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Department of Environmental Studies

Genius Preserve

The Genius Preserve in Winter Park is a 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 since 2005/2006 with Dr. Bruce Stephenson of the Department of Environmental Studies.

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