Morningside Nature Center, Gainesville

4.5
#6 of 8 in Wildlife in Gainesville
The Morningside Nature Center is a living history site and nature education program located in Gainesville, Alachua County in the U.S. state of Florida and overseen by the city of Gainesville. The center maintains a small farm meant to simulate a North Florida family homestead from the mid-1800s. The farm includes a cabin and schoolhouse which were built in the 1840s and later moved to the site, along with newer farm buildings constructed as authentically as possible. On most weekends, volunteers dress in period attire and teach visitors about rural life in historical Alachua County.
Apart from the farm, Morningside Nature Center also has an covered open air pavilion which is used for environmental education sessions for students on field trips and summer camps and for various other events. Much of the rest of the park's 278acre consist of pine and palmetto flatwoods and Florida sandhills traversed by trails and paths. Controlled burns are conducted in the wooded areas to maintain the natural ecosystems.
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  • We encounter a shower rain when we are in there, but I think it was really fun to get wet and hanging around the trees:)  more »
  • The Morningside Nature Center is a wonderful property on which to take a hike. There are great trails in the park, and you have the opportunity to take a boardwalk across a swampy area. The birding is...  more »
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  • It is a great place to walk and check out the wildlife. I did see some of the wild horses that wander the area. The pluss for those that need it is that it is wheelchair accessible.
  • We love Morningside! Today we did the excellent Timucua Times program, so fun and informative. The staff does a great job. We love the Farm Living and First Saturday living history days too. It's a perennial favorite!

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