A Patch of Heaven 
on Earth

Reconnecting Humans to Nature one mindful walk, one tree, one butterfly and one breath at a time.
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The World's 1st Mindful Pocket Park℠
Reconnect • Recharge • Regenerate

Designed to reduce anxiety and increase calm. As you pause and take the “Nature Pill,” you learn to Pay Attention With Your Senses (P.A.W.S).

Using Sight, Sound, Scent, Touch and Taste as the anchor of focus, you will arrive in the present moment.
Tropical Hammock Conservation
Patch of Heaven Sanctuary, nestled in Miami Rock Ridge, South Florida, safeguards tropical hardwood hammocks, rare ecosystems of evergreen and semi-deciduous species, primarily West Indian. These hammocks, vital for native and West Indian plants, also shelter endangered wildlife like the Florida Panther and Key Deer. 

Threatened by urbanization, efforts are underway to restore these habitats. Our sanctuary, spanning 20 acres with structures dating back to 1964, boasts a mature canopy, featuring trees like Gumbo-Limbo and Strangler Fig. We're expanding restoration efforts to an adjacent 20-acre area, replanting with seedlings from our hammock, ensuring the survival of this ecological treasure.
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Preserving Historic Structures
Patch of Heaven Sanctuary, nestled in Miami Rock Ridge, South Florida, safeguards tropical hardwood hammocks, rare ecosystems of evergreen and semi-deciduous species, primarily West Indian. These hammocks, vital for native and West Indian plants, also shelter endangered wildlife like the Florida Panther and Key Deer. 

Threatened by urbanization, efforts are underway to restore these habitats. Our sanctuary, spanning 20 acres with structures dating back to 1964, boasts a mature canopy, featuring trees like Gumbo-Limbo and Strangler Fig. We're expanding restoration efforts to an adjacent 20-acre area, replanting with seedlings from our hammock, ensuring the survival of this ecological treasure.
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Education AND Research
At Patch of Heaven Sanctuary, we're committed to educating our community on conserving natural spaces and promoting sustainable development. Our educational initiatives span from enhancing private lands to regenerating forests on barren lots, adapting to climate change while ensuring vital resources for wildlife. Emphasizing the interconnectedness of humans and nature, we aim to impart the wisdom of nature, advocating for its preservation and role as a life-sustaining teacher.

Research-wise, we focus on native species like the Florida tree snail, often overshadowed by invasive pests. These "living jewels," as described by National Geographic, face threats from habitat loss and invasive species. Partnering with Florida International University and the Tropical Conservation Institute, we support studies on tree snail habitats and threats, aiming to safeguard these unique creatures and their environments.
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Wildlife Refuge
Patch of Heaven Sanctuary, collaborating with the South Florida Wildlife Center, has reintroduced various native species to our habitat, including barn owls and foxes. Addressing the lack of water sources in our 11-acre land and the adjacent Castellow Hammock, we established a multi-level Koi Pond, ensuring constant water availability for wildlife. This habitat, flourishing since 2010, attracts diverse fauna like migratory birds and hummingbirds. 


Our edible plant forest, featuring banana and coffee trees, nourishes local wildlife. Additionally, aiming to conserve the endangered Florida Bonneted bat, we're extending water bodies and constructing a large bat house to foster a safe ecosystem for these and other bat species.
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