Size: part of 606-acre Prairie Creek Preserve
Date conserved: 2009
Partner Organizations: Florida Communities Trust
Prairie Creek Lodge functions as the headquarters for ACT and frequently, as a meeting space for various ACT and public events. The surrounding 1150 acres were purchased by ACT from 2005 to 2009, and over 500 acres were added to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park while another 96 acres were added to Alachua County Forever’s conservation lands program. The remainder comprises Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery, a natural burial ground, and Prairie Creek Preserve, a 606-acre nature preserve which includes the lodge.
Prairie Creek Lodge is truly a community resource. It has been used for numerous environmental education seminars and workshops that are usually free and open to the public- previous topics have included mushrooms, spiders, birding by ear, basket weaving, fire ecology, edible plants, etc. Please check ACT's calendar for upcoming events (mostly spring and fall). In addition, the lodge's intimate and acoustically balanced great room is the home of Sandhill Stage, a concert series that features locally and nationally recognized singer songwriters.
We are currently not allowing private events at Prairie Creek Lodge since we lack the staff to manage the facility in this capacity. However, in an effort to keep this resource public, we are allowing a limited number of public events to reserve the lodge- these events must be open to everyone. Contact ACT by email or phone if you are interested in using the lodge and provide us with a detailed description and purpose for the event.
7204 SE CR 234, Gainesville, FL 32641
• Lodge open 9am-5pm on weekdays only.
• Nearby Prairie Creek Preserve provides public trails for hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding.
• Prairie Creek Lodge is one mile south of the intersection of County Roads 2082 and 234, and six miles north of Micanopy.