Wedged between Florida's expanding Gold Coast to
the east and south and orange groves and agricultural fields to the
west is 60,348-acre Corbett Wildlife Management Area. For at least
2000 years before Europeans arrived, Indians inhabited this land,
burying their dead in mounds, accumulating the remains of their
meals in middens, and traveling by canoe, sometimes on man-made
causeways. In the 1800s the Seminoles sought refuge from the U.S.
Army in Hungryland Slough. Today you can hunt deer, feral hog,
turkey, and snipe in designated hunting areas and explore pine
flatwoods, cypress swamps, and a hardwood hammock on Hungryland
Boardwalk and Trail. Nearby is Everglades Youth Conservation Camp,
offering summer camps for kids and year-round programs for families
and educators. Observe sandhill cranes, rare roseate spoonbills,
wood storks and other wading birds and camp along semi-circular
ponds and fish for bluegill, bass, and catfish.
"Corbett provides habitat for many types of wildlife besides the
deer, small game, and feral hogs
that draw human hunters."
-Susan Jewell, Exploring South Florida
The Friends of
Corbett is a non-profit citizen's support organization
established to support the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area
and Everglades Youth Conservation Camp and to promote the
importance of this natural area to an increasingly urban
population. The Friends is a diverse group that meets monthly to
plan activities and projects and hosts an Annual Meeting and
Barbeque. They welcome and encourage new members. For more
information or to send your tax-deductible contribution, contact
The Friends of Corbett, P.O. Box 16309, West Palm Beach, Florida,
View the Conceptual
for J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area.