ARTHUR R. MARSHALL LOXAHATCHEE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

SCHEDULED PROGRAMS        July 2019

Everglades Tram Tours

Every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. & 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. except Monday, July 8 & Thursday, July 25
Every Saturday, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 20 & 27, 10:00 - 11:30 a.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 lotion, binoculars, and your camera. The tour can be from 3-5 miles. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Roving Naturalist

Tuesday, July 9 & 23, 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 July 6 & 20, 9:00 - 11:15 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: www.youtube.com/watch?v=BW49VXaOvGU&feature=related

Moonlight Guided Canoe Tours

Saturday, July 13, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 17, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 14, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 12, 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.)

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED - Call LOXAHATCHEE CANOEING at 561-733-0192.

*** 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 www.loxahatcheefriends.com/events/events.shtml

Sierra Club Loxahatchee Group: Morikami Potluck Picnic & Summer Social

Saturday, July 13, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Lake Biwa Pavilion in Morikami Park, 16800 Jog Rd, Delray Beach

The monthly meeting of the Sierra Club Loxahatchee Group will be a Potluck Picnic and Summer Social. All are invited to join them at the Lake Biwa Pavilion in Morikami Park. Please bring your own food items to cook on the grill, eating utensils, plates, napkins, and beverages. Email Mary Cassell to RSVP and to sign up to bring a side dish or other food item: mary.cassell@florida.sierraclub.org

All Sierra Club General meetings are free and open to the public, although a $5 donation per person for the picnic is suggested to offset the cost of the pavilion rental. If you choose to enter the Museum and/or Japanese Gardens, the admission is $13 for seniors and $15 for adults.

Sunday Morning Nature Store Volunteer Needed!

The Friends are looking for a volunteer to work in the Friends' Nature Store in the Visitor Center on Sunday mornings - please contact Cathy Patterson at capatterson51@gmail.com.

New Visitor Services Plan Released

The long-awaited Visitor Services Plan has been finalized and can be viewed at:
www.fws.gov/refuge/ARM_Loxahatchee/about/Visitor_Services_Planning.html

The new plan provides for expanded recreational opportunities on the Refuge including hunting, frog gigging, bowfishing, fish gigging, wildlife observation, photography, environmental education, and interpretation, hiking and biking, concessionaire operations, motorized and non-motorized watercraft, horseback riding, pet walking, ceremonies, instructor-led small group activities, camping, and commercial uses. A draft of the plan was released in the Fall of 2018. During the 60-day public review period that followed, over 400 comments were received. A summary of comments and responses can be found in Appendix I of the plan. Here's an article from the Palm Beach Post that was written during the comment period:
www.palmbeachpost.com/news/20181102/wildlife-refuge-west-of-boynton-mulls-air-boats-deer-hunting

Visitor Service Plan Briefing for Volunteers

Thursday, July 25, 11:00 - a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
RSVP to Ana at ana_castillo-ruiz@fws.gov by Wednesday, July 24

Refuge volunteers are invited to attend a briefing on the new plan by Refuge Manager Rolf Olson.

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