Things to Do in Davie: Secret Woods Nature Center

Secret Woods Nature Center Davie FloridaIf you like the outdoors, you’ll love the Secret Woods Nature Center. It is the first nature center built in Broward County, and it’s just minutes away from Davie. Broward County designated the 57-acre site as an Urban Wilderness Area. That means the Center is part of the County’s program to establish a park system of urban areas that will be permanently maintained as wilderness areas.

The Center has many outdoor activities for residents of Davie and the surrounding communities. In addition, visitors from other parts of the country rates it highly on Trip Advisor.

Julia Hall

If you’re looking for a peaceful and rustic place for an event, Julia Hall might just be what you’re looking for. The Hall can seat 75 people, and you’d have access to a fully-equipped kitchen. The open-air amphitheater adjacent to the Hall can accommodate 100 people. You can also rent Butterfly Island, and it would make a lovely setting for an outdoor wedding.

Monarch Interpretive Center

The center is a 2,000 sf facility where you can participate in a number of interactive displays. You’ll also be treated to a safe look at a working beehive, Native American artifacts and videos about the Everglades and more.

Swallowtail Classroom

Do you have a group of children or adults who want to learn more about the environment you see at the Center? The classroom holds 20 people, and the Center staff will customize a presentation to fit your group’s needs and interests.

Butterfly Island

If you love butterflies, you’ll love the butterfly garden. It covers almost an acre filled with different plants that attract the little creatures. You can walk along a 250-foot path through the garden and sit on benches along the way to get a closer look. You may spot monarchs, swallowtails, and a number of other butterfly species you probably won’t see in other places.

Laurel Oak Trail

This trail winds through different habitats, starting with laurel oaks, live oaks and many different types of vegetation. The four bridges will let you walk through a tidal marsh. All along this trail, you’re sure to see birds, crabs, lizards and other forest and swamp dwellers.

New River Trail

This trail is a boardwalk, mostly constructed from recycled plastic lumber.  When you stroll along the 3,200-foot trail, you’ll see three distinct ecosystems, a hardwood forest, tidal marsh, and a tidal marsh area that is completely under water during high tide. Get out your camera – the opportunity for wildlife photography is around every turn.

The Secret Woods Nature Center is an Outstanding Community Resource

Not only can you use the Center as a place to get close to nature, but there are activities you and your family can use for occasional outings. For example, there are programs aimed at 2-4 year olds that let the kids explore their environment and take short nature walks with their parents. Group programs for students of all ages teach about the flora and fauna around the Center.

You can also take advantage of guided nature walks on the weekends. If you’re a music lover, attend the impromptu music jams the fourth Sunday of every month. If you can play, bring your acoustic instrument and join in!

The Secret Woods Nature Center is another one of the things that people love about the Davie area. If you’re looking for Davie Florida homes for sale, or you want to sell one you already own, the members of the Teri Arbogast Team are here to help. With years of experience and in-depth local market knowledge, we can help you complete a real estate transaction that exceeds your expectations. Call us at 954-242-8030 or send an email.



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