May 23, 2022
Thank you for visiting Okeeheelee Nature Center and helping us document the vegetation and water level change over time in one of our wetlands. The surrounding forests are periodically burned to maintain the habitat and its inhabitants.
Okeeheelee Nature Center features 2.5 miles of trails winding through 90 acres of pine flatwoods and wetlands. Highlights of the center include hands-on exhibits with over 20 live animals, plus a 6-acre fenced enclosure with a herd of deer. Marvel at our birds of prey, touch a live snake, take a shot at an archery class, or prowl for owls during one of our many programs scheduled throughout the year for families, youth, and adults.
Providing opportunities for healthy, happy living through award-winning parks, inclusive experiences and environmental stewardship.
To be a nationally recognized parks and recreation leader that connects people and parks by:
Engaging all members of our diverse community,
Ensuring safe, functional and innovative amenities now and in the future,
Continually developing professional, well trained staff that mirrors our community,
Being the premier outdoor recreation destination in South Florida,
Forming strategic relationships to ensure local access to green space,
Exceeding the national average of park land per capita, and
Advancing services through the incorporation of new technologies
A culture of teamwork
Excellent customer service
Demonstrating a high level of integrity and pride
Ensure access to beaches and water bodies
Facilitate health and wellness opportunities
Provide for youth enrichment, sports/athletic programming and facilities
Promote stewardship of natural, archaeological and cultural sites
Provide for trails, open space and picnic facilities
The Palm Beach County Parks Department was created in 1951 as a department under the direction of the County Engineers Office. By 1965, the department was managing twelve parks and included a work force of sixty-nine employees. Reorganization in 1972 led to the separation of Parks and Engineering and so the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department was born. The department steadily expanded during the late 1960s and 1970s. During the 1980s and 1990s, responding to Palm Beach County's exploding population growth and its equally exploding demand for leisure services, aggressive expansion efforts were accomplished. Today, the department is recognized nationally for excellence in park and recreation management, operates more than 110 parks and recreational facilities, spanning more than 8,500 acres, and provides organized recreational programs and services for people of all ages and abilities.