Tibet-Butler Preserve

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Tibet-Butler Preserve
Photograph of part of the boardwalk at Tibet-Butler Preserve
The boardwalk at Tibet-Butler Preserve
Tibet-Butler Preserve is located in Florida
Tibet-Butler Preserve
TypeRegional park
LocationOrange County, Florida, United States
Nearest cityOrlando, Florida
Coordinates28°26′33″N 81°32′30″W / 28.44250°N 81.54167°W / 28.44250; -81.54167Coordinates: 28°26′33″N 81°32′30″W / 28.44250°N 81.54167°W / 28.44250; -81.54167
Area440 acres (1.8 km2)
Operated byOrange County Parks and Recreation
OpenAll year, 8:00am - 6:00pm

Tibet-Butler Preserve is a county park located on the shore of Lake Butler, southeast of Orlando, Florida. It is managed by the Orange County Parks and Recreation.


The land for Tibet-Butler Preserve was acquired in 1986 and 1987 using funds from the Land Acquisition Trust Fund and the Water Management Lands Trust Fund.[1]


Tibet-Butler Preserve contains a nature center, 3.6 miles (5.8 km) of trails, a picnic area, a butterfly garden, and a wheelchair-accessible sandbox.[2] The nature center is called the Vera Carter Environmental Center, named after the Orange County Commissioner from 1980 to 1992.[3] It is home to a number of exhibits including live animals, taxidermy, and interactive displays.


The area consists of a variety of habitats, including bay swamps, marshes, cypress swamps, pine flatwoods, and scrub.[3] Wildlife includes gopher tortoises, North American river otters, nine-banded armadillos, american alligators, green and brown anoles, six-lined racerunners, and over 100 species of birds including bald eagles, osprey, and eastern screech owls.[4] Tibet-Butler Preserve is a site on the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail.[5]

Access and hours of operation[edit]

Tibet-Butler Preserve is located at 8777 Winter Garden Vineland Rd, Orlando, FL 32836. It is open daily, from 8:00am - 6:00pm. Trails are occasionally closed due to flooding.[6]


  1. ^ "Upper Lakes Land Assessment Region: Tibet-Butler" (PDF). South Florida Water Management District. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Tibet-Butler Preserve". Florida Hikes!. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Tibet-Butler Preserve Tri-Fold Brochure" (PDF). Orange County Parks and Recreation. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Tibet-Butler Preserve Bird Checklist" (PDF). Orange County Parks and Recreation. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Tibet-Butler Preserve". Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida, Inc. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Tibet-Butler Preserve". Orange County Parks and Recreation. Retrieved 3 January 2017.