SCHEDULED PROGRAMS        April 2017

Loxahatchee Battlefield Preservationist Guy Bachmann on the Seminole Wars

Thursday, April 13, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Are you interested in learning about the cultural and historical significance of areas near the Refuge and Palm Beach County in the Seminole Wars of the 1800s? Guy Bachmann of the Loxahatchee Battlefield Preservationists will be hosting an informative lecture and displaying artifacts of these wars at the Refuge on the Cypress Swamp Boardwalk Pavilion located directly behind the Visitor Center. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to learn about the rich history of South Florida!

Twilight Everglades Tour

Tuesday, April 11, 7:00 p.m. - Full Moon
Tuesday, April 25, 7:00 p.m. - New Moon

Meet at the Visitor Center for a guided twilight tour of the Everglades. 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. Must be 18 years or older because it is still alligator mating season!

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.

Guided Bird, Butterfly and Wildflower Walk

Every Friday, 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Join our volunteer naturalist for an early morning nature walk and see how many birds and other critters you can spot. Learn about our migratory and year-round residents of the Refuge and their habitat. Your guide will discuss the marsh ecology, answer your questions and identify the birds, butterflies, plants, reptiles and anything else you might find along the way. Meet in the Marsh Trail parking lot.

Roving Naturalist on Cypress Swamp Boardwalk

Tuesday, April 11 & 25, 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.

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

Tram Tours of the Marsh

Every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 11 & 25, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, April 18 & 25, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Take a Tram tour of the marsh with our volunteer naturalist, who will take you from the Visitor Center to the boat ramp to the LILA impoundments, then back through the C10 impoundment and the Marsh Trail, across to the Arthur R. Marshall kiosk and back to the Visitor Center. 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.

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

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:

Full Moon Guided Canoe Trips

Saturday, April 8, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 6, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Friday, June 9, 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

34th Annual Photography Contest Reception and Award Presentation

Sunday, April 30, 1:00 p.m.

View all of the fabulous entries in our 2017 photo contest, enjoy wine and cheese, and meet and mingle with the photographers on Sunday, April 30 in the Visitor Center theater.

Sierra Club Loxahatchee Group: Groundswell Rising

Saturday, April 15, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon (meeting begins at 10:30 a.m. following 10:00 a.m. breakfast)
Location: Refuge Visitor Center theater, with light breakfast served on the pavilion behind the Visitor Center

The monthly meeting of the Sierra Club Loxahatchee Group will feature the acclaimed fracking documentary "Groundswell Rising" (1 hour, 20 minutes) free of charge, followed by a short discussion after the film. In the film, "Groundswell Rising, Protecting Our Children's Air and Water" (2014), we meet parents, scientists, artists, teachers, clergy, community organizers and business leaders who are convinced that this form of gas extraction is a serious health and environmental risk and who are standing up to one of the world's most powerful industries. Their resistance is part of a growing movement towards dealing with the climate crises and making the transition to sustainable energy.

The meeting is free and open to the public. Entrance to the Refuge is also free to all meeting attendees.

Lee Road Cleanup - Volunteers Needed!

Saturday, April 22, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

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 561-301-5056 or

Nature Store Volunteers Needed!

The Friends are looking for volunteers to work in the Friends nature store in the Visitor Center - please contact Cathy Patterson at

Thank You to Our Award-Winning Volunteers!

Our volunteer appreciation luncheon was held on March 15 in recognition of the many volunteers who make public enjoyment of our Refuge possible. Congratulations to Barry Willette, named Volunteer of the Year by Refuge staff for the many tasks he has taken on since he started volunteering at the Visitor Center information desk last June. Barry now takes visitors out on walking tours, he leads the new moon night walk on the marsh every month and soon plans to start leading the full moon walks as well. He also works in the fee booth and recently he has been helping collect the fees from the entranceways at Lox Road and 20-Mile Bend.

And congratulations to a special Friend of the Refuge, Cathy Patterson, our Nature Store volunteer coordinator, the organizer of the Cookbook committee that recently produced our new Friends cookbook and the coordinator for the Friends annual photo contest. Cathy assists with school groups that come out to learn about the Refuge and the Everglades, conducts tram tours, greets visitors at the Visitor Center reception desk, pulls weeds in the Butterfly Garden and whatever else she finds needs to be done. Thank you to Cathy and Barry and all our volunteers, without whom the Refuge would not be able to offer the visitor services we all enjoy today.

Audubon Society of the Everglades: Photography Club Annual Show

Tuesday, May 2, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Pine Jog Environmental Education Center, 6301 W. Summit Blvd, West Palm Beach, Rooms 101 and 102

At the monthly meeting of the Audubon Society of the Everglades, members of the new ASE Photography Club will share and discuss their nature images, many of which have won awards in various categories this season. Dr. Peter J. Lekos, Photography Club President, and Scott Zucker, Club Treasurer, co-founded the Photography Club this past year to provide ASE members the opportunity to become better photographers, meet other people who share their passion, and support ASE's efforts to protect birds and wildlife habitats through conservation and education. Dr. Lekos has achieved international recognition through the Photographic Society of America, where he ranked #3 in North America and #12 in the world. He is also an accomplished judge of prestigious international photography competitions.

The meeting is free and open to the public. Light refreshments at 6:30 p.m. For more information visit or contact Paton White at 561-818-7574 or



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