Entrance Fee Increase

The Refuge daily pass price will increase from $5 to $10 starting October 1. The Refuge annual pass, valid for one year from the date of purchase, will increase in price from $12 to $25. The $1 daily entrance fee for bicyclists and pedestrians will be eliminated.

SCHEDULED PROGRAMS        October 2019

Ask the Manager

Wednesday, October 23, 1:00 p.m.
Monday, December 9, 11:00 a.m.

This is your opportunity to meet with Refuge manager Rolf Olson and ask questions, suggest ideas for improvement, bring up any issues or concerns that you might have, and get up-to-date on what is happening at the Refuge. A few other Refuge staff members will also be on hand to help Rolf answer your questions. Meet in the Visitor Center theater.

Early Morning Bird Watch and Walk - Fly Out

Wednesday, October 30, 6:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Join volunteer naturalist Rick Schofield of Audubon Everglades to watch the birds fly out from the interior of the Refuge, then follow them for an early morning bird walk along the Refuge impoundments. Meet in the boat launch parking area at the west end of Lee Road. For more information visit

Sunset Everglades Tour

Tuesday, October 8, 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 22, 7:00 p.m.

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 the tour starts 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.

Everglades Tram Tours

Every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday & Saturday, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. except October 6
Every Sunday, Wednesday & Saturday, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. except October 6

Grab your camera and binoculars and enjoy the Refuge on an approximately 1.5 to 2-hour tram tour. The open-air tram can seat 5 passengers and provides 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.

Photography Tours

Every Sunday, 7:00 a.m.

Explore, learn, enjoy, and record the natural resources and biological treasures of the Refuge with award-winning photographers Dr. Peter Lekos and Lora Lekos on an early morning photography tour. Reservations are required because space is limited to give personal attention to each photographer. Meet at the Marsh Trail parking lot near the gazebo.

Roving Wildlife Photographer

Every Saturday, 9:30 a.m.

Take a guided walking tour of some of our most beautiful spots in the Refuge. View and photograph wildlife in its natural settings with our volunteer roving photographer, Ira Rappaport. Ira will show you areas where some of the most recent sightings of wildlife have been reported and other locations that might make for great photo opportunities. Bring water, comfortable closed-toe shoes or sneakers, a hat to block the sun, sun screen, binoculars, and your camera. The tour can be from 3-5 miles. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Roving Naturalist

Tuesday, October 8 & 22, 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

A volunteer naturalist will be strolling around the Visitor Center, Cypress Swamp Boardwalk and Marsh Trail, answering questions and discussing the plants and wildlife of the swamp. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Guided Canoe Tours

Saturday, October 12 & 26, 8:00 a.m.

Meet at the Lee Road Boat Ramp to enjoy a beautiful canoe tour guided by a volunteer naturalist through a portion of the Refuge interior. Explore the northernmost end of the Everglades on this approximately 1.5 to 2-hour tour. You may rent a canoe or kayak 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 Tours

Saturday, October 12, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 9, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 14, 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

Fee-Free Day - First Sunday of National Wildlife Refuge Week, October 13

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is waiving admission fees at all National Wildlife Refuges on Sunday, October 13, in celebration of National Wildlife Refuge Week, October 13 - 19.

10th Annual Juried Art Contest - Loxahatchee Visions

Entries accepted: Saturday, October 26 - Saturday, November 2
Reception and Award Presentation: Sunday, November 10, 1:00 p.m.

The contest is open to all artists. Each artist may submit one or two works of art, inspired by "Loxahatchee Visions." Any media or mixed media may be used, with the exception of photography. (Save your photographs for next year's photo contest!) Each entry must be framed and ready for hanging. Wrapped canvas edges are fine. Size limit is 36" on each side, including frame.

Prizes will be awarded in 2 categories - Novice (through high school) and Adult (age 18 and older).
First prize - $250; Second prize - $150; Third prize - $100.

The entry fee is $10 for Friends members, volunteers and Refuge staff, and $25 for non-members. The fee is waived for Novices. Bring your artwork along with the entry form and entry fee in an envelope labeled "Friends Art Contest" to the Visitor Center.

For the Contest Entry Form and the complete set of rules, go to:

Friends Annual Luncheon with Arts, Crafts & Plant Sale

Saturday, December 7, 11:00 a.m.
Location: Ellie's 50's Diner, 2410 N. Federal Hwy, Delray Beach
    (park & enter at the back of the building)
Guest speaker: Eliot Kleinberg, Historian, Author and Columnist for the Palm Beach Post

All are invited to join the Friends for our annual luncheon at Ellie's 50's Diner with historian Eliot Kleinberg of the Palm Beach Post as our special guest speaker. Meet and greet starts at 11:00 a.m., with lunch served at 12:00 noon. Visit the Arts, Crafts and Plants table at any time, where items made by members of the Friends, Refuge volunteers and local artists will be available for sale.
Lunch is $40 for Friends members, Refuge staff and participating artists; $45 for all others. Cash bar. All proceeds go to the Friends, which benefit the Refuge.

Please RSVP to Cathy Patterson at by Friday, November 29.
Payment can be made online or by mail or in the Visitor Center at the Friends' Nature Store, using check, cash, Visa, Mastercard or Discover.
Make checks payable to "Friends of Loxahatchee Refuge" with notation "Friends Luncheon."
Mail to: Friends of Loxahatchee Refuge, P.O. Box 6777, Delray Beach, FL 33482
To pay online with PayPal: (Select Operating Fund)
Payment by cash or check also accepted at the door.

*** Are you an artist, photographer, crafter or gardener? Let us know if you have items you might like to provide for our Arts, Crafts & Plant sale! Contact Ron Seifer at

Luncheon invitation:
Arts, Crafts & Plant sale info:

Dynamic Composition 1-Day Photography Workshop

Saturday, January 18, 9:15 - 12:00 noon, Visitor Center theater

Back by popular demand, award-winning photographer Lance Warley is presenting a photography workshop on Dynamic Composition: Tools to Create Evocative Images, for any level photographer or visual artist interested in adding greater depth and emotional impact to your photos.

Email one of your photos for an optional critique to Lance by December 28. File size limit 500KB.

Space is limited. Please contact Lance to reserve your spot. Entry fee is $20 per participant, with all funds donated to the Friends of the Refuge.

Lance Warley 561-945-2074

Sierra Club Loxahatchee Group's Thanks and Giving Celebration

Saturday, November 9, 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Location: Community Foundation, 700 S. Dixie Highway #200, West Palm Beach

Join the Sierra Club Loxahatchee Group for their annual fundraising party and silent auction, the Thanks and Giving Celebration. Tickets are $35 through November 1; $45 after November 1 and at the door. Enjoy musical entertainment by Jamie Rasso, along with hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, soft drinks, beer and wine, and meet longtime environmental pioneer Maggy Hurchalla, 2019 Environmental Champion of the Year. To buy tickets, visit their website at

Auction proceeds benefit outreach programs for underserved youth, Inspiring Connections Outdoors, the Elaine Usherson Camp Scholarship Fund and the Loxahatchee Group's conservation efforts.

Save the Dates! (Details to Follow):

21st Annual Everglades Day Family Festival

Saturday, February 8

Plein Air Art Contest Reception and Awards Presentation

Sunday, February 16

Birds in Flight 3-Day Photography Workshop

Saturday, February 29th, Sunday, March 1 & Saturday, March 7

2020 Calendars Are In!

Our lovely 2020 calendars filled with photos of the Refuge from this year's photo contest are now available for sale in the Friends Nature Store in the Visitor Center. Stop by and pick up one for yourself and for everyone else on your gift list!



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