This opportunity is curated through the UF TESI Environmental Leaders Network. Opportunities posted through the Network may not be affiliated with the Florida Museum or TESI, but are shared with UF undergraduate students who want to learn more about environmental research, education and outreach, and civic engagement. 

Host organization/department

Alachua Conservation Trust


About the Preserve

On December 6, 2018, Alachua Conservation Trust in partnership with Alachua County closed on the 111- acre Serenola Forest. Alachua County through the Alachua County Forever program used money generated by the 1/2-cent sales tax from Wild Spaces Public Places to purchase 103 acres. ACT purchased the remaining 7.7 acres with funding from supporters like you, private foundations, and charitable grants.

Serenola Forest is home to threatened plant and wildlife species and connects the woodland hammock to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. Thus offering larger wildlife much needed room to roam and protection. Saving Serenola Forest not only benefits natural space, but also people who love to hike, bike, view wildlife, and gather together with the people they care about.
The preserve neighbors Oak Hammock at the University of Florida and Idylwild Elementary School. Please respect the neighborhood and private properties by always staying on the trails and taking home whatever you bring with you (i.e., trash). Learn more about this preserve here.

Access Info

Trails are unpaved, and in some places can be muddy, uneven, or wet. Parking is available at Idlywild Elementary School on weekends. There are two street parking spots available by the main trail head during the weekday, but trail access is primarily by foot or bike.

Date & Time

Saturday, October 2, 2023, 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM


4706-4798 SW 20th Terrace, Gainesville, FL 32608 or 29°36’30.8″N 82°20’56.5″W

Sign up:

Contact Alachua Conservation Trust to RSVP by phone at (352) 373-1078 or email at