The Levy Preserve is an excellent illustration of a healthy Bahamian forest. With zero invasives and no introduced plants in the main portions of the forest, it represents a true green refuge.
It flourishes with insects, reptiles, and birds that feed and live on the abundance of plants. As an outdoor classroom, students can learn about the native Bahamian terrestrial environment and the creatures that inhabit it.
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 Eleuthera.
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.