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.

Seeking Outstanding Citizen Contribution to Promote Environmental Awareness

The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, in cooperation with the Nature Centers Commission (NCC) is seeking nominations for the Star Awards for citizens who have made outstanding efforts to promote environmental awareness.
The Star Awards recognize citizens for their positive contribution to Gainesville’s natural environment. An individual, group, business or organization is eligible to be nominated. Nominees are accepted in three categories: Star Volunteer, Good Neighbor and Green Business. Nominate now, deadline is October 31, 2016 for service provided between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016.


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.

Gainesville Greenway Challenge

Take the challenge to protect Gainesville’s natural areas! The Gainesville Greenway Challenge is a year round effort whose aim is to restore natural habitat in Gainesville by removing invasive non-native plant species that threaten ecosystem health. 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:
Bricky Way and Justin Niblack at 352-334-3326 and

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