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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 ( or 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:

East Conservation Area

One mile west of State Road 7, one mile south of Hypoluxo Road

Picture with view of cypress trees at East Conservation Area

Keeping western Palm Beach County open and green

Due to hazards such as deep lakes, unsafe shoulders, and operation of heavy equipment
during site restoration activities, this natural area is closed to visitors.


At a Glance     

Part of the Agricultural Reserve

This 196-acre mosaic upland and wetland ecosystem is part of the Agricultural Reserve in Palm Beach County. The Ag Reserve was delineated by Palm Beach County in an effort to preserve unique farmland and wetlands thus enhancing agricultural activity, environmental and water resources, and open space. The ECA is adjacent to the South Florida Water Management's 3,335-acre Strazzula Wetlands - a key project under the Central Everglades Restoration Project.      


  • Cypress domes
  • 40-acre freshwater lake
  • Native South Florida Plants include swamp rosemallow, bandana-of-the-Everglades, bushy bluestem, skyflower,
  • Native South Florida Animals include bald eagle, great horned owl, chuck-will's-widow, eastern wood-pewee, pileated woodpecker, and bobcat

Before You Go 

At this time, public access is not allowed due to hazards such as deep lakes, unsafe shoulders, and operation of heavy equipment during site restoration activities.

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