Gumbo Limbo Nature Center : April Calendar

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GREAT AMERICAN CLEAN-UP Sat. April 11, 8-11am Join Gumbo Limbo and millions across America for the nation’s largest community service program! Get involved by signing up for a beach or mangrove clean up with Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. Event t-shirts (limited supply) and supplies provided by Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful, Inc. sponsors. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. No drop-offs! Community service hours awarded, groups welcome. Reservations required (561) 544-8615. Space is limited. GREEN TURTLE GALLOP & TURTLE TROT Sunday, April 12, 7:15am Join us for the 5th Annual Green Turtle Gallop 10K run and 1-mile Turtle Trot. The proceeds will support Gumbo Limbo Nature Center’s Sea Turtle Programs. The event will be held in Spanish River Park, 3001 North Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton. Register at www.active.com. PASSPORT TO THE PAST Sunday, April 12, 12-4pm Please join the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center and the Florida Public Archaeology Network for an exploration into Palm Beach County’s rich cultural past. Children’s’ activities, nature walks, interactive exhibits and more will be featured. No fee. HAMMOCK TRAILS Tues., Apr. 7 & 14, 10-11:30am Wed., Apr. 1 & 8 & 16, 10-11:30am Sun., Apr. 5 & 12 & 19, 2-3:30pm Sat., Mar. 21st, 11:15am-12:45pm Join us for a FREE guided walk on our quarter-mile long boardwalk. Explore this rare remnant of coastal hardwood hammock, and get a glimpse of the past. All ages; children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. No reservations required. SEINING THE LAGOON Sat.Apr. 11th, 9:30-11am Wading in the Intracoastal Waterway just behind Gumbo Limbo, we catch (and release) fish, shrimp, crabs, and more! With hand-held dip nets and large seine nets, get up close and personal with our local marine life. Closed toed shoes required (old sneakers or water shoes; no sandals).Bring a change of clothes and towel. Age 10-adult, adult must sign up with children under 10. Preregistration recommended. Cost per person: Member $7, Non-member $10 WETLANDS & WILDLIFE Fri., April 3 & 17, 3-5pm Wakodahatchee is a man-made wetland which has become a favorite for birders and photographers. Bring your binoculars and join us for a ¾ mile guided boardwalk tour to learn more about Florida’s wetland birds and ecosystems. Meet our Gumbo Limbo Naturalist at the Wakodahatchee boardwalk (call for directions). Ages7-adult; children under 18 must sign-up with an adult. Reservations recommended; online at gumbolimbo.org or call (561) 544-8615. Cost: No Fee MANGROVE PADDLE Sat., April 4th, 10am-12pm Sat., April 18th, 9:30-11am Nature-lovers, get close up and personal with birds, crabs, spiders, and other swampy critters! Discover the magic of the mangroves with a Gumbo Limbo guide on a boardwalk tour at Rutherford Park, followed by a paddle through sheltered mangrove trails, and out into the open Intracoastal waters! Must be proficient at canoeing and able to get into and out of a canoe without assistance. Ages 7-adult. One adult required per child under 18. Cost per person: Member $15 Non- member $22. For experienced canoers only. Prepayment required at least 48 hours in advance (561) 544-8615 (minimum sign-up required to conduct program). LITTLE WONDERS Sat., April 4th, 10-11am Hikes for little feet, crafts for tiny fingers, and stories for growing minds introduce your novice naturalist to a new animal each month. Gumbo Limbo is a great place to share your love for nature with your little one! A new topic each month, check gumbolimbo.org for details. Cost per child: Member $5 Nonmember $8. Prepayment recommended (561) 544-8615 or online at gumbolimbo.org; walkins welcome based on availability. BIG WONDERS Sat., April 4th, 11:30am-12:30pm Gumbo Limbo is a great place to share your love for nature with your little one! With crafts, lessons, and a guided tour, your novice naturalist will be immersed in the world of marine and coastal habitats and the animals that reside within! A new topic each month, check gumbolimbo.org for details. Cost per child: Member $5 Non-member $8. Prepayment recommended (561) 544-8615 or online at gumbolimbo.org; walk-ins welcome based on availability. ECO-WATCH LECTURE SERIES: GET ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL CUTTING EDGE Wed., April 1 & 15, 7-8:30pm Are you interested in learning about the natural world around us? Attend Gumbo Limbo’s lecture series for a presentation by a guest scientist, researcher, or other expert. Recommended for ages 14 & up. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Prepayment recommended (561) 544-8615 or online at gumbolimbo.org; walkins welcome based on availability. Cost per person: $5 donation BEACH TREASURES Wed. April 15th, 3:30-5pm Jingle shells? Kitten’s paw? Oh, what treasures you may find… sea beans, coral, shells and more; see what the sea has left behind! Meet at the Center to learn about shells and sea life; caravan to Red Reef Beach Park, for beachcombing with the experts! All ages; children under 18 must sign-up and participate with an adult. Prepayment recommended (561) 544-8615 or online at gumbolimbo.org; walk-ins welcome based on availability. Cost per person: Member $5 Non-member $8 at gumbolimbo.org; walk-ins welcome based on availability. Cost per child: Member $5 Non-member $8 OUTDOOR MARINE AQUARIUM FEEDINGS Mon.-Sat. 10:30am Mangrove and Nearshore Reef Aquariums Mon.-Sat. 12:30pm Tropical Coral Reef and Shipwreck Aquariums Sunday 1:30pm All outdoor aquariums What is the connection between mangrove and coral reef communities? How do fish use these habitats? Learn about the fascinating behaviors of sharks, sting rays, and other marine life during these FREE daily feeding presentations. All ages; children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. No reservations required. Meet at the outdoor aquariums. INDOOR AQUARIUM FEEDINGS Daily at 2:30pm What do eels eat, or better yet, HOW do eels eat? Which fish rule the school? Why are female seahorses the envy of all the girls? Learn about these and other sea creatures during our FREE daily feeding presentation! No reservations required. Meet in the Nature Center. All ages; children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. VOLUNTEERING AT GUMBO LIMBO Do you like RETAIL? Is EDUCATION your passion? Do you like to meet and talk to NEW PEOPLE every day? If so, then we need YOU! There are over 20 volunteer positions available at Gumbo Limbo! Our volunteers contribute over 30,000 hours annually! We could not survive without the tireless efforts of our capable, dedicated volunteers… people just like YOU! A few benefits of being a Volunteer at Gumbo Limbo include a discount in the Gift Store, invitations to volunteer appreciation events, free or discounted programs, the opportunity to meet new people and learn new things, and most importantly, HAVE FUN! Contact Debbie Wilson (561-544-8609 or dwilson@myboca.us) to set up an interview TODAY! Volunteer opportunities available for adults and teens age 16 and up.

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center 1801 N Ocean Blvd Boca Raton (561) 544-8605