Savannas Preserve State Park
|Savannas Preserve State Park|
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
|Location||St. Lucie County, Florida, United States|
|Nearest city||Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie and Jensen Beach, Florida|
|Governing body||Florida Department of Environmental Protection|
Savannas Preserve State Park is a Florida State Park, located along much of the Atlantic Coast between Fort Pierce and Jensen Beach. Savannas Preserve also has a very special group of youth volunteers that have a first of its kind in the Florida Park Service the Junior Friends of Savannas Preserve State Park
Savannas Preserve State Park is predominantly a savanna; open grasslands with sparse South Florida slash pine trees. The park is made up of pine flatwoods, basin marsh, scrubby flatwoods, wet prairie and the Atlantic scrub ridge. Protecting southeast Florida's largest freshwater marsh, the Savannas Preserve State Park manages over 7,000 acres. It is home to many species, most notably: the threatened Florida scrub jay and gopher tortoise, the American alligator, and the sandhill crane. The park is also the home to a rare plant that only grows in the Savannas Preserve State Park in the world, the avannas mint.
The Savannas Education Center has live exhibits, a gift shop, self-guided tour booklets, and information on many of Florida's State Parks. Interpretive guided tours and canoe/kayak trips are offered by the Friends of Savannas Preserve State Park (a nonprofit citizen's support organization).
Fishing is allowed, there is an equestrian entrance, and biking is permitted (although difficult because of the sand). The park also has nearly 13 miles (21 km) of public trails from Jensen Beach Blvd to Easy Street.
- H. fragrans Five Year Review. June 2010.
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