Gumbo Limbo Nature Centre was founded in 1984 to help increase public awareness of coastal and
marine ecosystems within the City of Boca Raton region. The Nature Centre focuses on research,
education, preservation and conservation, working in association with the City of Boca Raton, the
Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District, Florida Atlantic University, and Friends of Gumbo Limbo.
With more than 200,000 visitors to the region every year, Gumbo Limbo aims to educate people on
the importance of preservation of the local natural environment. The Centre is located on 20 acres
of protected barrier island, providing refuse to a variety of plants and animals – some of which are
Visit the centre to get up close and personal with thousands of tropics fish in the aquariums, a world
of butterflies in the butterfly garden, or you can check on the patients in the sea turtle rehabilitation
The Nature Centre offers school programs for students in coastal and marine ecology; sea turtle
conservation with over 800 nests per year monitored over five miles of beaches and more than
9,000 hatchlings released annually; valuable scientific research through partnership with the Florida
Atlantic University; and a variety of programs for children, adults, and families taught by qualified
educators, biologists, and naturalists.
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