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Sandoway House Nature Center, Delray Beach

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The Sandoway House Nature Center is located in a historic 1936 beachfront home in Delray Beach, Florida.

The Center offers a glimpse into South Florida’s fragile marine and freshwater environments through educational exhibits and programs.

Perfect for small children as well as programs for school aged children and opportunities for community hours for middle school and high school students.

Animal sponsorships are available for our Florida Box Turtle, Gopher Tortoise, Nurse Sharks, Macaws, Owls, Snakes, Coral Reef Fish, Lizards, Toads and our Alligator.

Summer camp, school field trips and groups are offered programs such as:

All about Amphibians!

Learn about metamorphosis, characteristics, behavior, camouflage, adaptations, conservation, native species and more through live frogs, toads and artifacts such as: jaws, skeletons, etc. and frog and toad calls!

From Beaks to Feathers! All about Birds

Learn about characteristics, flight, food chains, adaptation, camouflage, conservation and nests through live bird(s), bird calls, beaks, skulls, nests, feathers, talons, eggs and more!

Creepy, Crawly Insects!

Learn about adaptations, native species, habitats, conservation and characteristics of many different insects through live and mounted insect displays, bug eye demonstration, metamorphosis displays, antennae, mouth part demonstration and garden tour (field trip only)!

Plants

Learn about native plant species, photosynthesis, plants parts, habitat, growth and products we use every day that are made from plants through seeds, roots, stems, leaves, fruits, live and mounted plant displays, garden tour (field trips only) and more!

Scales and Tails! All about Reptiles

Learn about reptile characteristics, adaptations, habitat and conservation through live reptiles, skeletons, snake skin, scutes, jaws, skulls, teeth and more!

STEM-based Learning Activities with our NEW

Field Research Ranger Program and Resources In Science Education Participant

RISE organizations and the Department of Secondary Education have created a unique program to support science standards-based classroom instruction with the intention of strengthening the learning community and getting families involved in outdoor learning. This is an on-going initiative that will be available, free of charge, to all participating students in Palm Beach County. Sandoway House is a proud participant and excited to partner with the Palm Beach County School District on this fun and engaging STEM-based learning activity!

a. Students will be encouraged to visit various RISE organizations to participate in engaging STEM-based learning activities that will focus on specific science standards of the School District of Palm Beach County.

b. Students will utilize a passport booklet (provided by the Department of Secondary Education) that will be stamped at each organization to signify the completion of their learning activity.

c. Students turn in their stamped passport booklet signifying the completion of all designated RISE learning activities to receive a certificate of completion and an embroidered badge from the School District of Palm Beach County officially certifying them as a “Field Research Ranger.”

This NEW program will begin in May , and certificates and badges will be awarded as students complete their RISE adventure. There is no time limit for the certification process, and all K- students in Palm Beach County are encouraged to participate.

Contact http://sandoway.org/programs for more information or email our programs director at evan.sandoway@gmail.com
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  • Horrible experience today. After paying full price for my family, we entered the building to explore with friends only to find that 2 of the 3 main exhibits weren't accessable because of camps. I... 
    Horrible experience today. After paying full price for my family, we entered the building to explore with friends only to find that 2 of the 3 main exhibits weren't accessable because of camps. I...  more »
  • I came here a few years ago with my grandson & he liked it. This time we had 2 families with 4 grandkids. It was about the same as before. No new features. The grandkids all liked it. We saw... 
    I came here a few years ago with my grandson & he liked it. This time we had 2 families with 4 grandkids. It was about the same as before. No new features. The grandkids all liked it. We saw...  more »
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  • Small but delightful hidden gem in Delray. Fantastic for children and stressed adults - shark feedings, a butterfly garden, and a seashell room. Admission is $6 with a 2 hour parking pass. The Center is in an old historic house across from the beach on A1A. They have a children's activity room and interactive tasks for kids to participate in. I saw a macaw, turtles, alligators, snakes, lizards and a variety of fish. You can adopt these fabulous creatures too! Highly recommend !!!
  • The Sandoway Discovery Center made a perfect afternoon activity for us and our grandsons while spending the day around Delray Beach. The place has its own parking lot which made it easy to get in. The outside grounds alone are interesting to observe. The inside requires a mere $6 fee. Even though the converted Evans House isn't huge, there are enough exhibits and information to tire your mind out. The staff went out of their way to show things and answer questions. Their seashell collection is one of the best. The place features the ecosystem of Lower Florida complete with live specimens. We also liked the room that featured quirky optical illusions.

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