Welcome to the TGO Nature Center

Welcome to the TGO Nature Center

The Nature Center at the Great Outdoors, Inc., also known as the TGO Nature Center, is a Florida not for profit corporation.   We are located inside the gated community of The Great Outdoors RV and Golf Resort (TGO) in Titusville, FL.  Our purpose is “To promote the awareness, appreciation and conservation of nature’s plants, animals, birds, fish and reptiles”.  To learn more about us, visit our About Us page.

Our T.G. Carlson Nature Center building houses our museum, library, meeting room and a kitchen.  The building also has a screened in porch where you can relax, read a book or have a picnic lunch bug-free.  The building is open to TGO residents, renters and their guests seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  Our building went from an old camp site to a new modern concrete building.  See how we did it on our History pages.

We have an “Education Series” highlighting some of the plants and wildlife you may see here at TGO and in Central Florida.  We will be adding more articles about plants, birds, reptiles, mammals and fish.  We also provide articles on other nature related topics of interest.  Click on the “Education” menu bar at the top of the page to access our educational materials.

Do you have a question, comment or suggestion regarding the TGO Nature Center or the website?  Contact us year round by using the e-mail links on the right sidebar under “Contact Us”.

 

TGO Nature Center – “Living in Harmony with Nature

Board of Directors Update

2015/2016 Board of Directors Update:

Terry Carlson provided a significant amount of money to The Great Outdoors Nature Center that bears his name and he was granted a permanent position on the Nature Center Board of Directors.  As of May 7, 2016, he has elected to leave the Board of Directors and amicably sever all responsibilities with the charitable corporation of which he was a charter member.  With seven years experience in the new building, capable management, continually growing membership numbers, and a sound, stable financial base, the decision was made to turn the operation totally into the hands of experienced, long-time board members.  Bill Grogg, Sandy Juba, Loretta Anne’ and Darlene Durham make up the new team.

Mr. Carlson asked for his release from any and all future commitments of his permanent position to the TGO Nature Center effective immediately and this was granted.  His position on the board and the right to name a replacement was also terminated.  That replacement position was held by Mike Fontana.

Most of the current board helped raise the funds for the “new” building and worked closely with Terry.  Their efforts were all worthwhile and, happily, new people continue to bring the interest and enthusiasm to the Center that ensures its future as a gathering place for nature education and fun.  We appreciate Terry’s confidence and wish him well.  In harmony with nature.

 

NEW 2015 – 2016 Board of Directors

The new 2015-2016 Nature Center At The Great Outdoors Board of Directors:

President – Bill Grogg
Vice President – Sandy Juba
Secretary – Darlene Durham
Treasurer – Loretta Anné
Director of Public Relations – Darlene Durham

 

TGO Nature Center – “Living in Harmony with Nature

Wish List Tree

Wish List Tree

 

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Photo Courtesy of Darlene Durham

 

I was recently asked where our Wish List Tree is located. The TGO Nature Center Wish List Tree is located on the inside of one of the front doors and contains items we need and hopefully will be donated.  Read more to find out about our Wish List Tree and other ways to donate to the TGO Nature Center…

 

TGO Nature Center – “Living in Harmony with Nature

Juba Interpretive Walking Trail Access

Juba Interpretive Walking Trail Access

 

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Photo Courtesy of Sandy Juba

 

The TGO Nature Center has been notified that the Juba Interpretive Walking Trail is no longer accessible by golf cart.  Read more…

 

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Nature Center Projects

Nature Center Projects

 

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Photo Courtesy of Darlene Durham

 

TGO Nature Center volunteers, Billy and Patsy Killingsworth, worked hard to prepare posts we received for repurposing.  Read more…

 

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Beautification At The Nature Center

Beautification At The Nature Center

 

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Photo Courtesy of Darlene Durham

 

Some of our volunteers worked hard on adding some beauty to our new TGO Nature Center shed.  Read more…

 

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New Educational Resource

New Educational Resource

 

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Photo Courtesy of Darlene Durham

 

The TGO Nature Center has a new educational resource – a television recently installed on the back wall of the meeting room.  Read more about how we will be using the TV as an educational resource…

 

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Raccoon Rescued From A Golf Cart

Raccoon Rescued From A Golf Cart

 

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Photo Courtesy of Sandy Juba

 

Sandy Juba performed a unusual Raccoon rescue in April 2016.  Read more about this rescue…

 

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Black Racer Rescued From Netting

Black Racer Rescued From Netting

 

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Photo Courtesy of Sandy Juba

 

TGO Nature Center volunteer, Sandy Juba, rescued a Black Racer snake from plastic netting in May of 2016.  Read more about this rescue…

 

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Reason I Do Not Trap In The Spring

Reason I Do Not Trap In The Spring

 

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Photo Courtesy of Sandy Juba

 

TGO Nature Center volunteer, Sandy Juba, rescued four baby armadillos in April of 2016.  Read about this rescue…

 

TGO Nature Center – “Living in Harmony with Nature

Bats

Bats

 

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Photo Courtesy of Sandy Juba

 

To learn more about our bats, click here for an article by Linda Adams about the only flying mammal.

 

TGO Nature Center – “Living in Harmony with Nature

Thank You Details, Etc.

Thank You Details, Etc.

 

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Photo Courtesy of Sandy Juba

 

Steve Flowers, owner of Details, Etc., donated his time, material and equipment to clean the exterior of the Nature Center.  Read more…

 

 

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American Alligator

American Alligator

 

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Photo Courtesy of Hobie Kurtz

 

As anyone familiar with Florida knows, we have American Alligators.  Learn about them in the TGO Nature Center’s article which is part of our educational series.  Read more...

 

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Pelican Island Boat Ride – Members Only Trip

Pelican Island Boat Ride – Members Only Trip

 

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Photo Courtesy of Susan Hubbard

 

On February 22, 2016, TGO Nature Center volunteer, Linda Somers organized and led a group of members on a members only Pelican Island Boat Ride.  Read more about this adventure and see photos…

 

TGO Nature Center – “Living in Harmony with Nature

President’s Day Social – February 2016

President’s Day Social – February 2016

 

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Photo Courtesy of Sandy Juba

 

Forty one people attended the TGO Nature Center’s President’s Day Social organized and hosted by Barbara Meyers.  Read more and view photos…

 

TGO Nature Center – “Living in Harmony with Nature

Contact Us

Board of Directors:

bod@tgonaturecenter.org

Webmaster:
Darlene Durham

darlene@tgonaturecenter.org

To reserve the meeting room, contact:

Josiah Monk at Recreation Services for reservations on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

Loretta Anne’ for all other times.