About ORCA

The Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA) is located east of U.S. 1 on 9th Street SE (Oslo Road) in southern Indian River County and includes more than 440 acres purchased by Indian River County for preservation and public enjoyment. Rustic trails wend through oak hammocks, scrubby pine flatwoods, sand pine scrub, and coastal wetlands.

This conservation area is adjacent to the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, a research center of the University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Since 1998, the FMEL has conducted a Volunteer Nature Stewardship program for ORCA. Volunteers lead free nature walks, work to control invasive pest plants, and explore ORCA to learn more about this unique mosaic of easily accessible habitats.

These efforts and this website are underwritten by the ORCA Environmental Education Fund, an endowment with the University of Florida.