The boardwalk at Tibet-Butler Preserve
|Location||Orange County, Florida, United States|
|Nearest city||Orlando, Florida|
|Area||440 acres (1.8 km2)|
|Operated by||Orange County Parks and Recreation|
|Open||All year, 8:00am - 6:00pm|
The Tibet-Butler Preserve is a county park located on the shore of Lake Butler, southeast of Orlando, Florida. It is managed by the Orange County Parks and Recreation.
Orlando is a city in the U.S. state of Florida and the county seat of Orange County. Located in Central Florida, it is the center of the Orlando metropolitan area, which had a population of 2,509,831, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures released in July 2017. These figures make it the 23rd-largest metropolitan area in the United States, the sixth-largest metropolitan area in the Southern United States, and the third-largest metropolitan area in Florida. As of 2015, Orlando had an estimated city-proper population of 280,257, making it the 73rd-largest city in the United States, the fourth-largest city in Florida, and the state's largest inland city.
Orange County Parks and Recreation is the county park department in Orange County, Florida, United States. It maintains and operates a number of parks, multiuse trails, and community recreation centers.
The land for Tibet-Butler Preserve was acquired in 1986 and 1987 using funds from the Land Acquisition Trust Fund and the Water Management Lands Trust Fund.
Tibet-Butler Preserve contains a nature center, 3.6 miles (5.8 km) of trails, a picnic area, a butterfly garden, and a wheelchair-accessible sandbox.The nature center is called the Vera Carter Environmental Center, named after the Orange County Commissioner from 1980 to 1992. It is home to a number of exhibits including live animals, taxidermy, and interactive displays.
The area consists of a variety of habitats, including bay swamps, marshes, cypress swamps, pine flatwoods, and scrub.Wildlife includes gopher tortoises, North American river otters, nine-banded armadillos, american alligators, green and brown anoles, six-lined racerunners, and over 100 species of birds including bald eagles, osprey, and eastern screech owls. Tibet-Butler Preserve is a site on the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail.
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Tibet-Butler Preserve is located at 8777 Winter Garden Vineland Rd, Orlando, FL 32836. It is open daily, from 8:00am - 6:00pm. Trails are occasionally closed due to flooding.
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