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​Daggerwing Nature Center is set within the beautiful confines of Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park in western Boca Raton. Features include a 3,000 sq. ft. exhibit hall with live animals and interactive state-of-the-art exhibits, classroom facilities, laboratory, art gallery, reading area, butterfly garden, and an elevated boardwalk which takes you on a relaxing journey through a swamp. The boardwalk has two trails, bench-style seating, as well as an observation tower available for you to view the abundant plant and animal life including: osprey, woodpeckers, butterflies, turtles, alligators, and a wide variety of bromeliads. Be sure not to miss our namesake, the Ruddy Daggerwing butterfly, as it flutters through the trees!

Nature Center staff offer a variety of educational, interactive programs to people of all ages. Click on the links under the Directory and check out all of our opportunities! 

Mission Statement

The mission of Daggerwing Nature Center is to improve the quality of life of our diverse population and visitors by providing an opportunity to learn about and appreciate our natural environment through environmental education, outdoor recreation and demonstration​.


Please noteDaggerwing Nature Center is not able to accept sick, injured, or orphaned animals. Please contact a rehabilitation facility* and they may be able to assist you. We are also unable to accept unwanted pets. Please contact your local pet store to see if they can help you, and please keep in mind that it is illegal to release pets into the wild. *List of local rehabilitation facilities


Operating Hours​


The nature center is closed during observed County holidays.​

Special Holiday Hours for the Week of Thanksgiving:
Sunday, November 18: CLOSED
Monday, November 19: OPEN 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday, November 20: OPEN 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday, November 21: OPEN 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday, November 22: CLOSED
Friday, November 23: CLOSED
Saturday, November 24: OPEN 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Exhibits:

Wednesday-Friday: 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday: CLOSED

Programs:

Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm (by reservation only)

Nature Trails:

Daily: sunrise - sunset

Rules


Please remember the following are not permitted:

  • Pets
  • Food
  • Alcohol
  • Jogging, running or speed walking
  • Biking or skating
  • Smoking
  • Fishing 

Contact Information


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Burt Aaronson
South County Regional Park

11435 Park Access Road
Boca Raton, FL 33498
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Ph:  561-629-8760
Fax: 561-883-2269

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Sean Mallee
Manager ​

Lila Varel
Naturalist

Kayla Morton
​Assistant Naturalist

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