In fact, just the other day, I discovered this gem: right in the backyard of Vista Volkswagen resides a very inconspicuous nature center. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, which was founded in 1984, is a cooperative project with the City of Boca Raton, Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District, The Palm Beach County School District and Florida Atlantic University (FAU). The center houses several different attractions.
Visit the nature center and be charmed by recovering sea turtles while checking out the educational info. Wander further into the serene environment and you will experience a flourishing container garden with herbs and local flora, a gopher tortoise exhibit, and a butterfly nursery. You can also choose to familiarize yourself with sea turtles habits and learn “safe lighting”.
After your session of hitting the books, free your mind into the environment whilst traveling on the Boardwalk Trail. The trail is a ¼ mile boardwalk though a preserved Harwood Hammock. The Hardwood Hammock reflects the Florida of yesteryear, before industrialization and modernization. Want to see a 2000 year old piece of history? Then make sure not to miss the Glades Culture middens, a trash receptacle from Florida’s indigenous population. Conclude your day of earth-learning with a picnic at the Red Reef West Park, found at the end of the Board Walk Trail.You already drive an eco-friendly car; you know that one from Vista Volkswagen? Why not enjoy the surroundings you are protecting? Best of all- it's FREE! However, the $5 suggested donation is quite the bargain if you can spare to share.