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 & Natural Resources - Environmental Lands Program

4177 Ben Durrance Rd.
Bartow, FL  33830

  Phone: 863-534-7377
  Fax: 863-534-7374

Polk's Nature Discovery Center At Circle B Bar Reserve

4399 Winter Lake Rd.
Lakeland, FL  33803

  Phone: 863-668-4673
  Fax: 863-668-4677