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Seacrest Scrub Natural Area
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3400 Seacrest Boulevard
Boynton Beach

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We were hiking the main trail back to the parking lot one afternoon, thinking why we like Seacrest Scrub so much. We stopped for second, listened, and heard only the wind blowing through the pines and the songs of a few birds. That's why we like it. Seacrest is peaceful. Unless the train next door is running, which fortunately, is not all that often.

The Seacrest Scrub Natural Area is also a piece of history. It is among the oldest natural areas in Palm Beach County, and like a number of others, the fact that it was in something of a natural state at the time that the county bought it, was a bit of an accident. In the 1980s and 90s, it was slated for development — about the same time environmental advocates were pushing for a system of nature preserves in Palm Beach County. This is one battle the advocates won. Seacrest itself is a dry, sandy place dominated by large pines, small shrubby oaks and saw palmetto. It covers 54 acres on an ancient dune ridge. Part of it was a pineapple farm back in the 1920s and '30s. Facilities include a parking lot, educational kiosk and two trails, one of which is wheelchair accessible.

We’ve seen osprey, gray fox, raccoons, warblers, mockingbirds, yellow-bellied sapsuckers, gopher tortoises, plus a variety of spiders and lizards. The variety of plants include burrowing four o'clock, milk pea, giant air plant, Florida rosemary, large-flower rosemary, love vine, white-mouth dayflower and Feay's palafox.

 

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Additional Resources for Seacrest Scrub Natural Area
PBC Seacreast Management Plan (includes species lists) PDF     IRC Plant Species List
 
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