Chinsegut Conservation Center

Yellow-bellied Woodpecker_ FWC photo by Alice Mary Herden

Our ‘Wild Florida’ Photography Exhibit continues, and 2022’s theme is ‘Florida’s Avifauna’.

Since 2015, The Chinsegut Conservation Center has hosted an annual themed photography exhibit. This yearly event encourages photographers to visit FWC locations while focus on a themed subject.

We invite all photographers of any skill level to participate, and we are looking forward to seeing their unique vision through the lens.

We are extremely pleased to announce this year that we will have our ‘Wild Florida’ gallery in-person event held at Chinsegut Conservation Center in September.

For more information about the exhibit, visit


Florida Nature Trackers Workshop

Chinsegut-Conservation-CenterJoin us on Saturday, January 15th, as we learn about Florida Nature Trackers.

FWC’s Florida Nature Trackers allow our biologists to know more about the diversity of flora and fauna found on FWC properties while helping educate the public about Florida’s flora and fauna.

Florida Nature Trackers is a state-wide citizen science project to encourage the public to become more involved outdoors and utilizes the worldwide iNaturalist website to collect data to help biologists, naturalists, and educators.

Registration is required and can be found by visiting and clicking on ‘Schedule of Activities’.

Outdoor Skills

Chinsegut-Conservation-CenterChinsegut Conservation Center offers programs for kids and adult groups. Our programs introduce participants to learning more about nature, conservation, and outdoor skills and knowledge.

Programs at Chinsegut Conservation Center are available to be booked for organized groups such as scouts, church, school, civic organizations. While most of our programs are designed for middle school-age children, these programs can be adjusted to suit most age groups.

With over ten programs to choose from, our two most popular programs are Dipping in May’s Prairie and Beginning Archery. Search our list of programs and start your adventure outdoors!


Chinsegut Spring Break BioBlitz

Students, do you love exploring and discovering new things in nature?

Well, we are seeking students from middle school to high school and, of course, any nature enthusiasts to join us on Saturday, March 19, as Chinsegut Conservation Center hosts its first Chinsegut Spring Break BioBlitz.

The adventure begins at 9am with a short introduction into what and why BioBlitz’s  are important and how citizen science helps not only FWC biologists but those around the world.

Registration will open by March 1st, 2022.


Nature & Wildlife Connection

Learning about Lichen

Lichen_FWC photo by Alice Mary Herden

Lichens are a group of terrestrial organisms found growing within different habitats and commonly seen on the bark of trees and branches. These organisms are actually bioindicators—the more lichen, the cleaner the air.

According to research, there are about 18,000 known species of lichens and it has also been estimated that around 4 to 5 percent of the Earth’s surface are covered by lichens. There are approximately 3,600 species of lichens in North America, but here in Florida there are 369 recorded so far.

Lichen_FWC photo by Alice Mary Herden



Many wildlife species depend on lichen! Deer and slugs eat lichen, and hummingbirds use lichen for nesting materials. Spiders and other insects use lichen as shelter and to camouflage themselves from predators.




For more information on the center’s programs, workshops and trails contact:
Chinsegut Conservation Center
23212 Lake Lindsey Road
Brooksville, FL 34601 352-754-6722



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