Tuscawilla Learning Center

TLC's mission is to inspire curiosity and help our children connect with the natural world. We introduce children to the intricate and fragile natural connections that make up the Tuscawilla Preserve, historic Micanopy's own "Mini Paynes Prairie."

Sandhill Stage

The Sandhill Stage is a concert series held at the Prairie Creek Lodge to benefit the non-profits Conservation Burial Inc. and Alachua Conservation Trust. The Sandhill Stage concert series features the region's and the nation's pre-eminent singer songwriters performing for appreciative audiences in the intimate and acoustically sweet Prairie Creek Lodge.



Conservation Burial, Inc.

Conservation Burial, Inc. operates Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery, a natural burial ground within a protected conservation area in eastern Alachua County, Florida. Natural (or “green”) burial is a safe and legal burial practice that uses biodegradable containers and avoids embalming fluids and vaults. Conservation burial goes a step further to commit burial fees to pay for land acquisition, protection, restoration, and management.

Historic Haile Homestead

The Historic Haile Homestead, Inc. (HHH) was established as a not-for-profit corporation to market and raise funds for this historic building which is owned by Alachua Conservation Trust and Haile family trust. HHH's goal is to maintain the Homestead as a historic house museum, interpreting Florida plantation life through the architecture and history of the site.

Springs Eternal

Springs Eternal is a project that pairs photos from John Moran's archive and other sources to create a then-and-now narrative of Florida's springs. The exhibitions and book will seek to inspire public participation in the increasingly urgent statewide conversation about the fundamental role of water in defining Florida's future.




Always a walk on the wild side!

Our curricula have been developed to correspond with seasonal changes. For example, October focuses on leaves, and January focuses on birds and migration. The programs immerse participants in the outdoors, so they may experience the natural and changing world of this unique Florida ecosystem first hand.

While playing games, singing, and engaging in creative activities, the students learn to listen to their surroundings, look closer and deeper, and grasp the inner workings of a specific habitat, while building communication and problem-solving skills.