Sandoway Discovery Center is located in Delray Beach, Florida in a beachfront house. They do shark feedings, alligator feedings, and so much more!
It’s time to stop texting, and start driving! We’ve partnered with Steinger, Green & Feiner to encourage you to put the phone down, focus on the road ahead, and drive somewhere amazing in South Florida. This month, we’re checking out Sandoway Discovery Center in Delray Beach, Florida!
“Sandoway Discovery Center has been in Delray Beach since 1998. here since 1998, the house itself was built in 1936 so we talk a lot about local history but we really do now as a nature center is educate thousands of children and visitors a year about environmental education which, as you know is very important in this day and age,” said Danica Sanborn, the executive director of Sandoway Discovery Center.
There are over 50 varieties of animals at the Sandoway Discovery Center. From unwanted pets to rescued animals…
“We teach about nocturnal animals including opossums and screech owls, all the way to sharks of the ocean which is one of the top predators,” said Sanborn.
There are three nurse sharks in a coral reef pool in the back of the discovery center. Each shark is about 6 to 7 feet long. There are public shark feedings everyday that Sandoway is open at 10:30 a.m. and on Sunday’s at 1:30 p.m.
“We do a little educational presentation while we are feeding them but everyone gets to see the sharks come up to our stairs, watch them eat, and watch them make a popping sound,” said Sanborn. “Usually if you feed the sharks underwater, you don’t get to hear the power of their suction. But here, because we’re able to bring them to the surface, you really get to hear how powerful their suctions so they’re able to eat conch, and lobsters, and suck them out of holes that they’d find in the ocean.”
Sandoway Discovery Center is open to the public six days a week. It’s a hot spot for field trips and educational outreach programs. The center’s main goal is to teach kids about conservation and why it’s so important to take care of our planet and it’s creatures.
“It’s really great to see them connecting with things that they may not have ever touched or seen before,” said Sanborn. “So many of the kids that come here have never visited the ocean, yet they live within two or three miles of it and that always amazes me. We do have a lot of kids that come and when we hear that, we say oh…afterwards, we’re gonna stop, if they’re allowed, go across the street and put your feet in the ocean. That sort of connection is going to make a big difference in how they treat the environment as they get older. If they have a connection to it, they’re going to want to save it and that’s what we’re trying to make here is that connection.”
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