Calendar of Events

Cypress Swamp Boardwalk

Know Before You Go

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), regardless of location or vaccination status, must continue to wear a mask inside of federal buildings and in crowded outdoor spaces.

Fees All programs are free with a valid entrance pass. Learn more about entrance fees on our Hours and Entrance Fees webpage.

Reservations and Cancellations Space is limited and reservations may be required for some tours, please see program descriptions for more information. Some programs are subject to weather conditions and may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Please email to make or cancel a reservation or for more information.

Come Prepared Always check the weather conditions before leaving home and dress appropriately for the day. This might include wearing a hat, sunglasses, long sleeves, long pants, and walking shoes. We recommend that you bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and insect repellent.

Age and Ability All participants must come prepared to be good listeners, pay very close attention to the walk leader, stay with the group, and be respectful of wildlife and other visitors. Participants should be capable of walking up to 1-2 miles on an uneven surface. A parent or guardian must accompany youth under the age of 18. Some programs are not recommended for youth under the age of 10, please see program descriptions for more information.

Note for large groups Please contact refuge staff at least one month in advance to make a reservation for guided tours of groups larger than five (5) individuals. Reservations allow staff to avoid conflicts between other groups and resource management activities, and to arrange logistics for those groups requesting services.

Upcoming Events

Cypress Swamp Boardwalk Tours
Tuesdays at 10:00 am
Join a refuge naturalist for a tour of the 0.4-mile Cypress Swamp Boardwalk to learn about the plants and wildlife that live in the cypress swamp. Reservations are not required. This guided walk is first-come, first-serve and is limited to the first 20 participants who arrive. Meet behind the visitor center.

Lox BirdBlitz
Month of December 2021
We are hosting a Lox BirdBlitz during the month of December to explore the amazing year-round and migratory bird species this winter. More than 250 species of birds have been seen on the refuge! Over a million of people visit the refuge each year and about one hundred visitors have contributed their wildlife observations using the fun, free iNaturalist app. Uploading observations in iNaturalist is a great way to interact with likeminded individuals who can help identify species you come across at the Refuge. Plus, iNaturalist is a collective citizen-science platform in which biologists can use your data for research and conservation. Now is a perfect time to see why millions of people all over the world use iNaturalist to connect with nature.

How to Participate: It’s fun and easy! From your smartphone, just download the iNaturalist app and join the Lox BirdBlitz project. From your desktop computer, go to and join the Lox BirdBlitz project.

Be sure to check out our recent Lox BioBlitz on the iNaturalist website from the month of October 2021 of more than 500 uploaded observations from past visitors to get an idea of all the amazing creatures that call the refuge home.