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    • Sat, February 01, 2020
    • Sat, February 29, 2020
    • Anywhere!
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    How does a virtual race work?

    A virtual race can be done at any venue that you wish.  You can walk, jog, skip or run the distance of your choice. You can complete your race at the gym on a treadmill, a practice run in town, a stroll in the park, or another local racing event. ONP believes in the honor system so no proof is required for your race, but it would be awesome if you could upload pictures and tell us about your experience on our Facebook page.  The first 100 race participants will be mailed a finisher’s medal.  

    Why should I do a virtual race?

    The short answer would be because they are cool. The more detailed top 3 reasons would include:

    1. The chance to add a really cool medal (also known as "Bling") to your collection.
    2. Complete control over your schedule. Complete the race on your own time. No travel expenses, no hassle with parking and no long lines waiting at the potty.
    3. An opportunity to support a great cause. Each of our races will benefit a deserving charity that is making a difference.

    Who can participate?

    Everybody and anybody!  There is no age limit and there are no restrictions.  So run, jog, walk, crawl, run alone, run in a group, run with your pet, bike, hike,  it doesn't matter. Just get out there and get moving!  

    Do I have to complete the distance all at one time or can I break it up into different days?

    No you are not required to run your distance all at one time. Feel free to break it up into several runs if you need to.  

     

    I don't live in the United States, can I still participate?

    Absolutely!!! Sign up today.  

    • Sat, February 22, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 0
    Registration is closed

     

    • Sat, February 22, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Lake Norris
    • 1
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    Lake Norris

    Need to rent a kayak? Kayaks are limited so please visit www.oaklandnaturepreserve.org/blue-hike to rent kayak before you register for hike.

     

    • Mon, February 24, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 8
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    • Sat, February 29, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 0
    Registration is closed

     

    • Mon, March 02, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 1
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    • Sat, March 07, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 0
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    • Sat, March 07, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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     Led by entomologist Christy LeDuc, this is a fun, family suitable program where attendees will learn about different native insects of Florida. A different topic is featured each month. 

    What you can expect: The Program will start with a brief classroom presentation, following by a guided hike on the Preserve, where attendees have the opportunity to see bugs up close and personal!

    What to bring: Participants are advised to bring a reusable water bottle, wear closed toed shoes and weather appropriate clothing. Bug nets and containers will be provided. 

    Where to meet: In the classroom of the Education Center at 10am. 

    Members are free and $5 donations from non-members help support our programs. We have limited classroom space, so we ask visitors to please register in advance. Please check your email and the Facebook page for last-minute weather cancellations. 

    • Tue, March 10, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Classroom
    • 5
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    Tree-mendous Trees

    Trees are all around us, but how often do we stop to really consider them? Trees have a fascinating secret life that is fun to explore.

    • Sat, March 14, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 0
    Registration is closed

     

    • Mon, March 16, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 10
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    • Mon, March 16, 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • ONP
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    • Sat, March 21, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 3
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    • Sat, March 21, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Alexander Springs
    • 10
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    Alexander Springs

    Need to rent a kayak? Kayaks are limited so please visit www.oaklandnaturepreserve.org/blue-hike to rent kayak before you register for hike.

     

    • Sat, March 21, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Oakland Nature Preserve Classroom
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    Get youth engaged in learning with Florida Standards correlated training programs Project Learning Tree and Project Wild! Normally separate workshops, this is a 2 for 1 opportunity!

    Project WILD (K-12) helps educators teach about wildlife and the environment through engaging, hands-on educational activities, incorporates all subjects, from math to music!

    Project Learning Tree (PreK-8) promotes understanding of our environment and the importance of conservation through lessons that encourage critical thinking and creative problem solving.

    Participants receive 2 complete guides and get experience with activities you can incorporate in the classroom right away!



    • Sat, March 28, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 10
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    Family Volunteer Day - Join us in a special project to commemorate Gopher Tortoise Day which is coming up on April 10th.

    Families are invited to make 'seed bombs' to help distribute wildflower seeds in our restoration areas. ONP is home to many gopher tortoises who need native grasses and wildlflowers to eat. After the bombs are made, we will toss them into our restoration areas on Gopher Tortoise Day.

    Join us in the Classroom between 9am and 12pm - it will take your family group 30-45 minutes to complete the activity and then you're invited to explore our trails! 

    Please submit one registration per family.


    • Sat, April 04, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Register

     Led by entomologist Christy LeDuc, this is a fun, family suitable program where attendees will learn about different native insects of Florida. A different topic is featured each month. 

    What you can expect: The Program will start with a brief classroom presentation, following by a guided hike on the Preserve, where attendees have the opportunity to see bugs up close and personal!

