Community & Services

Tia Silvasy and other volunteers from the UF/IFAS Extension Orange County getting ready to plant Florida-friendly plants at the Orange County Admin Building.

How Does Your Garden Grow? A Makeover using Native Plants and Florida-Friendly Landscaping

The downtown demo garden at the Orange County Administration building is a popular place, with more than 500,000 visitors each year. Recently it got a makeover to turn it into a Florida paradise with over 17 species of native plants. The goal: boost pollinator visits to the site, increase biodiversity and showcase sustainable gardening practices. […]

Orange County Convention Center Supports Great Oaks Village Foster Home With Donations

The Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) continues to demonstrate its dedication to the local community during these unprecedented times by giving back and supporting...

You Grow, Girl: Volunteers Help Orange County Homeowners Create Florida-Friendly Landscapes

When Orlando resident Phyllis Stopford, 79, decided to sign up for the UF/IFAS Extension Orange County Master Gardener Volunteer Program thirteen years ago, it...

Orange County Helps Transform Central Florida into a National Leader in Electric Transportation

Just over a decade ago, a government/private sector coalition called Get Ready Central Florida went from being newcomers in the field of electric transportation...

Backyard Chicken Keeping Permits: What Orange County Residents Need to Know

On August 10, 2021 the Board of County Commissioners passed a Residential Backyard Chicken Keeping Ordinance to make a permit available to residents who...

Yard Care Tips for Your Landscape that Keep Waterways Healthy

Your yard and local lakes, rivers and springs are more connected than you think, even if miles apart. Summer is Florida’s rainy season. When...

Orange County Parks Reaches Goal of 14 New Multi-purpose Fields

The Orange County Parks and Recreation Division is closing in on a milestone. Bomberos Field Park – a new 20-acre site with three lighted...

Top 5 Things You Need to Know About Orange County’s District 5

Orange County is home to six districts that each has a distinct personality when it comes to history, natural beauty, parks and recreation options,...

Great Oaks Village Resident Makes History, Earns AA Degree from Valencia College

Statistics show that 50 percent of foster kids graduate from high school, but only 10 percent apply to college. Even more discouraging, less than...

Orange County Corrections Celebrates National Correctional Officers and Employees Week

May 2 – 8, 2021 was National Correctional Officers and Employees Week. National Correctional Officers and Employees Week honors the men and women who...