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!
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 note: Daggerwing 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
NOTICE: The boardwalk at Daggerwing Nature Center is now open from sunrise to sunset; public restrooms are accessible when nature center staff is on site.
While we are excited to welcome you back on the boardwalk at Daggerwing Nature Center, please know that the following is expected of park visitors: follow CDC’s guidelines on personal hygiene prior to visiting; do not visit if exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19; follow all signage, facial coverings required in two way traffic; please keep moving and be courteous to others; share the boardwalk and warn other users of your presence as you pass.
Please remember to practice social distancing, remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings and maintain distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others and when this is not possible, wear a facial covering.
The nature center is closed during observed County holidays.
Open Wednesday–Friday, 1:00–4:30 pm
Saturday, 10:00 am–4:30 pm
Please remember the following are not permitted:
- Jogging, running or speed walking
- Biking or skating