Groups are welcome to visit the nature center and explore the animals, exhibits, and trails during regular operating hours at no charge. Please call us to let us know in advance when you are coming so we can ensure there are no conflicts. If your group would like a staff-led program, see below.
Okeeheelee Nature Center offers educational programs for specialty groups such as scout troops, camp groups, youth groups, social clubs, etc. (For school groups, please click here.) The cost for a 1-hour program is $3 per person with a minimum of 10 people and maximum of 30 people.
A typical program includes a ½ hour nature walk exploring the pine flatwoods habitat, and a ½ hour live animal presentation. If you have any special requests for your program, such as a specific animal/topic or a nature-related badge you are trying to earn, please let us know when booking your program, and we will try to work with you the best we can. Special request program topics may include archery, dipnetting, canoeing, etc. Additional fees may apply.
Summer Programs for Visiting Camp Groups
Okeeheelee Nature Center offers several options for summer groups to choose from.
Choose one program (1 hour) for $3 per camper
Choose two programs (2 hours) for $5 per camper
- Animal Program with Nature Hike (max 60 participants)
- Select one of the following topics:
- Florida Animals (a variety of our most popular animals – participants may touch several animals)
- Reptiles (participants may touch several animals)
- Raptors (sorry – no touching)
- Deer & Raptor Walk (max 30 participants; not wheelchair accessible)
Programs are offered Tuesdays-Fridays at 10:00am, and Saturdays at 10:30am or 1:30pm. For all programs there is a 10 participants/$30 minimum.
Program Reservation Request Form
To book a program, complete the program reservation request form and email, fax or mail the form to the center for processing. Please allow one week for processing once you send your request. Reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. We book up quickly, so please make your reservations well in advance. When you are booked, you will receive a written confirmation, which is also your invoice. Payment will be due upon arrival to the program by cash, check or Visa, Mastercard or Discover.