Find Nature

Broward County Parks and Recreation is responsible for providing proper management and public appreciation of the environmentally significant lands within the county’s park system.

Anne Kolb Nature Center in Hollywood 

Gopher tortoise at Pine Island Ridge in Davie 


According to the agency’s Strategic Plan, the purpose of the Planning and Development Section (formerly the Environmental Section) is “to administer an ongoing comprehensive environmental management program focused on preserving, protecting, enhancing, and monitoring natural areas, and allowing appropriate public access for site appreciation and education.”

Parks and Recreation manages nearly 3,500 acres of natural areas that provide nature preserves for indigenous flora and fauna, including rare and endangered species, allowing for the preservation of historic vegetative communities in Broward County. The natural areas help provide cleaner air and percolation of rainwater into the water supply. Restored wetlands also allow for the storage and cleansing of surface water. 

The park system’s current management responsibilities include 21 natural area sites, 10 of which are currently open for full public access, and four regional parks that are also nature centers - Anne Kolb, Fern Forest, Long Key, and Secret Woods. Each one is unique and has its own particular management challenges. It is Broward County Parks' responsibility to manage natural areas through best management practices by preserving ecological integrity while providing public access to natural areas via trails, boardwalks, and other amenities where appropriate. We strive to preserve the ecological balance of the system’s natural areas through Resource Management Plans and diligent management efforts. We also offer environmental education for all ages and abilities, including nature classes, trail walks and hikes, lecture programs, and special events.

Several of our other regional parks also offer nature trails: Central Broward Regional, Deerfield Island, Easterlin, MarkhamMiramar PinelandPlantation Heritage, Tradewinds, Tree Tops, and West Lake. Visit individual park pages or call the park of your choice for additional information.


Highlands Scrub Natural Area in Pompano Beach 

Swamp lily at Tall Cypress Natural Area in Coral Springs 



 Visit the Natural Areas                  

Helene Klein Pineland Preserve in Coconut Creek 

 Crystal Lake Sand Pine Scrub
 Helene Klein Pineland Preserve
 Highlands Scrub Natural Area
 Hillsboro Pineland Natural Area
 Military Trail Natural Area

 Pine Island Ridge Natural Area

 Saw Palmetto Natural Area

 Snake Warrior's Island Natural Area
 Tall Cypress Natural Area
 Woodmont Natural Area




Tall Cypress Natural Area in Coral Springs 

Hillsboro Pineland in Coconut Creek 

Pond at Snake Warrior's Island 

Military Trail Natural Area 


View at Hillsboro Pineland Natural Area in Coconut Creek 

Live oaks along trail at Pine Island Ridge in Davie