Upcoming Events

Need to Know
  • Fees All programs are free with a valid entrance pass. Learn more about fees on our Visit Us page.
  • 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.
  • 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.

September 2022

Cypress Swamp Boardwalk Tour Sundays at 1:00 pm 
Join a naturalist for an easy walking tour to learn about the plants and wildlife that live in the cypress swamp, conservation practices, and experience the wellness benefits of connecting with nature. This walk takes place on the accessible 0.4-mile Cypress Swamp Boardwalk and is appropriate for adults and school-age families. Meet behind the visitor center.

Tram Tour Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10:00 am, Fridays at 1:00 pm
Grab your camera and binoculars and enjoy the refuge on an approximately 1.5 to 2 hour tram tour. You must be able to physically board and exit the tram. 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.

Nature Therapy 101 Mondays at 10:00 am
Discover the healing power of nature with naturalist and holistic lifestyle improvement author Stephen T. Radentz as he discusses the importance of using nature as your primary healthcare choice. After the discussion, join Steve on a short walk to reinforce what was discussed. Meet at the Visitor Center. 

All About Alligators Sundays at 2:00 pm 
This program will feature an indoor presentation on the different adaptations that help alligators to thrive and be the apex predator of the Everglades. The first part will be a lecture held indoors, with visual aids and real parts of an alligator, going over everything from head to tail. The second part of the program will be a guided outdoor walk to a real alligator nest on the refuge, discussing the life cycle of an alligator from egg to adult.  

National Public Lands Day & International Coastal Cleanup Saturday, September 24, 2022
Celebrate National Public Lands Day by participating in the International Coastal Cleanup and help us cleanup the refuge. Trash bags and gloves are provided, but you are welcome to bring your own. Free commemorative t-shirts are provided to volunteers while supplies last. 
There are two locations to choose from:
•    Headquarters Area, Boynton Beach, FL. This includes the Visitor Center, boat launches, and parking areas along Lee Road.
•    Hillsboro Area, Parkland, FL. This includes the boat launch area, shoreline, and parking areas at the end of Loxahatchee Road.
Space is limited, please make your reservation by emailing catherine@loxahatcheefriends.com by September 22, 2022.

Moon Watch over the Everglades Friday, September 30, 2022 from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Join us in celebration of International Observe the Moon Night! We’ve partnered with astronomers from South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association who will bring amazing telescopes to view the night sky. Participants are welcome to bring their own telescope and chairs. Registration is not necessary. Meet at the Lee Road Boat Ramp. NOTE: See below for information about the optional night hike during this time. 

Boardwalk Night Hike September 30, 2022 from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
As part of the Moon Watch over the Everglades, we are also hosting a family-friendly night hike on the 0.4-mile Cypress Swamp Boardwalk. The night hike will feature hands-on activities to experiment with night vision and learn about light pollution. The success of this program depends on having our eyes adjust to the dark, so we ask that all visitors help us keep the program as dark as possible. No flashlights, light up shoes, watches with light up screens, cameras etc. Bug spray will be available but we encourage everyone to wear appropriate clothing. Closed toe shoes are required. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED - Call the Visitor Center at 561-734-8303.

Parks for Pollinators 2022 Bioblitz September 1-30, 2022
Join Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge and parks throughout the country in a fun challenge to see how many pollinator species can be documented this September. How to participate: 
•    From your smartphone, download the iNaturalist app and join the Parks for Pollinators 2022: Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge project. 
•    From your desktop computer, go to the iNaturalist website and join the Parks for Pollinators 2022 Bioblitz project for Loxahatchee.

Family Fishing Day Saturday, September 24, 2022 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day by joining staff and volunteers for a morning of fishing at the refuge! Fishing poles, bait, and fishing assistance will be provided. A fishing license is required p
er state of Florida regulations. Pre-registration is not required. Meet at the Lee Road Boat Ramp, located at the Headquarters Entrance near Boynton Beach.

October 2022

All About Alligators - Sundays at 2:00 pm

Learn about the different adaptations that help alligators to thrive and be the apex predator of the Everglades. The first part of this program is held indoors, with visual aids and real parts of an alligator, going over everything from head to tail. The second part of the program will be a guided outdoor walk to a real alligator nest on the refuge, discussing the life cycle of an alligator from egg to adult.

Creepy Crawlies Bioblitz - October 1-30

Join Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge and parks throughout the country in a fun challenge to see how many pollinator species can be documented this September. How to participate: 
•    From your smartphone, download the iNaturalist app and join the Creepy Crawlies Bioblitz project. 
•    From your desktop computer, go to the iNaturalist website and join the Creepy Crawlies Bioblitz project.

2022 Urban Wildlife Refuge Day - Saturday, October 8 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Join us for Urban Wildlife Refuge Day at the Liberty Park Pocket Refuge (located at 9200 Ranch Road, Parkland FL). This FREE event is hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Wildlife Refuge Association. Fun activities include a bioblitz, native seedling planting, and watercolor butterflies. Free donut holes and coffee are provided.

2022 Walk for the Wild - October 9-15

Join us to raise awareness and support national wildlife refuges and our partners during National Wildlife Refuge Week. Walk, run, and/or celebrate with like-minded souls at one of our Walk for the Wild group events, or have a self-guided experience of your own. Find out more or register for a guided walk or run.

Guided Marsh Trail Hikes, October 9th and 15th at 9:00 am

Brisk Hike Levee & A-Impoundments, October 9th and 15th at 9:00 am

5K Run for the Wild with a Ranger, October 15 at 10:00 am. Test your survival skills by running this 5k alongside Ranger Jamie! This event is self-paced, non-interpretive, and non-competitive. Starts and ends at the C6 pavilion. Be VERY hydrated and bring water.

Walk for the Wild Celebration, October 15 from 11:00 am-2:00 pm. In honor of Walk for the Wild and National Wildlife Refuge Week, we will gather at the C-6 Pavilion for fun games, crafts, food for purchase, and more! Pre-registration is not required. 

Cypress Swamp Boardwalk Tour - Sundays at 1:00 pm

Join a naturalist for an easy walking tour to learn about the plants and wildlife that live in the cypress swamp, conservation practices, and experience the wellness benefits of connecting with nature. This walk takes place on the accessible 0.4-mile Cypress Swamp Boardwalk and is appropriate for adults and school-age families. Meet behind the visitor center.

Tram Tour - Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10:00 am, Fridays at 1:00 pm

Grab your camera and binoculars and enjoy the refuge on an approximately 1 ½ to 2 hour tram tour. You must be able to physically board and exit the tram. 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.

Nature Therapy 101 - Mondays at 10:00 am

Discover the healing power of nature with naturalist and holistic lifestyle improvement author Stephen T. Radentz as he discusses the importance of using nature as your primary healthcare choice. After the discussion, join Steve on a short walk to reinforce what was discussed. Meet at the Visitor Center.