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Palm Beach County's Natural Areas Will Remain Closed Until Further Notice

Based on Palm Beach County (PBC) Emergency Order No. 2020-003, effective immediately, all PBC Natural Areas are closed to the public until further notice.  This order will remain in effect until the expiration of Palm Beach County's Declaration of Emergency or until terminated or amended by further order.

PBC's Department of Environmental Resources Management will continue to monitor the status of the COVID-19 pandemic in our area and will communicate any changes in the status of our PBC Natural Areas as those changes are made. 

Please be safe and continue to monitor our social media (@PBCERM on Facebook and Instagram) and website (www.pbcerm.com or www.pbcnaturalareas.com) for updates on the status of our PBC Natural Areas.  For updates on other PBC operations and services, please visit the county's dedicated COVID-19 page: http://discover.pbcgov.org/coronavirus/Pages/default.aspx

 Pond Cypress

East of Western Parkway (State Road 7), 1/2 mile north of Okeechobee Boulevard

Picture of open water wetland at Pond Cypress Natural Area

Western piece of the historic Loxahatchee Slough, saved from development   

Open Sunrise to Sunset, 365 Days a Year 

At a Glance     

Environmental Survivor

This 1700-acre site has endured a long history of being impacted by drainage, proposed developments, and offroad vehicle use. Over the course of 12 years, the mesic flatwoods, wet flatwoods, hydric hammock, wet prairie, dome swamp, depression marsh, and strand swamp ecosystems were acquired by the County preserving a western piece of the Loxahatchee Slough and associated lands that connect surface water bringing water from the west into the Slough.

Features

  • Native plant species
    Many-flowered grass-pink, common and giant wild pine airplants, celestial lily
  • Native animal species
    Snail kite,crested caracara, Florida sandhill crane, wood stork, least tern
  • Part of the Jeaga Wildways.

Before You Go 

This site is accessible by pedestrian traffic only.

There is no designated parking area.

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