Preserves of St. Lucie County

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Due to the current circumstances and based on the CDC’s recommendations, St. Lucie County Environmental Resources Department (ERD) will be suspending all guided hike and paddle programs until further notice. Please rest assured that we will continue operating the programs as soon as we are safely able to. In the meantime, we encourage our community to continue to take the proper precautions that are fitting to your current situation.

It is important to note that during these times of uncertainty, you can continue to turn to our natural spaces here in St. Lucie County for solace and reprieve. Our nature preserves are a jewel for our community here in St. Lucie County and will remain open from dawn until dusk every day. Our staff at ERD believes that spending time in natural spaces can be quite beneficial for our wellbeing during these times, and we encourage you to continue using the preserves within the boundaries of your own personal situation.  Remember to be kind: to others, the preserves and yourself.

5 reasons why now is the perfect time to visit the St. Lucie County nature preserves:

  1. Hiking is the perfect activity to practice social distancing. With nearly 11,000 acres across 24 preserves, these natural spaces are often uncrowded. For more information about our preserves, please visit
  2. An entire family indoors for several days can be quite taxing on everyone. Stretch your legs and your minds as you wander through these natural playgrounds and classrooms.
  3. It's important to stay informed, but 24 hrs news coverage can be a little overwhelming. What better way to unwind and relax than to go for a quiet walk and to listen to nature!
  4. They're free! It's hard to say what will come from all of this. But for now, returning to more simple activities is a safe bet during uncertain times.
  5. Your health may depend on natural spaces- no really! A plethora of new and old research suggests that our mental and physical health may be correlated to time spent in natural spaces.

Thank you for your patience, understanding, and resilience during this time.



The Environmental Resources Department (ERD) manages preserves and natural areas which account for over 11,000 acres of St. Lucie County. From beautiful sandy beaches in the east that awaken with the morning sun to the ranchland restorations and cypress hammocks in the west that glow gold just before twilight, ERD has the opportunity to care for some of the most beautiful sites within our County.

The St. Lucie County Environmental Lands project began in 1994 with the passage of a $20 million local bond program. The mission of the program is to preserve, protect and restore ecosystems in their natural state while providing compatible public use. Lands are acquired with the assistance of Florida Communities Trust (FCT), South Florida Water Management District, Save our Rivers (SOR) and Conservation and Recreational Lands (CARL).

Visitors are reminded that using these sites is considered "at own risk".

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Pinelands Preserve remains CLOSED until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience.