Gopher Tortoise Day at Split Oak Forest 2023

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Gopher Tortoise Day at Split Oak Forest 2023

2023-04-08 @ 08:00 - 14:00

Gopher Tortoise Day is our main annual outreach event to show our appreciation for the keystone species that helped fund the public purchase of Split Oak.


  • Observe Gopher Tortoise Burrows and Learn about GT Habitat and this important Keystone Species
  • Guided Hike at 8 AM and 11 AM
  • Self Guided Hikes All Day
  • See what Gopher Tortoises Eat (Native Plant Exhibit)
  • Tortoise Arts and Crafts with Mary Nesler (Family Friendly)
  • Learn about Saving Split Oak Forest
  • Free Giveaways
  • Meet Sheldon, a real, live Gopher Tortoise with expert handlers; Sheldon is the "Mayor" of GT Day at Split Oak
  • Witness signing Ceremony for GT Day Proclamation @ 10:30 AM +/- for photo ops

Please Note: Open Air Setting (Woodsy and Primitive)
Please Bring Your Own Water and Food, Chair (if desired)
Be mindful and respectful of social distance and "leave no trace"

Learn More Here:

GT Day 2023 Brochure


08:00 - 14:00
Event Categories:


Friends of Split Oak Forest
Pine Lily Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society


Split Oak Forest Main Entrance
12175 Clapp Simms Duda Road
Orlando, FL 32832 United States
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