Gumbo Limbo Environmental Complex
|Gumbo Limbo Environmental Complex|
|Location||Red Reef Park
1801 N. Ocean Blvd.
Boca Raton, Florida
The Gumbo Limbo Environmental Complex, also known as the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, is a nature center owned and operated by the city of Boca Raton, Florida, located at 1801 N. Ocean Blvd. in that city. It is on land which is part of the beachfront Red Reef Park, though Gumbo Limbo doesn't itself directly front on the beach (though it does have Intracoastal Waterway frontage). Its name comes from the popular name of the Bursera simaruba tree species.
The complex includes an indoor museum with exhibits, a fish tank, and a gift shop, and some outdoor facilities including several large tanks for fish, turtles, and other sea life, a plank trail through the adjacent woods with an observation tower, and a clearing for observing butterflies. Events organized by the center include observations of sea turtles during their nesting season. Volunteers from the local community assist in the operation of this center and its events.
The Gumbo Limbo Environmental Complex is also home to a research facility for Florida Atlantic University's Department of Biological Sciences. Current research focuses on sea turtle behavior, shark sensory perception and salt levels on seagrasses.
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