Polk County

Polk County is located in Central Florida east of Tampa Bay bordering Sumter, Lake, Osceola, Highlands, Hardee, Hillsborough and Pasco Counties. 

Polk County was established in 1861 from portions of Brevard and Hillsborough counties and named for James Knox Polk, 11th President of the U.S.

Polk County Florida Image Map
Population - 2000
483,924
Population - 2010
602,095
Population - 2015 Est
633,052
Land Area (sq mi)
1,798
Water Area (sq mi)
213
Total Area (sq mi)
2,011
Average Rainfall
50
Temperature - Average High
82
Temperature - Average Low
61

The Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek Preserve State Park is home to one of the rarest scrub habitats in all of Florida. The park is a whopping 8,000 square acres consisting of 6 miles of hiking trails and 7 miles of equestrian trails. The park has amazing rare plants and animals making it one of the best parks in Florida for wildlife viewing. Come prepared to track across rough and rare scrub habitats while seeing some of Florida's protected wildlife such as the scrub-jay, scrub lizard, and bald eagles!

November 10-12, 2017

Location: Triple Canopy Ranch, Lake Wales, Florida

 

Lakeland Center is a multi-purpose arena and theatre located in Lakeland, Florida and home to the Central Florida Jaguars elite indoor football team and the Florida Tropics soccer team. 

May 13-14, 2017

Location: Lake Morton in downtown Lakeland, Florida

One of Florida's largest and premier outdoor art festivals featuring over 150 artists, a hands-on Children's art tent, live entertainment and lots of food and drink vendors. 

Polk County School District is headquartered in Bartow, Florida. The school district consists of more high schools than it does elementary schools. Over 50 traditional school and numerous charter and virtual schools exist in Polk County. Student in Kindergarten through 8th grade are required to wear uniforms.

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Florida Polytechnic University was established in 2012 in Lakeland as a university of engineering and technology dedicated to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

 

Florida Southern College was founded in Orlando in 1883 as a United Methodist school. It is now located in Lakeland. It offers about 50 undergraduate, pre professional, and graduate programs. It as been called one of the most beautiful campuses in the country and has the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world. 

Florida Technical College is a two-year college with degree programs in healthcare, food and beverage, beauty, and criminal justice. It has locations in DeLand, Kissimmee, Lakeland, Orlando, Pembroke Pines, and Cutler Bay.

For families homeschooling students age 11 to 18 and living in Central Florida, this teen only group includes activities, field trips, etc. will be geared toward the middle to high school level/age group.