SCHEDULED PROGRAMS        April 2018

The Science of Scat

Thursday, April 26, 1:30 p.m.
Speaker: Serena Rinker, Interpretive Specialist, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Location: Visitor Center theater

The Refuge's own Premier Pundit of Poop, Serena Rinker will discuss the serious science of scat and help you become your own skilled scat expert.

Twilight Everglades Tour

Tuesday, April 10, 7:00 p.m. (No Moon)
Tuesday, April 24, 7:00 p.m. (nearly Full Moon)

Experience the unique sights and sounds of the Everglades at night! Meet at the Visitor Center for a guided twilight tour of the Refuge. Try to arrive a little before 7:00 as a courtesy to others. Wear long-sleeved shirt, long pants, good walking shoes with closed toes and heels, and bring a jacket, water, a good flashlight and bug spray. You might also like to bring a hat. Walk is approximately 1 mile.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Call the Visitor Center at 561-734-8303.

Tram Tours of the Marsh

Every Day except Saturdays, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. & 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Take an open-air Tram tour with our volunteer naturalist for a unique view into the wildlife, marshes and cypress swamps of the Refuge. Your guide will talk about the Refuge, its birds and other wildlife, the ongoing research in the mini-Everglades impoundments of LILA, and answer all your questions in the comfort of your shaded electric tram. Meet at the Visitor Center front desk 15 minutes prior to the tour.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Call the Visitor Center at 561-734-8303.

Early Morning Bird Walks on the Marsh Trail

Every Wednesday, 7:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Join our volunteer naturalist for an early morning bird walk on the Marsh Trail. Meet in the Marsh Trail parking lot. Check out recent sightings from eBird Trail Tracker:
... and view our Bird Checklist:

Roving Naturalist on Cypress Swamp Boardwalk

Every Sunday, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

A volunteer naturalist will be strolling around the Cypress Swamp Boardwalk, answering questions and discussing flora and fauna of the swamp.

Guided Canoe Trips

Every Saturday, 9:00 - 11:15 a.m.

Meet at the Lee Road Boat Ramp to enjoy a beautiful canoe tour through a portion of the Refuge interior. You may rent a canoe for $35 from Loxahatchee Canoeing or bring your own. (One canoe seats 2 to 3 people.)

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Call the Visitor Center at 561-734-8303.

Enjoy this 3-minute video made on the canoe trail:

Moonlight Guided Canoe Trips

Saturday, April 28, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 26, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Meet at the Lee Road Boat Ramp to enjoy a guided moonlight canoe tour through a portion of the Refuge interior. Wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants and bring a flashlight and bug spray.

Canoe rental from Loxahatchee Canoeing is $35; you may not bring your own. (One canoe seats 2 to 3 people.)


*** Programs subject to change, for more information on any of the activities and programs, please call the Visitor Center at (561) 734-8303.

Events are listed on the Friends website at

Lee Road Cleanup - Volunteers Needed!

Saturday, April 14, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Come out and help the Friends pick up litter from the entrance road to the Refuge. The Friends have officially adopted Lee Road from U.S. 441 west to the Refuge gate under the Palm Beach County Adopt-a-Road Litter Control program. Please wear closed-toed shoes, hats, sunglasses, sunscreen and bug spray. Meet at the Visitor Center to get your safety vest, plastic gloves and instructions. Water and light snacks provided. Students can receive Community Service hours. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old or accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information contact Cathy Patterson at or 561-301-5056.

Sierra Club Loxahatchee Group: Palm Beach County Natural Areas

Saturday, April 14, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Speaker: Samantha Corr, Palm Beach County Department of Environmental Resources Management
Location: Refuge Visitor Center

All are invited to the monthly meeting of the Sierra Club Loxahatchee Group to learn about the great natural areas around Palm Beach County and the many programs they have to offer. The morning will start at 9:30 a.m. with coffee, tea and a light breakfast on the pavilion behind the Refuge Visitor Center. At 10:15 a.m. in the Visitor Center theater Samantha Corr will present an overall picture of the county's natural areas and the programs developed by the county's Department of Environmental Resources Management. She will share information about their newest outreach initiatives for engaging young people who might not yet have had the opportunity to connect with nature. After the meeting, enjoy a walk around the Refuge boardwalk or trails with one of the Refuge's volunteer tour guides.

Entrance to the Refuge to attend the meeting is free. Mention that you are there to attend the Sierra Club meeting.

35th Annual Photography Contest Reception and Award Presentation

Sunday, May 6, 1:00 p.m.

Join the Friends for our photo contest awards presentation on Sunday, May 6, in the Visitor Center theater. View all of the fabulous entries and afterwards, meet and mingle with the photographers and enjoy wine and cheese, fruit and soft drinks on the Pavilion behind the Visitor Center.



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