ARTHUR R. MARSHALL LOXAHATCHEE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

SCHEDULED PROGRAMS        August 2019

Everglades Tram Tours

Every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. except Wednesday, August 7

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.

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, August 13 & 27, 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

Every Saturday, 7:30 a.m. except August 24

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: www.youtube.com/watch?v=BW49VXaOvGU&feature=related

Moonlight Guided Canoe Tours

Saturday, August 17, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 14, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
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.)

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED - Call LOXAHATCHEE CANOEING at 561-733-0192.

*** 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 www.loxahatcheefriends.com/events/events.shtml

International Coastal Clean-Up & National Public Lands Day - Save the Date!

Saturday, September 28, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Spend the morning outdoors, celebrate volunteerism on public lands, and help keep our Refuge beautiful! Come and join this national and international movement to celebrate our public lands and ensure they stay pristine for generations to come. Activities planned for the day are tree planting, family fishing day, trash cleanup, and speakers. Stay tuned for more details.

Volunteers needed! Please wear closed-toed shoes or boots, hats, sunglasses, sunscreen and bug spray, and bring a refillable water bottle. Long sleeves and long pants are recommended. Bring your own gloves or you can borrow ours. Students can receive Community Service hours. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old or accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Fee-Free Day - National Public Lands Day, September 28

The Department of the Interior is waiving admission fees at all National Parks, National Wildlife Refuges and all other federal fee areas for National Public Lands Day, September 28.

10th Annual Juried Art Contest - Loxahatchee Visions

Entries accepted: Saturday, October 26 - Sunday, 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:
www.loxahatcheefriends.com/upload/Lox2019ArtContestForm.pdf

View 2019 Photo Contest Entries Online

All of the fabulous entries in the Friends' 2019 Photo Contest can now be viewed at:
loxahatchee.smugmug.com/Contest-Photo/Photo-Contest-2019

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