Chinsegut Conservation Center
The Chinsegut Conservation Center melds the rich history and splendid habitats of Florida's Nature Coast at a facility that has educated and enthralled generations of visitors. Managed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, this gem encompasses nearly half of the sprawling 850-acre Chinsegut Wildlife and Environmental Area.
The original owner of the land that now includes the Chinsegut Conservation Center, Col. Raymond Robins, gifted it to the government in the 1930s. It has been a gift that keeps on giving to those who value learning about the Florida Nature Coast's diverse wildlife species. The network of trails affords bird-watchers, and animal and plant lovers, fertile "hunting grounds."
An ever-changing schedule of educational programs captivate adults and youngsters alike. Take part in a nature walk in the adjacent Big Pine Tract, the largest contiguous tract of old-growth longleaf pine trees in all of Florida. Sign up for the monthly butterfly census. Learn to identify native plants. Or dare to become a creature of the night as you take a nocturnal wildlife tour.
Located just 7 miles north of Brooksville, the Chinsegut Conservation Center is easily accessible from Tampa Bay, Orlando or Ocala. Whether you plan a day-trip or an overnight stay to this unique Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission showpiece, you'll be glad you visited this environmental icon of Florida's Nature Coast...naturally.