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Boyd Hill Nature Preserve

Boyd Hill Nature Preserve

Hours of Operation

November 1 - February 29

9:00 am - 6:00 pm
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
9:00 am - 6:00 pm

March 1 - October 31

9:00 am - 7:00 pm
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Closed on Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day



$1.50/children ages 3-16

under age 3 is FREE

No pets allowed

Most trails are ADA accessible

Ask about preserve checklists!
Checklists are a great way to explore and discover the preserve and are designed to enable visitors to observe, identify and record as many species as possible during their visit. The preserve provides the following checklist: wildlife, butterfly, bird, and amphibians and reptiles.

Campus Amenities

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Lake Maggiore Environmental Education Center
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve
Environmental Studies Area
Pioneer Settlement

A unique nature experience located in St. Petersburg. The preserve offers an abundance of activities for everyone. It’s home to the Lake Maggiore Environmental Education Center that offers nature camps, rental space and programs. There are several fascinating habitats to experience and learn about while walking the trails.

If you would like to get involved consider joining Friends of Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, a non-profit organization whose mission is to support and promote Boyd Hill Nature Preserve and the preserve's programs through volunteer service and educational opportunities.

+ Birds of Prey program

Boyd Hill Nature Preserve provides a safe, healthy environment for permanently injured, non-releasable birds of prey (BOP). These birds are cared for at the preserve as Wild Avian Ambassadors for environmental education programs given by park rangers and Avian Education Stewards (BOP volunteers).
As an Avian Education Steward, you can help us care for the birds at Boyd Hill, as well as educate the public about their place in nature and what they need to survive in the wild! Looking to become an Avian Education Steward? To start the volunteer process, (1) please contact the preserve at 727-893-7326 to sign up for the volunteer orientation, and (2) complete the online application by clicking here.

Rental Information

  • Shelter 1
  • Shelter 2
  • Shelter 3
  • Shelter 4
  • Kayaks & Canoes

Camps & Programs

The preserve offers a variety of seasonal nature camps for youth and programs for all ages.

Nature Camps

Nature Programs

COMING SOON! New Preserve Amenities

  • CAMPGROUND offering a unique urban camping experience for guests to immerse themselves in nature.

  • HAMMOCK HALL is a new educational building and welcome center, providing nature programming, rental space, and more.

  • TRAIL EXPANSION takes place between the north and south areas of the preserve, along Lake Maggiore, offering more trail acces for guests to explore.

Stay Connected!

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The Preserve's Ecosystem

+ Lake Maggiore

Spanning approximately 380 acres, Lake Maggiore is an important body of brackish water in southern Pinellas County. The lake serves as an important food resource for local wildlife and migrating birds and provides a beautiful view of downtown St. Petersburg.

+ Marsh

The Marsh is an area of low-lying land which is flooded in wet seasons or at high tide, and typically remains waterlogged all year. The marsh is composed of dense stands of cattails, bulrushes, and other emergent plants. It hosts an abundance of wildlife year-round.

+ Swamp

Wet throughout the year, the soil in this habitat acts as a natural filter, cleaning water as it moves through the swamp and out into Lake Maggiore. The swamp also helps with flood control, absorbing the water runoff during heavy seasonal rainfalls. Tall bald cypress and red maple tress create a canopy over the area while giant leather leaf ferns and lizard’s tail emerge from the dark soil.

+ Pine Flatwoods

In the Pine Flatwoods, you will find tall slash and long leaf pine trees towering over an understory of bracken fern, goldenrod, and saw palmetto. This ecosystem is fire dependent. The plants and animals have unique adaptations perfectly suited to survive fire such as, wax covered leaves, long root systems, and flaky bark which prevents trees from being destroyed by fire.

+ Sand Scrub

The Sand Scrub is one of the most biodiverse and one of the most endangered habitats found in Florida, with only about 2% of the original sand scrub habitats remaining. This habitat is home to several rare and sensitive plants and animals.

+ Hammock

The Hammock is a forested habitat that is at a slightly higher elevation than nearby low-lying areas such as the swamp. The area has a dense canopy consisting of Live Oak, Sabal Palm, and other trees. The understory consists of wax myrtle, button bush, lizard tail, pine lily, morning glory, and muhly grass.

Frequently Asked Questions

+ What are the park admission fees/annual passes cost?

Admission is $3/adults, $1.50/children ages 3-16, and free for chldren under the age of 3.

+ How do you access the trails?

Trails can be accessed through the Lake Maggiore Environmental Education Center.

+ How do you register for camps and programs?

You can register for nature camps and nature programs at Parks & Rec Connect.

+ Are pets allowed?

No pets allowed.

+ Are pets allowed?

No pets allowed.

+ Are the trails ADA accessible?

Most trails are ADA accessible.

+ How do you obtain an ADVANTAGE membership?

Visit the ADVANTAGE membership page to learn more.

+ How do I become a volunteer?

Visit our volunteer page to learn more.

+ Can I ride my bike on the trials?

Non-motorized bikes are permitted.

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