MISSION

WORKING TOGETHER TO PRESERVE & PROTECT FLORIDA’S NATURAL RESOURCES, WILDLIFE & LAND

PURPOSE

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.

WE WILL NEVER FORGET

Imagine Our Florida, Inc. was formed after the lessons we learned from our iconic Florida Black Bears killed during the 2015 Florida Black Bear Hunt. Monitors volunteered to count dead bears brought into checkpoints to assure the hunt was stopped when the harvest quota was reached. Through their pictures posted in real time on social media, we watched in horror and grieved together as these beautiful, sentient beings were hoisted to be weighed and measured.
We learned that the great majority of Floridians were united in their opposition to a bear hunt. But our bears taught us more. During our research, it became clear that their homeland is being diminished and compromised due to development and other human activity. We learned that the wild friends they share their forest homes with were also in peril. We learned that our waters are being exploited which puts all living beings, including humans, at risk too.
Our educational programs are designed to show how in the absence of human intervention, Nature will regulate wildlife populations thru embryonic diapause, trophic cascade, and with other natural means. We teach people to connect with our wildlife by understanding how like us, they too want to live and raise their families, peacefully. We change fear into respect through an understanding of animal behavior. We teach folks how to safely coexist with bears and their wild friends.
Empowered by knowledge and understanding, Floridians are prepared to advocate within their communities, cities, counties, and state on behalf of Florida wildlife, their wild spaces, and our shared ecosystems.
Connect. Respect. Coexist.
 

 

Imagine Our Florida, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Science-based Educational Organization corporation.

Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services registration #CH49275.  Imagine Our Florida, Inc. 215 Albrighton Court Longwood FL 32779.  A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE, WITHIN THE STATE, 1-800-435-7352, OR VIA THE INTERNET AT WWW.800HELPFLA.COM.  REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE