On the way home we stopped off at Enchanted Forest Nature Sanctuary in Titusville, Florida. We wanted to visit this sanctuary because it features: scrub, hammock, pine flatwood and wet prairie habitats.
Tours with a naturalist are FREE with advance reservation and they have a wonderful child friendly Visitor’s Center. Some of our favorite activities in the Visitor’s Center included: looking at objects found on the property under a microscope, using a computer to learn about controlled forest fires, and making animal tracks in the sand.
On our nature walk we saw an otter, armadillo, gopher tortoise hole, Bob Cat & raccoon tracks, several zebra Longwing butterflies, and a variety of air plants and shelf mushrooms (also known as shell mushrooms). And we finally learned what the tree was that we saw at Paynes Prairie—it is commonly known as a Toothache Tree (Hercules Club Tree), the Seminole Indians used it’s bark and leaves to make a tea to cure toothaches!
We also learned that you can turn your binoculars into a microscope by turning it upside down and looking through the large holes. Try it, this works much better than a magnifying glass!