Green Cay Nature Center
Palm Beach County’s newest nature center, Green Cay Nature Center, overlooks 100 acres of constructed wetland, providing educational opportunities and outdoor experiences. The center has a 1.5-mile elevated boardwalk with QR codes for a self-guided tour, as well as a lecture hall, a gift shop, live animals and an exhibit room.
The boardwalk is open from sunrise to sunset daily; the nature center is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
The Friends of Green Cay Nature Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to “raising money and supporting the Nature Center in its mission to promote an understanding and appreciation of the natural world to the public.” You can support the organization by becoming a member, adopting an animal or making a purchase in the gift shop. Any contributions are tax-deductible.
August is filled with fun events for the whole family. All programs require registration by visiting the county website here.
Reptiles and Amphibians: Tenacious Turtles
Wednesday, Aug. 3, 10 a.m.
Reptiles and Amphibians: Sensational Snakes
Wednesday, Aug. 17, 10 a.m.
Reptiles and Amphibians: Awesome Alligators
Saturday, Aug. 27, 10 a.m.
Come learn about Florida’s reptiles and amphibians. All ages are welcome; registration is $3 and limited to 20 people.
Friday, Aug. 5, 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 10, 9:30 a.m.
Friday, Aug. 19, 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 24, 9:30 a.m.
Participants learn the basics of nature journaling and have an opportunity to observe, experience and record nature. Pencils and paper are provided, but bring your own writing materials if you prefer. All ages are welcome; registration is $3 and limited to 20 people.
Bird Talk and Walk: Birds of Prey
Saturday, Aug. 6 and 20, 9:30 a.m.
Bird Talk and Walk: Wetland Birds
Friday, Aug. 12 and 26, 9:30 a.m.
The morning starts with a presentation on Florida birds and is followed by a one-hour birding tour. Binoculars and field guides are recommended. All ages are welcome; registration is $3 and limited to 20 people.
Animal Keeper for a Day
Saturday, Aug. 13, 9:30 a.m.
Spend the morning working behind the scenes with animal care staff and volunteers. Be prepared to have a messy but rewarding experience. Ages 8 and up; registration is $10 and limited to eight people.
Wednesday, Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m.
Take a guided walk on the boardwalk under the moonlight and be prepared to meet the wetland’s nocturnal residents. Flashlights are recommended. Ages 9 and up; registration is $5 and limited to 20 people.
Green Cay Nature Center is at 12800 Hagen Ranch Road, west of Boynton Beach. For more information, visit the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department, www.discover.pbcgov.org.