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The Wild South Florida calendar lists meetings, events and activities in Broward, Collier, Lee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach counties that are related to the environment or the outdoors and are open to the general public. Sponsoring organizations may include governments, parks, clubs, nonprofit groups etc. Listings are free of charge. Submit events by email preferably at least two weeks in advance.
 
February

 

Friday 1

River Center Lecture Series — Amber Howell, Research Biologist, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, 12 p.m. River Center, 805 US Highway 1, Jupiter. Howell discusses the latest in manatee research. Registration required. Click for more info.

Naturalist Hike Through Nine Gems, 2 p.m., Loxahatchee River Center, Burt Reynolds Park, 805 N. US Highway 1, Jupiter. Take a guided walk through the Nine Gems. Free program but reservations required. Click for more info.

Swamp Buggy Ride — Sunset Tour, 4 p.m., Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, 375 Sanctuary Road, Naples. Take an excursion to the north end of the sanctuary guided by a Corkscrew naturalist. Traverse different habitats, learn about the importance of the sanctuary and spot some of the animals of the backcountry. These excursions last approximately 3 hours.  Participants must be able to climb a step ladder to board the buggy.  Participants must sign a liability waver.  Click for more info.

Saturday 2

Celebrate World Wetlands Day, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Green Cay Nature Center, 12800 Hagen Ranch Road, Boynton Beach. Theme: Climate Change and Wetlands. Lectures, guided tours, children's activities. Free program. Click for details.

Canoeing 101, 9:30 a.m., Okeeheelee Nature Center, Forest Hill Blvd. West Palm Beach. Learn the basics of how to safely canoe while exploring the more secluded south section of Okeeheelee Park. For ages 10+, $10/participant. Reservations required. Call 561-233-1400. Equipment is provided.

Swamp Buggy Ride 9 a.m., Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, 375 Sanctuary Road, Naples. Take an excursion to the north end of the sanctuary guided by a Corkscrew naturalist. Traverse different habitats, learn about the importance of the sanctuary and spot some of the animals of the backcountry. These excursions last approximately 3 hours.  Participants must be able to climb a step ladder to board the buggy.  Participants must sign a liability waver.  Click for more info.

Marsh Critters — Dipnetting, 10 a.m. Grassy Waters Preserve, 8264 Northlake Blvd. West Palm Beach. Discover the amazing aquatic insects and small wonders that call the wetlands home while knee-deep in the marsh. For kids 5 and up; must be accompanied by an adult. Bring closed-toe shoes that can get wet, hat, sunscreen, towel, a refillable water bottle and change of clothes. Cost: $10/child. Accompanying adult free. Registration required. Call 561 804-4985.

Free Boardwalk Hike: Everglades Wetlands 1:30 p.m. Grassy Waters Preserve, 8264 Northlake Blvd., West Palm Beach. Learn about the unique Everglades wetland habitats during a guided, hour-long hike on our Cypress Boardwalk trail. Discover the amazing plants and animals that call the Everglades home. Wear closed-toed shoes, hat, and sunscreen. Bring a refillable water bottle. Check-in at 1:15 pm at Nature Center. All Ages. Cost: Free, but reservations required. Call 561 804-4985.

Sunset Hike, 4:30 p.m., Grassy Waters Preserve, 8264 Northlake Blvd., West Palm Beach. Discover the unique plants and animals of our Everglades habitats. In particular, watch as birds fly in to roost as the sun sets over the marsh and learn some identification tips as you act as a Citizen Scientist and help collect important bird survey research. Bring closed-toe shoes, refillable water bottle, and bug repellent. Camera and binoculars are suggested. For ages 15 and up. Cost: $5. Registration required. call 561 804-4985.

Sunday 3

Canoe Cruise, 10 a.m., Grassy Waters Preserve, 8264 Northlake Blvd. West Palm Beach. Guide your canoe through the shallow waters of the Everglades as you learn about the history and ecology of Grassy Waters. Be sure to sign up with a partner: canoes require two paddlers. Bring closed-toe shoes, refillable water bottle, hat, and sunscreen. Check in at Nature Center 30 minutes before event. Ages 6 and up with participating adult. Cost: $10 adults, $5 children. Reservations required. Call 561 804-4965.

 

Wednesday 6

Scrub Jay Walk, 8:30 a.m., Jonathan Dickinson State Park, 16460 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound. Walk through the Florida scrub and explore this unique ecosystem and the wildlife that depend on it to survive. Meet at the Camp Murphy Bike Trailhead parking lot before Pine Grove Campground. 1st & 3rd Wednesdays October through May

Swamp Buggy Ride 9 a.m., Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, 375 Sanctuary Road, Naples. Take an excursion to the north end of the sanctuary guided by a Corkscrew naturalist. Traverse different habitats, learn about the importance of the sanctuary and spot some of the animals of the backcountry. These excursions last about 3 hours.  Participants must be able to climb a step ladder to board the buggy.  Participants must sign a liability waver.  Click for more info.

