Trout Lake Nature Center
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.We are committed to working with Lake County schools so children gain a unique perspective of our area’s wildlife and lands and make positive nature connections.
Why we do what we do
We love to share great nature experiences. 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 Facebook, Twitter 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 oak.
Last year Trout Lake Nature Center had over 12,900 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.
– BILL H. I. via TripAdvisor
Our Capital Building Fund
Due to our popularity and the need to provide more programs, a capital building campaign is underway. We plan to construct a new natural history museum to replace the aging double-side trailer museum, add classroom, smaller meeting spaces, outdoor bathrooms and improved parking and infrastructure.
To date, approximately $900,000 has been raised.
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We have wonderful Volunteers
For some people volunteering is about giving. For Trout Lake Nature Center volunteers, it’s about living and sharing with others. Thank you for all that you do!
Our latest news
6:30 AM The sight of the sun climbing the early morning sky can be spectacular and often signals the beginning of the morning activity at TLNC’s Rookery. Birders, photographers and just plain morning folks can start their day with good comradery and a little bit of...read more
Fundraiser $5 PER CAR Join us for music, snacks and a walk down our lighted trail to the lake. Photos with Santa $5. Recent Posts email@example.com (352) 357-7536Mondays- Closed for Maintenance Tuesday-Saturday 9 AM-4 PM From October 1 to May 30, open...read more
Going NEON presented by Guy Fausnaught, Battelle The next presentation of the Trout Lake Nature Center’s (TLNC) Friday Night Naturalist series will be on Nov. 16 at 6 PM titled Going NEON presented by Guy Fausnaught, Battelle. Data about what is happening in our world...read more