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Myron and Helen Gibbons Nature Preserve

Myron and Helen Gibbons Nature Preserve was donated by the Gibbons family as a tribute to Myron and Helen. The 60-acre parcel was a favorite piece of the family ranch. The land has never been clear-cut and is an incredible example of how natural lands looked 100 years ago.

Bell Creek meanders through the preserve's oaks and pinewoods, mixed hardwood and cypress wetlands before it's confluence with the Alafia River. About a 1/2-mile of Alafia River shoreline borders the preserve, and over 120 plant species have been identified by members of the Suncoast Native Plant Society.


As one of the few remaining natural tracts of land on the lower Alafia River, it a refuge for wildlife and contributes to the protection of water quality in the river. For the residents of Riverview, it provides a wilderness oasis tucked into a highly developed suburban community.

An article posted in Bay Soundings tells more about the donation of this land. 

Sadly, access to the Preserve is currently limited. Please visit our Get Involved page for an important message about this Preserve.

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