Sunset Hike, 4 p.m., Sweetbay Natural Area, 12560 Aviation Boulevard, West Palm Beach. Explore the natural area with a Palm Beach County biologist. Learn about the importance of fire and prescribed burns in maintaining habitat. Click for more info.

Friday 8

Flying WILD & Schoolyard Wildlife Combo! Palm Beach County, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., MacArthur Beach State Park, 10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive North Palm Beach. Through activities involving language arts, social science and math experiences, coupled with community outreach and service learning applications, Flying WILD offers a whole-school approach to environmental education using birds as the focus. The Schoolyard Wildlife Project is an environmental education program that can teach adult educators of K-12 students how to turn school grounds into an effective outdoors classroom. Let's Get WILD! Contact Veronica Frehm by email or call 561-776-7449 ext 104.

Wetlands and Wildlife, 8:30 a.m., Wakodahatchee Wetlands 13026 Jog Road, Delray Beach. A free .75 mile morning guided boardwalk tour to learn more about Florida’s wetland birds and ecosystems. Meet our Gumbo Limbo naturalist at the Wakodahatchee Wetlands boardwalk in Delray Beach.Ages 7-adult; children under 18 must sign-up and participate with an adult. Reservations recommended.  Online registration will close 24 hours before the start of a program.  Walk-ins welcome based on availability. Click for more info.

Science for Seniors: South Florida Sea Turtle Conservation, 1 p.m., Green Cay Nature Center, 12500 Hagen Ranch Road, Boynton Beach. Gumbo Limbo seat turtle specialist David Anderson discusses the life cycle, habitat, and struggles sea turtles face along our South Florida coast. For adutls 50 and up. Cost: $5 Reservation required. Phone 561 966-7000.

Family Adventure Night Hike, 5:30 p.m., Grassy Waters Preserve, 8264 Northlake Blvd., West Palm Beach. Explore the Everglades at night during this kid-friendly activity. Start the evening by dissecting an owl pellet to learn more about these nocturnal birds and then meet some live owls. Also, enjoy a guided boardwalk scavenger hunt under the glow of the moon and stars as you learn more about the other nocturnal animals that call the Preserve home. Wear closed-toe shoes, bring a refillable water bottle and bug repellent. Flashlight provided. Check-in 15 minutes before event at Nature Center. For ages: 5 and over (with participating adult) Cost: $10 child (accompanying adult free).

Saturday 9

20th Annual Everglades Day, 8 a.m. Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, 10216 Lee Road, Boynton Beach. A free, all-day event designed to promote appreciation, awareness and understanding of the Everglades. This year's theme: "give wings to your wild side." Click for more info.

Swamp Walk, 9:30 a.m., Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, 375 Sanctuary Road, Naples. Experience Corkscrew's pristine, ancient swamp in a way that few have through a three-hour, 1.5 mile hike partily along the boardwalk but also on the ground and through the water. Participants must be physically able to walk on uneven and sometimes difficult surfaces through water, step and/or climb over logs and branches, and be able to climb a ladder back onto the boardwalk or onto a vehicle.  All participants must sign a liability waiver. Click here for more details.

Intracoastal Adventure — Kayaking, Noon, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton. Join us for a kayak tour as we learn about the fascinating wildlife that calls the intracoastal home.  Must have kayaking experience and be able to get in and out of a kayak without assistance.  1-2 people per double kayak. Ages 6-adult; children under 18 must sign-up and participate with an adult. Cost per person: Member $20, Non-member $30 Reservations required online or (561) 544-8615.

Twilight Forest Stroll, 7:30 p.m., Fern Forest Nature Center, 201 Lyons Road South, Coconut Creek. Join a naturalist and explore the nature center at night. Sturdy closed-toe shoes are required, as are preregistration and prepayment. Cost $5. Call 954-357-5198.

Sunday 10

Intracoastal Adventures - Stand Up Paddle Boarding, 9 a.m., Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton. A whole new way to see the intracoastal!  Stand up paddling makes it easier to see into the water below.  Join us for a fun paddle along the mangroves as we look for fish, turtles, and manatees!This is a guided tour for participants comfortable standing and paddling on a paddle board.  Must have previous stand up paddle boarding experience.  Ages 12-adult; children under 18 must sign-up and participate with an adult. Cost per person: Member $20, Non-member $30. Reservations required online or (561) 544-8615. 