    What to bring: Participants are advised to bring a reusable water bottle, wear closed toed shoes and weather appropriate clothing. Bug nets and containers will be provided. 

    Where to meet: In the classroom of the Education Center at 10am. 

    Members are free and $5 donations from non-members help support our programs. We have limited classroom space, so we ask visitors to please register in advance. Please check your email and the Facebook page for last-minute weather cancellations. 

    • Mon, April 06, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 10
    Register

     

    • Wed, April 08, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • ONP Museum
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    Story TBD 

    • Sat, April 11, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 2
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    • Sat, April 11, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Helena Run
    • 9
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    Helena Run

    Need to rent a kayak? Kayaks are limited so please visit www.oaklandnaturepreserve.org/blue-hike to rent kayak before you register for hike.

     

    • Tue, April 14, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Classroom
    • 9
    Register

    Florida's Native Past

    The indigenous people of our state lived for more than 12,000 years before the time of first contact with Europeans. In this class we will be looking at Florida's Native peoples, practice skills, play games and more.

    • Sat, April 18, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 7
    Register

    Come help us spruce up the Jim Thomas Environmental Education Center and our Lake Pavilion as we will be getting ready for our Night At The Preserve event

    • Sat, April 18, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • ONP
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    Join us for a wonderful evening of food, drinks, music, and more. 

    This is event is for adults 21+, no children please.

    • Mon, April 20, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 10
    Register

     

    • Sat, April 25, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 7
    Register


    • Sun, April 26, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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    Volunteer Day for Disney VoluntEARS. 

    Currently, many of our volunteer activities involves actively participating in habitat restoration as we move towards our goal of restoring the area’s native longleaf pine and sand hill habitats. Volunteer duties may include but are not limited to removing invasive plants on many of our trails, trimming plants along our boardwalk, leaf-blowing the parking lot, boardwalk, and pavilion, and various other tasks including but not limited to clerical and office work.

    General info: Because these are outdoor activities, it’s important to wear weather appropriate clothing, closed-toed shoes, and sunscreen. Bug spray is also recommended during the warm months. Please bring a reusable water bottle and gardening gloves if you have them!

    • Tue, May 12, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Classroom
    • 8
    Register

    Living Wetlands: Nurseries of Life

    Exploration, observation and documentation will guide children as they explore the wetlands found at the Preserve.

     

    • Mon, June 15, 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • Fri, June 19, 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • ONP
    • 17
    Register

    Week 1: Backbone Not Required                                                           

    What do snails, spiders, insects, and centipedes have in common? They've got no spine! Join us for a week of exploring the amazing world of these spineless creatures. Ages 6-12

     

    • Mon, June 22, 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • Fri, June 26, 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • ONP
    • 18
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    Week 2: The Nature of Minecraft                                                                         

    What can we learn from Minecraft IRL “in real life”?!? In this camp we will compare the Minecraft world to the real world, real world geology and biomes, relate survival mode to past human culture and technologies, and, of course, craft, build, and journey into the Nether! Ages 6-12

     

     

    • Mon, June 29, 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • Fri, July 03, 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • ONP
    • 11
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    Week 3: The Lorax, and more…                                                                 

    Once-lers and Bar-ba-loots, Swomee-Swans and Truffula fruits! Join us as we explore the natural world through the eyes of Dr. Seuss. Ages 5-12

     

     

    • Mon, July 06, 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • Fri, July 10, 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • ONP
    • 14
    Register

    Week 4: Squirrel-lock Holmes: Mystery at the Preserve                                  

    The Preserve needs your help in solving a mystery! Join Squirrel-lock Holmes and Dr. Spot-son to uncover clues, break codes, explore disguises, and more during this week of investigation and mystery.

    Ages 6-12

     

     

    • Mon, July 13, 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • Fri, July 17, 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • ONP
    • 21
    Register

    Week 5: Creatures of the Night                                                                         

    Explore bats, owls and more as we look into the creatures that go ‘bump’ in the night at the Preserve.

    Ages 6-12

     

     

    • Mon, July 20, 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • Fri, July 24, 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • ONP
    • 18
    Register

    Week 6: What’s your calling?                                                                           

    Are you considering a career in the environmental field? Join us for a week exploring environmental fobs such as water ecology, fire technology, public service, and more. This camp includes time in kayaks on Lake Apopka, and working with the ONP “Burn Boss.”

