SCHEDULED PROGRAMS        October 2018

Tram Tours of the Marsh

Every Sunday, Wednesday & Thursday, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. except Sunday, October 28
Every Sunday, Monday & Wednesday, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. except Monday, October 15 & Sunday, October 28
Tuesday, October 23, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, October 25, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Friday, October 12 & 26, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, October 27, 10:00 - 11:30 a.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.

Sunset Everglades Tour

Tuesday, October 9, 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 23, 6:00 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.

Gullah Geechee Corridor & East Coast Greenways

Saturday, October 27, 3:00 p.m.

This new documentary film highlights 3 cycling trails: Rails to Trails, SEA Island Loop and the East Coast Greenways. These trails run through the rural community of Armstrong, which was settled by West Africans, known as Gullah Geechee, after the Civil War. The Gullah Geechee people are immigrants to the New World of West African descent and have kept their agricultural expertise and rich cultural heritage alive through the years. The Gullah Geechee corridor was established by Congress in 2006. The film will be introduced by Derek Boyd Hankerson, Film Writer, Producer and Gullah Geechee descendent.

Early Morning Bird Watch and Walk - Fly Out

Wednesday, October 31, 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 email or call 508-296-0238.

Swamp Strolls

Every Monday & Thursday, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Meet a volunteer naturalist for a guided tour of the 0.4 mile Cypress Swamp Boardwalk. Learn about the swamp ecosystem from cypress tree knees to animals that call the swamp home. Meet at the pavilion behind the Visitor Center.

Photography Tour

Every Sunday, 7:30 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. Reservations are required because space is limited to give personal attention to each photographer. Meet at the Marsh Trail parking lot near the gazebo.

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

English/Portuguese Nature Walk

Every Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

Join bilingual (English/Portuguese) volunteer naturalist to stroll around the Visitor Center, Cypress Swamp Boardwalk, and the Marsh Trail. He will be answering questions and discussing the plants and wildlife that live here at the Refuge. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Guided Canoe Tours

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 Tours

Saturday, October 20, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 24, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 22, 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.)


Roving Wildlife Photographer

Every Friday & 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 lotion, binoculars, and your camera. The tour can be from 3-5 miles. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Roving Naturalist on Cypress Swamp Boardwalk

Tuesday, October 9 & 23, 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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

*** 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

9th Annual Juried Art Contest - Loxahatchee Visions

Entries accepted: Sunday, October 28 - Saturday, November 3
Reception and Award Presentation: Sunday, November 11, 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 - Youth/Student (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 Youth. 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:

Fee-Free Day - First Sunday of National Wildlife Refuge Week, October 14

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is waiving admission fees at all National Wildlife Refuges on Sunday, October 14, in celebration of National Wildlife Refuge Week, October 14 - 20.

Sierra Club Loxahatchee Group's Thanks and Giving Celebration

Saturday, November 10, 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 5; $45 after November 5 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 Indian Riverkeeper Marty Bauam, 2018 Environmental Champion of the Year. To buy tickets go to

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

Friends Luncheon

Saturday, December 8, 12:00 noon
Location: Iberia Grill, 3745 S Military Trail, Greenacres

All are invited to join the Friends for a delicious buffet-style luncheon with open bar and silent auction at the Iberia Grill on Saturday, December 8. Buffet is $30 for Friends members and $35 for non-members.

Refuge Manager Rolf Olson will share untold tales of Fire, Biology, Law Enforcement, Maintenance, and Visitor Services, with stories of the staff from when they were young. He can also answer any questions you have about the Refuge and about the new Visitor Services Plan.

Please RSVP to Make check payable to "Friends of Loxahatchee Refuge" and mail to P.O. Box 6777, Delray Beach, FL 33445 or pay online (select Operating Fund):
And if you have any items you would be willing to donate for a silent auction, please let us know!

Dynamic Composition 1-Day Photography Workshop

Saturday, January 12, 9:00 - 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 14. 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

34th Annual Everglades Coalition Conference

Thursday, January 10 - Sunday, January 13
Location: Bakers Cay Hilton Resort, Key Largo

For more information and to make reservations:



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