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Chinsegut Conservation Center

23212 Lake Lindsey Road
352-754-6722

History:

Chinsegut Conservation Center covers 408 of the 850 acres comprising Chinsegut Wildlife and Environmental Area (WEA). The area is managed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and funded by the Pittman-Robertson Program and state legislative appropriations. The Conservation center is the only educational facility operated by the Commission's Office of Public Access and Wildlife Viewing.

Chinsegut buildingChinsegut was owned in the early 1900s by Col. Raymond Robins, whose colorful career included gold mining in Alaska and serving as an economic advisor to five presidents. Robins named his land "Chinsegut," an Alaskan Inuit Indian word for the "spirit of lost things." Robins used a looser translation: "The place where things of true value that have been lost may be found again."

Robins donated his property to the federal government in 1932 to be used as a wildlife refuge. In 1973 the Commission acquired Chinsegut Conservation Center. Chinsegut WEA grew in 1989, when the Commission acquired an additional 420 acres, known as the Big Pine Tract and reached its current size in 2008 when the Commission acquired an additional 30 acres from The Nature Conservancy.



Reviews

RJ M

Rating:
Saturday, July 15, 2017
I work with developmentally disabled adults and I was able to easily schedule a visit for the photography lesson. The staff and volunteers were awesome! They were extremely friendly and inviting. They taught us many things and answered all of our questions. They showed us all around the site and showed us slides of the photographs they personally took and taught us tips to become better photographers. Definitely worth checking out a class or just going for a visit.

Joseph Meade

Rating:
Thursday, July 13, 2017
4 stars because it's free. The trails need the gravel smoothed out for elderly or inexperience hikers. The grass needs to be mowed around the historical site. Fun though.

Gina Philhower

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016
The Chinsegut property consists of 408 fully fenced acres of land with easy to navigate trails. Maps of the trails are available at all entrances near the informational kiosks. Hiking trails are open for the public to enjoy 365 days a year from sunrise to sunset. For those looking for a longer hike Big Pine Wildlife and Environmental Area is a short hike from Chinsegut with the "Prairie-to-Pines" trail connecting the properties. Between both areas hikers can enjoy more than 5 miles of trail winding through wet prairies, mixed hardwoods and open pineland habitats. In addition to trails the Chinsegut Wildlife and Environmental Area offers a variety of educational programs throughout the year. Program topics range from outdoor skills to native gardening. Programs are offered for all age groups from toddlers to adults and families. Program leaders and volunteers at Chinsegut are very knowledgeable. All education volunteers at Chinsegut have prior experience as public school educators, outdoor skills experts and 4-H educators with a combined knowledge of over 60 years. Organized groups may arrange for private programs. Chinsegut is a great, safe place to learn about natural Florida in a fun way.

Ashley A

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Thursday, Sep. 3, 2015
beautiful scenic area, very easy to hike trails. I've taken my 3 and 1 year olds on the surrounding trails next door with absolute ease. Some of the paths do need some picking up (tree limbs and brush obstructing paths), but other than that great trails.

Anita Simmons

Rating:
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017
Free with nice trails.

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