Conservation and Preservation
The 444-acre Estate encompasses globally endangered pine rockland habitat, among the largest blocks of this ecosystem remaining in the United States, as well as coastal tropical hardwood rockland hammocks, mangrove forests, salt marshes, a coastal dune island and the submerged resources of Biscayne Bay.
It is also one of the few remaining Environmentally Endangered Lands (EEL) (http://www.miamidade.gov/derm/program_EEL.asp) in Miami-Dade County and is cared for and maintained by a full-time Natural Areas Management (http://www.miamidade.gov/parks/about-volunteering-natural_areas-summary.asp) crew. The Estate serves as an outdoor classroom and laboratory for students and scientists.
Outside of the Estate, these natural communities continue to disappear at an alarming rate, but within the Deering Estate’s protected boundaries they are studied, restored, enhanced, and cared for by specialists.
Rare and native plants thrive here, including orchids, bromeliads, ferns, and more than 40 species of trees. A variety of wildlife, such as gray foxes, spotted skunks, squirrels, snakes, butterflies, and birds inhabit the area. Through our daily Natural Areas Tours, our education and interpretive staff guides visitors through the Estate’s protected habitats.