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All programs (unless otherwise noted) are by reservation only.
Call or visit the Nature Center to make reservations. For every program or tour, all participants are required to sign a "Program Participation Form."

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Ages 9-14, $10/each class, $50/all six classes
(Reservations required)
The Junior Naturalist Series is designed for youth who are interested in nature and outdoor activities. The goal of the program is to actively put youth in touch with nature and teach them about the Green Cay Wetlands and South Florida wildlife.  This is a great way to learn about nature and have fun meeting new people at the Green Cay Nature Center. You can attend all 6 sessions or just one session of your choosing. Each session will include an informative presentation and hands on activities in the lab and outside on the boardwalk and natural area. Snacks will be provided but please pack a lunch if staying for both morning and afternoon sessions. Please call for more detailed information. (561-966-7000)

  • Junior Ornithologist
  • December 29, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Learn to identify birds, learn phonetic bid calls, learn about bill design.

  • Junior Herpetologist
  • December 29, 12-3 p.m.
  • Learn about reptiles and amphibians, learn how to handle reptiles, check tree frog research poles.

  • Junior Botanist
  • December 30, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Learn about local plants, learn about seeds, go on the boardwalk to study plants.

  • Junior Survivalist
  • December 30, 12-3 p.m.
  • Learn how to navigate, learn how to evaluate your habitat, learn uses for plants.

  • Junior Wetland Ecologist
  • December 31, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Learn about water pollution, learn about wetland plants and animals, learn about the importance of wetlands.

  • Junior Entomologist
  • December 31, 12-3 p.m.
  • Learn about insects, collect insects, ID and mount your insects.



  • SCIENCE FOR SENIORS: Sea Turtle Struggles
    Wednesday, December 3rd at 1:00pm (Reservations Required)
    Ages 50 and up – $5 per person
    Learn about the struggles that sea turtles face throughout their lifetime, starting with the incredible journey hatching from their nests all the way to adulthood and the perils they face with fishing line, boat strikes, and more. Presentation will be given by a Marine Turtle Specialist from Gumbo Limbo Nature Center and will include a hands-on interactive stranding response simulation.

    Saturday, December 6 at 1:00pm
    All Ages – FREE–Please contact the Lantana Library for more information (561-304-4500)
    Join us for a presentation at the Lantana Branch of the Palm Beach County Library to learn all about the wildlife at Green Cay and how they are adapted to the South Florida Lifestyle!

    Thursdays, December 4 & 11 and January 15 & 22, at 2:00pm (Reservations Required)
    $40 for all sessions ($30 for Friends of Green Cay members, $15 drop in fee for one session)
    Experience the benefits of this ancient Chinese system of exercise and meditation. Improve your flexibility, balance, muscle tone, energy and mental well being.

    Saturday, December 13, 10:00 am
    All Ages – FREE – Hosted by the Friends of Green Cay Nature Center, Inc.
    Do you have what it takes to win our annual Photography Contest? The Friends of Green Cay Nature Center, Inc. will be sponsoring a FREE presentation by award winning photographer John Lopinot to learn what it takes to take a winning nature photo for entry in our photo contest.

  • SCIENCE FOR SENIORS: Marine Conservation
    Wednesday, December 17th at 1:00pm (Reservations Required)
    Ages 50 and up – $5 per person
    You probably know that our pollution can end up in the ocean and affect the health of fish, but did you know that the health of the economy can affect the hearing of dolphins? How about using electricity to revive coral reefs? Learn about the many issues plaguing the health of our oceans, and the steps that are being taken to conserve them in this talk with a researcher with the Marine Mammal Conservancy and participate in hands-on demonstrations about conservation.

    Thursday, December 18, 6:30 pm (Reservations Required, limit 20)
    All Ages - $5/person
    Join a naturalist on a night-time boardwalk tour looking at nature from the point of view of its nocturnal residents.

    Saturday, December 27, 10:00 am
    (Reservations Required, limit 10)
    Suggested Ages: 3 to 6 yrs - $2/child
    Kids will discover nature through crafts and stories about animals and other nature-related themes!

Additional Information:

FREE guided 1/2 mile boardwalk tours

Every Saturday at 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. and every Wednesday at 9:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m.

No reservations required, sign in at the front desk.

Contact Information


Green Cay Nature Center Logo
12800 Hagen Ranch Road
Boynton Beach, FL 33437
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(561) 966-7000
Fax (561) 496-4369
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  • Rebecca Weeks
  • Carlos Padilla
    Maintenance Worker
  • Bobby Seals
  • David Anderson
    Assistant Naturalist

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