Fernandina Beach Outdoor Learning Lab

Help Protect Amelia Island while Educating Local Youth!


NFLT has received a $250,000 matching grant from an anonymous donor to protect 15 acres in Fernandina Beach. NFLT is seeking donations from the community to preserve this land and turn it into an Outdoor Learning Lab for students at the nearby middle and high school. In coordination with local citizens, NFLT has asked that the land be protected from development and a conservation easement put on the property.

The anonymous donors have stated:

“We are enthusiastically engaged in an effort to preserve one of the last large parcels of natural land tracts on our lovely, graceful Amelia Island. We envision this property to be utilized not only as an outdoor learning facility for the Fernandina Middle School and High School, but as a green space for the community to enjoy as they venture along the greenway.”

The 15 acres of land is located directly behind Fernandina Beach High School and borders Egans Creek Greenway. Several members of the Fernandina Beach City Commission had tried to convince the school board to accept NFLT’s proposal to have the land donated to the City as a conservation easement, which would protect it from future development. However, the school board has been in talks to sell the land to a developer for a new residential subdivision.

“We hope the school board will reconsider and allow us to purchase the land as a conservation easement on behalf of the city,” said Jim McCarthy, president of NFLT. “It would be a shame to lose this natural land to development and such an asset to have it used as an outdoor learning laboratory to show the next generation the importance of saving green spaces, like this one.”

NFLT has already secured the $250,000 challenge grant to purchase the property and is encouraging citizens to help in the effort and donate. Donations can be designated for the Fernandina Outdoor Learning Lab at the button below or by check with the designation in the memo line to North Florida Land Trust, 2038 Gilmore Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204.


For more information, contact Dana Doody at ddoody@northfloridalandtrust.org or call (904) 859-1823.