Green Cay Wetlands and Nature Center

12800 Hagen Ranch Rd., Boynton Beach, 33437
(561) 966-7000
Nature Center: Wednesdays-Saturdays, 9:00am-3:00pm
Trails: Daily, sunrise to sunset

Green Cay Wetlands & Nature Center

Offering more than a mile of boardwalk across open water, vegetated wetlands and mudflats, this created wetland is just as spectacular as Wakodahatchee, only bigger! If you own a camera, make sure you bring it as even amateur snappers can get great pictures here! Many of Florida’s wetland specialties can be found at Green Cay; walk the boardwalk slowly keeping an eye out for Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks, Roseate Spoonbills, Least Bitterns, Wood Storks, Yellow-crowned and Black-crowned Night-Herons, Blue-winged and Green-winged Teal, Purple Gallinule and Limpkin. In winter, American Bitterns can be seen much more easily than anywhere else in the state, other than Wakodahatchee of course! Wintering Painted Buntings can be found at the feeding station by the nature center, and be sure to check the Cypress Forest for migratory songbirds. There is a mated pair of Red-shouldered Hawks frequently seen flying around. Ospreys are enjoying the large snags. From January through May, you may get lucky enough to see Eastern Screech-Owls (male and female mated pair) that return every year. About 250 different bird species have been spotted on this property. In 2015, a La Sagra’s Flycatcher wintered here! This family friendly site is a must visit. The nature center coordinates guided walks and classes, and interprets the surrounding wetlands for visitors. Call ahead for more information. Loaner optics are available.

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