 

Wednesday 13

Growing Up Wild! Meet the Creatures of the Lagoon, 9 a.m., Lake Worth Beach Park, 10 S. Ocean Blvd. Lake Worth. Join scientiest and explore the seen and unseen world of the Lake Worth Lagoon. Free program. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Click for more info.

Saturday 16

Backyard Bird Count Hike, 8 a.m., Grassy Waters Preserve, 8264 Northlake Blvd., West Palm Beach. A guided hike through our Kowechobe Restoration Area to search for unique Everglades birds. Learn some identification tips as you act as a Citizen Scientist to help collect important bird survey research for the 20th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, National Audubon Society and international partners. For more information on the GBBC visit: gbbc.birdcount.org. Wear closed-toe shoes, hat, and sunscreen. Bring a refillable water bottle. Binoculars are suggested. Check-in 7:30 am at Nature Center. Ages: 8 and over (with participating adult) Cost: $5 per participant. Call 561 804-4965.

Martin County Audubon Society Field Trip: Touring Lakeside STA , 8 a.m., Lakeside Stormwater Treatment Area, 9400 SE 126th Blvd. (Route 15B) Okeechobee. A guided tour of the 2600 acre Lakeside Ranch STA. The birding tour offers everyone an opportunity to see dozens of species of birds in an environment that is unique to this area. Managed by the South Florida Water Management District, public access is managed by Audubon of Martin County. Learn how to identify birds from our expert birding guides. DIRECTIONS: From I-95, take Route 714 west, turn right on Route 710, go 1/4 mile and turn left turn on Route 15B. The Lakeside Ranch STA is immediately after the milk production plant on the left. WHAT TO BRING: Binoculars, spotting scopes, sun block, reference books, water and snacks, cameras, insect repellent, comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunglasses and protective wear. Cost: $5 members/ $10 nonmembers. Click for more info.

Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park Non-Native Plant Removal, 8:30 am until noon, Jonathan Dickinson State Park, 16460 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound.The work consists of hand pulling non-native plants.  Water is provided. Please bring your own refillable water bottle and gloves. IMPORTANT:  The event is held ONLY if at least 3 people RSVP by Thursday noon 2 days prior to the work day.RSVP or get more information by emailing  robin.rossmanith@dep.state.fl.us  or call Rob @ 772-263-3749.

Birds and Breakfast, 9 a.m., Green Cay Nature Center, 12800 Hagen Ranch Road, Boynton Beach. enjoy coffee and refreshments before embarking on a one-hour birding tour with one of our naturalists. $3 per person. Registration required. Phone 561 966-7000.

Pedal the Preserve, 9 a.m., Grassy Waters Preserve, 8264 Northlake Blvd. West Palm Beach. Hop on your bike and explore the Kowechobe Restoration Area, an area of the Preserve not normally open to the public. Must have your own mountain or hybrid bike. No road bikes. Hop on your bike and explore the Kowechobe Restoration Area, an area of the Preserve not normally open to the public

Canoe Cruise, 1:30 p.m., Grassy Waters Preserve, 8264 Northlake Blvd. West Palm Beach. Guide your canoe through the shallow waters of the Everglades as you learn about the history and ecology of Grassy Waters. Be sure to sign up with a partner: canoes require two paddlers. Bring closed-toe shoes, refillable water bottle, hat, and sunscreen. Check in at Nature Center 30 minutes before event. Ages 6 and up with participating adult. Cost: $10 adults, $5 children. Reservations required. Call 561 804-4965.

Advanced Swamp Walk, 9:30 a.m., Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, 375 Sanctuary Road, Naples. Experience Corkscrew's pristine, ancient swamp in a way that few have through. Hike between 1 and 1.5 miles entirely on the ground and through the wate, which can be as deep as three feet in places. Participants must be physically able to walk on uneven and sometimes difficult surfaces through water, step and/or climb over logs and branches, and be able to climb a ladder back onto the boardwalk or onto a vehicle.  All participants must sign a liability waiver. Participants must be at least 18. Click here for more details.

Seining the Lagoon, 2 p.m., Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton. Wading in the Intracoastal Waterway just behind Gumbo Limbo, we catch (and release) fish, shrimp, crabs, and more! With hand-held dip nets and large seine nets, get up close and personal with our local marine life. Closed toed shoes required (old sneakers or water shoes; no sandals). Bring a change of clothes and towel. Ages 10-adult; children under 18 must sign-up and participate with an adult. Cost per person: Member $7, Non-member $10.. Reservations required. Online registration will close 48 hours before the start of this program.

Sunday 17

S'more Science, 5 p.m., Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N Ocean. Blvd. Boca Raton. Join us for this fun campfire program in our garden amphitheater with a yummy treat. All ages; children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost per person: Member $3, Non-member $5. Online registration will close 24 hours before the start of a program. Walk-ins welcome based on availability.

