​​​​​Upcoming Public Programs

 

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PROGRAM INFORMATION


  • Reservations are required for ALL programs (unless otherwise noted).
     
  • TO REGISTER and MAKE PAYMENT for PROGRAMS:
    Online - Select the “Online Services” tab at the top of this page and click on Register/Pay for Program; Login with your username and password. (New users must create a household account online-please follow online instructions)

    In Person - Visit the nature center during operating hours.


Weekly Programs

Reptile Feedings
Families/all ages, FREE (No reservations needed)
Wednesdays, 3:30 p.m.
Saturdays, 1:00 p.m.

Owl Feedings
Families/all ages, FREE (No reservations needed)
Thursdays, 3:30 p.m.
 
Snake Feedings
Families/all ages, FREE (No reservations required)
Fridays, 3:30 p.m.     


FEBRUARY
  • ARCHERY OPEN RANGE
    Saturday, February 1, 9:30 a.m.
    Ages 8+, $10/participant (Reservations required)
    **Prerequisite: Must have completed Archery for Beginners**
    Practice those new-found archery skills! This practice session allows participants to work on precision and accuracy with a compound bow. Equipment is provided.

  • OKEEHEELEE AFTER HOURS
    Friday, February 7, 5:30 p.m.
    Ages 18+, $5/participant (Reservations required)
    During this program, a naturalist will lead the group on a sunset hike all around the nature preserve to search for crepuscular and nocturnal animals. As the day turns to night, look and listen for bats, owls, armadillos, flying squirrels, spiders and more! This session is for adults only to allow for slow and quiet exploration.

  • NATURE WALK
    Saturday, February 22, 10:30 a.m.
    Families/all ages, FREE (No reservations required)
    Go on a FREE guided nature walk through the pine flatwoods ecosystem and learn about the plants and animals that live right here in the local community.

  • OKEEHEELEE OWL PROWL
    Friday, February 28, 6:00 p.m. 
    Ages 8+, $5/participant (Reservations required)
    Meet a couple of the nature center resident owls up-close and learn more about other animals that prowl the forest after dark. Then look for wildlife on a moonlight hike and make s’mores around the campfire!

MARCH
  • ARCHERY FOR BEGINNERS
    Saturday, March 14, 9:30 a.m.
    Tuesday, March 24, 9:30 a.m.
    Ages 8+, $10/participant (Reservations required)
    Learn the basics of archery from safety to shooting and develop a great new skill during this two-hour program. Equipment is provided. Space is limited.

  • GOPHER TORTOISE CELEBRATION
    Saturday, March 21, 10:00 a.m.
    Families/all ages, FREE (No reservations required)
    Celebrate the preserve’s most unique inhabitant—the gopher tortoise! Enjoy games, crafts, displays, and presentations all focused on this rare species and the important role they play in the environment. Enjoy storytime for young children, tortoise habitat hikes with ONC naturalists, and meet-and-greets with their ambassador tortoise “Sparky”. Participation is free thanks to a grant from the Gopher Tortoise Council and Friends of Okeeheelee Nature Center.

  • ARCHERY OPEN RANGE
    Tuesday, March 24, 12:00 p.m.
    Ages 8+, $10/participant (Reservations required)
    **Prerequisite: Must have completed Archery for Beginners**
    Practice those new-found archery skills! This 1.5 hour practice session allows participants to work on precision and accuracy with a compound bow. Equipment is provided.

  • OKEEHEELEE OWL PROWL
    Friday, March 27, 6:30 p.m. 
    Ages 8+, $5/participant (Reservations required)
    Meet a couple of the nature center resident owls up-close and learn more about other animals that prowl the forest after dark. Then look for wildlife on a moonlight hike and make s’mores around the campfire!

  • NATURE WALK
    Saturday, March 28, 10:30 a.m.
    Families/all ages, FREE (No reservations required)
    Go on a FREE guided nature walk through the pine flatwoods ecosystem and learn about the plants and animals that live right here in the local community.