Environmental Programs

Beach Treasures 

Beachcombing is a favorite Florida pastime. Learn all about the shells and other treasures found on Boca’s Beaches, then join one of our expert beachcombers in search of the mysteries the sea has left behind!

  • Call 561-544-8605 to register for this free program.
  • All ages: children/minors must participate with a registered adult.
  • Friday, April 15; Wednesday, April 27; 2:00-3:30 pm
  • Fridays: May 20, June 17; 9:00-10:30 am

Citizen Science Squad

Gain hands-on field experience by participating in a different scientific data collection project each month. Our educational activities support conservation-based projects that relate to Gumbo Limbo’s mission.

  • Advanced reservations are required.
  • Ages 9 and up; adults do not participate but must sign child in and out.
  • Saturday April 23, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
  • Saturdays: May 28, June 25; 2:00-3:00 pm
  • Cost per person: City of Boca Raton/Beach and Park District Resident/Gumbo Limbo Coastal Steward Member $5; All others $8

Early Birding with Al

Join us for a FREE early morning birding adventure and pick up some new skills or sharpen the old ones! Learn about our native and migratory birds from an experienced birder, as we walk the Ashley Trail and the boardwalk in search of warblers, gnatcatchers, woodpeckers, and other avian species. Binoculars recommended. Meet on the front porch of the Nature Center.

  • Reservations not required.
  • Ages 10 and up; children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Thursday, April 28, 8:30-10:00 am

The Great American Cleanup

Come out to Spanish River Park to help remove marine debris from the beach and intracoastal mangrove environments. Plastics in our marine environments cause illness and injuries to the wildlife that live and depend on these habitats. Free tee shirts provided by Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful while supplies last!
Pre-registration is required; space is limited. Families and individuals please call (561) 544-8605 to register; groups of 10 or more call (561) 544-8606.
All ages welcome: children/minors under 18 must participate with a registered adult.
Saturday, April 23, 8:00-11:00 am

Golden Hour Guided Tours

Gumbo Limbo is open and back in full swing, but here is a tip for avoiding the crowds!  Join us for an after-hours tour through Gumbo Limbo’s Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Facility and outdoor aquariums, open-air butterfly garden, Ashley Nature Trail, ending with breathtaking sunset views of the Intracoastal Waterway from the beach by our Seminole Chiki.  Parts of the tour take place on a mulched trail, please call if you have accessibility questions. 

  • Ages:  Adults and children 7 and up; children/minors must participate with a registered adult.
  • Days:  Tuesdays and Fridays.
  • Dates:  February 1, 11, 15, 25 & March 1, 4. 
    • Time:  5:30-7:00 pm
  • Dates:  March 15, 25. 
    • Time:  6:00-7:30 pm
  • Dates:  April 8, 22. 
    • Time:  6:15-7:45 pm
  • Cost per person:  City of Boca Raton/Beach and Park District Resident/Friends of Gumbo Limbo Member $10; Non-resident/Non-member $13

Advanced reservations required through Webtrac.  If you do not have a Webtrac account, please see instructions.  Programs are subject to cancellation due to inclement weather or minimum registration.  Refunds available only if the program is cancelled.


Intracoastal Adventures - Intro to Canoeing

Not experienced enough to confidently make your way through waves, wind, and tangled canoe trails? Then this program is for you, an opportunity for you to get more familiar with paddle strokes and navigating, get comfortable out on the open water, and learn the best techniques to avoid tipping, all while enjoying the shallow waters along the edge of the Intracoastal. 2-3 people per canoe, single paddlers will be paired with staff or another participant.

  • Advanced reservations are required.
  • Ages 12-adult; children under 18 must sign-up and participate with a registered adult.
  • Sunday, May 15, 10:00-11:30 am
  • Cost per person: City of Boca Raton/Beach and Park District Resident/Gumbo Limbo Coastal Steward Member $20; All others $25

Intracoastal Adventures - Advanced Canoeing

Explore the Intracoastal shores and mangrove trails, while learning about the mangrove and estuary ecosystems. Must have canoeing experience and be able to get in and out of a canoe without assistance. 2-3 per canoe, single paddlers will be paired with staff or another participant. These programs are not appropriate for inexperienced paddlers; paddlers who are not able to safely maneuver a boat will return to the shore and a refund will be issued.

