a big Thank you to you the sandpine alliance

December 2017

We would like to extend a big thank you to the terrific team members of the Sandpine Alliance, who conducted a very successful Prescribed Burn on the Orange Trail this week. 

Brent and his team from Wildland Restoration International have worked diligently the last few weeks on fire preparations, opening up the canopy, by removing oak trees and conducting targeted herbicide applications. This paved the way for David's team of the Sandpine Alliance, to conduct the burn. Weather conditions this week were optimal, and the burn was textbook perfect, with minimal smoke and no disturbance to nearby residents and roads.

The Sandpine Alliance is a social capitalist enterprise working to preserve nature and better humanity. We are extremely grateful to them, for running this Prescribed Fire, which is vital in our ongoing Sandhill Habitat restoration efforts.  


a big Thank you to you wildland restoration INTERNATIONAL

November 2017

We would like to extend kind words and big thank you to the terrific team members of Wildland Restoration International, who have been assisting with hurricane cleanup and prescribed burn preparations here at Oakland Nature Preserve over the last few weeks. WRI is a non-profit conservation organization focused solely on integrated fire management. Their mission is to help humanity manage fire for the greatest benefit to people and wildlife, by offering services such as prescribed fire implementation, training, and planning. We very much appreciate their dedication and hard work, their recent support has been invaluable. 


a big Thank you to you Dr Phillips charities

June 2016

Oakland Nature Preserve is delighted to announce we were awarded a grant in the amount of $3,120 by Dr. Phillips Charities to expand our After School Science Club to middle-school-aged children. Currently our After-School Science Program serves first through fifth grade students, with this generous funding we are planning to run a Fall (September – December 2017) and Spring (January-March 2018) set of classes to sixth through eighth graders, with a brand new curriculum.  

Our ASSC was initiated to support ONP’s environmental/conservation education mission. Offered twice a year since its launch in 2011, ASSC’s initial goal was to simply get children outdoors and connected to Florida’s natural environments. The curriculum is evaluated and revised annually for more effective lessons, and, more recently, to support the educational objectives of the schools that visit ONP throughout the year.

This expansion will complement our diverse range of environmental programs, providing the education necessary for people to make decisions that will have a positive effect on mankind and the natural environment.

The Dr. Phillips name has been a major economic and philanthropic presence in the Central Florida community since the turn of the 20th century. Dr. Phillips Charities (Dr. Phillips Inc. and The Dr. P. Phillips Foundation) uses the earnings from its investment and real estate income to give financial assistance to hundreds of charities serving primarily in Orange and Osceola counties. Dr. Phillips has contributed more than $180 million in grants and pledges to Central Florida. Learn more at www.drphillips.org.

Stay tuned for more details of our After-School Science Program coming this Fall!


Chipotle Fundraiser

May 2017

 Thank you to everyone who helped to organize, spread the word and participated in this Fundraising Event. It was great seeing many familiar faces, and meeting new ones :) A BIG thank you to the Chipotle of Winter Garden Florida for hosting us!

Thank you to everyone who helped to organize, spread the word and participated in this Fundraising Event. It was great seeing many familiar faces, and meeting new ones :) A BIG thank you to the Chipotle of Winter Garden Florida for hosting us!

Congratulations to Jackie Rolly on her Citizen Conservation award from the wildlife society

April 2017

We were delighted to learn that Jackie Rolly, one of our long time Board Members, was this years recipient of the Citizen Conservation Award from the Florida Chapter of the Wildlife Society. 

Jackie Rolly is by far the most active Board Member at Oakland Nature Preserve, having contributed more than 6,000 volunteer hours spanning 10 years. 

More than 11 acres of beautiful sandhill habitat have been restored at Oakland Nature Preserve, thanks to her tireless efforts. In addition to her extensive restoration work at the Preserve, Jackie supports the organization’s mission by participating in everything from native plant sales at fundraising events, to giving educational seminars and supervising volunteers. She is also the lead instructor for both the Uplands and Freshwater Systems Master Naturalist Program through UF, IFAS, at the Preserve.

Thank you Jackie for everything you do, and congratulations again! 



Thank you Duke Energy Foundation for your generous donation

December 2016

A BIG thank you to our friends at the Duke Energy Foundation for their very generous donation towards Oakland Nature Preserve’s Summer Camp and new Paddle Program.

Last year, with the assistance of Duke Energy, we doubled our capacity offered at Summer Camp, providing quality environmental education to 120 students in an outdoor, hands-on setting. We are planning the same for 2017, program details and dates to be announced soon. This donation will also allow us to expand the range and quantity of Paddle Tours offered by Oakland Nature Preserve. Stay tuned for more details!

The generous support offered by Duke Energy means so much to the staff, volunteers, visitors and Board of Directors of ONP, thank you so very much!


Pictured is Debbie Clements presenting Duke Energy’s generous check to Denise & Taylor, our new ACA Level II Paddle Instructors.