Calendar of Events


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. All programs are free with a valid refuge entrance pass. All activities are subject to weather conditions and may be cancelled due to inclement weather.

View the December 2018 Calendar of Events

Know Before You Go

  • To ensure your safety while enjoying the refuge we recommend that you bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and insect repellent.
  • We recommend that you dress appropriately for the expected weather conditions, which might include wearing a hat, long pants, and comfortable closed-toe/closed heel walking shoes.
  • Space is limited and reservations are required for tram tours, night walks, and canoe tours. Please call (561) 734-8303 to make or cancel a reservation or for more information.
  • Note: 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.


Freshwater Fly Fishing - Learning at Loxahatchee Lecture Series

Thursday, December 20th from 3:30 to 4:30 pm

Speaker: Ted Shaine • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Volunteer

Try your hand at fly fishing! Ted will hold a seminar on freshwater fly fishing on the refuge. Supplies are limited, bring your own fly rod if you have one. Maximum of 15 participants. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Please call 561-734-8303. Meet at the C-6 Pavilion.

Tram Tours

Please see calendar link at top of page for 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 five (5) 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 at 9:00 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.

Sunset Walk

Tuesdays, December 4th and 18th at 6:00 pm
Grab your flashlight and join a refuge naturalist on this approximately 1-mile hike to experience the unique sights and sounds of the refuge at night. It is recommended to wear a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, good walking shoes with closed toes and heels, and bring a jacket, water, a good flashlight and bug spray. Meet at the visitor center. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Call the Visitor Center at 561-734-8303.

Cypress Swamp Tour

Mondays and Thursdays at 1:30 pm
Join a refuge naturalist for an ethnobotanical tour of the 0.4 mile Cypress Swamp Boardwalk Trail. Ethnobotany is the study of the relationship between people and plants and how plants were used in the past and present for medicine, food, fiber, transportation, construction, and ceremonial objects. In addition to plants you will learn about the wildlife that live in cypress swamps and the invasive species that threaten their habitats.

English/Portuguese Nature Walk

Saturdays, December 15th, 22nd, and 29th at 1:30 pm
Join a bilingual (English/Portuguese) volunteer naturalist and stroll around the Visitor Center, Cypress Swamp Boardwalk, and the Marsh Trail. He will be answering questions and discussing the plants and wildlife that live here at the refuge. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Photography Tour

Sundays at 7:00 am
NEW! Take an early morning photography tour with award winning photographers Dr. Peter Lekos and Lora Lekos. Explore, learn, enjoy, and record the natural resources and biological treasures of the refuge. Space is limited to give personal attention to each photographer. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED Call the visitor center at 561-734-8303 to reserve your place. Registered photographers shall meet at the Marsh Trail parking lot near the gazebo.

Moonlight Guided Canoe Tours (Fee $$)

Saturday, December 22 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
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.

Weekly Bird Walk

Wednesdays at 7:30 am
Meet at the Marsh Trail for a guided morning bird walk. These 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 walk starts to meet your guide.

Roving Naturalist

Tuesday, December 11th from 12:30 pm to 4:00 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.