Environmental Programs

New! 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.  

Advanced reservations are 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.

  • Days:  Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 1st and 3rd weeks of the month
  • Dates: September 7, 9, 10 & 21, 23, 24
  • Time:  6:30 -8:00 pm
  • Dates:  October 5, 7, 8 & 19, 21, 22 (Please note earlier start time)
  • Time:  6:00 -7:30 pm
  • Ages:  7-adult; children under 18 must sign-up and participate with a registered adult.
  • Cost per person:  Resident/Member $10; Non-resident/Non-member $13

 


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

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

Advanced reservations are required through Webtrac.  If you do not have a Webtrac account, please see instructions.

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.

Participants have the option to wear facial coverings; we recommend social distancing when possible.

  • Day: Saturdays,
  • Dates: August 14, September 18, October 16
  • 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)

September's Theme:  Explore the Forest!

Who lives in the forest?  Let's find out!  Can you figure out where they are hiding?  Meet in the amphitheater for storytime, followed by a visit with some forest animals, and then create a special craft to take home!

 


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.  Single/double kayaks will be assigned to couples/groups as available.  Canoes hold 2-3 people (single canoers will be paired with staff or another single participant). Advanced reservations required through Webtrac.  If you do not have a Webtrac account, please see instructions.

  • Ages 7-adult; children under 18 must sign-up and participate with an adult.
  • Cost per person:  Resident/Member $20, Non-resident/Non-member $25
  • Programs are subject to cancellation due to inclement weather or minimum registration.  Refunds available only if the program is cancelled.
  • Dates and Times 

    Kayaking - Saturday, September 4 - 9:00-10:30 am

    Kayaking - Sunday, September 26 - 10:00-11:30 am

    Kayaking - Sunday, October 3 - 9:00-10:30 am

    Kayaking - Saturday, October 9 - 12:00-1:30 pm

    Canoeing - Saturday, September 11 - 2:00-3:30 pm

    Canoeing - Sunday, September 19 - 9:00-10:30 am

    Canoeing - Saturday, October 17 - 9:00-10:30 am

    Canoeing - Sunday, October 23 - 12:00-1:30 pm

     


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.  

September's Science:  Water Quality Counts! Finding the right water for the job in Florida’s ecosystems!

This month celebrates World Water Monitoring Day.  Water quality affects all Floridian species, including humans!  Learn about the methods and equipment used in water quality testing and try your hand at some real testing and data collecting for a citizen science project. Bring water shoes, a towel and a change of clothes (or bathing suit for those who like to get wet!) for testing the waters of Lake Wyman (The Intracoastal Waterway) behind Gumbo Limbo. No swimming necessary, however PFD's will be provided and must be worn by children. 

 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.

  • Ages 7-adult; children under 18 must sign-up and participate with an adult.
  • Cost per person:  Resident/Member $5, Non-resident/Non-member $8
  • Dates and Times:  Sundays, September 12, October 10; 10:00 -11:00 am
  • Programs are subject to cancellation due to inclement weather or minimum registration.  Refunds available only if the program is cancelled.

Seasonal Programs for Adults and Children

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Halloween in the Garden - Registration begins October 1.

Halloween fun for the young (and young at heart!).  Join us for outdoor crafts, games, and more.  Have your picture taken with Luna, our sea turtle friend.  Kids enjoy a "chilling" trick-or-treat  snack at the end!  Wear your coolest costume (please, no swords or pointy props). 

Participation is limited; please sign up for either the first (4:30pm) or second (5:30pm) entry time. 

Advanced reservations are required through Webtrac.  If you do not have a Webtrac account, please see instructions

  • Ages:  2-6 years; children must be accompanied an adult.
  • Cost per child:  Resident/Member $10, Non-resident/Non-member $13       
  • Cost Per adult:  Free with participating child. 
  • Date and Times:  Sunday, October 24; 4:30-5:30 pm or 5:30-6:30 pm
  • Carpooling is encouraged as parking is limited; insect repellent suggested. 
  • Programs are subject to cancellation due to inclement weather or minimum registration.  Refunds available only if the program is cancelled.

 

Haunted Hammock - Registration begins October 1.

Do you dare take a nighttime stroll through the haunted hammock?  Your guide will lead you through the shadowy and mysterious hammock forest along the boardwalk where you’ll learn about the nocturnal critters that creep and crawl when no one else is around.  But beware, you never know who or what you may meet! 

This program is meant to be a little scary with some frights along the way, please keep this in mind when registering children.  Please no flashlights or cell phone use during program.  Carpooling is encouraged as parking is limited; insect repellent suggested. 

Advanced reservations are required through Webtrac.  If you do not have a Webtrac account, please see instructions

  • Ages:  Adults and children 7 and up; minors must be accompanied a registered adult.
  • Cost per person:  Resident/Member $10, Non-resident/Non-member $13       
  • Date and Times:  Saturday, October 30; 7:30-10:00 pm
  • Pick your time slot; the first tour is at 7:30 (not so dark) and the last tour is at 9:30 (VERY dark!) 
  • Insect repellent suggested. 
  • Programs are subject to cancellation due to inclement weather or minimum registration.  Refunds available only if the program is cancelled.

 

 


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!