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Experience South Florida in a New Way at The Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton

Posted by Brittany Bosher on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 at 9:17pm.

Want to go on a different adventure or spend a day doing something different from the usual in South Florida? Then you have to explore the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton. Gumbo Limbo is a nature center that dedicates its being to protecting the coastal and marine environments of south Florida. 

Each year, the nature loving staff at Gumbo Limbo rehabilitates hundreds of endangered marine creatures, making sea turtles their specialization. They house a wide variety of precious sea turtles, from leatherbacks to the Floridian loggerheads and they are all available for you to come visit. 

Gumbo Limbo’s Mission: “To support coastal and marine education, conservation and research endeavors of the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center.”

What makes the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center such a great destination for an educational and fun day for kids and adults alike are their programs. They offer a variety of programs for kids, adults, schools and families. In fact, there is an activity, open to the public, planned every single day. Group tours and summer camps are also one of the biggest attractions for guests of the nature center. Daily events you can look forward to include outdoor sea tank feedings, hammock trails and indoor aquarium feedings.  

The outdoor sea tank feedings are an interesting and rare experience you will not want to miss. You will get a chance to get up close and personal with animals of the mangrove and coral reef environments of southern Florida.  Learn about the fascinating lives of stingrays, sharks and other reef organisms during the outdoor feedings. The mangrove feedings take place every morning at 10:30am and the tropical coral reef and shipwreck feedings take place at 12:30pm. Free admission and open to the public. 

Explore the hammock trails with a guided walk through a mangrove forest on the Gumbo Limbo boardwalk. The walk winds participants through ¼ mile long trail to discover the coastal hardwood hammock ecosystem.  The hardwood hammock is a very rare environment exclusive to certain environments, not commonly found in other parts of the globe. The hammock is one of the places where you will see the widest variety of life. From fish and marine life in the water to beautiful birds to animals in the trees, this walk will change your perception of Florida forever. These tours begin at 10:00am and are offered on different days of the week. 

The indoor aquarium feedings are a must see! At these indoor feedings you will get to witness eel feedings, learn why female seahorses get jealous and why fish travel in schools. This is another free program for people of all ages and takes place at 2:30pm throughout the week. 

Even though all of these activities are a big part of Gumbo Limbo’s strategic plan to educate the locals and visitors of Florida, the team is dedicated to preserving the sea turtle populations. The educated and experienced Gumbo Limbo staff joins their skill together to create the perfect home for rehabilitation and conservational efforts. The staff at Gumbo Limbo takes incredible care of sick and injured turtles. They gently and affectionately rehabilitate the turtles so they can be released into the wild. They also take great pride in protecting the delicate nests the turtles make along the beaches of Palm Beach County. 

Learn more about the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton, Florida by clicking on the following link: www.GumboLimbo.org

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