SCHEDULED PROGRAMS        Late August 2018

Tram Tours of the Marsh

Every Sunday, Wednesday & Thursday, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. & 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. except Thursday, August 16
Every Monday, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. except August 13
Thursday, August 16, 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.

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, August 25, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 22, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
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

Fridays and Saturdays, 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, August 14 & 28, 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 - Volunteers Needed!

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:

Would you or someone you know would like to help organize this contest? Please contact us at!

International Coastal Clean-Up & National Public Lands Day - Volunteers Needed!

Saturday, September 22, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Spend the morning outdoors, celebrate volunteerism on public lands, and help keep our Refuge beautiful! Volunteers are needed to help collect and remove trash, litter, and debris from Refuge roads, trails, and other public areas. Litter is not only unsightly, but also a hazard for wildlife!

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. Meet in the Marsh Trail parking lot.

For more information or to register, contact Cathy Patterson at or 561-301-5056.

Fee-Free Day - National Public Lands Day, September 22

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 22.

Friends Luncheon - Save the Date!

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 at the Iberia Grill on Saturday, December 8. Details to follow. Save the date!

Does Your Group Need a Speaker?

The Refuge is reaching out to our local community with an exciting opportunity. Several experienced Refuge volunteers have formed a Speakers Bureau to provide information and education about the Refuge to local residents. If your group is interested in hosting a speaking engagement, we would be happy to work with you. The presentation is approximately one hour in length and designed for a lay audience. You will learn fascinating facts about Everglades wildlife, plants, and habitats as well as the many recreational and educational opportunities that exist on the Refuge. Programs are free and can be arranged during the day, in the evening, or on weekends. For more information or to schedule a presentation, please call or email Sue Rowe, 207-440-0121, or Steve Henry, 561-735-6021,

The Everglades: Spirit of the Land - Photo Exhibition by Phoenix

Exhibition: Tuesday - Friday, 10 am - 6 pm and Saturdays 10 am - 4 pm, now thru Friday, September 28
Artist Talk: Saturday, September 15, 3 pm
Location: Bailey Contemporary Arts west gallery, 41 NE 1st St, Pompano Beach
(located inside Blooming Bean Coffee Roasters)

The majesty and the frailty of the Florida Everglades are captured in this exhibit featuring 20 photos by award-winning nature photographer and Friends member Phoenix Marks. As gallery curator Juliana Forero explains, "Phoenix has a great understanding of how light and timing work in photography. It's evident that for some of the photographs exhibited, she waited for the 'decisive moment'... working the composition in her brain and waiting for the 'it' that would make the photo worth the shot."

View some of her photography at



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