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.

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 are required for some 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: Dress appropriately for the day’s weather. This might include wearing a hat, long sleeves, long pants, and walking shoes. We also recommend that you bring a camera and binoculars for viewing wildlife, along with plenty of water, sunscreen, sunglasses, and insect repellent. A water bottle refilling station is available at the Visitor Center.

Age and Ability: All participants must come prepared to be good listeners, pay very close attention to the guide, stay with the group, and be respectful of wildlife and other visitors. Participants should be capable of walking 1-2 miles (unless otherwise stated) 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.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is committed to providing access to all events for all participants. Please direct all requests for sign language interpreting services, close captioning, or other accommodation needs to Serena Rinker by phone 561-735-6029 or by email, TTY 800-877-8339 by close of business two weeks prior to scheduled program.


Program Descriptions

View times and dates for programs here: February 2020 Calendar of Events

Guided Bike Tours (View Flyer)
Bring your bicycle and helmet and join a Refuge Interpreter 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, viewing interesting plants and wildlife along the way. Children should have biking experience with trips of at least 6.5 miles. Meet in the Marsh Trail parking lot.

Guided Bird Walks
Join a volunteer naturalist for an early morning bird walk on the Marsh Trail. Please arrive five to ten minutes before the program starts to meet your guide. Meet in the Marsh Trail parking lot.

F.U.N Program - Freshwater Fly Fishing (View Flyer)
Try your hand at fly fishing! A limited number of fly rods are available, please bring your own or borrow one from a friend if possible. Email by February 26, 2020 to register.

Cypress Swamp Boardwalk Tours (View Flyer)
Explore the Cypress Swamp with a stroll on the 0.4-mile boardwalk where an interpreter will discuss some of the unique features of the largest intact cypress swamp remaining in the eastern Everglades. Learn about the plants, wildlife, and the historic dimensions of the cypress swamp ecosystems that existed in South Florida before European settlement. Program length approximately one hour. Meet in the Visitor Center.

Everglades Day Learn more
The Everglades Day Festival helps to promote awareness, appreciation, and an understanding of the Everglades to all south Floridians. This year's theme is "Habitats of the Everglades". Join us for wildlife presentations, canoeing, fishing demonstrations, birds of prey, music, educational programs, guest speakers, Español presentations, food trucks, interactive activities, LILA tours, and over 30 exhibitors from agencies, clubs, and non-profit organizations.

Family Fishing Day (View Flyer)
Learn about knot-tying, fish identification, fishing ethics and conservation, casting and fishing. 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. 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 Everglades. 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.

Night Walks
Grab your flashlight and join a refuge naturalist on an approximately 1-mile hike to experience the unique sights and sounds of the refuge at night. Reservations Required - Call the Visitor Center at 561-734-8303.

Photography Tours
Join a refuge naturalist on an early morning photography walk or tram tour. Explore, learn, enjoy, and photograph the natural resources and biological treasures of the refuge. Walking tours may cover a distance of 3-5 miles. Reservations may be required - Call the Visitor Center at 561-734-8303.

Roving Naturalist
A roving 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 at the refuge.

Tram Tours
Enjoy the refuge on an open-air tram. Tram tours last 1 ½ to 2 hours and provide a unique type of access to see the plants, wildlife, and habitats of the refuge. Reservations Required - Call the Visitor Center at 561-734-8303.

Twilight Tram Tour
Experience the sunset over the Everglades followed by a moonlit drive on the marsh in an open-air tram. Each tour will last 1-2 hours in duration. Reservations Required - Call the Visitor Center at 561-734-8303.

Junior Refuge Manager Day(View Flyer)
Become a Junior Refuge Manager and help us protect our resources! Elementary-aged youth are invited to earn a Junior Refuge Manager Badge. All youth must be accompanied by an adult. For more information please call the visitor center at 561-734-8303.

Secrets of the Everglades Tour(View Flyer)
Join a volunteer naturalist who will reveal secrets about the formation of the Northern Everglades and the Refuge's current habitats, aquatic plants and animal life. Walk through wetland areas and take a look at what lies beneath the surface. Learn about Loxahatchee peat, spider lily, Spatterdock and periphyton and why the once threatened American Alligator now thrives at the Refuge. Meet at the Marsh Trail parking lot.