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Within the city limits of northern Palm Beach County is a treasure known as Frenchman’s Forest Natural Area.  The natural area protects “slash pine flatwoods, live oak hammock, cypress swamp, hydric hammock and tidal swamp and mangrove habitat”. The natural preserve is located at 12201 Prosperity Farms Road, right off Prosperity Farms Road, not to far from the Garden’s Mall in Palm Beach Gardens.  Follow the winding drive to a small parking area and prepare to step backward in time to the old Florida of the first settlers in South Florida.

Frenchman’s Forest Natural Area consists of 4 trails. Each of the different trails are described on the information board and it describes which type of wildlife you may expect to see on your hike. If you prefer

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One of Palm Beach County's best qualities is its beautiful natural ecosystems. Locals and seasonal residents alike cherish the wildlife and natural beauty of SOFLO, especially during the Summer.

Here are some of the top places to visit if you love nature and want to preserve Florida’s natural beauty and wildlife! 

Arthur R. Marshal

Located just north of the Everglades in Boynton Beach, Florida is the Arthur R. Marshal Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is a dedicated organization that is devoted to preserving the wildlife of the Florida Everglades. 

What makes the Arthur R. Marshal Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge so special is that not only do they serve a great cause but it is a fun place to learn, visit and give back

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The National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act was created by Congress in 1968 to preserve certain rivers with outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational values in a free-flowing condition for the enjoyment of present and future generations.

Quite frankly, the environmental rarity and diversity of the Loxahatchee River is understated. While the United States is home to 3.6 million miles of river, fewer than 13,000 miles actually qualify as a “Wild and Scenic River”. In 1985, a 10-mile stretch of the Loxahatchee River became Florida’s first Wild and Scenic River, representing only .04% of Florida’s 25,949 miles of river. Currently, the Loxahatchee River is one of two rivers holding this title in Florida, and the only one that falls under all three

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Manatee Lagoon is an encounter center focused on the fun learning side of slow-moving flippers and whiskers. The FPL Manatee Discovery Center is located at 6000 North Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach. The Palm Beach County educational attraction has a dedicated area for viewing manatees up close. Manatee lagoon is filled with the fun, enormous, herbivorous marine mammals sometimes known as “sea cows.”

Manatees or sea cows are gentle, slow-moving plant-eaters that live in herds.  They are very peaceful and similar in disposition to cows. Sea cows often graze on water plants in tropical seas. Manatees have varying average weights up to 1,200 pounds and average 9.5 feet in length. Some of the graceful creatures can grow up to 15 feet in length and weigh

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Just north of Harbourside Place is the Loxahatchee River Environmental Center in Burt Reynolds Park, it’s a great place to spend some time this Summer with your kids and learn about local marine ecosystems.

About The Center

The Loxahatchee River Environmental Center opened in Jupiter on August 23, 2008. The center’s beautiful aquariums trace the Loxahatchee River from its headwaters in Palm Beach County, through the cypress dominated floodplain in the Wild & Scenic segment, past the sand bar, and finally out to the coral reefs through Jupiter Inlet.

The River Center’s mission statement says, “We are dedicated to preserving the Loxahatchee River and its natural habitats, by designing innovative wastewater solutions, furthering river research

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Year-round access to the beautiful, South Florida outdoors is one of the greatest things about living in Palm Beach County. Here are a few natural parks that you and your family can enjoy and explore.

Green Cay

Green Cay Nature Center and Wetlands overlooks 100 acres of constructed wetland from a 1 1/2-mile boardwalk trail. Shimmering water is everywhere since the area is filled with natural ponds, examples of hammock swamp and ages-old cypress swamp. This quick visit will bring you close to egret and bunting during bird season, and a nature center will entertain and educate the entire family about the natural treasures to be found in the wetlands.

Wakodahatchee Wetlands

Delray Beach is a town of diverse attractions and things to do. A

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The Juno Dunes Natural Area is a 569-acre preserve features miles of trails for biking and hiking, oceanfront tract facilities for easy beach access, boat slips on the Intracoastal Waterway, picnic tables, restrooms and a kiosk with informational brochures and maps.

Juno Dunes

The Juno Dunes Natural Area is a perfect place to experience the diversity of South Florida’s ecosystem in a single location. You and your family can take a leisurely stroll, relaxing bike ride or a fast-paced hike through any of the pristine natural trails.

This natural preserve is home to 12 unique, native ecosystems: beach dune, coastal strand, maritime hammock, hydric hammock, scrub, scrubby flatwoods, xeric hammock, mesic flatwoods, wet flatwoods, basin marsh,

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The Loxahatchee Everglades offer airboat tours for you to experience the wonders of the world-famous Florida Everglades.

The airboats glide over the river grass and enjoy the large array of wildlife viewing and even Florida’s alligators. The Loxahatchee Everglades is an eco-tourism business that respects the environment and therefore do not cage, pen or feed any wildlife.

All of the tour guides have received training and experience on the Everglades history and animal and plant life. All of the guides training and certification is completed by their own “Wild Lyle” and strives on being the best tour guides in South Florida.

The Everglades is home to hundreds of bird species, the American Alligator, and native plants. The tours depart daily and are

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Head to the Jupiter Ridge Natural Area tomorrow at 5:30PM and join the biologists from the Environmental Resource Management (ERM) Department on a walk through South Florida’s “desert” scrubland.

You should wear comfortable shoes on the hike and bring a water bottle. But don’t worry, it’s not a particularly difficult track, and it isn’t very far so as long as you are able to stay on your feet for at least an hour, you shouldn’t have any problems.

After the hike the group will jump into kayaks and paddle the restored shoreline of Jupiter Ridge, as well as the meandering oxbows of the historic Lake Worth Creek Aquatic Preserve. Finally, you will finish the adventure hiking back over the ridge.

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When: Wed, April 17, from

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Join the experts of the Atala Chapter (Palm Beach) of the North American Butterfly Association this Saturday and learn about our native butterflies and the habitats and plants they depend on for survival.

This exploration will be at Cypress Creek South Natural Area (Jupiter, FL) .The natural area is located on the south side of Indiantown Road approximately 1.8 miles west of Florida Turnpike / I-95. This will be a leisurely hike along well maintained walking trails.

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When: Sat, April 13, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Where: Cypress Creek South Natural Area - 9424 West Indiantown Road, Jupiter, FL 33478

Cypress Creek Natural Area

The Cypress Creek Natural Area spans both sides of Indiantown Road, over 2,000 acres

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