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Geographic location: Arava and Eilat highlands

Farming communities and picturesque landscapes: This fascinating driving route follows the border between Israel and Jordan. The look-out points along the way offer stunning views of cultivated fields, the Edom mountians and the Arava streambed.

Arava Peace Road - Drive along the Israel-Jordan Border
Geographic location: Northern and western Negev

Beeri Forest is an rolling landscape of hills and fields in Negev, in the Besor region south of Saad Junction. The landscape is a combination of green fields, open spaces and badlands. The region is famous for its carpets of red anemones in February.

Beeri Forest - Fields of Wildflowers in Southern Israel
Geographic location: Northern and western Negev

The Ecological Park of the Negev's Captial: A major restoration project has transformed the area, a former garbage dump, into a green park with flowers and recreational activities for the benefit of the people of Beersheva and its environs.

Beersheva River Park - A Transformative Park in Southern Israel
Geographic location: Northern and western Negev
The David Nahmias Center is located at the KKL-JNF compound at Gilat, not far from Ofakim.
David Nahmias Center
Geographic location: Northern and western Negev
Devira Forest is situated in the southern Judean foothills toward the Negev and is part of the Lahav Forest. Together, they form an ecological corridor that connects the Judean Hills and Hebron with the Mediterranean Sea. Devira Forest serves as a habitat for an abundance of wildlife and migratory birds.
Devira Forest - An Ecological Corridor to the Mediterranean Sea
Geographic location: Arava and Eilat highlands

Eilat's Holland Park in southern Israel offers a footpath for fitness walkers and nature lovers.

Eilat’s Holland Park
Geographic location: Arava and Eilat highlands

 

Millions of migrating birds land in Eilat in southernmost Israel to rest and “refuel” before continuing their journey from Africa onwards to Europe and Asia, or vice versa.
Eilat’s International Bird-Watching Park
Geographic location: Negev highlands

A Blue Lake in an oasis: In the heart of the desert, in the Negev hills, on the banks of Revivim River, KKL-JNF created an impressive recreation site with a lake, green lawns, picnic areas and a scenic lookout.

Golda Meir Park - A Lake in Israel's Negev Desert
Geographic location: Northern and western Negev
Hamalachim – Shahariya Forest is located 4 km east of Kiryat Gat. The forest was named after the Shahariya transit camp, which was established in 1956 slightly west of where the forest was planted,  one of the first in Israel.
Hamalachim-Shahariya Forest - Cycling through History
Geographic location: Northern and western Negev
KKL-JNF has transformed a corner of the barren landscape into a miniature oasis, some six kilometers to the west of Beersheba, near Kibbutz Hatzerim.
Hatzerim Forest - An Oasis in the Israeli Desert
Geographic location: Northern and western Negev

A Forest Park in the Northern Negev: Lahav Forest houses the Joe Alon Center for Regional Studies, the Museum of Bedouin Culture, underground tunnels, desert wildflowers, recrational areas, archeological remains from Jewish and Christian villages, and bicycle paths.

Lahav Forest - Archaeology & Wildflowers in Southern Israel
Geographic location: Northern and western Negev

A grove of Mount Atlas mastic trees attracts song birds migrating to Africa during the autumn season.

Lahav Forest: Birding Site at Ein Rimon
Geographic location: Negev highlands
Nahal Besor is a trail in southern Israel that follows the 80 km Nahal HaBesor stream-bed. The trail traverses a nature reserve encompassing badlands that flower at the end of winter, wildlife, nature pools, archaeological sites and vegetation, and passes reservoirs and pools constructed by KKL-JNF to trap floodwater that rushes through the stream during the winter flash-floods.
Nahal Besor - The Longest River in Israel's Negev Desert
Geographic location: Northern and western Negev

The Gerar River (Nahal Grar) is the main tributary of the Besor River (Nahal HaBesor), the park is situated in the Gerar River gully between the towns of Netivot and Ofakim, and the area is planted with tamarisk, eucalyptus, olive and carob trees.

Nahal Gerar: Native Israeli Trees in the Gerar River Gully
Geographic location: Negev highlands
Ofakim Park is situated east of the town of Ofakim, not far from Beersheva, the capital city of Israel's south. Begining as a forest that was planted in 1978 by KKL-JNF, Ofakim has become a large green oasis, encompassing the historic Patish Fortress, scenic hiking and cycling routes, and disabled-accessible recreation sites.
Ofakim Park in Israel's Negev Desert
Geographic location: Northern and western Negev

The David Nahmias Center in Gilat tells the story of how KKL-JNF made the Negev bloom. Facilities include an accessible tree trail, a rescue garden, historic workshops and an experimental jojoba grove.

The KKL-JNF David Nahmias Center in Gilat
Geographic location: Arava and Eilat highlands

Eilat also offers visitors a variety of remarkable natural sites. KKL-JNF, with the help of local city organizations and its Friends throughout the world, invites the general public to Lizard Land, an exceptionally crowded colony of spiny-tailed lizards.

The Land of the Lizards
Geographic location: Northern and western Negev

Situated in southern Israel, this winter pond attracts a large numbers of waterfowl and provides a home for rare aquatic plants whose habitats have been destroyed.

The Shafir Winter Pond
Geographic location: Arava and Eilat highlands

Timna Park, in the heart of the southern Arava in southern Israel, offers a historical and geological experience amid a primordial landscape. Hiking, walking and biking for all the family. 

Timna Park
Geographic location: Northern and western Negev

Israel’s Largest Planted Forest: The Yatir Forest in the north-western Negev is named after the Levite city whose ruins are found within it. Yatir Forest proves that we can combat desertification, and heal the wounded earth.

Yatir Forest - Israel's Largest Desert Forest
Geographic location: Northern and western Negev
Yeruham Park has become a very important stopover point for migratory birds. Here, you can observe songbirds, waterfowl, and bird-ringing activities.
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