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 armloxahatchee@fws.gov 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.

January 2022 Events

Marsh Trail Guided Walk
Fridays at 10:00 am
Join a refuge naturalist on a one-mile guided walk to explore the Marsh Trail. This area of the refuge is similar to the habitat found inside the 141,000-acre Refuge Interior to the west and it contrasts with the 400-acre Cypress Swamp to the north. Along the way we will look for wildlife and discuss the different habitats of the Everglades and some of the key native plant species that call the refuge home. This guided walk is first-come, first-serve and is limited to the first 20 participants who arrive. Meet at Marsh Trail Pavilion.

 

Cypress Swamp Boardwalk Tour
Thursdays at 1:30 pm
Saturdays at 10:00 am and 1:30 pm
Join a refuge naturalist for a walking tour of the 0.4-mile Cypress Swamp Boardwalk to learn about the plants and wildlife that live in the cypress swamp. This guided walk is first-come, first-serve and is limited to the first 20 participants who arrive. Meet behind the visitor center.


Guided Bike Tour
Sundays at 10:00 am
Grab your bike and helmet and join us on a 6.5-mile bike riding tour of the A, B, and C Impoundments. Refuge volunteer naturalist Lowell Markey will discuss the habitats of the Everglades, plants, and point out wildlife seen along the way. Helmets are required. All ages are welcome, participants should be experienced and ready to bike 6.5 miles on bumpy terrain. A mountain or hybrid bike is recommended. This guided bike tour is first-come, first-serve and is limited to the first 20 participants who arrive. Meet at Marsh Trail Pavilion.

 

 

2022 Everglades Days - February 5-12, 2022

Family Fishing Fun
February 5
Session 1: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Session 2: 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Participants will learn about fish identification, casting, and more. Fishing poles and bait are provided, or you can bring your own. Youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants between the ages 16 and 64 must possess a Florida Fishing License. Space is limited, register today by emailing Steven_S_Henry@fws.gov.

Try-It Archery
February 6
Session 1: 9:00 am
Session 2: 10:00 am
Session 3: 11:00 am

Participants will receive an overview of various archery equipment, guidance on safety and proper form, then have a chance to shoot a compound bow at a target range. Sessions are 45 minutes. Participants must have the strength to lift 25 pounds. Sessions last approximately 45 minutes. Space is limited, register today by emailing David_Vela@fws.gov.

Try-It Paddling
February 12
Session 1: 10:00 am
Session 2: 11:00 am
Session 3: 12:00 pm

Loxahatchee Adventures invites you to try paddling a canoe or kayak on the refuge! Locations at Lee Road (Boynton Beach) and Hillsboro boat ramps (west end of Loxahatchee Road, west of Boca Raton) Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Sessions last approximately one hour. Space is limited, reserve your spot online.

Plein Air “Paint Out”
February 5-12
Members of Plein Air Palm Beach will gather for a Paint Out during 2022 Everglades Days. Make sure to stop by and give a socially distanced "hello" if you see painters set up along the refuge’s roads and trails. Plein air painting is the act of painting outdoors, where artists capture the changing details of outdoor landscapes.

Outdoor Painting Workshops
Youth Session: February 5 at 10:00 am
Youth Session: February 5 at 2:00 pm
Adult Session: February 10 at 2:00 pm
Join Plein Air Palm Beach for an outdoor painting workshop. No experience is necessary. Instruction includes mixing colors to match the outdoor landscape. Supplies are provided. If you’d like to bring your own supplies you will need: an easel, acrylic paint (red, blue, yellow, and white), flat brushes, a canvas (11x14, 14x18, 16x20), and a pencil or charcoal to draw. Sessions are approximately two hours. Space is limited, register today by emailing catherine@loxahatcheefriends.com.


Cypress Swamp Boardwalk Tours
February 5, 2022 at 10:00 am
February 9, 2022 at 9:00 am

February 10, 2022 at 1:30 pm
February 12, 2022 at 10:00 am and 1:30 pm

Join a refuge naturalist for a walking tour of the 0.4-mile Cypress Swamp Boardwalk to learn about the plants and wildlife that live in the cypress swamp. Meet behind the visitor center. Groups of 5 or more should make reservations by contacting Veronica_Kelly@fws.gov.

Marsh Trail Guided Walks
February 5 at 1:30 pm
February 7 at 2:00 pm
February 9 at 10:00 am
February 11 at 10:00 am

Join a refuge naturalist on a one-mile guided walk to explore the Marsh Trail. This area of the refuge is similar to the habitat found inside the 141,000-acre Refuge Interior to the west and it contrasts with the 400-acre Cypress Swamp to the north. Along the way we will look for wildlife and discuss the different habitats of the Everglades and some of the key native plant species that call the refuge home. Meet at Marsh Trail Pavilion. Groups of 5 or more should make reservations by contacting Veronica_Kelly@fws.gov.

Bike Tour
February 6 at 10:00 am
Grab your bike and helmet and join us on a 6.5-mile bike riding tour of the A, B, and C Impoundments. Refuge volunteer naturalist Lowell Markey will discuss the habitats of the Everglades, plants, and point out wildlife seen along the way. Helmets are required. All ages are welcome, participants should be experienced and ready to bike 6.5 miles on bumpy terrain. A mountain or hybrid bike is recommended. Meet at Marsh Trail Pavilion. Groups of 5 or more should make reservations by contacting Veronica_Kelly@fws.gov.

LILA Tours
February 8 at 10:00 am (bilingual tour, Spanish and English)
February 8 at 11:00 am (bilingual tour, Spanish and English)
February 10 at 9:30 am
February 10 at 10:30 am

Join tour leaders from South Water Management District for a walking tour to learn about the Loxahatchee Impoundment Landscape Assessment – or LILA for short. LILA is a working model of the Everglades and the world's largest living laboratory. Space is limited, register today by emailing catherine@loxahatcheefriends.com.

 

Bike Tour to Strazzulla Marsh
Tuesday, February 9 at 10:00 am
The 2,592-acre Strazzulla Marsh Tract is the most recent addition to land-holdings for the Refuge. Lying to the north of the Visitor Center and Lee Road Boat Ramp, it carries the promise of more area for wildlife observation and photography, environmental education and interpretation, limited hunting activity, horseback riding, and primitive camping for youth. Bring your bicycle and helmet for a ride of about 13 miles round trip to view the cypress swamp and open marsh areas of Strazzulla from the L-40 Levee. Get an introduction to the contours of the Strazzulla Tract, the opportunities for visitor use, and plans for improving access and visitor facilities. Participants should be aware that biking on the L-40 Levee means exposure to wind and if endurance is an issue, should check the wind forecast. Meet at the information kiosk on the western edge of the Lee Road Boat Ramp Parking Lot. Groups of 5 or more should make reservations by contacting Veronica_Kelly@fws.gov