Okeeheelee Park Nature Center

One mile of paved trail and 1.5 miles of a shell rock trail wind through the Okeeheelee Nature Center, a 100-acre area located within the 1000-acre Okeeheelee Park in Palm Beach County. The surrounding parklands were created out of land once mined for shell rock, so the focus of the nature center is restoration of the native pine uplands. The nature center offers regular natural history programs.

Watchable Wildlife:
Check the wetlands along the East Marsh Trail for coot, common moorhen, ring-necked duck, blue-winged and green-winged teal, pied-billed grebe and wood duck. Scan overhead for red-tailed hawks and ospreys. Gopher tortoises and their burrows are located along the pine trail.

Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Center

(561) 233-1400

From I-95, exit onto Forest Hill Boulevard and travel west for about 5 miles. Park entrance is on the right. In the park, follow signs to the nature center.

Related Sites:
Other Southeast Florida Wildlife Sites
Florida State Parks

FWC Facts:
The crested caracara is a resident of the prairies and range lands of south-central Fla. This boldly patterned raptor has a crest, naked face, heavy bill and longish neck and legs.

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