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and combines traditions of giving thanks and fall harvest with live fiddle, banjo and string-band music, which were major influences on American entertainment for more than 150 years. Bring your holiday guests, friends and family out to Morningside’s beautiful Living History Farm to experience the making and bottling of sugar cane syrup, biscuits hot from the wood cookstove, live roots music, horse-drawn wagon rides and living history interpreters and demonstrators bringing a country day in 1870 to life. More Info...

Contact Us:
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs
Administrative Office
Thomas Center “A”, 302 NE 6th Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32627
Linda Demetropoulos, Nature Operations Manager
Phone: 352-334-5067
Mailing Address: PO Box 490, Station 30, Gainesville, FL 32627-0490
Fax: 352-334-2314
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Environmental Education Programs

Please Contact:
Sally Wazny, Program Coordinator 
Phone: 352-393-8438

BOOK A PROGRAM: environmental science and cultural history curriculum enrichment programs.

  Seasonal Public Programs:
Offered at Morningside Nature Center


Nature & Heritage Events:
  Great Invader Raider Rally
  Native Plant Sale
  Farm and Forest Festival
  Jean Dorney Memorial Wildflower Walks
  Cane Boil and FiddleFest
City Beautification Board (CBB):
  Urban Forestry Workshop
  Florida Arbor Day
  Earth Day Celebration
  National Arbor Day