About Us


How TLNC Began

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.

Learning Resource

In 1994 we began school field trips, creating memories and an appreciation across generations. 1997 saw the dedication of the Environmental Education Center. Since then, the Charles Newell Museum and the Environmental Education Center have served Lake County as important parts of the Trout Lake Nature Center experience.

Our Programs

We offer a variety of programs all throughout the year. Through our workshops, seminars, holiday events we strive to educate the community on how to protect our fragile environment and the beauty of our local ecosystem.

Nature Sprouts

Our Nature Sprouts program is a FREE, fun and active program created for children and their favorite adult. It’s wonderful to watch the kids connect with nature.

Community programs

We welcome the community to participate in our many programs. The programs vary depending on what nature has to offer!

education seminars

Trout Lake Nature Center’s mission is to educate others on the environment and how we can work together to protect it.

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