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Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve

Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve

This 25acre sanctuary, created jointly by the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) and the Leon Levy Foundation, is the first National Park on Eleuthera, and is said to be the first of its kind in the region. The preserve celebrates the plants of The Bahamas, protects the woodland coppice, mangrove forest, and wetlands, and has the goal of conserving indigenous species. It promotes education, conservation, preservation and research.

Visitors will learn about Eleutheras history and prehistory, the large variety of native flora and fauna, historical/traditional uses of native trees and shrubs on the Medicinal Plant Trail, which groups plants according to the ailments they treat (with signage to illustrate that), and be able to sample what the locals refer to as bush tea. The Mangrove Boardwalk will take you through an otherwise inaccessible wetland ecosystem. Birders will enjoy the Coppice Trail through a Bahamian hardwood forest where birds and butterflies abound.

There is also a Welcome Center and Gift Shop, as well as an openair Education Pavilion. Educational programs available include: Themed Field Trips, Teacher Training, Youth Summer Camp.

Guided tours by appointmentare required to ensure the date and time desired. Hours of operation for July and August only are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.