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Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve

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Located in Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera, the Preserve is operated by the Bahamas National Trust and funded by the Leon Levy Foundation. It was developed by Shelby White, trustee of the Foundation, in honour of her late husband, Leon Levy. The Preserve is the first national park on the island of Eleuthera. It is an environmental educational centre as well as a facility for the propagation of native plants and trees.

The Story
The Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve is the fulfillment of the vision of longtime residents Leon Levy and Shelby White, who loved the natural environment and way of life on Eleuthera. After Leon Levy’s death in 2003, Shelby White wanted to celebrate her husband’s devotion to the island while contributing to a better future for all Eleutherans.

Working with the Bahamas National Trust, she helped establish a plant preserve where Bahamians and visitors can now walk miles of trails through the native habitat, and view the beautiful orchids, the food and medicinal plants, and the hardwood trees that played an important role in the history of the island.

This 25 acre Preserve has been designed as a research centre for traditional bush medicine; a facility for the propagation of indigenous plants and trees; and an educational centre focusing on the importance of native vegetation to the biodiversity of The Bahamas.

Click here to see the preserve's boundaries.

Recreational Opportunities

The Preserve is 25 acres of sanctuary for over 300 species of native plants, 34 species of birds, and over 100 species of medicinal plants. With roughly a mile and a half of trail, The Preserve is a superb site for for hiking, bird watching, quiet reflection and more. Spend a morning or afternoon walking through a variety of native ecosystems. Begin your walk across a boardwalk through an otherwise inaccessible inland Mangrove Wetland.

As you leave the wetland, travel through gardens of medicinal and edible plants. Spend a quiet moment at the Freshwater Wetland that features bird perches, waterfalls, water lilies, as well as endemic Bahamian freshwater turtles. Continue your exploration on trails that wind through a diverse native Bahamian hardwood forest, abounding with species of subtropical trees, orchids, butterflies and insects. Hike up to the lookout tower and take in breathtaking views of Eleuthera above the forest canopy.

Seasons Accessible

Year Round

Fees: $ 10 - Adults, $8 - Seniors (60+), $6 - Children (3-12), BNT members free

Accessibility Notes

This site is not wheelchair accessible.

 Pet Friendly Notes

Certified service animals are permitted.

For More Information, Contact:

Ms. Falon Cartwright

Banks Road, P.O. Box N-4105, Governor's Harbour , CE
(242) 332-3831

Boundaries and names shown do not necessarily reflect the map policy of the National Geographic.

Latitude: 25.188254000
Longitude: -76.212062000
Elevation: 40 FT (12 M)
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