Nature & Science

Lake George Trail

The sheer immensity of Florida - spanning two time zones and 81 different natural biological communities - means we have a vast number of animal and plant species to study, understand, and protect. Use this section of the website as a virtual field guide to help you learn about what you see and hear when exploring the National Forests in Florida.


Florida's Plants

Sandhill lupine

Florida's botanical diversity has been well-documented over the centuries, starting with the travels of botanist John Bartram in 1765. Learn about our flora and natural communities here.

Florida's Animals

Gopher frog

Many of Florida's animals - furry, feathered and scaled - aren't like anything you see elsewhere in the United States. Learn more about our unique species here.


Species Diversity

Pitcher plants at Apalachee Savannas

Florida is one of the most biodiverse states in the United States, among the top ten in both plant and animal diversity and top five for endemic species.

The Red-cockaded Woodpecker

Banding a red-cockaded woodpecker

The National Forests in Florida play a critical role in recovering the red-cockaded woodpecker, a federally endangered species.