. Archbold Biological Station | Research, Conservation and Education

Visit Archbold’s Nature Trail here for a unique virtual overview of the Florida Scrub


Archbold Biological Station’s Learning Center opened two new nature trails in 2012--the "Discovery Loop" and "Explorers Loop." The self-guiding trails are open to the public each day from 8a to dusk. The Learning Center Welcome Office is open during normal business hours. Suggested donation for visiting the Station is $5 per adult/$3 per child, which may be placed in the donation box located at the walkway entrance to the Learning Center.

Before touring our facilities or heading out onto the trails, please sign our liability waiver located at the table outside the Welcome Office at the Learning Center. Please consider you are visiting a sandy scrub habitat. Proper shoes (closed-toe are best) and attire are suggested, along with bug spray, sunscreen and a hat. It is also a good idea to bring water. Bring your camera and binoculars--take only pictures and leave only footprints. Guidebooks are currently not available. No pets allowed.

Please be advised that there are always risks associated with visiting wild land. Behave responsibly and take all the normal precautions for visiting a wildlife area. Archbold is not liable for accidents, illnesses, and other forces of nature visitors may incur while on Station property.

Each trail begins at the trailhead sign just across the bridge on the northeast side of the Learning Center. Interpretive signs guide visitors along a pathway through the scrub detailing information about the natural flora and fauna surroundings as well as giving insight to the history of the land.

The Discovery Loop is only a few hundred yards of walking and takes about 30 minutes to complete including reading all the signage. You may take as long as you like.

The Explorers Loop is over one-half mile long with many more signs and more dense habitat. This trail may take an hour to experience.