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Okeeheelee Nature Center hosts 'Turtle Talk'

Updated: Sep 14, 2023

Florida sea turtle. [Photo by Wexor Tmg]

Okeeheelee Nature Center is hosting its “Turtle Talk” program Sept. 16. Participants start with a guided tour with a naturalist.

What: Turtle Talk

When: Sept. 16 at 2 p.m.

Where: Okeeheelee Nature Center at Okeeheelee Park

Address: 7715 Forest Hill Blvd., west of West Palm Beach

Who: Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department

South Florida, with its mix of coastal and freshwater terrestrial habitats, is home to a variety of turtle species, including sea turtles and freshwater turtles.

The sea turtles include the loggerhead, the most common sea turtle in Florida, while the leatherback is the largest.

The freshwater turtles include the Florida red-bellied cooter, usually seen basking in the sun, and the Florida softshell, known for its flat body and long neck.

Located in the north end of Okeeheelee Park, Okeeheelee Nature Center features 2.5 miles of winding trails through 90 acres of flatwoods and wetlands, in addition to hands-on exhibits, animal encounters and a gift shop. The trails offer a deer overlook, marsh-viewing blinds, a butterfly garden and bird feeders.

Okeeheelee Nature Center’s exhibits focus on three Palm Beach County ecosystems: freshwater, coastal and upland pine flatwoods.

Okeeheelee Park offers winding trails, ponds and a dog park. Nonmotorized boats are welcome. Paddlers have access to some of the more remote areas. The park also has a BMX track and areas for horse riding. Bicycles and boats can be rented.


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