Walk behind the Museum into the Natural Area Teaching Laboratory, dedicated to teaching students and the public about ecology and biodiversity. Self-guided nature trails explore three upland ecosystems and an ecologically engineered stormwater retention basin.

Explore one of north Florida’s most common ecosystems on this trail through pines, shrubs, grasses and a variety of colorful wildflowers.

“Old Fields” are abandoned agricultural fields and can eventually become forests again through the natural succession of plants.

Enjoy one of Florida’s most beloved ecosystems, the broad-leaved forest called a “hammock,” filled with a diversity of plants and animals. Learn more inside the Museum in the Northwest Florida exhibit.

Follow the boardwalk through this successful Stormwater Ecological Enhancement Project, which manages runoff from the Cultural Plaza to enhance water quality, improve wildlife habitat and foster research and education. See a variety of wetland plants, wading birds and maybe even an alligator!