"I poked around in the jungle clearing, thoroughly enjoying myself and hating to leave...
I had discovered Cross Creek, romantic old Florida, ancient trees, jungle quietude."
— Jim Forsyth, "Morse Traditions Live On In Winter Park." February 22, 1953
The Genius Preserve in Winter Park is an historical landscape, a remaining tie to the romantic "Old Florida" Marjorie Rawlings revealed in Cross Creek.
Owned by the Genius/Morse Foundation of Winter Park, Rollins students have been conducting research projects, class field work and also received land stewardship scholarships while interning on the property for more than 10 years with Dr. Bruce Stephenson of the Department of Environmental Studies.