Photos courtesy of Michael Rinehart
Size: 56.3 acres
Habitat: Mosaic of natural vegetation communities including both pine upland and wetland habitats. The site features pine flatwoods common to this part of Broward County, with surface rock outcroppings and a variety of grasses and wildflowers.
Vegetation: Slash pine, saw palmetto, myrsine, gallberry, staggerbush, beautyberry, cypress, swamp fern, sword fern, wax myrtle, muhly grass, and yellowtop.
Wildlife: Several species of hawks, various wood warblers, owls, woodpeckers, different species of wading birds, and various species of butterflies including zebra longwing.
Amenities: Covered overlooks, concrete walkway, restrooms, benches, interpretive signage, 2,334 feet of elevated boardwalk and nature trail. Wildlife observation is encouraged, although bicycles, inline skates, skateboards, and motorized vehicles are prohibited on the trails. As with all natural area sites, pets are not allowed.
EcoAction Days (October through May): Volunteer workdays help keep our natural areas clear of garbage and invasive plants. They're held on the fourth Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to noon. Closed-toe shoes are required, and long pants and long sleeves are suggested. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own gloves, hats, sunscreen, insect repellent, and drinking water. Ages 13 to 17 must have a parent or guardian's signature on the registration form prior to participating. Volunteers under the age of 13 may participate, but only if accompanied by a parent or guardian. High school students can use the hours from these workdays toward their required community service hours. Check the volunteer Web page for the latest workday registration form. Preregister by calling Quiet Waters Park at 954-357-5100.
Nature at Night Hikes
These naturalist-led hikes awaken and explore your senses to reveal the sites distinctive night life. Offered on Saturday evenings throughout the year. Sturdy shoes are recommended. For ages 8 and up. The fee is $5 per person. Preregistration and prepayment is required by calling Quiet Waters Park at 954-357-5100 or .
From Macro to Micro: Focusing on Nature Hike Series: From large to small: this series will focus on species of all sizes. The series will focus on the birds that call the Florida Scrub and Coastal Communities home, flowering plants throughout the Florida Scrub and Pineland habitats, or rarely viewed insects within various Florida Habitats. There will be guided tours through each of the locations with in-depth discussions on each subject and a comparison of species between habitat types along the way. If you love the outdoors and are wishing to learn more, this is the series for you!
Hikes will take place on the second and fourth Saturday of the month from 9 -10 a.m., running from October 26, 2013, through January 4, 2014, at various locations. The Hillsboro Pineland hike will take place on Saturday, December 14, 2013, from 9 -10 a.m. and will focus on Flowering Plants of the Florida Pinelands.
A Series Pass to attend all as many hikes as you like is $25 per person ages 10 and up. The cost for a single hike is $5 per person ages 10 and up. The price includes a 1-hour naturalist–led nature hike with discussions.
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required for each hike by calling Quiet Waters Park at 954-357-5100 or . Sturdy closed-toed shoes, drinking water, long sleeves/pants and binoculars are recommended. Only 15 spots available!
Environmental and Scouting Programs: Getting people of all ages involved in the appreciation of nature is the focus of many of the programs at Hillsboro Pineland. Opportunities include activities for boy and girl scouts, children's programs, school field trips, private group tours, and more. Call Katherine Hendrickson at 954-357-5113 for more details and to make reservations.
A Little History: The site lies in the historic transition zone between the high-and-dry Atlantic Coastal Ridge of eastern Broward County and the now-drained Everglades of urbanized western Broward. Located near the headwaters of both the historic Hillsboro River and Cypress Creek, the area was once a vast landscape of marshes and swamps, with wet prairies and pine flatwoods occupying the higher ground. The site was purchased for $4.74 million with funds from the 1989 Environmentally Sensitive Lands Bond acquisition program.
Aerial image of Hillsboro Pineland Natural Area
The natural area is accessible from Broward County Transit Route #18.
Hillsboro Pineland Natural Area
5591 N.W. 74th Place, Coconut Creek, FL 33073