The Archbold Biological Station is located about 9 miles from Paradise Village. The station is is one of the most renowned in the world and is dedicated to long-term ecological research. It is part of the global effort to understand, interpret and preserve the world’s natural heritage. Ranging from the pristine, ancient sand dunes of the Lake Wales Ridge to the waters, wetlands, and wildlife of the vast open ranch-lands, the health of the headwaters affects millions of Floridians. The Archbold Biological Station is one of the most important in America, and its scientists fight to build a sustainable future for Florida.
Archbold manages and distributes a wide range of climatologic, hydrologic, atmospheric, and biotic research that detects global trends. Their long-term goal is to have comprehensive metadata/data from monitoring and research programs available over the Internet. Archbold has comprehensive species lists for many plants and animals, and holding lists for the biological collection.
Archbold Biological Station manages about 8,600 acres of land in south-central Florida. The 5,000-acre Station property is preserved as a matrix of pristine native habitats, including oak and rosemary scrubs, sandhills, pine flatwoods, cutthroat seeps and seasonal wetlands. The other 3,600-acres contain both natural areas and extensive cattle pastures.
Another dedication of Archbold Biological Station is sharing its knowledge and habitat with students of many ages. From as young as third grade through continuing adults, the Station provides environmental education opportunities. There are four daily programs presented by the teacher and developed by Archbold, followed by a full-day visit to the Station. More than 1,300 children participate in this program annually. The Station also conducts a summer day camp,, for children (ages 7-12).
Paradise Village is only a 15 minute drive from this historic attraction. Whether you love nature, conservation, science, history or living green, visiting Archbold is a great way to learn, relax, and enjoy a unique atmosphere. You can sign in by completing the Release of Liability form at the Welcome Office or pick up a brochure or nature trail guidebook to begin your adventure.