Imagine Our Florida, Inc. 

 

Is on a Mission to Educate and Empower the people of Florida

to become a voice for our wildlife, advocate for environmental stewardship,

and coexist within our unique ecosystems.

Our purpose is to bring people together in a shared vision to preserve and protect Florida’s wildlife, habitat, and ecosystem. We plan to accomplish this via science-based education and the development of appreciation and respect for the natural world and our place within it.

Using our custom designed lesson plans,  IOF volunteers encourage critical thinking through exploration and discovery.  We make it a fun, hands-on experience while showing people of all ages how to put away their phones and connect with Florida’s wildlife and wild spaces. When folks understand the sentient beings with whom we share our state, they learn to respect them, rather than fear them. They begin to realize the importance of the land and water we share. Therefore,  IOF  offers opportunities for beach cleanups and teaches the importance of recycling. For those who want to advocate on behalf of  Florida’s wildlife or natural resources, we are prepared to instruct them on how to be most effective.  In addition, IOF will soon launch groundbreaking research which will provide a better understanding of human caused stress in Florida Black Bears and will potentially lead to the proposal of more responsible wildlife management practices.  There are over 20 million Floridians and 113 million annual visitors, all of whom can become voices for our voiceless wildlife. When each of us does our part, no matter how big or small, we can all begin to Imagine Our Florida where we peacefully coexist with our native wild friends.
Connect. Respect. Coexist.

Upcoming events

  • 20 Apr 2018

    Avon Park Library display event

    Come see the many items and information about Florida’s amazing Black Bears and other wonderful animals that will be on…
  • 21 Apr 2018

    2018 Central Florida Earth Day

    Saturday April 21st 2018 at Lake Eola Park. This free event is so much fun for all ages. Stop in at…
  • 21 Apr 2018

    Orlando Science Center Earth Day Event – Citizen Science Day

    Discover the scientist in you! Join us for Citizen Science Day featuring activities and projects that will allow you to…
  • 22 Apr 2018

    9th Annual Ecofest celebrates Earth Day Tampa Bay

    9th Annual EcoFest will be held on Sunday, April 22nd at the Lowry Park bandshell area – 7525 N. Boulevard, Tampa, Florida 33604 . The event will be open to…

