Sea turtle rescued in Jacksonville Beach

DUVAL COUNTY, Fla. — A sea turtle was rescued Monday morning at Jacksonville Beach after falling into a man-made hole. The mother sea turtle had been making a nest before she fell in the hole, which was about chest deep and 4 to 5 feet wide. The hole was left open by beachgoers. The

Friends of Gumbo Limbo's 2015 Scholarship Winners

Scholarships of 2,500 were awarded to a group of extremely talented local high school graduating seniors just beginning their college careers, Rachael Halpert (Spanish River High School), Jeffrey Keene (Strawberry Crest High School), Camila Mirow (Gulliver Prepatory), and Amanda Olson (Boca Raton

Into The Wild At Gumbo Limbo

There’s a 20-acre plot in Boca Raton where nature’s happenings aren’t stopped by man. And because of that, its name and its creatures are guaranteed to bring you back to your childhood. Experience is quickly reminding me that you only have two options when you smell a skunk in the wild. Either

Gumbo Limbo Debuts New Lighting Exhibits following a Grant from the Sea Turtle Grants Program

A grant from the Sea Turtle Grants Program allows Gumbo Limbo to install brand new lighting displays at the Center! For years, Gumbo Limbo has advocated for turtle-safe lighting and reducing light pollution in our communities. We’ve had exhibits at the Center to bring emphasis to the importance

Turtle Walk Online Reservations

Turtle Walk Reservations will open for Members Only at 9:00 AM on May 2.  General reservations will open at 9:00 AM on May 9.  Reservations can be made at  For information about the program, including dates, costs, and reservation limits, click on the link

Turtle Walk & Hatchling Release Online Reservations

For 2015, we will be moving to an online reservation system. Reservations can be made on this page ( so bookmark it now for easy access.    A window will appear below that will allow you to make reservations.  Click below to download a pdf file containing the

Shorebird Nesting Area Posted in Spanish River Park

On April 7, 2015, a shorebird nesting site was posted in the south portion of Spanish River Park; extending into the property of the San Remo.

All turtles are not equal; the gopher tortoise lives on land so don’t ‘help’ it into water

Last month, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) received three known reports of well-intentioned good Samaritans incorrectly releasing gopher tortoise hatchlings into the ocean. Gopher tortoises cannot swim well and can easily drown. Because gopher tortoises often nest in

Shorebird Nesting Area Posted in Spanish River Park

On April 7, 2015, a shorebird nesting site was posted in the south portion of Spanish River Park, extending into the property of the San Remo. During the 2014 renourishment project in Spanish River Park, least terns were observed by members of the Audubon Society of the Everglades and Gumbo Limbo

The Early Years of Gumbo Limbo

Early ‘70s Boca Raton, in the late 60s and early 70s, was moving beyond its small city image.  Newcomers were drawn to its beaches, schools, and small-town neighborhoods.  The location was perfect, midway between its famous neighbors – Fort Lauderdale to the south and Palm Beach to the north.