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Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge and Education Center

10525 Clapp Simms Duda Road

The mission of the Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge is to rescue, raise, rehabilitate, and release injured or orphaned Florida native species and to provide education about respecting and preserving the environment through our non-releasable permanent residents known as “educational ambassadors”.

Back to Nature is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that serves the purpose of rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing our injured or orphaned Florida Native wildlife back into their natural environment. As a leading wildlife refuge and rehabilitation center, we are driven to help preserve our native wildlife and educate those with the same desire in saving their local wildlife.


Joe Gribble

Friday, April 6, 2018
I chose Back to Nature to take an ill squirrel I had in my yard. They graciously took the squirrel in and was caring and compassionate. I walked the property afterwards and found the animals there to be clean and well cared for. Their cages were roomy and had items to keep them entertained. Thank you for all that you do for our nature's creatures!

Melanie Koh

Monday, March 26, 2018
The refuge is small but the staff are friendly and knowledgeable. One of them came out with me to point out the bald eagle nest nearby and let me use her binoculars to see the juvenile eagle. The animals looked well taken care of, with plates of fruit/veggies donated from Publix and dead chicks for one of the owls. The staff are very caring; they keep enclosures clean and even rearrange the fixtures so that the animals don't get bored. Entrance fee was only $5. Their main building is a cute portable with a gift shop and a bathroom. There's a map of local hiking trails there too. The staff are great at describing the trails. They also reminded me to stay hydrated so I wouldn't collapse outside, which I appreciated. I want to give a big thank you to Judy and the other staff I met on my visit. It was an amazing experience.

Katie Gifford

Saturday, March 10, 2018
Came all the way up here from Fort Pierce to drop off a baby squirrel because this place had the best reviews and now I see why! All I had to do was fill out a form on how the squirrel had been and they took him in and let me walk through where they had all the other animals. Coming here was so worth the 2 hour drive and I will definitely come here again if I find another wild baby animal.

Apple Studio

Monday, March 12, 2018
It’s a great place. There is many animals there and they have awesome knowledge about the animals. For a $5 donation, the nature walk is a great thing to see. They have a lot of animals and a lake view at the end. Overall, it is a great place to visit

John Withrow

Friday, June 22, 2018
Amazing place to see rehabilitating animals and your donation goes a long way to helping these awesome creatures...definitely worth checking out.

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