Since 1988, ACT has facilitated the conservation of over
50,000 acres and directly acquired 19,000 acres.

Below is a list of preserves that ACT continues to own, manage, and make open to the public.

HELP MAKE THE ORANGE LAKE OVERLOOK A REALITY

Just south of McIntosh, FL on U.S. 441 lies the Orange Lake Overlook (OLO).

The OLO (pronounced oh-low) is an incredible wildlife corridor. There are eagles’ nests all over the place. Every morning in the winter, the sandhill cranes use the hill as a runway.

It’s also a microcosm for Florida’s cultural heritage, beginning with Timucuan Indians, who used the site as a winter campground. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries it became part of a very affluent and prestigious agricultural scene. The railroad went through there and McIntosh was one of the wealthiest towns in Florida. The entire 300-acre hill was planted with citrus. The little buildings and mill on top of the hill became the Ollie Huff citrus shop and packing house. (https://www.gainesville.com/news/20100418/in-her-own-words-orange-lake-overlook)

Annie Pais


The now abandoned citrus shop and stunning view shed has served as a hub for a wide range of artists and has acted as a catalyst for conserving some of the best views of “old Florida”, or real Florida in the region through their artwork.

Today we have a chance to conserve the views forever. On February 5, 2019 Alachua Conservation Trust has the 71 acre property under contract, but it is not ours yet. Together, we have until July 5, 2019 to save this property for people and wildlife.

ACT needs to raise close to $1.7 million dollars to purchase the land, cover due dilligence, and renovate the historic citrus shop so it is safe for public use.

Will you join us?

Banner image provided by Sean Dowie

Serenola Forest needs your help! Make the most of a $100,000 match today!

The Santa Fe River Preserve is located to the North of Alachua near Worthington Springs. 

Little Orange Creek Preserve is just northwest of Hawthorne. 

Prairie Creek Preserve is located to the southeast of Gainesville near historic Rochelle. 

Prairie Creek Lodge is located to the southeast of Gainesville near historic Rochelle. 

Tuscawilla Preserve is located just to the southeast of Micanopy. 

Saarinen Preserve is located to the west of Gainesville near Newberry. 

Historic Haile Homestead IS LOCATED IN WEST GAINESVILLE NEAR KANAPAHA Botanical Gardens.

Blues Creek Ravine Preserve is located Near San Felasco State Preserve in Northwest Gainesville. 

Herzog Cave Preserve is located in west Gainesville near Kanapaha Botanical Gardens. 

Donald Lee and Virginia Joanne Rockwood Park is a donated urban park located in North Gainesville.