Archbold Biological Station, Venus

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Hiking Trail · Hidden Gem · Wildlife Area
The Archbold Biological Station (ABS) is a research institute with a surrounding 5,192.63-acre (21 km2) estate near Lake Placid, Florida, USA. It includes an extensive area of Florida scrub, a scientifically interesting and highly threatened ecosystem. It was established in 1941 by Richard Archbold when his sponsorship of zoological research in New Guinea was curtailed by the outbreak of the Second World War in the Pacific region. The Station supports 19 federally listed threatened species, including the Sand Skink (Neoseps reynoldsi) and 13 endemic plant species. It is a venue for field research and education.

The station and grounds are open to visitors, who must register at the main office. There are some displays about the property and its history, a video about the biodiversity and conservation of the Lake Wales Ridge, a 1/2 mile nature trail and picnic tables. Nature and environmental education programs are offered for schools, adults and specialty groups.

On July 20, 2007, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
Archbold acquired the initial land for the biological research station through his friend Donald Roebling from his father, John A. Roebling II. Subsequently, additional land was purchased.
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  • It is fasinating to learn all the secrets the area has. From it being islands in pre-history to the scrub ecosystem that is actually fire-dependant! There are walks and presentations by docents and...  more »
  • Learned so much about central Florida ecology and "scrub forest" from this place. We were staying about 5 miles away and learned about it only by accident. Educational trails and other information...  more »
  • It's a beautiful habitat with biologists/ecologists living on site who's mission is to understand nature and seek ways to sustain it and how humans can live in harmony with it:D
  • What a great place! Very interesting history and current research. The visitors buildings have some nice exhibits and interpretive signage, and the research building is an old train depot warehouse built by Roebling for a the construction of a mansion that never happened.
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