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. Click here to download the Nomination Form.
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...