    Ages 13-17

     

     

Past events

Mon, February 17, 2020 Presidents' Day Archery Camp
Mon, February 17, 2020 Restoration Work Day
Sat, February 15, 2020 Gopher Tortoise Run 3-miler on site run/walk
Sat, February 15, 2020 Community Volunteer Day
Wed, February 12, 2020 Story Time
Tue, February 11, 2020 Homeschool Class Series
Mon, February 10, 2020 Restoration Work Day
Sat, February 08, 2020 Insect Safari
Sat, February 08, 2020 Volunteer Day - WOHS JROTC
Mon, February 03, 2020 Restoration Work Day
Sat, February 01, 2020 Insect Safari
Sat, February 01, 2020 Volunteer Day - Dharma Inc. Youth Group
Mon, January 27, 2020 Restoration Work Day
Sat, January 25, 2020 Community Open House
Sat, January 25, 2020 Community Open House Volunteers
Mon, January 20, 2020 Restoration Work Day - Troop 210
Sat, January 18, 2020 Project Learning Tree
Sat, January 18, 2020 Community Volunteer Day
Thu, January 16, 2020 Brevard County Private Event
Tue, January 14, 2020 Homeschool Class Series
Mon, January 13, 2020 Restoration Work Day
Sat, January 11, 2020 Blue Hike Kayak Tour January 2020
Sat, January 11, 2020 Community Volunteer Day
Mon, January 06, 2020 Restoration Work Day
Sat, January 04, 2020 Insect Safari
Sat, January 04, 2020 Community Volunteer Day
Mon, December 30, 2019 Restoration Work Day
Mon, December 23, 2019 Restoration Work Day - Event Full
Sat, December 21, 2019 Community Volunteer Day
Mon, December 16, 2019 Restoration Work Day
Sat, December 14, 2019 Community Volunteer Day
Tue, December 10, 2019 Booking.com Volunteer Day
Mon, December 09, 2019 Restoration Work Day
Sat, December 07, 2019 Insect Safari
Sat, December 07, 2019 Blue Hike Kayak Tour December 2019
Sat, December 07, 2019 Planting, Trail Life Volunteers only
Mon, December 02, 2019 Restoration Work Day
Sat, November 30, 2019 Community Volunteer Day
Mon, November 25, 2019 Restoration Work Day
Sat, November 23, 2019 Community Volunteer Day
Mon, November 18, 2019 Restoration Work Day
Sat, November 16, 2019 Community Volunteer Day
Wed, November 13, 2019 Story Time
Tue, November 12, 2019 Homeschool Class Series
Mon, November 11, 2019 Restoration Work Day
Sat, November 09, 2019 Goin' Batty with Florida Bats
Sat, November 09, 2019 Community Volunteer Day
Mon, November 04, 2019 Restoration Work Day
Sat, November 02, 2019 Insect Safari
Sat, November 02, 2019 Blue Hike Kayak Tour
Sat, November 02, 2019 Community Volunteer Day
Mon, October 28, 2019 Restoration Work Day
Sat, October 26, 2019 3:00 Boat Tour
Sat, October 26, 2019 2:00 Boat Tour
Sat, October 26, 2019 1:00 Boat Tour
Sat, October 26, 2019 12:00 Boat Tour
Sat, October 26, 2019 11am Boat Tour
Sat, October 26, 2019 Oakland Heritage & Wildlife Festval
Sat, October 26, 2019 Heritage & Wildlife Festival Volunteer Day
Mon, October 21, 2019 Restoration Work Day
Sat, October 19, 2019 Trunk or Treat
Sat, October 19, 2019 Blue Hike Kayak Tour: Cancelled
Sat, October 19, 2019 Community Volunteer Day
Mon, October 14, 2019 Restoration Work Day
Sat, October 12, 2019 Community Volunteer Day
Tue, October 08, 2019 Homeschool Class Series
Mon, October 07, 2019 Restoration Work Day
Sat, October 05, 2019 Insect Safari
Sat, October 05, 2019 Community Volunteer Day
Mon, September 30, 2019 Restoration Work Day
Mon, September 23, 2019 Restoration Work Day
Sat, September 21, 2019 Community Volunteer Day
Mon, September 16, 2019 Restoration Work Day
Sat, September 14, 2019 Community Volunteer Day
Tue, September 10, 2019 Homeschool Class Series
Mon, September 09, 2019 Restoration Work Day
Sat, September 07, 2019 Insect Safari
Sat, September 07, 2019 Community Volunteer Day
Sat, August 31, 2019 Community Volunteer Day
Mon, August 26, 2019 Restoration Work Day
Sat, August 24, 2019 Community Volunteer Day
Mon, August 19, 2019 Restoration Work Day
Sat, August 17, 2019 Community Volunteer Day
Mon, August 12, 2019 Restoration Work Day
Sat, August 03, 2019 Insect Safari
Mon, June 17, 2019 Summer Camp
Wed, June 12, 2019 Story Time