What Do We Do?
About Us

The purpose of the Environmental Lands Program is to acquire, preserve, protect, manage, and restore endangered and environmentally sensitive lands, water resources, and important wildlife habitats. Acquired properties may be used for passive outdoor recreational purposes provided that such uses will not disturb or degrade the environmental quality for which the site was acquired.

Where Can I Go?

Whether you are interested in seeing the ancient beach sand dunes, all the unique plants and animals, or looking to explore the Green Swamp with its majestic cypress domes, Polk County's Environmental Lands Program invites you to discover Florida's true nature.

What Should I Bring?

Be prepared. Knowing what to bring and expect on your visit will help you have a great experience.

How Can I Learn More?

Visit the hub of Polk County's Environmental Lands Program. Visit and discover the water, wildlife, and wilderness of Polk County.

Policies & Permits
Contact Us
Polk County Parks and Natural Resources
Environmental Lands Program

Location:4177 Ben Durrance Rd, Bartow FL 33830

Phone Number:(863) 534-7377

Fax Number:(863) 534-7374

Polk's Nature Discovery Center
At Circle B Bar Reserve

Location:4399 Winter Lake Rd, Lakeland FL 33803

Phone Number:(863) 668-4673

Fax Number:(863) 668-4677