If you are in South Florida, I highly recommend a visit to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. When we moved in the fall, it was the thing everyone told us to do. Well, we finally got around to it and it was fantastic. We have been trying to learn all we can about the new ecosystem that we live in. Gumbo Limbo is the spot to learn about marine life.
The children had their first experience seeing sea turtles. There were a number of turtles in the rehabilitation area of the center. The kids learned about the different types of sea turtles. Of the seven sea turtle species, five of them can be seen living in South Florida. If you click through the link at the top of the page, you can learn more about sea turtles as well.
Gumbo Limbo also taught the importance of conservation, recycling, reducing waste, and how rising water temperature and greater pollution are impacting the overall health of the seas,and their effect on sea turtle populations.
Did the kids learn all of these facts all at once? Can they recite these things to you now? Probably not. This knowledge will serve as a basis for all other reading and experiences that they have surrounding sea turtles and oceans.
Gumbo Limbo also has a beautiful butterfly garden that we were able to visit. There were many monarchs and swallowtail butterflies flitting around on February 28th! Such a novelty to see butterflies in winter!