Size: 21.1 acres
Habitat: Woodmont is the largest remaining natural habitat in Tamarac, consisting of pine flatwoods and a cypress/red maple wetland in the midst of urban development. The site has been designated an Urban Wilderness Area.
Vegetation: This natural area includes South Florida slash pines and a wetland of cypress and red maples, with an understory of fern, beautyberry, fire bush, wild coffee, and wild lime.
Wildlife: Resident and migratory birds such as the great horned owl, woodpeckers, wading birds, several species of hawks, and various wood warblers can be seen at Woodmont. This site is a great place to see warblers and great crested flycatchers in spring and fall.
Amenities: Amenities include a 6-foot-wide, 1,615-foot-long concrete pedestrian trail that traverses the pine flatwoods and a 2,154-foot boardwalk that meanders through the cypress wetland, as well as benches and interpretive signage. Wildlife observation is encouraged, although bicycles, in-line skates, skateboards, and motorized vehicles are prohibited on the trails, and 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.
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 Woodmont hike will take place on Saturday, December 28, 2013, from 9 -10 a.m. and will focus on Insects of the Pine/Cypress Habitat.
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 registering at webtrac.broward.org. 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 Woodmont Natural Area. 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: This 21.1-acre site, located in the City of Tamarac, has the distinction of being the first site to be fully planned, restored, and opened to the public under the 1989 Environmentally Sensitive Lands (ESL) Bond program. It was one of the county’s outstanding pine/cypress habitats sought for purchase through the program and opened to the public on August 27, 1999. Originally slated for residential development, the site was preserved in 1992 thanks to the assistance of the Trust for Public Lands and $702,889 in funds from the ESL program approved by Broward County voters. Since its acquisition, exotic plant removal and replanting have taken place at the site.
Aerial image of Woodmont Natural Area.
The natural area is accessible from Broward County Transit Routes #57 and #62.
Woodmont Natural Area
7250 N.W. 80th Ave., Tamarac, FL 33321