Environmental Programs

New! Golden Hour Guided Tours

Sunset over water

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.  

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.

  • Ages:  Adults and children 7 and up; children/minors must participate with a registered adult.
  • Days:  Tuesdays and Fridays
  • Dates:  November 2, 5 & 23, 26 and December 7, 10 &21
  • Time:  5:00 -6:30 pm (Please note earlier start time)
  • Cost per person:  Resident/Member $10; Non-resident/Non-member $13

Home School Workshops are Back!

Join Gumbo Limbo Educators for super science-based lessons for your homeschool students, ages 3-12. Participate in science activities related to the monthly topic, prepared specifically with your student’s age group in mind.  Students will be divided into age groups; 3-5 years (parent stays with child), 6-8 years, and 9-12 years. Younger/older siblings must participate in their own age groups. Parents stay ONLY with ages 3-5.

November's topic:  Mazing Mammals!  What are the characteristics of mammals? Learn about some of the planet’s most amazing mammals.

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.

  • Ages:  3-12 years (3-5 years attend with parent)
  • Day:  Wednesdays
  • Date:  October 20 and November 17 (No December class)
  • Time:  2:00-3:30 pm (2:00-3:00 pm for ages 3-5)
  • Cost per Child: City of Boca Raton Resident/Friends of Gumbo Limbo Member $5 (siblings $3), Non-resident/Non-Member $8 (siblings $5).

Beach Treasures 

beach with shells

We're back, live and in person!  Beachcombing is a favorite Florida pastime.  Warm sunshine, cool breezes, sand between your toes, the sound of the surf, what’s not to love?  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.

Programs are subject to cancellation due to inclement weather or minimum registration.  

  • Ages:  All ages; children/minors must participate with an adult.
  • Days and Dates:  Friday, November 12, Wednesday, December 15.
  • Time:  2:00-3:30 pm.
  • Cost:  Free.

Sea Turtle Camp

Do you have a budding conservationist?  Fall break and Winter break can be fun and educational!  Sign them up for Sea Turtle Camp where they will learn about the importance of caring for and protecting sea turtles and other marine life.  Sign up for one, two, or all three days!  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.

  • Ages:  6-8 years.
  • Days:  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.
  • Dates: November 22, 23, 24.
  • Time:  8:30 am-12:00 pm.
  • Ages:  9-12 years.
  • Days:  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.
  • Dates: December 27, 28, 29.
  • Time:  8:30 am-12:00 pm.

Cost per child per day:  City of Boca Raton/Bch and Park District Resident/Friends of Gumbo Limbo Member $30; Non-resident/Non-member $35.


Early Birding with Al

Pick up some new skills or sharpen the old ones! Join us for a free early morning birding adventure at Gumbo Limbo. 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.  Programs are subject to cancellation due to inclement weather. 

  • Ages:  Adults and children 10 and up; children/minors must participate with an adult.
  • Day:  Thursday.
  • Dates:  October 28, November 18, December 30.
  • Time: 8:30 -10:00 am
  • Cost per person:  Free!

 


Little Wonders (Ages 3-4) and Nature Detectives (Ages 5-6)

detective clip art

Welcome back to in-person programs for our youngest naturalists!  These children's programs allow you and your child to learn about the wonders of nature together through monthly themed storytimes, explorations, and crafts.

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.

In order to limit group size, we ask that only one adult per family attend, and that no older and younger siblings accompany that adult.

  • Day: Saturdays,
  • Dates: November 13 and December 11
  • Time: 10:00 am - Little Wonders (Ages 3-4)
  • Time: 12:00 pm - Nature Detectives (Ages 5-6)
  • Cost per child: Resident/Member $8, Non-resident/Non-member $10
  • Cost per Adult: Free (one adult per family)

December's Theme:  Magnificent Marine Mammals!

What do otters, whales, and manatees have in common?  They are mammals that live in the ocean!  Marine Mammals sure are "some-fin" special! Join us for this month’s program as we learn about what makes these animals so amazing, with a story time in the amphitheater, a fun activity, and a craft to take home. We hope to "sea" you there!

 


It's Back! Intracoastal Adventures Kayaking & Canoeing!

Beautiful scenery, fresh air, and exercise!  Explore the Intracoastal shores by kayak/canoe while learning about the fascinating mangrove and estuary ecosystems of South Florida. Must have kayaking/canoeing experience and be able to get in and out of a kayak/canoe without assistance. Program is not suitable for first time experience.

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.

  • Ages:  Adults and children ages 7 and up; children/minors must participate with a registered adult.
  • Cost per person:  Resident/Member $20, Non-resident/Non-member $25
  • Dates and Times for Kayaking: Single/double kayaks will be assigned to couples/groups as available. 
    • Sunday, November 7 - 9:00-10:30 am
    • Saturday, November 20 - 9:00-10:30 am
    • Sunday, December 5 - 9:00-10:30 am
  • Dates and Times for Canoeing: Canoes hold 2-3 people (single canoers will be paired with staff or another single participant).
    • Sunday, November 21 - 9:00-10:30 am
    • Saturday, December 4 - 9:00-10:30 am
    • Sunday, December 19 - 9:00-10:30 am

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.  Monthly program for adults and families.  

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.

  • Ages:  Adults and children ages 7 and up; children/minors must participate with a registered adult.
  • Day:  Sundays.
  • Date:  November 14 and December 12.
  • Time: 10:00 -11:00 am
  • Cost per person:  Resident/Member $5, Non-resident/Non-member $8

December's Science:  What's the Dirt on Soil?

In early December, we celebrate World Soil Day! Soils give life to forests, wetlands, farmlands and more! But what makes soil soil? How do soils differ? And how does plain old dirt provide so many soil-utions for nature and humans here in South Florida? Come get your hands dirty and find out how! 


The Art of Nature

Join us as we explore a variety of artistic methods to view and appreciate nature. November's program, Leaf and Learn will take us on a stroll through our Tropical Hammock Forest, gathering fallen leaves to create an artful addition to your fall wardrobe (walking portion may last up to 45 minutes, with the possibility of walking off-trail). Next, we will create colorful collages of leaf prints using the leaves dipped in fabric paint and pressed onto a shirt. Please bring your own pre-washed t-shirt (lighter colored polyester and/or cotton work best).

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.

  • Ages:  Adults and children ages 7 and up; children/minors must participate with a registered adult.
  • Day:  Sunday.
  • Date:  November 14.
  • Time: 12:00 -1:30 pm
  • Cost per person:  Resident/Member $5, Non-resident/Non-member $8

Seasonal Programs for Adults and Children

Ornaments Naturally - 2 Sessions Available!

Shell ornaments

Join us for a morning or afternoon session and bring your imagination! Create ornaments and decorations with holiday themes from shells, sea beans, pinecones, and colorful craft supplies. Materials are provided, but you are welcome to bring your own holiday décor to add to your natural creations. Make a beautiful keepsake for yourself and one to give as a gift. Separate registration and payment required for each session.

Advanced reservations required through Webtrac.  If you do not have a Webtrac account, please see instructions.  Refunds available only if the program is cancelled.

  • Ages:  Adults and children 7 and up; minors must be accompanied a registered adult.
  • Day:  Saturday.
  • Date:  December 18.
  • Times:  10:00-11:30 am or 1:00 -2:30 pm.
  • Cost per Person: Resident/Member $8, Non-resident/Non-member $12.

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!