Nature Center Displays Nature Center Displays & Art Exhibits

What's Inside the Nature Center

Learn about the island, its animals and plants, and the different natural communities where they live all come to life here. The island's interesting past cultural history is represented as well. Enjoy the shell displays, geology exhibit and touch tables. Watch short videos, listen to the sounds, and discover hidden treasures.

Children and families can enjoy the free indoor scavenger hunt, puppets and toys, treasure chest. Use the interactive station to learn about weather, common birds and wildflowers, tides, nesting birds, sea turtle nests and more.

Step outside and enjoy the expansive view of St. Joseph Sound, and the mangroves and seagrass beds below. Take a casual walk along the new nature center trail and discover native Florida plants and animals.

Back inside the nature center, numerous birds are depicted in flight overhead, and friendly nature center staff is here to answer questions about the discoveries of your day on the island. Get a trail map, and find out about our different beach areas and miles of walking and hiking trails.

Watch for our all new through-the-park bike trail coming soon.

Find out about upcoming classes, nature walks and special events. Stop back again for fresh observations and another brand new day on this dynamic barrier island.

Learn to love barrier islands:

Become aware of the dynamics of barrier islands:
At Honeymoon Island, every day is different! The Island is always changing shape and size, and things come and go along the way.

Recognize the ecology of St. Joseph Sound:
Learn about animals and plants, on land and in the water. Find out about different nature areas such as sand dunes, sea grass beds, tidal pools, sunny coastal areas and shaded woody areas.

Understand the concepts of environmental ethics: Find out everything that makes this place so great, and learn to keep it that way and better!

Differentiate between seasonal subtleties:
Cooler days in winter make for great hiking weather, sunny summers are for the beach and swimming in the gulf, or finding shade in the woods and quietly watching wildlife. Windy days are for sailing and kite flying. Rain makes the wildflowers bloom, and big storms bring the surfers. Low tides and high tides bring shore birds and shells!

Identify human impacts on the island:
We can drive to the island, park our cars and picnic. We can get a snack, rent a kayak, take a ferry ride, fish off the sea wall, and exercise on the trails. It's fun to enjoy the beach, and our pets even have their very own beach!

Become inspired to learn more about the region:
What other islands are in the area? How old is this island? Who lived here, and what has happened in the past? What kind of fish can I catch? Can I see dolphin and Manatees? How about sea turtles?

Art Exhibits at the
Rotary Centennial Nature Center

David Lawrence
David Lawrence Photography
Exhibit Opening

Tuesday October 24, 2017 - 7:00 p.m.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
There will be a reception with light refreshments.
Originals and prints are available for purchase.

At the Rotary Centennial Nature Center
Honeymoon Island State Park
1 Causeway Blvd., Dunedin, FL 34698

Center Open Daily 9 am to 5 pm
Park Open Daily from 8:00 a.m. to Sunset

About the Artist:

David Lawrence is a member of the following professional organizations:

  American Society of Media Photographers
  North American Nature Photographers Association
  Professional Association of Visual Artists
  Industry Partner of ASID
"My curiosity has been fueled by a degree in environmental biology and extensive travel on assignment. I see our world as a giant collage made up of unlimited small elements. My work ranges from large scale panoramics to detailed macro views. Sometimes looking at the "whole scene" and other times studying the geometry and colors of the details.

Ever evolving, my photographic career has journeyed from the world of corporate clients and international picture agencies to creating murals and artwork from my personal image collection.

My work has been published on the covers of Time Magazine, Business Week and annual report covers for McDonalds and URS. In addition, my murals and wall art can be seen installed in hospitals, embassies and corporate board rooms.

Through my photography, I hope to inspire people to become more diligent in making balanced choices concerning our natural environment and historical landmarks. Our world is very precious. We must constantly educate ourselves on better and more productive ways to utilize the earth's limited resources while still preserving its wilderness and natural beauty. My hope is that future generations will be able to find places to see and experience the Creator's handiwork.

This exhibit features images from my personal collection of photographs created during my travels. Current digital technology enables us to print large scale photographic images right in our studio. I prefer the look and feel of images printed using pigmented inks and archival papers and artist canvas to the previous "wet chemistry process". And the process is much friendlier to our environment."

About this exhibit: This exhibit features photographic works from David Lawrence. - Friends of the Island Parks would like to thank PAVA and Linda Stump for volunteer exhibit support services.

   Professional Association of Visual Artists
PO Box 2665 Dunedin, FL 34697-2665

Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Island Parks.

About The Professional Association
of Visual Artists (PAVA)

PAVA is a state-wide organization of working artists with over 160 members, a large number of the artists are located in the Tampa Bay Area. PAVA is a not for profit, 503C organization. Its mission is to provide member artists with collaborative interaction and opportunities to exhibit their work in a variety of public and private forums. PAVA works with the communities to foster art education, to support the art programs of the communities and to foster growth for emerging artists.

PAVA artists work in a variety of 2-D and 3-D media including but not limited to: Oils, Acrylics, Watercolors, Colored Pencil, Charcoal, Photography, Mixed media, Paper, Clay, Jewelry & Metal.

Work exhibited in PAVA shows must be original works of fine art quality and professional presentation. No giclees or reproductions are permitted. Buy / sell items and commercially produced items are strictly prohibited. The PAVA exhibit committee curates all PAVA shows to insure aesthetic presentation of a consistent body of work.

PAVA hosts two indoor juried events yearly. The Cool Show is held each year in July. The 2Cool Show is in February. Additional information about the Cool and 2Cool shows is available at
In 2016, PAVA partnered with Dunedin Fine Arts Center to fund a series of art scholarships. PAVA also entered into a joint project with Westfield Countryside Mall, to create an art exhibit area near the theaters and Sears. The PAVA exhibit coordinator designed the display facility, coordinated its construction and selects and installs the art work for each exhibit.

Throughout the year, PAVA seeks additional public and private venues for exhibits open to all members.
Exhibits in 2016 included Charter Communications Corporate Center (annual contract), Octagon Gallery (February, March), Suntan Galleries (March), Clearwater Library (Summer), Palm Harbor Library (September, October) and Tampa Library (November, December).

2017 PAVA Exhibits:  Largo Library (February), Carrollwood Cultural Center (March – April), The Nature Center at Honeymoon Island (May – September), Gallery HC3 at Hillsborough Community College (September – December), Clearwater Library (October – November), Charter Communications (annual contract).