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.
  • Age and Ability 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. Participants should be capable of walking up to 1-2 miles on an uneven surface. 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.

February 2023

Everglades Days Schedule - February 11-18, 2023

Entrance fees are waived on Saturday, February 11, 2023 and Sunday, February 12, 2023. 

Everglades Days BioBlitz – February 11-18

This bioblitz is an exciting challenge record everything native (plants, wildlife, and more!) on the refuge from February 11-18, 2023. How to participate: 
•    From your smartphone, download the iNaturalist app and join the Everglades Week BioBlitz project. 
•    From your desktop computer, go to the 
iNaturalist website and join the Everglades Week BioBlitz project.

“Find a Heart” Nature Scavenger Hunt – February 11-18

Search along trails, canals, and roads at Loxahatchee for heart-shaped leaves, rocks, branches, bark, lichen, and more. Take a photo of the heart-shape and show it to the front desk at the Visitor Center to receive a prize. Note: one prize per group or family while supplies last. Photos should be of naturally occurring heart shapes (example: no making a heart shape with your fingers or arms—that’s too easy!).

Plein Air “Paint Out” – February 11-18

Members of Plein Air Palm Beach will gather for a Paint Out during 2023 Everglades Days. Plein air painting is the act of painting outdoors, where artists capture the changing details of outdoor landscapes. Make sure to stop by and say "hello" if you see painters set up along the refuge’s roads and trails.

Everglades Days Kick-Off – Saturday, February 11 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (FREE)

Join refuge staff, volunteers, and partners for a FREE fun-filled day around the C-6 pavilion area!

9:00 am to 3:00 pm: Make animal track bookmarks, create a pinecone birdfeeder, face painting, kid banding craft, pin the feather on the bird, wetland yoga, compare your wingspan on the wingspan banner, check out a replica bald eagle nest, take a picture at the photo board, and play fun games like habitat toss (bean bag toss) and gator hole (corn hole) games.

9:00 am to 12:00 pm: Try your hand at fishing! Poles and bait are provided.

11:00 am to 2:00 pm: Food trucks

11:00 am to 12:00 pm: Live music with Grant Livingston

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm: Live music with Grant Livingston

2:30 pm: Wildlife Presentation with Busch Wildlife Sanctuary

Electrofishing Demonstration (bilingual) – Saturday, February 11 from 1:00-2:00 pm (English) and 2:00-3:00 pm (English/Spanish) (FREE)

Join U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff from the Peninsular Florida Fisheries Office for a electrofishing demonstration given in both English and Spanish. Biologists use electrofishing as a sampling or collecting tool to help monitor fish populations, provide assistance with early detection of invasive species invasive species
An invasive species is any plant or animal that has spread or been introduced into a new area where they are, or could, cause harm to the environment, economy, or human, animal, or plant health. Their unwelcome presence can destroy ecosystems and cost millions of dollars.

Learn more about invasive species
, and more! Meet at the C-6 area.

Try-It Archery – Sunday, February 12 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm (FREE)

Participants will receive an overview of various archery equipment, guidance on safety and proper form, then have a chance to shoot a compound bow at a target range. Participants must have the strength to lift 25 pounds. Meet at the C-6 Area.

Morning Photography Walking Tour – Sunday, February 12, 15 minutes after sunrise (FREE)

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.

Hillsboro Area Bike Tour – Sunday, February 12 at 10:00 am (FREE)

Join refuge naturalist Lowell Markey on a 12-mile bike tour along the L-39 Levee that includes stops to discuss refuge features, interesting plants and wildlife, and water management in the Everglades. The bike trail is an elevated levee and participants should check the wind forecast to judge their ability to bicycle 12 miles. Helmets are required. Bring your own bike or rent one from Loxahatchee Adventures. Meet near the fee booth at the Hillsboro Entrance at the end of Loxahatchee Road near Parkland, Florida.

Visitor Center Theater Speakers – Sunday, February 12 (FREE)

9:00 am Introduction to Writing in and Photographing Nature with Liz Reynolds and Ilene Sokol.

10:00 am Invasive Species with Paul Evans/University of Florida

11:00 am Lessons from a Hurricane on How to Restore Everglades Wading Bird Populations with Mark Cook

1:00 pm to 2:30 pm The History of African Americans in Florida including the Black Seminoles with Derek Hankerson and Victor Norfus

Outdoor Painting Workshops with Plein Air Palm Beach

Youth Session: Sunday, February 12 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm (FREE)

Adult Session: Friday, February 17 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Join Plein Air Palm Beach for an outdoor painting workshop. No experience is necessary. Instruction includes mixing colors to match the outdoor landscape. Supplies are provided. If you’d like to bring your own supplies you will need: an easel, acrylic paint (red, blue, yellow, and white), flat brushes, a canvas (11x14, 14x18, 16x20), and a pencil or charcoal to draw. Sessions are approximately two hours and take place at the C-6 pavilion. Space is limited and reservations are required - Call the Visitor Center at 561-734-8303.

Wellness Walk – Monday, February 13 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. Space is limited and reservations are required - Call the Visitor Center at 561-734-8303.

Marsh Trail Guided Walks – Monday, February 13 at 1:00 pm and Wednesday, February 15 at 9:00 am

Join a refuge naturalist on a one-mile guided walk to explore the Marsh Trail. This area of the refuge is similar to the habitat found inside the 141,000-acre Refuge Interior to the west and it contrasts with the 400-acre Cypress Swamp to the north. Along the way we will look for wildlife and discuss the different habitats of the Everglades and some of the key native plant species that call the refuge home. Meet at Marsh Trail Pavilion.

