The Margaret Hames Nature Center is closed due to COVID-19. Ranger-Led Tours are temporarily cancelled. The trails and boardwalk are open, but park visitors are asked to follow social distancing guidelines by maintaining a distance of at least 6-feet of space from other guests.
Margaret Hames Nature Center
1518 Port Malabar Blvd. NE
Palm Bay, FL 32905
Public access and parking for the Turkey Creek Sanctuary is available at the Margaret Hames Nature Center by the Tony Rosa Community Center.
Directions: Located off Port Malabar Blvd. at Santiago Dr.
Open 7 days a week, admission is FREE.
The Sanctuary is ADA Accessible.
Service Animals Only; no pets allowed in Turkey Creek Sanctuary.
Call 321-676-6690 for more information. The Park is open from 7 AM till sunset or when posted. The Nature Center is open MOST days from 9 AM to 4 PM and is staffed by volunteers. Please call before you show up, if you want to visit the center, to make sure staff is there. Admission is free. No smoking in the park. Please don't litter or feed the wildlife.
Oli Johnson, former Park Ranger, exploring Turkey Creek Sanctuary from a kayak.
As part of the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands (EEL) program and the East Florida section of the Great Florida Birding Trail, Turkey Creek Sanctuary is 130 acres of wonder, biodiversity and natural resources.
Established in 1981, the Sanctuary offers a 1.85 mile boardwalk passing through hydric (wet) hammock, mesic (moist) hammock, and sand pine scrub communities, and 1.5 miles of jogging trails through native forest, both excellent for viewing a multitude of wild life. Within the Sanctuary, there is also a 1 mile mountain bike trail with a direct connection to an additional 8 miles. As well as walking, jogging and biking, the Sanctuary can also be accessed by canoe or kayak.
The on-site Margaret Hames Nature Center, opened in 1992, offers interpretive exhibits, and environmental education programs, including nature day camps, tours, nature library and gift store.
You'll enjoy seeing manatees, alligators and Florida cooters (turtles) in the creek, and you might see an otter or a gar fish. Birds abound in the pine canopy, including ospreys and owls.
- Creek with Canoe/ Kayak access
- Jogging & Exercise Trails
- Nature Center with Exhibits
- Picnic Tables
1st and 3rd Saturday of each month from 10 AM - 11 AM
All Participants should meet at the sanctuary Nature Center no later than 10:00 am. Tours will take place on the boardwalk and various trails located throughout the sanctuary. Each tour will be led by the Park Ranger and will focus on common plants and animals found in the sanctuary.
Total distance for tours is approximately 1 to 1.5 miles and should take about 1 hour to 1 1/4 hours to complete. The terrain is mostly sandy on primitive trails with a few wet spots, so participants are asked to dress accordingly and be prepared for a hike of light to moderate intensity. Sturdy tennis shoes or boots are recommended. Items to bring include Sunscreen, insect repellent, plenty of water, snacks, binoculars, and a hat. Field guides of Florida plants and animals are encouraged.
This event is free for all ages. To sign up, call the Nature Center at (321) 676-6690.
Ranger Tracey Wright Leads the Ranger-Led Tour Through Turkey Creek Sanctuary