Chinsegut is unique among Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission properties: its primary function is education. Located on the Brooksville Ridge in Hernando County, Chinsegut WEA consists of the 408-acre Chinsegut Conservation Center and the 430-acre Big Pine Tract, the second largest contiguous tract of old-growth longleaf pine in Florida. Four major events are held at the Conservation Center each year: Reptile/Amphibian Expo Day, Pioneer Day, Chinsegut Run and Fun Walk, and Birding and Wildlife Festival. Throughout the year, scores of other programs are offered for the general public, school children, and teachers.
"Chinsegut" - The place where things of true value that have been lost may be found again.
Take a night walk to May's Prairie and listen for frogs, owls, flying squirrels, bats, and other nighttime wildlife. Learn the fundamentals of bird watching in Birding 101. Hike through the Big Pine Tract with a wildlife biologist and learn to read animal sign. Take an introductory archery workshop or help members of the Florida Native Plant Society and the Hernando Audubon Society remove exotic plants and improve the butterfly garden. Volunteer opportunities abound at Chinsegut WEA. Explore other opportunities with the Brooksville Ridge Volunteer Program.
Direct Link to Video
Subscribe to the FWC YouTube Channel
Conservation Core Concepts
View the Recreation Management Plan for Chinsegut Wildlife and Environmental Area.
View the Conceptual Management Plan for Chinsegut Wildlife and Environmental Area.