The Oakland Nature Preserve was established in 1997 and encompasses over 128 acres of land. Since the beginning, the Oakland Nature Preserve's goal has been to promote an understanding of the fragile balance between mankind and the environment by educating visitors about Lake Apopka's ecosystems and cultural history through the restoration and conservation of the lands within the Preserve.
The Oakland Nature Preserve has come a long way since its inception. Over 30,000 annual visitors come to see the wonderful additions to the preserve like; the creation of an educational center made to replicate a pioneer homestead, a 3/4 mile long boardwalk and dock to Lake Apopka. One visitor even stated that being on the Preserve's dock was like going to Gatorland without having to pay. There is still more to be done as it relates to education, conservation, and preservation, but there are big plans on the horizon for the Oakland Nature Preserve.
The Preserve offers a variety of educational classes, field trip opportunities, six different hiking trails, a boardwalk to Lake Apopka, and fun family events throughout the year. If you are interested in learning more about volunteer or donation opportunities check out http://www.oaklandnaturepreserve.org/home/.