Hogtown Creek Headwaters Nature Park & Nature Center
From former pinelands and majestic upland mixed forest to shady fern-covered wetlands where water slowly seeps from the ground to form the beginnings of Hogtown Creek, this 82 acre park protects a variety of natural habitats. The park was purchased with funds from the Florida Communities Trust and with a generous donation from Home Depot. A 0.5 mile loop nature trail, playground, picnic pavilion, and fitness loop, provide options for both nature-based and active recreation.
Please be advised that no bounce houses are allowed in nature parks.
For planning a party or large groups of 30 or more, you must contact Beverly Perry at 352-393-8538 or firstname.lastname@example.org to fill out a park request form.
Nature Center Information
The Hogtown Creek Headwaters Nature Center contains 180 square feet of exhibit space that visitors can view during regular center hours. Groups larger than 15 will need to take turns viewing the exhibit. When visitors walk through the front door, they are greeted by Hogtown Creek who introduces herself. Then throughout the exhibit visitors learn about Gainesville’s creeks and watershed, natural and cultural history, and flora and fauna of the area.
There are two programs currently offered including one program for middle school aged children (accompanied by an adult) called “Citizen Science Sunday for Kids”. The program typically takes place on the third Sunday of the month from 10 a.m. to 11:30 am. This schedule may vary. Topics have included Radical Reptiles, Prodigious Pollinators, The Stars Above, and Main Stream Science. Registration is required and details can be found on the Nature Operations Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/cityofgainesvillenature.
“Perspectives in the Park” is typically offered on the first Sunday of every month. This schedule may vary. This program is geared more towards an adult audience and will feature experts in their field sharing information on a wide variety of topics including science, nature, history, and art. “Friendly Flames: A Perspective on Prescribed Fire” was the first topic offered in July. Pre-registration was not required, but due to limited space, it may be required in the future. Information can be found on the Nature Operations Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/cityofgainesvillenature.
Please call the nature center during regularly scheduled hours for more information, 352-451-4908.
1500 NW 45th Avenue, Gainesville 32605 View Map