On December 6, 2018 Alachua Conservation Trust in partnership with Alachua County closed on the 111- acre Serenola Forest. Alachua County through the Alachua County Forever program used $2,997,966 generated by the 1/2-cent sales tax from Wild Spaces Public Places purchased 103 acres, and ACT purchased the remaining 7.7 acres with funding from supporters like you, private foundations, and charitable grants.

ACT will be the preserve manager in charge of protecting this open and wild place for you, your community, and your favorite wildlife. While the actual land is purchased, any additional help to open the park is greatly appreciated.

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

  • 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

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 


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. This 2018 acquisition is a testimony to the hard work and deep sense of place our community has for wild Florida.

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.

Serenola Forest neighbors Oak Hammock at the University of Florida and Idylwild Elementary School.

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