In 1960, a section of the Union Agricultural and Research Station was set aside to be used as a nursery by the then Forestry Division. Later the Department constructed a nature trail and a hill side trail as part of its ecotourism products.
The Hillside trail is
a 1 mile (1.6km) loop, that reaches at the highest point of 350 feet
in elevation. This allows a 2 hour walk through a tropical dry forest environment. This trail is recommended for
those who are willing and able to do some moderate step climbing over some
The Garden Trail takes you on a leisurely walk through
a medicinal herb garden, which covers a 0.5 mile (0.8km) loop.
Map of Union Nature
Trail (PDF) =>
The Mini Zoo includes a number of indigenous as well as exotic species. The Agouti
is an example of an indigenous animal. The St. Lucia Parrot is not only
indigenous but it is also endemic, meaning that it can only be found in
St. Lucia and nowhere else in the world. Exotic species are species that
do not occur naturally on our island, for example the Green Monkey or the
Orange Winged Parrots in the zoo.
details about Mini-Zoo =>
Zoo is also used for environmental education. Students, accompanied
by their teachers and parents, visit the zoo regularly, to
understand the importance of biological diversity conservation and
at the same time have some fun.
10 min. from Castries by car
Map to Union Trail
1B bus from Castries to Union
*Public Buses are not scheduled.
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Monday to Friday
Fee for Nature Trail & Mini Zoo
EC Dollars or 2 US Dollars per person, half price for kids
*Prices subject to
For more information
Forestry Department: (758) 468-5645/5648/5649
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