F.U.N. Programs

Ranger-led youth birding program

Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge is excited to kick-off a new series of educational programs called Families Understanding Nature, or F.U.N. Programs for short!

Click here to view the 2020 Families Understanding Nature Program Flyer. 


Is your family looking for a way to have fun in nature and enhance their outdoor skills together? These programs are geared towards families who have very little to zero experience in the scheduled topic, just a spark of interest and we will take it from there. Space is limited and reservations are required for all topics. Programs are geared towards families with youth ages eight and older. All children must be accompanied by a participating parent or guardian. F.U.N. Programs are FREE with a refuge entrance pass.


Birding for Beginners
January 11, 2020 • 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Learn the basics of bird identification, how to use binoculars, and then help collect data to aid with conservation efforts. Email veronica_kelly@fws.gov by January 8, 2020 to register.

Leave No Trace—In a Nutshell
January 18, 2020 • 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Learn about “The 7 Principles” and how you can help nature stay wild and beautiful from your own backyard to remote wilderness areas. Email ana_castillo-ruiz@fws.gov by January 15, 2020 to register.

Freshwater Fly Fishing
February 29, 2020 • 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Try your hand at fly fishing! A limited number of fly rods are available, please bring your own or borrow one from a friend if possible. Email Veronica_Kelly@fws.gov by February 26, 2020 to register.

Archery 101
March 28, 2020 • 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Participants will learn about the history of archery, parts of a bow and arrow, and safe and proper shooting techniques. Participants must be able to lift 15 pounds. Please email david_vela@fws.gov by March 25, 2020 to register.

From Here to There: Basic Orienteering Skills
April 25, 2020 • 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Learn the basics of using a map, compass, and GPS. Participants will learn how to take bearings, pinpoint their location, and navigate in the outdoors. Email steven_s_henry@fws.gov by April 22, 2020 to register.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is committed to providing access to this event for all participants. Please direct all requests for sign language interpreting services, close captioning, or other accommodation needs to Serena Rinker, 561-735-6029, Serena_Rinker@fws.gov, TTY 800-877-8339 by close of business 10 days prior to event.