(352) 357-7536 [email protected]

Trout Lake Nature Center

Sharing the importance of environmental conservation with future generations

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.



Support TLNC

Headline 1

Headline 2

Headline 3

Headline 4

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 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 oak.

Our visitors

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.

“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

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.


Basket with all our Products

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Trout Lake Nature Center. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support. Learn more about the Amazon Smile Program and how you can donate to your charity while you shop.

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.


“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


“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






Interpretive Trails

Throughout our 230 acre property, there are many trails for hiking and enjoying the outdoors. Most trail are easy hikes that can be strolled by young and old.
Interpretive signs can be found throughout the property that tell about the things you will see. Keep an eye out for our resident turtles! Download and Print the Map here.

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

Jungle Feast 2020 Tickets On Sale

Jungle Feast 2020 Tickets On Sale

Join us for a Jungle Feast on March 6, 2020 at the Florida Elks Youth Camp in Umatilla. This one-of-a-kind event is our annual fundraising gala and features live entertainment, exotic foods, unique wildlife encounters, and so much more. Trout Lake Nature Center has...

read more
Spring Break Camp: March 16-20

Spring Break Camp: March 16-20

This 9 AM - 4 PM day camp immerses third, fourth and fifth graders in developing outdoor skills while learning about nature. Cost is $130 per student. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis, Limited to 20 . For more information on this camp, call...

read more
Keep Wildlife in the Wild

Keep Wildlife in the Wild

By Anthony SmejekIf you're enjoying the outdoors with your family and your child comes across a cute little wildlife critter like a turtle, baby bird, or any number of animals in the woods, it is tempting to gather it up and take it home. However, this can become a...

read more