Eco-Watch Lecture Series

Gumbo Limbo’s lecture series is celebrating 35 years of Gumbo Limbo Nature Center!  Learn about the past, present, and future of science and conservation.  Attend one or all of Gumbo Limbo Nature Center’s presentations by a guest scientist, author, researcher, or other expert.  Recommended for ages 14 & up.  Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

New this year, hosted by the beautiful Boca Raton Spanish River Library.  Meet on the second floor mezzanine of the library located at 1501 NW Spanish River Boulevard.

Reservations can be made online or by calling 561-544-8615.

If you would like to support the Eco-Watch Lecture Series, please consider making an online donation to Friends of Gumbo Limbo.  Donations cannot be accepted at the event.

Dates and Speakers


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February 11
Dr. Jeanette Wyneken, Professor, Florida Atlantic University

Reservations: February 11

With more than 30 years of expertise studying the biology and conservation of sea turtles, Dr. Wyneken’ s research programs address how organisms interact with their environments. Her long-term studies of nest temperatures and primary sex ratios show how species differ in their responses to changing climate and weather conditions. Her FAU laboratory, located within the Gumbo Limbo Environmental Complex focuses on assessing how sex ratios in sea turtles are skewed as beaches continue to get hotter, and the potential implications of this.

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February 25
Whitney Crowder, Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Coordinator, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center

Reservations: February 25

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center’s Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Facility was opened in 2010, and quickly became the busiest spot on campus, treating 177 turtles in the first few months! Whitney Crowder has been the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Coordinator for Gumbo Limbo Nature Center since 2015 and has been working in the conservation field for almost 20 years. She will share the history of Gumbo Limbo’s Sea Turtle Rehabilitation and our plans for an amazing future.

March 10
Larry Wood, PhD, Florida Hawksbill Project

Jewels on the Reef: The Secret Lives of Hawksbill Turtles

Reservations: March 10

March 24
Maria Fadiman, PhD Associate Professor, Florida Atlantic University

When an Elder Dies, a Library Burns

Reservations: March 24

April 14
Michael Jenkins, PhD, PE, Principal, Applied Technology & Management

History of Hurricanes in Florida

Reservations: April 14

April 28
Paul Davis, Conservation Biologist, Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute

Reservations: April 28