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Trout Lake Nature Center

Sharing the importance of environmental conservation with future generations
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Real Florida, Real close

At Trout Lake Nature Center we are on a mission to educate and inform people of all ages about not only our environment but on how to protect and preserve the lands, waters and their inhabitants. As a regional educational resource, we hold numerous demonstrations, talks, events and educational opportunities that will interest all ages. Our commitment to work hand and hand with the Lake County school system allows children to gain a unique perspective of our area’s wildlife and lands.

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Why we do what we do

We love to share the great experiences at Trout Lake Nature Center. We offer many events every year to bring our visitors on the journey with us. From nature walks, musical events, the Nature Sprouts program, scouting events, holiday events and more, we bring excitement to the study and enjoyment of nature and wildlife. Tell your friends, neighbors and classmates about us and follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram to stay up-to-date.

To see the joy on children’s face as they encounter one of our turtles, snakes or other critters reminds us why we do what we do. A walk on a trail and boardwalk to the dock on Trout Lake is a peaceful and scenic experience. The 230-acre property features a museum, educational displays, several trails, a swinging bridge and a picnic area. Don’t miss our stunning grandfather oaks.

Our visitors

Last year Trout Lake Nature Center had over 11,000 visitors, not including students and program participants. TLNC is a wonderful place to experience natural Florida and learn about this very special region of the state. Visitors enjoy walking the many trails, visiting the museum and strolling the peaceful lake boardwalk.
“This is a treasure! When you go be sure you take the walk way that was built by the Boy Scouts as part of an Eagle Scout project. Great museum”

– BILL H. I. via TripAdvisor

Our Amenities

Around Trout Lake Nature Center
The Charles Newell Museum & the Environmental Education Building

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Our Reviews

“I can’t speak highly enough about Trout Lake Nature Center. Their staff is awesome. This is the “real” Florida. Nature trails, exhibits, and classes are all here. The staff loves to teach, and I often take my kids to there educational field trips.” Susan I.

TripAdvisor

“We have been going there since we moved to the area 12 years ago and try to attend all of their fabulous activities. What we appreciate is the variety of events, activities and lectures that are offered. The atmosphere is casual, social and educational.” 95Charlie

TripAdvisor

“Trout Lake Nature Center is a great, educational nature center that participates fully with local schools, has great displays of local wildlife and is a wonderful, relaxing place to take a walk in the woods and down to the lake! There are always opportunities for volunteers as well.” Bonanza Woman

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Interpretive Pine Flatwoods Trails

Throughout our 230 acre property, there are many trails for hiking and enjoying the outdoors. Don’t miss our swinging bridge on the Adventure Trail. You will also find interpretive signs throughout the property that highlight different plants and animals. Keep an eye out for our resident box turtles!

We have wonderful Volunteers

For some people, Volunteering is about giving. But for the like of you, it’s about living and sharing. Thank you for all that you do.

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