Arline Erdrich used her voice in defense of the irreplaceable environmental assets of the Nature Coast.

Remembering Arline Erdrich

Dedication Ceremony for GCC Founding Member, Arline Erdrich

Sadly, we have postponed this dedication ceremony for Arline, but we look forward to seeing all of you when it’s rescheduled. We’ll keep you updated through this website and by email.

Meanwhile, stay safe.

This beautiful memorial mosaic created by artist Kevin McManus (shown here with GCC members Leslie Neumann and Bob and Shauvon Powell) will be dedicated at the event.

Executive Director Cheryl Paradis will be on hand to lead an optional tour to show the many ways in which children engage in scientific activities at this beautiful site.

A Lasting Legacy

In the early days of 1992, Aripeka artist Arline Erdrich forged a plan to save thousands of environmentally sensitive coastal acres west of US 19 from Chassahowitzka to Hudson. To that end, she pioneered the Gulf Coast Conservancy through its fledgling stage until it took root as a successful land trust, which still operates to this day.

The GCC has thus far facilitated the preservation of more than 15,000 acres in western Hernando and Pasco Counties. These lands constitute the ecological greenway and wildlife corridor that Arline Erdrich envisioned.


Journalist Dan Dewitt of the TBT wrote about Arline and about the Springs Coast Environmental Center.