Size: 21.1 acres
Habitat: Woodmont is the largest remaining natural habitat in Tamarac, consisting of pine flatwoods and a cypress/red maple wetland in the midst of urban development. The site has been designated an Urban Wilderness Area.
Vegetation: This natural area includes South Florida slash pines and a wetland of cypress and red maples, with an understory of fern, beautyberry, fire bush, wild coffee, and wild lime.
Wildlife: Resident and migratory birds such as the great horned owl, woodpeckers, wading birds, several species of hawks, and various wood warblers can be seen at Woodmont. This site is a great place to see warblers and great crested flycatchers in spring and fall.
Amenities: Amenities include a 6-foot-wide, 1,615-foot-long concrete pedestrian trail that traverses the pine flatwoods and a 2,154-foot boardwalk that meanders through the cypress wetland, as well as benches and interpretive signage. Wildlife observation is encouraged, although bicycles, in-line skates, skateboards, and motorized vehicles are prohibited on the trails, and as with all natural area sites, pets are not allowed.
EcoAction Days - October through May: Volunteer workdays help keep our natural areas clear of garbage and invasive plants. They're held on the fourth Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to noon. Closed-toe shoes are required, and long pants and long sleeves are suggested. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own gloves, hats, sunscreen, insect repellent, and drinking water. Ages 13 to 17 must have a parent or guardian's signature on the registration form prior to participating. Volunteers under the age of 13 may participate, but only if accompanied by a parent or guardian. High school students can use the hours from these workdays toward their required community service hours. Check the volunteer Web page for the latest workday registration form. Preregister by calling Quiet Waters Park at 954-357-5100.
Natural Area Exploration Series – October through May: Hour long naturalist-led nature hikes to explore this sites unique flora and fauna. Offered between October and May. Sturdy closed-toe shoes, drinking water, long sleeves, long pants, and binoculars are recommended. For ages 3 and up. $5/person. Preregistration and prepayment are required by calling Quiet Waters Park at 954-357-5100.
Environmental and Scouting Programs: Getting people of all ages involved in the appreciation of nature is the focus of many of the programs at Woodmont Natural Area. Opportunities include activities for boy and girl scouts, children's programs, school field trips, private group tours, and more. Call Katherine Hendrickson at 954-357-5113 for more details and to make reservations.
A Little History: This 21.1-acre site, located in the City of Tamarac, has the distinction of being the first site to be fully planned, restored, and opened to the public under the 1989 Environmentally Sensitive Lands (ESL) Bond program. It was one of the county’s outstanding pine/cypress habitats sought for purchase through the program and opened to the public on August 27, 1999. Originally slated for residential development, the site was preserved in 1992 thanks to the assistance of the Trust for Public Lands and $702,889 in funds from the ESL program approved by Broward County voters. Since its acquisition, exotic plant removal and replanting have taken place at the site.
Aerial image of Woodmont Natural Area.
The natural area is accessible from Broward County Transit Routes #57 and #62.
Woodmont Natural Area
7250 N.W. 80th Ave., Tamarac, FL 33321