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Natural Areas Program
*Natural areas with public use facilities
All Palm Beach County natural areas are publicly-owned and are open for passive, natural resource-based recreational public uses such as hiking, bird watching, nature study and photography. Other recreational uses, as authorized under the Natural Areas Ordinance (Chapter 11, Article XI of the Palm Beach County Code), may be permitted in designated areas on a site-specific basis. Certain natural areas may be temporarily closed for environmental restoration activities and/or other public safety issues. Users should confirm that the natural area they plan to visit has existing public use facilities which match the users proposed activity; not all natural areas are readily accessible or have existing public use facilities such as a parking area, accessible trails, natural-surfaced walking paths, trail markers, and/or information kiosks.
Current Highlights and Upcoming Events
- Hungryland Slough Natural Area, including the parking lot, is closed due to prescribed burn activity.
- Environmental Times Newsletter
Read the latest edition Spring 2016 for highlights on artificial reefs, climate change, LagoonFest and more. [LINK]
- Pawpaw Preserve Natural Area
The draft management plan is now available for public review. Public comments can be emailed to , or can be provided at the April 29, 2016 NAMAC Meeting. Click here for more information on the meeting time and place.[DRAFT PLAN]
- Instagram Photo Contest: Hug a Tree for Earth Day
Show off your love for trees and Mother Earth by snapping a picture of a tree-hugger in action during April to celebrate the value Palm Beach County's trees provide to us and the environment. See link for rules and entry information. [PDF]
- Volunteer Accomplishments in 2015
See what ERM's volunteers were up to in 2015. [PDF]
- Mosquito Control Update - Zika Virus
While ERM's Mosquito Control Division is hard at work taking proactive steps to reducing mosquito popluations learn how you can protect yourself and reduce your exposure to mosquitoe-borne diseases. [PDF]
- Snail Walk and Talk Sat. April 30th - Winding Waters Natural Area, West Palm Beach
Join the Snail Lady of Palm Beach County for this hour-long kid-friendly walk and talk to learn the secrets these creepy crawly animals keep hidden under their shells. Registration required. [EVENT FLYER]
- Scavenger Hunts
Are available at several natural areas for youngsters to complete to recieve their Natural Area Youth Explorer certificate.
- ERM's Status Reports
Stay up to date on our projects with these monthly publications. [LINK]