Valentine’s Day Sunset Paddle – Tuesday, February 14 at 5:30 pm

Join staff and paddle off into the sunset on Valentine’s Day! Bring your own canoe or kayak, or borrow one for FREE from Loxahatchee Adventures.  Meet at the Lee Road Boat Ramp. Space is limited and reservations are required - Call the Visitor Center at 561-734-8303

Loxahatchee Adventures Kayak Special - Tuesday, February 14

Loxahatchee Adventures will be offering "rent one, get one free" kayak rentals for the 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm time slot and 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm time slot. Call 855-916-5692 or visit the Loxahatchee Adventures website for more information.

LILA Walking Tours (bilingual) – Tuesday, February 14 at 2:00 pm (English) and Thursday, February 16 at 11:00 am (English/Spanish)

Join staff from South Water Management District for a walking tour to learn about the Loxahatchee Impoundment Landscape Assessment – or LILA for short. LILA is a working model of the Everglades and the world's largest living laboratory. Meet at the Marsh Trail Pavilion.

Cypress Swamp Ethnobotany Walk and Talk – February 12 at 3:00 pm (FREE), February 14, 16, and 18 at 1:00 pm

Join Ron Seifer, Ph.D. to learn about ethnobotany on a one-hour guided walk on the Cypress Swamp Boardwalk. Ethnobotany is the study of the interaction between people, plants, and culture. Learn about the plants that native people have used to help them survive in Florida for thousands of years. Meet on the deck behind the Visitor Center.

Tram Tours – February 14, 15, and 16 at 10:00 am, February 17 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. Space is limited and reservations are required - Call the Visitor Center at 561-734-8303.

Cypress Swamp Boardwalk Tours – February 11, 14, 16, and 18 at 11:00 am

Join refuge naturalist Lowell Markey for a walking tour of the 0.4-mile Cypress Swamp Boardwalk to learn about the plants and wildlife that live in the cypress swamp. Meet behind the visitor center.

Strazzulla Bike Tour – Wednesday, February 15 at 10:00 am

Grab your bike and helmet and join us on a 13-mile bike tour to Strazzulla. Refuge naturalist Lowell Markey will discuss the habitats of the Everglades, plants, and point out wildlife seen along the way. Helmets are required. All ages are welcome, participants should be experienced and ready to bike 13 miles on bumpy terrain. A mountain or hybrid bike is recommended. Meet at the kiosk at the Lee Road Boat Ramp.

Night Hike – Wednesday, February 15 at 6:00 pm

Join us for a guided night hike with our partners from Florida Wildlife Federation! Join biologist Tasman Rosenfeld and explore the refuge after dark to look for and learn about nocturnal wildlife. We recommend wearing long pants and closed toe shoes, and bringing insect repellant. Bring a flashlight or headlamp if you have one! Meet at the Lee Road Boat Ramp.

Archery in the Park Thursday, February 16 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Join staff and partners from the refuge, the National Wildlife Refuge Association, and the City of Delray Department of Parks and Recreation for a free public "try archery" event! No experience necessary. Recommended for ages 9 and up. Sign-up today! Meet at Merritt Park, 316 SW 2nd Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33444.

Star Gazing – Friday, February 17, 2023 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

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. Meet at the Lee Road Boat Ramp.

Boardwalk Night Hike – Friday, February 17 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Join us for 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. We encourage everyone to wear appropriate clothing. Closed toe shoes are required. Meet in front of the visitor center. Space is limited and reservations are required - Call the Visitor Center at 561-734-8303.

Pocket Refuge Planting – Saturday, February 18 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Volunteers needed! Join the National Wildlife Refuge Association, the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, and the City of Delray Beach in planting a native habitat right in your neighborhood. Sign up today! Meet at Barwick Park, 735 Barwick Road, Delray Beach, FL 33445

Solar Observation – Saturday, February 18 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

You should never look at the sun directly, unless you’re viewing it from a special telescope! Join South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association to get a special look at the star that powers our planet. View cool features like sunspots and flares! Meet at the Lee Road boat ramp. 

 

More great events in February:

Cypress Swamp Boardwalk Tour – Saturdays at 11:00 am

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.

Cypress Swamp Ethnobotany Walk and Talk – Sundays at 1:00 pm

Join Ron Seifer, Ph.D. to learn about ethnobotany on a one-hour guided walk on the Cypress Swamp Boardwalk. Ethnobotany is the study of the interaction between people, plants, and culture. Learn about the plants that native people have used to help them survive in Florida for thousands of years. Meet on the deck behind the Visitor Center.

Tram Tours – Tuesdays, 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.

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

Morning Photography Tram Tour – Dates to be announced, 15 minutes after sunrise

Grab your camera and join Peter and Lora Lekos for a tram tour to view and photograph wildlife in its natural settings. The tram ride lasts approximately 1 hour with several opportunities to stop and take pictures. Meet at the Marsh Trail Pavilion 15 minutes after sunrise. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED - Call the Visitor Center at 561-734-8303.

Photographing Nature Basics – Fridays at 1:30 pm 

Join a refuge volunteer in exploring wildlife photography! This workshop will help you understand why you press the shutter. When you “make” a photograph, you are preserving a memory and a moment in time. Do you want to make better images? Put the “Wow” in your photographs and stimulate the artist in you. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED - Call the Visitor Center at 561-734-8303