Note: The Refuge did not suffer any significant impacts from Hurricane Dorian and has resumed normal operations.

SCHEDULED PROGRAMS        September 2019

National Public Lands Day - Family Fishing, Tree Planting, Refuge Clean-Up - Volunteers Needed!

Saturday, September 28, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
    Family Fishing, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
    Tree Planting, 10:00 a.m.
    Refuge Clean-Up, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

In celebration of National Public Lands Day, join us for a morning of tree planting, fishing, and picking up litter on the Refuge. 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 for volunteers. 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. For more information or to register, contact Cathy Patterson at or 561-301-5056.

All events are FREE, and FREE commemorative T-shirts are provided to volunteers while supplies last.

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.

Sunset Everglades Tour

Tuesday, September 10, 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 24, 7:00 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.

Everglades Tram Tours

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

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, September 10 & 24, 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, September 14 & 28, 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, 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.)


*** 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

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:

Sierra Club Loxahatchee Group: Advocacy at the Local & State Level - How individuals and organizations make things happen!

Tuesday, September 17, 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Location: Mounts Botanical Garden, 531 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach (opposite Palm Beach International Airport)
Speakers: Deborah Drum, Director, Palm Beach County Environmental Resource Management, & Laura Reynolds, Conservation Concepts LLC

The September meeting of the Sierra Club Loxahatchee Group is a joint meeting with the Palm Beach County Chapter of the Native Plant Society and features two dynamic speakers: Deborah Drum and Laura Reynolds. Deborah will give an update on the benefits provided by Palm Beach County Natural Areas and the points we need to know to secure continued support for these amazing places. Laura will speak about the 2018/2019 "Take Your Legislator Out in the Field" initiative in support of fully funding the Florida Forever land conservation program.

Light refreshements will be served. A native plant raffle will follow the meeting. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information:

Sierra Club Loxahatchee Group Seeks ExCom Board Member Volunteers!

The Sierra Club Loxahatchee Group is seeking ExCom board member volunteers for January, 2020 through December, 2020 and December, 2021! If you are interested and have 3-5 hours to give a month, you are sincerely encouraged to apply. Email your 100-word biography in Word to Mary Cassell, Chair:

Save the Dates! (Details to Follow):

Friends Annual Luncheon

Saturday, December 7

Dynamic Composition 1-Day Photography Workshop

Saturday, January 18, 9:15 - 12:00 noon

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 29th, Sunday, March 1 & Saturday, March 7



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