Chinsegut at Dusk

Chinsegut Conservation Center is located not far from Brooksville and 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.

Chinsegut Nature Center

Chinsegut 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.” His donation of this land is the reason we can enjoy it today.

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“Chinsegut WEA is home to many wildlife species, and wildlife viewing is possible throughout the year. White-tailed deer are abundant and frequently wander near the building. Turkeys move in and out of the oaks and pines, sometimes roosting in the cypresses next to May’s Prairie. Because May’s Prairie occasionally becomes dry, the frequent lack of fish makes it a mecca for thousands of amphibians, including pig and bull frogs, dwarf sirens and tiger salamanders, who produce young uninterrupted by hungry fish. The gopher frog, a species of special concern in Florida, calls his courting, snore-like call from the confines of the prairie after heavy fall and winter rains.”

There is much to do out at Chinsegut. Trails are dotted with geo-caches and more wildlife than you can imagine. This is a wonderful place for birding as well as getting in some exercise and you will find elevation changes on these trails. There are more trails just down the road at the Big Pine Tract. The nature center overlooks a bird and butterfly garden and you can sit in comfort and view all the visitor to the garden. They even supply the binoculars! You will find their calendar full of activities for all ages and they have opportunities for volunteers as well.

I encourage you to take a guided hike with us to visit the property and trails or to visit on your own. For more information please visit their website at:

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Chinsegut at dusk

About notacluegal

Jeanene was born in Pittsburgh, PA. As a young child her family was very active in the outdoors. Things changed when her parents decided to travel down different paths in life and with that decision so went many of the opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Being lucky to live in the suburbs Jeanene always had a backyard to play in and loved being outdoors. As the years passed she took every opportunity to be outdoors. She bought land in Tennessee and as a single mom moved her young daughter to the mountains. The were many life lessons learned on that mountain. There was no plumbing on the property – or even a house, but that did not stop her. She learned to live off of what was available and built her own cabin from the trees on her property. Those were rough years but the most rewarding. Now Jeanene resides in Tampa, Fl. and works as an office manager full time….but still yeans to be outdoors. Jeanene started “Not a Clue Adventures” to teach everyone she could how wonderful the outdoors are! That camping and fishing and hiking can be done by everyone and at many different levels. Single mom’s no longer have to be afraid to take their sons and daughters outdoors. By working with young couples, single parents and even seniors, she gets to teach others about her love for the outdoors and hopes to open their eyes to new adventures. In 2009, Jeanene completed certification as a Leave No Trace Instructor. She also works closely with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) and the Florida State Parks. Jeanene is also certified in First Aid/Adult CPR.
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1 Response to Chinsegut at Dusk

  1. Hi, all the time i used to check web site posts here early in the dawn, as i
    love to gain knowledge of more and more.

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