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Green Cay Nature Center
green cay landscape
Green Cay as seen from the north end of the boardwalk.
green cay nature center
roseate spoonbills at green cay
green cay gator and birds
     

12800 Hagen Ranch Road
Boynton Beach

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Green Cay Nature Center is the kind of place you take your out-of-town guests to give them glimpse of the real Florida. Odds are you'll see something that will wow them — a 12-foot gator, a flock of roseate spoonbills, a purple gallinule doing a high-wire act on a fireflag stock or even a bobcat or two.

Green Cay was a pepper farm, converted into a wetland habitat by Palm Beach County a decade ago. It has an interpretive center and 1.5 miles of boardwalk that move through hammock, marsh, cypress woods and open woods. It's easy walking, wide enough to accomodate wheelchairs and strollers. There is plenty of parking, interpretive signs, sitting areas, restrooms and drinking water.

What you'll see will vary according to time of year and time of day. Fall and spring will bring migratory birds passing through the area or coming here to breed. Spoonbills and storks tend to be more numerous during late spring, summer and fall, although they are here year round. Summer afternoons usually are quiet, as animals try to avoid the heat. Check out the monthly bird lists available on the Green Cay website; although they haven't be updated in a while, they do provide a pretty good idea of what you might see at different times of the year. The boardwalk is open sunrise to sunset 365 days a year; the nature center hours may vary; check the website.


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white egret blue iris turtle sandpiper
caterpillar alligator hawk green cay crane
swamp mallow swallowtail butterfly bittern limpkin chick
bob cat golden canna stilt on nest swamp mallow
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