• Paved Accessible Trails

  • Butterfly Orchids

  • White Tailed Deer

  • Gulf Fritillary Butterfly on Passionflower

  • Kayaking in a wetland

  • Swallowtailed Kite

  • Nature Photography

  • Trail Running

  • Eastern Gray Squirrel

  • Swamp Tromp

  • Tree Frog

  • Nature Scavenger Hunt


​Preserving precious lands

Welcome to Palm Beach County’s natural areas - protected pieces of South Florida’s natural heritage that maintains diversity of plants and animals.  In 1991 and 1999, voters approved a total of $250 million in bond funds for the purchase of lands for conservation purposes.  ERM manages more than 31,000 acres of these conservation lands that are Palm Beach County’s last wild places open sunrise to sunset and are free for all to enjoy passive, nature-based activities such as hiking, bird watching, and environmental education.


  Environmental Tips Hot Line

(561) 616-BIRD (2473)

LogoRelay information if you see something suspicious or a wildlife issue occurring on a natural area. Leave a message with: Name, Date, Time, Natural Area Site, and Detailed Description of Problem. If you want a deputy to return your call, leave your phone number OR you may remain anonymous.
In case of a true emergency, dial 911. 


Adopt a Natural Area

Logo Join  individuals, civic groups, and businesses interested in promoting and maintaining Palm Beach County's Natural Areas for a one year agreement that may be  renewed annually.  By adopting a site, you agree to perform specific tasks or services including but not limited to public education, information displays in public or business locations, monitoring, invasive plant removal, native planting and clean-up events. Call (561) 233-2400 to apply.



 Sites Without Public Use

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.