In 2006, Alachua Conservation Trust (ACT) attempted to purchase the 111-acre Serenola Forest for our community at $9 million, but we were outbid at $18 million.

We now have a second chance to save our Serenola Forest!

In partnership with Alachua County, ACT currently has the land under contract for $3.225 million. To finish this project, ACT needs to raise $120,000 more from our neighbors – people like you.

ACT has already raised $80,000 and has a pledge to match new donations up to $100,000. Leverage your donation, take advantage of this dollar for dollar match, and help make Serenola Forest the preserve you deserve!

Any donation will make a huge difference. Your gift will be used to:

  • Buy the land

  • Ensure free public access to a network of trails and observation platforms open to families, hikers, bicyclists, and birdwatchers

  • Provide your community with environmental education classes

  • Manage this forest to protect wildlife habitat

  • Ensure handicap accessible trails meeting ADA standards

We need your gift to Save Serenola Forest through purchase and protection by December 10, 2018.

Serenola Forest neighbors Oak Hammock at the University of Florida and Idylwild Elementary School. ACT will be the preserve manager in charge of protecting this open and wild place for you, your community, and your favorite wildlife.

Thank you for your commitment and generosity to conservation in our region.  If you have any questions, please feel free to Alachua Conservation Trust at (352) 373-1078, or email us at 

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Serenola Forest is also home to threatened plant and wildlife species and connects the woodland hammock to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. Thus offering larger wildlife much needed room to roam and protection. Saving Serenola Forest means a connected landscape that not only benefits natural space, but also people who love to hike, bike, view wildlife, and gather together with the people they care about.