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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”.

 

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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.

 

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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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Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly

 

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Photo Courtesy of Betty Salter

 

Unfortunately, the population of this beautiful butterfly is declining rapidly.  The plight of the Monarch Butterfly is so serious that in February 2015 the Federal Government allocated money in an effort to save this special species.  Cary Salter wrote an excellent article about Monarchs and included some beautiful photos.   Read more about the Monarch Butterfly…

 

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Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

 

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Photo Courtesy of Cary Salter

 

One of our beautiful herons we see at TGO is the little blue heron.  Learn how to tell the difference between the “little blue” and our other blue herons.  To make it a little more challenging, during its first year of life the bird is totally white and looks like some of our other white birds.  Cary Salter tells us how to identify this beautiful bird no matter what color it is!   Read more about the little blue heron…

 

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Why Do Some Snakes Eat Themselves?

 Why Do Some Snakes Eat Themselves?

 

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Photo Courtesy of Bob Rosenberger

 

Bob Rosenberger, a TGO resident and owner of Golfcarts Unlimited, found this snake that appears to have tried to eat itself.  TGO Nature Center member, Cary Salter, researched this unusual behavior and discovered why some snakes do try to eat themselves.   Read more about this unusual behavior…

 

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Fishy Sounds

Fishy Sounds

by John Roberts

 

Our resident fish and fishing expert, John Roberts, wrote an article in 2014 about how some fish communicate.  Read more about these “Fishy Sounds”…

 

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Astronomy

Astronomy

 

Astronomy is the study of the universe and the celestial bodies, gas, and dust within it.  Florida is a perfect place to view the world above us.  Read more about astronomy…

 

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Pesky Pests

Pesky Pests

 

I have uploaded another interesting article written by Linda Adams on some of Florida’s pesky pests like the fire ant, love bug and mosquito.  Read more about these pesky pests…

 

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Roseate Spoonbill

  Roseate Spoonbill

 

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Roseate Spoonbill
Photo Courtesy of Taylor Durham

 

Visitors to our Sunshine State at times confuse the stunning Roseate Spoonbill with the taller pink bird – the Flamingo.   We are fortunate to have the Roseate Spoonbill visit Central Florida.  Read more about the Roseate Spoonbill…

 

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2015 TGO Nature Center Programs

 2015 TGO Nature Center Programs

 

Sandy Juba has done it again!  She has lined up some outstanding guest speakers to educate us on a diverse selection of topics on our Wednesday night Nature Center Programs.

Click here to see the dates and topics so you can mark your calendar.  You don’t want to miss a single one of these programs!

Thank you, Sandy!

 

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Coyotes

 Coyotes

©Darlene B. Durham 2014

 

Coyote Photo Courtesy of UF/IFAS

Coyote
Photo Courtesy of UF/IFAS

 

The TGO Nature Center recently informed the community of the newly discovered presence of coyotes within TGO.  We have added an article on coyotes to the “Educational Series”.  Read more about coyotes…

If you have a photo of a coyote taken within TGO or Florida that you would let us use on this website, please use the contact links to the right and let Darlene know.  Thanks!!

 

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Shade Grown Coffee

 Shade Grown Coffee

 

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The Perfect Coffee!

 

Drinking shade grown coffee has a number of advantages including its exceptionally rich flavor. Shade grown coffee is organic and drinking it versus the coffee you purchase in the supermarket has a number of positive environmental effects.  Read more about shade grown coffee and how you can purchase it from the TGO Nature Center at wholesale prices…

 

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Coyotes At TGO

Coyotes At TGO

©Darlene B. Durham 2014

 

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Coyote
Photo Courtesy of UF/IFAS

 

On August 29 and 31, Karl & Elaine Gerwe on Harmony Lane captured a video of a coyote in their yard on their wildlife camera. Each night the camera caught what looks like a different single coyote. The Gerwe’s house is in close proximity to the TGO Nature Center.

As with other wildlife we have at TGO, we need to be vigilant about not letting pets stray outside and be alert when walking our pets, especially at night.  Please also remember that for the safety of our pets, they are not allowed on any of the trails.

 

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Another Honey Bee Rescue

Another Honey Bee Rescue

©Darlene B. Durham 2014

 

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Honey Bees on a Wood Barrel
Photo Courtesy of Sandy Juba

 

On August 28, Sandy Juba and bee expert, Kim Powell, went to Peter and Linda Batchelar’s house on Harmony Lane to remove honey bees which had taken up residency on a wood barrel.  Kim relocated the bees to his farm and they will continue their life’s work of pollinating.

We have an article on this website about the importance of honey bees as pollinators which you can access by clicking here.  The article also has photos of the bee rescue on Sunset from earlier this summer.

Thank you Peter and Linda for choosing to have the bees relocated so they can continue their important pollination work instead of having them exterminated!

 

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Contact Us

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.