The Friends of Loxahatchee Gift Shop
Friends working in giftshop
The Friends of Loxahatchee Gift Shop located in the Visitor Center provides quality educational products and services to Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. The board members and the staff are dedicated to the preservation and use of the Refuge for the benefit of visitors from all nations and future generations.
They see their mission as a double opportunity to offer quality educational materials and services to Refuge visitors at fair prices, and to aid the Refuge with the income derived from these activities. The proceeds from their activities are donated to Loxahatchee to further support these programs.
During the last year, the friends of Loxahatchee’s contributions have been over $15,000, all benefiting the Refuges and visitors in many ways. They have supported research in cultural and natural resources to provide a sound basis for educational and Refuge management activities. They have also produced informative newsletters which are distributed free of charge. to the public. More information about the Friends group can be found at: Friends of Loxahatchee.
Read the Friends latest newsletter, The Gator Tales.
Refuge Volunteer Program
Everglades day volunteers
Last year, volunteers contributed more than 18000 hours to Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. Visitors, residents, families, school groups, scouts, businesses, people just like you help care for our trails,and the Visitor Center. Many volunteers return year after year. Requirements vary, depending on what role you would like to play in the Refuge.
Positions are available at the Information Desk and Gift Store in the Visitor Center, as a maintenance person helping to perform light maintenance such as mowing around the refuge, as a rover or walk leader guiding our visitors on the many walks in the refuge, a volunteer helping the administrative staff with their telephones and filing, and as education assistants to local school teachers.
Volunteers who are working at the Refuge will be expected to assist park staff, follow directions, and assist visitors in a professional and courteous manner that is consistent with the Fish and Wildlife high standards. All applications will receive consideration without regard to race, creed, national origin, sex, age, color, political affiliation or physical handicap. We supply uniform shirts and hats. It is not our policy to offer any stipends for volunteers. Once the application is completed, prospective volunteers should call to set up an interview date and time. If you enjoy working with people and you are interested in the natural world around you, then the A.R.M. Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge could be the place for you.
Please fill out, print and mail the Volunteer Application Form to:
A.R.M.Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
10216 Lee Road, Boynton Beach Fl 33473
Resident Volunteer (Camper Volunteers)
The Arthur R Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge has three trailer pads available for Resident Volunteers year round. Due to our weather, we tend to have more volunteers in the fall and winter months but spaces are available during the spring and summer as well.
The Refuge provides sewer, water, electric and propane to our resident volunteers. In return Resident Volunteers work a minimum of three months during our season and a minimum of one month during the summer. Volunteers are required to work 32 hours per week (24 hours per week per person for couples).
Volunteers may extend their stay if sufficient trailer pads are available. Our primary need for volunteers is for maintenance and persons with special skills like electricians, carpenters, and plumbers are especially welcome.
The Arthur R. Marshall Foundation
Cypress Seed Harvest
Through education, scholarship programs, community awareness and volunteer activities, the primary mission of the Arthur R. Marshall Jr. Foundation and its Florida Environmental Institute is to develop, promote and deliver science-based education and public outreach programs that are central to the restoration of the Everglades ecosystem and its historic River of Grass. A significant portion of The Arthur R. Marshall Foundation’s mission is to educate young people and the public about the one-of-a-kind Everglades ecosystem. More information on the history of the Everglades and Art Marshall’s efforts to preserve this ecosystem can be found at http://www.artmarshall.org/