Calendar of Events

Cypress Swamp Boardwalk

Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge is pleased to offer interpretive programs such as tram tours, guided walks, canoe tours, and other activities throughout the year.

Special Note:
The Visitor Center will be closed on Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25, 2019, and will reopen for normal business hours at 9:00 am Thursday morning. Refuge roads, trails, and boat ramps remain open normal hours. View our Hours and Entrance Fees for more information.

Know Before You Go 

Fees: All programs are free with a valid entrance pass. Learn more about entrance passes and Fee Free days here.

Reservations and Cancellations: Space is limited and reservations may be required for guided programs. Please call (561) 734-8303 to make or cancel a reservation or for more information. Some programs are subject to weather conditions and may be cancelled due to inclement weather.

Come Prepared. Always check the weather conditions before leaving home and dress appropriately for the day. This might include wearing a hat, 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 1-2 miles on an uneven surface. A parent or guardian must accompany youth under the age of 16. Some programs may not be recommended for youth under a specific age, 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.


December 2019 Calendar of Events


Tram Tours

Please see calendar link at top of page for tram tour schedule.
Grab your camera and binoculars and enjoy the refuge on an approximately 1 ½ to 2 hour tram tour. The open-air tram can seat 7 passengers and provides a unique type of access to see the wildlife, marshes, and cypress swamps of the refuge. Meet at the visitor center front desk 15 minutes prior to the tram tour. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED - Call the Visitor Center at 561-734-8303.

Guided Canoe Tours

Saturdays, December 7 and 21 at 8:00 am
Join a refuge naturalist on an approximate 1 ½ to 2 hour guided canoe tour to explore the northernmost end of the Everglades. You may bring your own canoe or kayak, or rent one from our concessionaire by calling (561) 733-0192. You must have a life vest for each person in the canoe/kayak as per refuge and state boating regulations. Meet at the Lee Road Boat Ramp. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED - Call the Visitor Center at 561-734-8303.

Moonlight Guided Canoe Tour (Fee $$)

Saturday nights. View dates on Loxahatchee Canoeing’s website.
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 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.

Wildlife Photography

Saturdays at 9:30 am
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, sunscreen lotion, binoculars, and your camera. The tour can be from 3-5 miles. Meet at the Visitor Center. 

Photography Tours

Photography Walking Tours: Sundays, December 8 and 22 at 7:00 am
Photography Tram Tours: Sundays, December 1, 15, and 29 at 7:00 am

oin award winning photographers Dr. Peter Lekos and Lora Lekos on an early morning photography tour. Explore, learn, enjoy, and record the natural resources and biological treasures of the refuge. Space is limited to four individuals to give personal attention to each photographer. Registered photographers shall meet at the Marsh Trail parking lot near the shelter. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED - Call the Visitor Center at 561-734-8303.

Roving Naturalist

Tuesdays, November 12 and 26 at 12:30 pm
A volunteer naturalist will be strolling around the Visitor Center, Cypress Swamp Boardwalk, and the Marsh Trail answering questions and discussing the plants and wildlife that live here at the refuge. 


Guided Bird Walk

Wednesdays at 7:30 am
Join a volunteer naturalist for an early morning bird walk on the Marsh Trail. Guided bird walks are open to birders of all ages and abilities. Bring binoculars, dress accordingly for outside activity, and wear closed-toed/closed heel shoes. Please arrive five to ten minutes before the program starts to meet your guide. Meet in the Marsh Trail parking lot.


Ask the Manager

Monday, December 9 at 11:00 am
This is your opportunity to ask Deputy Manager Steve Henry questions and learn about what's happening at the Refuge.