Calendar of Events

CypressSwampBoardwalk_512x219

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.

Night Walk
Tuesday, March 5th at 7:00 pm
Tuesday, March 19th at 7:00 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. Must be 18 years or older because it is still alligator mating season. Meet at the visitor center.
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED - Call the Visitor Center at 561-734-8303.

Learning at Loxahatchee Lecture Series "Native Snakes of Loxahatchee"
Thursday, March 21 at 1:30 pm
Staff from South Florida Herpetological Society will discuss the snakes of Loxahatchee and help debunk some common snake myths. Live snakes will be on display. Meet at the Visitor Center.

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 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.

Cypress Swamp Boardwalk 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. No reservations required.

English/Portuguese Nature Walk
Saturdays 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. No reservations required.

Photography Tour
Check the schedule above for dates and times.
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. Registered photographers shall meet at the Marsh Trail parking lot near the gazebo.
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED - Call the visitor center at 561-734-8303 to reserve your place.

Moonlight Guided Canoe Tours (Fee $$)
View 2019 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.

Weekly Bird Walk
Wednesday mornings 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. No reservations required.

Roving Naturalist
Tuesday, February 12th and 26th beginning 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.