It’s hard to believe it’s been over 30 years since a group of Oklawaha Valley Audubon Society (OVAS) members and community members gathered together to dedicate the property now known as Trout Lake Nature Center. Through yard sales and other fundraising activities these pioneers put together the funds to purchase 130 acres around and including part of Trout Lake. That, along with a 100-acre conservation easement from the City of Eustis, created a peaceful oasis. Dedicated volunteers were able to build a boardwalk and dock on the lake and install the trailer that became our museum. In 1994 we began school field trips, creating memories and an appreciation for nature across generations. In 1997 the Education Building was built. A part-time naturalist was hired in 2001 and we now have two full time staff members. The introduction of environment-focused programs allowed TLNC to reach more interested members of our community, a mission that continues to grow and prosper. We have great hopes for the future, as evidenced by our plans to upgrade our facilities and build new classrooms and natural history museum. Please visit us and keep up with us on our journey into the future.