Who We Are and What We Do

We are the Coral Springs Nature Center & Wildlife Hosptial DBA Sawgrass Nature Center and Wildlife Hospital (SNC). We’re a volunteer-driven, charitable, non-profit organization, founded in 1995 by a dedicated group of volunteers committed to helping wild animals. SNC’s mission is ‘to educate the public about South Florida’s unique culture, environment and the many species it contains, to promote healthy living, outdoor activity and to provide excellent care for sick, injured or orphaned native wildlife.’  We want to foster awareness and appreciation of wildlife, particularly Urban wildlife found here in south Florida. Each year, people bring approximately 700 animals into our wildlife hospital, and we provide educational presentations to approximately 7,000 students. Volunteers donate roughly 8000 hours of their time to help us meet our goals, annually.

Over the past 18 years, we have worked steadily toward our mission by not only treating ill, injured and orphaned animals, but also by educating the public about the natural world, being a responsible pet owner and what to do when you find a wild animal.

We offer summer wildlife camps, and on- or off-site programming, but we are also an information resource for people who find injured or lost wild animals or who need to surrender their pet. We try to educate people about their local natural environment as well as how to best handle a wild animal they believe is orphaned.  People’s first inclination is to help, but that is not always what the animal needs.

It is through the dedication of our numerous volunteers, small staff and the generosity of individual and corporate donors that we are able to provide many services to the community.

You are welcome to come and visit Tuesday to Friday from 9 – 5 or on Saturday and Sunday from 10-3.  You may wander the grounds at your leisure and see approximately 30 different animals which live with us year round.  We have a small charge of $5 for adults 18+, $3 for children 5 – 17, & children 4 & under as well as members are free to visit. On Sundays the center is free to explore, but please remember we depend on donations to exist.

Sawgrass Nature Center Aerial