  • Advanced reservations are required.
  • Ages 12-adult; minors under 18 must sign-up and participate with a registered adult.
  • Saturdays: May 7, June 11; 9:00-10:30 am
  • Cost per person: City of Boca Raton/Beach and Park District Resident/Gumbo Limbo Coastal Steward Member $20; All others $25

Intracoastal Adventures - Advanced Kayaking

Beautiful scenery, fresh air, and exercise! Explore the Intracoastal shores and mangrove trails, while learning about the fascinating mangrove and estuary ecosystems of South Florida. Must have kayaking experience and be able to get in and out of a kayak without assistance. Single/double kayaks will be assigned to couples/groups as available.

  • Advanced reservations are required.
  • Ages 7-adult; each child under 12 must be accompanied by one adult parent/guardian in a double kayak. Minors under 18 must sign-up and participate with a registered adult.
  • Saturday: May 21, June 25; 9:00-10:30 am
  • Sunday: May 22, 10:00-11:30 am
  • Fridays: May 27, June 10; 6:00-7:30pm
  • Cost per person: City of Boca Raton/Beach and Park District Resident/Gumbo Limbo Coastal Steward Member $20; All others $25

Little Wonders

This program will allow you and your child to learn about the wonders of nature through stories, explorations, and crafts.

  • Advanced reservations are required.
  • Ages 3-4 with an adult (one adult per family please).
  • Saturdays: May 14, June 11; 10:00-11:00 am
  • Cost per child: City of Boca Raton/Beach and Park District Resident/Gumbo Limbo Coastal Steward Member $8; All others $10

Mother's Day in Mother Nature

Celebrate Mother’s Day in our beautiful butterfly garden with a special outdoor program and a fun nature craft.

  • Advanced reservations are required.
  • Ages 5 and up
  • Sunday: May 8, 11:00 am-12:00 pm
  • Cost per child: City of Boca Raton/Beach and Park District Resident/Gumbo Limbo Coastal Steward Member $5; All others $8

Nature Detectives

This program will allow you and your child to learn about the wonders of nature through stories, explorations, and crafts.

  • Advanced reservations are required.
  • Ages 5-6 with an adult (one adult per family please).
  • Saturdays: May 14, June 11; 12:00-1:00 pm
  • Cost per child: City of Boca Raton/Beach and Park District Resident/Gumbo Limbo Coastal Steward Member $8; All others $10

The Science of Nature

What is the name of the science that studies insects and spiders? What does a dendrologist do? Come find out for yourself! We will explore the science of nature and conduct some scientific experiments and activities of our own. Program for adults and families.

  • Advanced reservations are required.
  • Ages 7-adult; children under 18 must sign-up and participate with a registered adult.
  • Sunday, April 24, 10:00 – 11:00 am
  • Sunday, May 29, 10:00-11:00 am
  • Cost per person: City of Boca Raton/Beach and Park District Resident/Gumbo Limbo Coastal Steward Member $5; All others $8

A Walk in the Hammock

Join us for a guided nature walk along our quarter-mile boardwalk trail that meanders through the beautiful hammock forest and along the magnificent mangroves by the Intracoastal. Enjoy the peace and quiet of this woodland habitat, interrupted only by the sounds of birds, the antics of squirrels, and the occasional visit of a fox, raccoon, or skunk.

  • Advanced reservations are required.
  • All ages: children under 18 must be accompanied by a registered adult.
  • Saturday, April 23, 2:00-3:00 pm
  • Tuesdays, May 10, May 24; 9:30-10:30 am
  • Cost per person: City of Boca Raton/Beach and Park District Resident/Gumbo Limbo Coastal Steward Member $5; All others $8 (under 3 years, free)

Virtual Programs

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center continues to play an active part in the environmental education and conservation communities through virtual programming.  By making educational resources available on our website and through social media, we hope to encourage individuals and families to pursue their own personal conservation missions from home, your own back yard, the beach, or anywhere you can get outdoors and enjoy nature.  See below for a list of available virtual programs and presentations!  Visit At Home with Gumbo Limbo for additional activities your family can do together in your own backyard!

Select the Virtual Program Below to learn more!


Beachcombing Gumbo Limbo Style!

One of our most popular pre-quarantine programs at Gumbo Limbo was Beach Treasures, a lecture at the Center followed by beachcombing with the experts at Red Reef Park!  Well, you and your family can still enjoy the beaches together and we can help!  This self-guided program will provide the knowledge and incentive to get out, enjoy the beach, find cool natural treasures, and help wildlife all at the same time.

Watch the video below to join us for a tour of the beach at Red Reef Park, with a conservation twist.  You will learn beachcombing tips and how to identify cool beach treasures using our free Gumbo Limbo Beachcombing Guide.  Now you are ready to head out on your own beach treasure hunt!