Visitor Center Closed Thanksgiving Day, November 28

The Visitor Center will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, but the grounds will remain open.

SCHEDULED PROGRAMS        November 2019

Everglades Tram Tours

Every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. except November 17 & 28
Every Sunday, Wednesday & Saturday, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. except November 17

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

Photography Walking Tours - Sunday, November 3 & 17, 7:00 a.m.
Photography Tram Tours - Sunday, November 10 & 24

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.

Early Morning Bird Walks

Every Wednesday, 7:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Join our volunteer naturalist from Audubon Everglades for an early morning bird walk on the Marsh Trail. Bring binoculars and wear closed-toed/closed heel shoes. These walks are open to birders of all ages and abilities. Meet in the Marsh Trail parking lot. Please arrive 5 - 10 minutes before the walk starts to meet your guide.

Check out recent sightings from eBird Trail Tracker:
... and view our Bird Checklist:

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, November 12, 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, November 9 & 23, 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, 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

Loxahatchee Visions - 10th Annual Juried Art Contest Reception and Awards Presentation

Sunday, November 10, 1:00 p.m.

Join the Friends and distinguished judge Isidro Pentzke for our Loxahatchee Visions awards presentation on Sunday, November 10, in the Visitor Center theater. Afterwards, enjoy refreshments, meet and mingle with the artists and admire all of the outstanding artwork.

The entries will be on display in the Visitor Center theater and available for purchase until mid-January. A portion of the proceeds (25%) will be donated to the Friends.

Fee-Free Day - Veterans Day, November 11

The Department of Interior is waiving admission fees at all National Parks, National Wildlife Refuges and other federal fee areas on Monday, November 11, in recognition of Veterans Day.

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 - a great, fun place for our flock to gather for a socializing meet and greet with cash bar and sumptuous buffet, including carving stations. Our speaker Eliot Kleinberg, historian, author of ten books, including the "Weird Florida" series, and Palm Beach Post writer, is sure to be informative and entertaining. There'll be free swag and great bargains in the sale of local artisan craft work, art, photography, and plants throughout. There'll also be an exciting raffle going on, with lots of donated items and gift certificates from Hands Art & Office Supply, Bedner's Farm Fresh Market, Indian Trails Native Nursery, Nature's Corner Cafe, Kilwin's ice cream and chocolate, the Sierra Club, Audubon Society, and many more.

Meet and greet starts at 11:00 a.m., with lunch served at 12:00 noon.
Lunch is $40 for Friends members, Refuge staff and participating artists; $45 for all others. 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.

*** Have any items you'd like to donate? Contact Ron Seifer at 561-374-5122 or

Luncheon invitation:

Ask the Manager

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.

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

Save the Dates! (Details to Follow):

Friends Annual Membership Meeting

Sunday, January 26

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 29, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon Visitor Center Theater
Sunday, March 1, 6:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Hands-On Photography - Wakodahatchee Wetlands
Saturday, March 7, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon Visitor Center Theater

Our award-winning photographers Mike Cohen and Don Hamilton are back, once again leading a 3-day intermediate level photography workshop. Participants who want to improve their basic technique, capture birds in flight, control depth of field and exposure, evaluate light and have some fun are welcome. Mike and Don will do their best to help people at whatever their level and interest, but this workshop will be most useful for intermediate to advanced photographers interested in improving their nature and wildlife image-making skills.

Space is limited. Participants must plan to attend all 3 sessions, bring your camera manual to all sessions and be generally familiar with the operation of their equipment, particularly how to set aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Entry fee is $50 per participant, with all funds donated to the Friends of the Refuge.

Please contact Mike or Don to reserve your spot. They will ask a few questions about your level of experience, your equipment and your goals in order to best prepare for the workshop.

Mike Cohen 954-815-5955

Don Hamilton 561-212-7358

35th Annual Everglades Coalition Conference

Thursday, January 9 - Saturday, January 11
Location: South Seas Island Resort, Captiva Island, Florida

For more information and to make reservations:



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