M88. Fern Forest Nature Center
Nearest City: Coconut Creek
Phone Number: 954-357-5198
Website: M88. Fern Forest Nature Center
Features/Amenities: Restrooms, Birding by foot/hiking, Best time of day: Morning, Recommended length of visit: a few hours br>
Habitats: Freshwater Swamp, Freshwater Marsh/Wetlands, River/Stream/Spring/Canal, Lake/Pond/Impoundment, Hardwoods/Mixed Forest
This 244-acre natural area is a birder’s delight with freshwater swamps, prairies and hardwood hammocks to explore. Part of the historical Cypress Creek Transverse glade, it is home to a whopping 34 species of fern, and shelters myriad birds. Painted Buntings winter here and migrants like Black-throated Blue Warblers and both waterthrushes migrate through. Check the prairie for wintering sparrows, and the tree line for raptors. An on-site nature center offers excellent programs and the boardwalk is wheelchair-accessible.
Directions: From intersection of US 441 and SR 814 (W. Atlantic Blvd.) in Margate, drive east on SR 814 appx. 1.2 mi. and turn right (S) on S. Lyons Rd.; entrance is on right. From I-95 take exit 36 (SR 814/W. Atlantic Blvd.) and drive 3.3 mi. west to S. Lyons. Stay in right lane, drive across Lyons/SW 46th Ave. and immediately turn right (N) to take loop south, which returns you to Lyons/46th Ave. Go 0.3 mi. south; entrance is on right (W).
Open Thurs.-Mon., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 7 days/week in summer (call first).
Location: 26.228955, -80.183805