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: Space may be limited and reservations may be required for some tours, please see the program descriptions for more information.
  • Cancellations: 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.
  • A parent or guardian must accompany all youth under the age of 18. 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.
  • Trails. Trail surfaces are either mowed grass, shell-rock gravel, or a wooden boardwalk. Trails are mostly flat without steep inclines, but some trails have uneven surfaces and exposed roots. 
  • 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.

May 2024 

Tram Tours - Monday to Friday at 10 am, Tuesday (May 7, 21) at 1pm, Wednesdays, Saturday (May 4, 11) at 10 am. No tram tour May 23 or 24. 

Walking and biking are a great way to see the Refuge, but sit back and relax on this educational tour via tram! Each row seats three people, but the middle seat is very small. Unless you have a small person sitting between two people, we will seat you two to a row. The tram also has a running board approximately 6 inches off the ground, hand rails on the side of each bench, and a hand hold at the ceiling of the tram. Seats are not assigned with your reservation and we recommend arriving at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the tour. Tours are approximately 90 minutes long. Maximum number of passengers is 8 people. Reserve your spot(s) by calling the Visitor Center at 561-734-8303.

Morning Photography Walking Tour – Sundays, 15 minutes after sunrise 

Grab your camera and join Peter and Lora Lekos for a guided walking tour to view and photograph wildlife in its natural settings. The walking tour is approximately two hours and participants should expect to walk 1-2 miles. Meet at the Marsh Trail Pavilion 15 minutes after sunrise. Space is limited and reservations are required - Call the Visitor Center at 561-734-8303.

Morning Photography Tram Tour –  Sunday, May 05, 15 minutes after sunrise 

If you love photography on the Refuge but sometimes find it difficult to walk so many miles to get the perfect shot, you should join Dr. Pete and Lora Lekos for a photography tram tour! Each row seats three people, but the middle seat is very small. Unless you have a small person sitting between two people, we will seat you two to a row. The tram also has a running board approximately 6 inches off the ground, hand rails on the side of each bench, and a hand hold at the ceiling of the tram. Seats are not assigned with your reservation and we recommend arriving at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the tour. Tours are approximately 90 minutes long. The tram can accommodate up to 8 people and reservations are required. The schedule for the upcoming month is always released on the first Wednesday of the month. Call the Visitor Center at 561-734-8303.

May 22, 2024: Floating Wetlands Implementation

"Floating wetlands" are man-made islands composed of native aquatic plants that mimic the function of real wetlands, on the school's stormwater retention pond. These mini-ecosystems are meant to replicate the Everglades ecosystem on a microscale, introduce the school community to habitat restoration techniques and urban green infrastructure, and provide a living laboratory for the students as they conduct water quality assessments, biodiversity studies, and continuously monitor the islands' plant communities. This is a partnership between the ARM Loxahatchee NWR Urban team, Friends of Loxahatchee NWR, and the SouthTech Academy and we are so excited to celebrate this momentous occasion with everyone. 

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm: Floating Wetlands Presentation by Dr. Bill Strosnider and Levi McKercher

Dr. Bill Strosnider and Levi McKercher are two ecological engineers that will discuss their research surrounding the ecosystem benefits of floating wetlands. The presentation will be followed with questions and a meet and greet. This presentation will be in the theater at the ARM Loxahatchee NWR theater. Reservations are required. Sign up will begin on May 10, 2024. Sign up by clicking the link here. 

June 2024

Tram Tours - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at 10 am; Saturdays 9 am

Walking and biking are a great way to see the Refuge, but sit back and relax on this educational tour via tram! Each row seats three people, but the middle seat is very small. Unless you have a small person sitting between two people, we will seat you two to a row. The tram also has a running board approximately 6 inches off the ground, hand rails on the side of each bench, and a hand hold at the ceiling of the tram. Seats are not assigned with your reservation and we recommend arriving at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the tour. Tours are approximately 90 minutes long. Maximum number of passengers is 8 people. Reserve your spot(s) by calling the Visitor Center at 561-734-8303. 

Saturday tours- the visitor center opens at 9 am. The tram will meet in front of the visitor center at 9 am. Outdoor bathrooms can be found to the left of the visitor center. 

June 08, 2024 - Family Fishing Day from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Celebrate this license free freshwater fishing day with Reel Fishing Charities at the Lee Road Boat Ramp! Kids will learn how to tie a knot, bait their hooks, cast, and the different kinds of fish at the Refuge! We are expecting hot weather so remember to bring water, sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses. Meet at the Lee Road Boat Ramp. 

June 29, 2024 - Volunteer Open House at 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

This open house if for volunteers who would like to start volunteering at the Refuge. Meet with experienced volunteers who can tell you what the job is like! This will be a "job fair style" open house where new volunteers can go from station to station to speak with different volunteers. Please submit your application by June 15. At the end of the open house, prospective volunteers will be able to choose a position, select a start date for training, and sign their volunteer service agreement. Find the application by clicking on this link.