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Every little bit of nature holds its own magic.   -Isabella 8 years old. Arteco
Every little bit of nature holds its own magic. -Isabella 8 years old. Arteco
FWC returns panther family back to the wild. We appreciate the efforts of FWC to rescue and release these magnificent animals.Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission sent this bulletin at 04/12/2018 11:20 AM EDT April 12, 2018. Click the link to read the story.https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/FLFFWCC/bulletins/1e9188f?reqfrom=share
FWC returns panther family back to the wild. We appreciate the efforts of FWC to rescue and release these magnificent animals.Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission sent this bulletin at 04/12/2018 11:20 AM EDT April 12, 2018. Click the link to read the
Come and see our IOF booth at Artecofest at Innovation Montessori Ocoee campus 1644 N. Lakewood Ave.Ocoee, FL 34761 from 10am to 4pm. IOF will be a keynote speaker from 1:30-2:00 about Connect. Respect. Coexist.  Check out many other programs and vendors that will be there too.
Come and see our IOF booth at Artecofest at Innovation Montessori Ocoee campus 1644 N. Lakewood Ave.Ocoee, FL 34761 from 10am to 4pm. IOF will be a keynote speaker from 1:30-2:00 about Connect. Respect. Coexist. Check out many other programs and vendors that will be there too.
----Foto Friday----This week we have an adult southern five linned skink.  This fella is in the process of regenerating his tail.  Young skinks have a bright blue tail which detaches when a predator tries to capture them.  This gives them a chance to get away.  As they get older skinks get a redish head and the stripes on the males fade.  These lizards move fast so keep your eyes open when exploring damp trails.  #fivelinedskink #skink #florida #imagineourflorida #pinellascounty #sawgrasspark #stpetersburgfl
----Foto Friday----This week we have an adult southern five linned skink. This fella is in the process of regenerating his tail. Young skinks have a bright blue tail which detaches when a predator tries to capture them. This gives them a chance to get away. As they get older skinks get a
----Holocaust Remembrance Day----This year we would like to share a powerful book titled
----Holocaust Remembrance Day----This year we would like to share a powerful book titled "Holocaust and Nature." This book looks at the holocaust from an ecological manipulate of the Nazi regime and how nature was viewed as power. That power stemmed from the exploitation of natural resources
--- Conservation Begins in Your Yard ---County Extension Services are a great resource for plants, water conservation and fertilizing Florida yards. Be sure to check your county's Extension Service website for upcoming classes.  Our efforts in our own yards affect our wild spaces and water. #Conservation #yard #Forida #wildlife #birds #Extensionservices #UF #UniversityofFlorida #Landscaping #floridafriendlyyard #planting #botany #floridafertilizerlaws https://buff.ly/2J9WOgY
--- Conservation Begins in Your Yard ---County Extension Services are a great resource for plants, water conservation and fertilizing Florida yards. Be sure to check your county's Extension Service website for upcoming classes. Our efforts in our own yards affect our wild spaces and water.
-- Happy Gopher Tortoise Day!! --The gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) is an amazing resident of the state of Florida.  Gopher Tortoises are a terrestrial (land dwelling) species, occupying dry, well draining land in various habitats. Considered a Keystone species, 360 species of wildlife who are known as  commensals use gopher tortoise burrows.  Commensals species  include gopher frog, Florida mouse, eastern indigo snake, and hundreds of invertebrates like beetles and crickets.   It takes 18-25 years for gopher tortoises to become sexually mature and they can live for more than 60 years.  If you find a gopher tortoise crossing the road, it is ok to stop and assist them.  Place them off the side of the road in the direction they were traveling.  DO NOT RELOCATE A TORTOISE!  They have a very strong homing instinct and will wander to find their home range.  The survival rate of tortoises relocated is very low.  Gopher tortoises also have an amazing ability to heal themselves so if you find an injured tortoise, often the best thing to do is place them near their burrow so they can return home and heal.  You can honor these Florida natives on their special day by sharing your knowledge and with friends and family about these wonderful reptiles. #gophertortoise #therealflorida #protectedspecies #digsholes #eatsgrass #floridalife #reptilesofinstagram #tortoisesofinstagram #reptilesofflorida #reptilesfamerica  #nature #outdoors #floridafauna #LoveFL #florida #family #beach #southernliving #beachlife #floridastateparks #keystonespecies #threatenedspecies #science
-- Happy Gopher Tortoise Day!! --The gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) is an amazing resident of the state of Florida. Gopher Tortoises are a terrestrial (land dwelling) species, occupying dry, well draining land in various habitats. Considered a Keystone species, 360 species of wildlife who
-- Plastic --It's in our oceans, in our rivers and in our forests. Plastic in our possession is our responsibility.  Reduce:  Try metal straws, taking your own containers to restauraunts,  and carry your own silverware.Recycle: Bring home your plastic bottles, etc to recycle when there are no recycling recepticals available.Reuse: Donate when you can't find a way to reuse.Pictures: 1. Gandy Beach Cleanup 2.Bear eating hotdogs and plastic wrapper. 3. Bear scat with plastic collected in the forest
-- Plastic --It's in our oceans, in our rivers and in our forests. Plastic in our possession is our responsibility. Reduce: Try metal straws, taking your own containers to restauraunts, and carry your own silverware.Recycle: Bring home your plastic bottles, etc to recycle when there are no
-- Plastic --It's in our oceans, in our rivers and in our forests. Plastic in our possession is our responsibility.  Reduce:  Try metal straws, taking your own containers to restauraunts,  and carry your own silverware.Recycle: Bring home your plastic bottles, etc to recycle when there are no recycling recepticals available.Reuse: Donate when you can't find a way to reuse.Pictures: 1. Gandy Beach Cleanup 2.Bear eating hotdogs and plastic wrapper. 3. Bear scat with plastic collected in the forest
-- Plastic --It's in our oceans, in our rivers and in our forests. Plastic in our possession is our responsibility. Reduce: Try metal straws, taking your own containers to restauraunts, and carry your own silverware.Recycle: Bring home your plastic bottles, etc to recycle when there are no
-- Plastic --It's in our oceans, in our rivers and in our forests. Plastic in our possession is our responsibility.  Reduce:  Try metal straws, taking your own containers to restauraunts,  and carry your own silverware.Recycle: Bring home your plastic bottles, etc to recycle when there are no recycling recepticals available.Reuse: Donate when you can't find a way to reuse.Pictures: 1. Gandy Beach Cleanup 2.Bear eating hotdogs and plastic wrapper. 3. Bear scat with plastic collected in the forest
-- Plastic --It's in our oceans, in our rivers and in our forests. Plastic in our possession is our responsibility. Reduce: Try metal straws, taking your own containers to restauraunts, and carry your own silverware.Recycle: Bring home your plastic bottles, etc to recycle when there are no