Enchanted Forest Sanctuary

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Enchanted Forest Sanctuary a wildlife sanctuary located at 444 Columbia Boulevard in Titusville. We walked the trail leading up to the open-air amphitheater that holds weddings and other events that people can rent. A wedding performed the day we visited the sanctuary.

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A trail map located at the entrance to the sanctuary. Walk a 5K trail or the Enchanted Crossing that is a tenth of a mile. Sit on a bench under a trestle, relax and enjoy the view by the Serenity Pond. Walk along the boardwalk and admire the different shapes of coquina rocks. I hope that you can spot a butterfly in the butterfly garden.

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Sit at a table in the library inside the educational center and read about Florida’s past, cats, insects and swamps. Enter the Discovery Center, Touch a Tree and observe the Red Rat Snake inside the aquarium found mostly in the eastern part of the United States and parts of Utah and Colorado.

enchanted forest 023The Web of Life Habitats, Animal Diversity, Biodiversity and the Human Impact all exhibits found inside the educational center. Free entrance to the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary; hours of operation on the website.

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Lyonia Environmental Center

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lyon-1 963Interactive exhibits throughout the Lyonia Environmental Center located in Deltona show how fragile the ecosystem is. Many plants and animals live in the Florida Scrub a desert habitat. The Gopher Tortoise, Florida Scrub Lizard, The Sand Skink and Indigo Snake threatened species because of habitat loss.

PICT1715Hike on a trail in the Florida Scrub a desert like habitat in the 357-acre Lyonia Preserve next to the environmental center. Take along a pair of binoculars and watch the Florida Scrub-Jay the only bird of its kind in the world.

Rent space in the outdoor amphitheater for events. The environmental center is free and hours of operation are on the website.

 

Barrier Island Sanctuary

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PICT1681View the skulls of the whales at Barrier Island Sanctuary in Melbourne Beach. One skull of the Humpback Whale washed up 3 blocks from the Cocoa Beach Pier and the other a Fin Whale washed up in Palm Coast. Walk along the observation deck and read the tablets about the Fin and Humpback whales.

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Several species of fish, Diamondback Terrapin a species of turtle, Hermit Crab and lobster found in the aquariums throughout the sanctuary.

Watch a film in the auditorium about saving the turtles. The Juvenile Green and Loggerhead Turtles found in the Indian River Lagoon. When the Loggerhead Sea Turtle reaches adulthood they can weigh up to 300 pounds, the Green Turtle can weigh 400 pounds and the Leatherback Sea Turtle can weigh up to 900 pounds.

Stroll along the boardwalk to the beach or hike the one-mile trail. Sit on one of the picnic tables, relax and enjoy the landscape. Entrance to the sanctuary is free; hours of operation are on the website.