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Fern Forest Nature Center
My Online Picture Tour


Trail Map
Trail Map

Fern Forest Nature Center first opened in 1985. The 254 acres include a Hardwood Hammock, Maple Cypress Wetland, Prarie area, and a Slash Pine - Cabbage Palm habitat.

You can stop by the park office and pick up a Trail Guide Book for .50¢

 

Right away you can see why the park is named FERN Forest ! 32 different species of ferns can be found in the park.The lush tropical tree growth provides the needed humidity and shadow for the ferns to flourish.

 

Ferns!
Fern Groundcover

Trail to Center
Trail to Nature Center

 



There is a short boardwalk trail that leads to the parks nature Center. Many different types of ferns can be seen on either side of the boardwalk.

 

 

 

 

 

Along side the boardwalk is a small swamp. Tiny Duckweed covers the waters surface. Giant Leather Fern looks almost prehistoric on either side.

 

 

 

 

Small Swamp
Small Swamp


Nature Center
Nature Center
Exhibit Room
Exhibit Room

Yellow Rat Snake
Yellow Rat Snake
(Elaphe obsoleta quadrivittata)

 

The Nature Center Building has an Assembly Hall, Ampitheater, and Exhibit Room. Live snakes and small animals are on display. Plenty of educational material and books are also available.

 

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