Surround yourself with the peaceful wildlife and plant life in Fern Forest Nature Center! It's a great way for kids to get up close to the beautiful native plants, as well as the local wildlife. There's even a display of live native reptiles! Pretty cool!
Start your experience at the entrance boardwalk which will take you to the Exhibit Hall. Here, you can check out the interpretive exhibits of the park's natural history as well as the historical side to the park itself. (It's here you get the live reptile displays!)
Make sure you bring your walking shoes because there are a number of beautiful walking trails at the Fern Forest Nature Center which you can enjoy that will take you deep into the nature that surrounds you!
The Cypress Creek Trail is an easy, half-mile wheelchair-accessible journey through a cypress-maple swamp and transitional communities.
The Prairie Overlook Trail is a one mile loop through an open prairie as well as an oak/cabbage palm community, which then takes you to an 8 foot observation platform! What can you see from up there? Do you feel like you're one of the birds in the trees?
The Maple Walk takes you through red maple swamp (it really is a swamp, so make sure you take boots as it will probably be soggy and muddy!)
Wetlands Wander is an interpretive trail along a canal to a beautiful butterfly garden, and the sensory garden trail is great for those kids who just want to take it easy. This is a quiet area for relaxation and reflection.
Spend the whole day enjoying nature - bring your own food and enjoy lunch at one of the 6 picnic tables (no fires or grills though)
A lovely family day out in nature at the Fern Forest Nature Center! Perhaps you will come away having made some new friends (the butterflies and reptiles that is!) You never know!
The park is located at 201 Lyons Road South in Coconut Creek. If you are on the I-95 or on Florida's turnpike (heading north), take Atlantic Blvd west to Lyons Road South. Make sure you're in the right lane.Get directions
Free as far as we know!
There is an informal kiosk at the entrance.
They have a host of events across the year, from Mommy and Me Yoga to astronomy nights - so keep an eye on them and make sure you don't miss out on your favorites!
They of course offer field trips, nature programs and programs for scouts where they can earn their badges!
Make sure you don't take your pets, or bring glass into the park. Alcohol is not permitted, and make sure your kids don't try and feed the wild animals. They have their own diets and human diets will make their tummies hurt!