An Event Worth Photographing: Gumbo Limbo Nature Center

Photographers love to snap pictures, but do you know what else loves to snap? Turtles! In search of my kindred spirit animals, I recently took a trip to the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton.

Tortuga Marina

Their sea turtle conservation and rehabilitation center rescues and rehabs injured turtles and releases more than 9,000 stray hatchlings into the wild each year. But Gumbo Limbo offers much more.

The Center provides environmental education, research, and conservation, and the site's nearly 20 acres of protected barrier island is refuge to many other varieties of plants and animals, some of which are rare or endangered.

I gained a newfound appreciation for many of the natural wonders and sea life with which we are blessed to share our planet. Because of many circumstances, however, a lot of species are going thru a bit of a rough patch.

The Center is free and offers a wide variety of unique photo ops and information on how we can help preserve coastal and marine ecology. Here's a snapshot:

What to Photograph:

- Vividly colored sea life underwater

- Nature guided footpath with interactive informational boards

What to Learn:

- Ways in which injured animals are treated and ultimately released back into nature.  

- What you can do to help the environment

- How to prevent wildlife from becoming sick or injured.

- Adopt a sea turtle  

Visit the Center's website at It is a great starting point to plan your own visit! And be sure to tell me what you think and all about your visit in the comments below!

Happy snapping!