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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.



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.

19th Annual Everglades Day Festival

Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Learn more here.

Weekly Bird Walks

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. Review our Bird Checklist here. Review recent sightings from eBird Trail Tracker here. Meet in the Marsh Trail parking lot.

Night Walk

Tuesdays, February 13th and 27th 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. Meet in the visitor center parking lot. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Call the Visitor Center at 561-734-8303.

Bike Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00 am through March 11, 2018

Bring your bicycle and helmet and join your guide for a 6.5-mile wheeled tour. Gain perspective with an introduction to the historic dimensions of the Northern Everglades and then pedal to selected refuge features, interesting plants, and, hopefully wildlife! The modern role of Loxahatchee and challenges of exotic pest plants will be discussed. Children should have biking experience with trips of at least 6.5-miles. Helmets are required. Meet in the Marsh Parking Lot. View the flyer here.

February Tram Tours

Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm
Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:00 am

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. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Call the Visitor Center at 561-734-8303.

Cypress Swamp Tour

Mondays at 1:30 pm
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.

Roving Naturalist on the Cypress Swamp Boardwalk Trail

Sundays at 1:30 pm
A naturalist will be strolling around the Cypress Swamp Boardwalk Trail, answering questions and discussing plants and wildlife that live in the cypress swamp.

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.

Loxahatchee Lecture Series: Alligators of South Florida

Thursday, February 22nd at 1:30 pm
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Regional Scientist Laura Brandt is the leading authority on alligators in south Florida and will discuss the current and future status of this iconic reptile. View the full speaker schedule here.