Seagrass Adventure Hammock Hike Beach Babies Fossil Reef Tidal Pool Coastal Ecology Participation Forms Parties

Seagrass Adventure

Drag a net in the seagrass and who knows what you may come up with. There's sea life of all shapes and sizes living in the seagrass right outside our doors. From seahorse to sea urchin, pipefish to starfish, the variety of sea life is amazing. Your naturalist guide will identify each species, making sure everyone gets a good look-see before gently releasing the catch. These seagrass beds are a rich ecosystem. It's wading fun for the whole family, with netfulls of surprises. Wear closed toe shoes that can get wet and get ready for waist deep wading. Bring a change of clothes if riding home with a dry bottom is important to you.

$14 per person
You must make a reservation by calling 305-361-6767.

Sea Grass Adventures for Individuals or Groups:
Tours Daily for Groups of 10 to 100

2017 - Seagrass Adventure Schedule:

  • Saturday, January 21, 10-1 pm
  • Saturday, February 11, 1-4 pm
  • Saturday, March 11, 12-3 pm
  • Saturday, May 20, 11-2 pm
  • Saturday, June 1, 9-12 pm
  • Saturday, July 15, 1-4 pm
  • Saturday, August 19, 12-3 pm
  • Saturday, September 16, 12-3 pm
  • Saturday, October 14, 10-2 pm
  • Saturday, November 18, 1-4 pm
  • Saturday, December 16, 1-4 pm

Hammock Hike

Take a hike and discover secrets of a coastal hammock ecosystem. Explore the Bear Cut Preserve on foot with our naturalists and find yourself amazed by just what it takes to thrive and survive in this beautiful unspoiled environment. From the plants which were used for medicinal purposes by native peoples to the wild life that calls this environment home, this is an educational and entertaining walk for the whole family. You'll also learn why conservation of this delicate area is important. Don't forget comfortable shoes, and your camera! Since during the summer months mosquitoes are most hungry in the hammock, we will not be providing them with "lunch on the hoof" and just allow them to feast naturally until the fall. See you in September! (Sign up for beachcombing, a seagrass adventure, or the tidal pool exploration!)

$14 per person
Reservations 305-361-6767

Hammock Hike for Groups:

Tours Daily for Groups of 10 to 100

Beach Babies

This 2 hour educational program is designed for Pre-K and Kindergarten students. The students will play a variety of learning games, go on hammock hikes, experience live animals and take home drawings of many creatures. Oodles of fun for 3, 4 and 5 year olds.

Call for reservations and further details.
305-361-6767 x119

Beach Babies for Groups:

Tours Daily for Groups of 10 to 100

Fossil Reef Tidal Pool

Go back in time to the ANCIENT fossil reef. This unusual reef is completely unique to our area and quite a surprise at low tide. You'll explore the tidal life along this exposed reef as you wade along its boundaries and the adjoining mangrove forest. This treasure of the sea is so worth seeing and learning about, and our naturalists are just the people to give you the straight skinny on its delicate existence. The view of South Beach from this area is a bonus, a real contrast to the natural beauty of sand, sea, reef and mangroves around you. Very photo worthy! Of course, walks are done at low tide for maximum observation. This is a terrific walk & fresh air fun for the whole family. Don't forget your camera and sunscreen.

$14 per person
Reservations 305-361-6767 x119

Coastal Ecology

Can’t decide which field science program best fit your group? The Coastal Ecology program will provide your students with a broad background on all the ecosystems that exist within the Bear Cut Nature Preserve. Activities include a beach and hammock walk, butterfly exploration in our garden, insect discussion, and a visit to our exhibit room which houses the various animals in the seagrass beds of the Bear Cut Preserve. This program does not include going into the water, and is perfect for all ages.

$14 per person
Reservations 305-361-6767 x119

Participation Forms

To participate in any of our Programs, you will need to fill out an submit the following forms:

Families and Friends can participate in the our programs by calling 305 361-6767 ext 119 or emailing us at [email protected]
Programs can be arranged to take place seven days a week.

Birthday Parties

Join Us For Four Hours of Fun At the Biscayne Nature Center!

A naturalist guide will lead your group to explore the Seagrass flats in shallow water directly off the beach. Adults and children will carefully collect ocean animals such as: seahorses, pipefish, snapper, crabs, parrotfish, sea cucumbers and urchins. The naturalist will explain how these animals survive and how important they are to the ecology of South Florida. You will get an up close and personal look at these dynamic creatures before the animals are returned to their ocean home at the conclusion of the program.

All equipment is provided.

The program lasts two hours and then the group returns to our shady picnic area to celebrate with the refreshments that you provide for your guests. An annual Seahorse membership will be given to the party host.

Birthday Party Cost

A donation of $350 to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center entitles you and 25 guests to an unforgettable day. There is a $10 donation for each additional guest. The event has a 4 hour maximum stay, with a $75 donation for each additional hour there-after. A $50 clean up fee will be charged if the area is not left clean by the host.

Birthday Party Chaperones

There must be one chaperone (over 18 years old) that will join us in the water for every 5 children.

What to Bring

Please wear closed toe shoes or watersocks (no sandals or crocs) that can get wet (required), comfortable clothes for waist deep wading, a towel, sun screen, hat and a change of clothes (optional). Bring your own refreshments for your party guests. Nets, lifejackets and buckets are provided.

BNC "Leave no Trace" Policy

To protect our unique and delicate environment, we ask your cooperation in not bringing balloons and piñatas, as they can be harmful to sea life. Hanging objects on trees and bringing glass containers is prohibited.