 

Tuesday 19

Florida Native Plant Society, Palm Beach County Chapter Monthly Meeting, 7 p.m. Mounts Botantical Garden, 531 N. Military Trail West Palm Beach. Topic: Ethnobotany: the relationship between plants and people. Speaker Florida Atlantic Associate Professor Maria Fadiman. Meeting is free and open to the public.

Eco-Watch Lecture Series: Birding South Florida, 7 p.m., Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N. Ocean Blvd. Boca Raton. Birder and author Brian Rapoza, Tropical Audubon Society, will share his experience and expertise in S FL migratory bird id with a beautiful photo presentation and tricks of the trade. Meet in Gumbo Limbo's Classroom.  The classroom in the building behind and to the left of the Nature Center. Recommended for ages 14 and up.  Minors under the age of 18 must attend with an adult. A donation of $5 per person is suggested.  Register online to donate by credit card.  For walk ins, donation by cash or check.  Online registration closes at 4:00 pm on the day of a lecture.  Walk-ins welcome; space is limited. Light refreshments offered before the talk.


Wednesday 20

Scrub Jay Walk, 8:30 a.m., Jonathan Dickinson State Park, 16460 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound. Walk through the Florida scrub and explore this unique ecosystem and the wildlife that depend on it to survive. Meet at the Camp Murphy Bike Trailhead parking lot before Pine Grove Campground. 1st & 3rd Wednesdays October through May.

Beach Treasures, 3 p.m., Gumbo Limbo Nature Center 1801 N. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton. Sand dollars? Sponges?  Oh, what treasures you may find… sea beans, coral, shells, and more; see what the sea has left behind!  Meet at the Center to learn about shells and sea life; caravan to Red Reef Beach Park for beachcombing with the experts!  There is no charge for this program. All ages; children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Online registration will close 24 hours before the start of a program. Walk-ins welcome based on availability. 

Thursday 21

Learning at Loxahatchee Lecture Series: Non-native Lizards of South Florida, 1:30 p.m., Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, 10216 Lee Road, Boynton Beach. Speaker: Justin Dalaba, Science Writer and Outreach Coordinator, University of Florida. Dalaba is an expert on lizards and will report on the invasive lizard species that threaten South Florida. Live lizards will be on display. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Friday 22

Science for Seniors: South Florida's Water and You, 1 p.m., Green Cay Nature Center, 12500 Hagen Ranch Road, Boynton Beach. Okeeheelee Nature Center Manager Heather Moody provides an overview of how water resources are managed in South Florida and what YOU can do to help avoid water pollution, protect water infrastructure and reduce your water use indoors and out. For adutls 50 and up. Cost: $5 Reservation required. Phone 561 966-7000.

Sandbar and Seashells Family Boat Tour and Snorkeling Exploration, Loxahatchee River Center, Burt Reynolds Park, 805 U.S. 1 Jupiter. Join the River Center for an exciting family-friendly boat tour!  Hop on-board the Osprey for a trip up the Central embayment of the Loxhatchee River. Hunt for shells and creatures at the sandbar and soak up some sunshine! Make sure to bring water, snacks, water shoes, and snorkel gear. Registration is required. Cost: $20/child, $30/adult. Click for more info.

Wetlands and Wildlife, 3 p.m., Wakodahatchee Wetlands 13026 Jog Road, Delray Beach. A free .75 mile morning guided boardwalk tour to learn more about Florida’s wetland birds and ecosystems. Meet our Gumbo Limbo naturalist at the Wakodahatchee Wetlands boardwalk in Delray Beach.Ages 7-adult; children under 18 must sign-up and participate with an adult. Reservations recommended.  Online registration will close 24 hours before the start of a program.  Walk-ins welcome based on availability. Click for more info.

Saturday 23

Free Saving Wild Florida Lecture: Everglades Animals, 10 a.m., Grassy Waters Preserve, 8264 Northlake Blvd., West Palm Beach. Get up close and personal with Florida wildlife during this kid-friendly program featuring live animals! Join our staff member Ashlee Quyle, as she discusses their amazing adaptations, threats to their survival and how you can help.Check-in at 9:45 am at Nature Center. All ages. Free program but reservations required. Call 561 804-4985.

Intracoastal Eco-Adventures: Canoe the Lagoon, 12:30 p.m., Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton. Nature-lovers, discover the magic of the mangroves with a Gumbo Limbo guide on a canoe paddle along the Intracoastal Waterway. Must be experienced at canoeing and be able to get into and out of a canoe without assistance. 2-3 people per canoe. Ages 6-adult; children under 18 must sign-up and participate with an adult.Cost per person: Member $15, Non-member $22. Reservations required online or (561) 544-8615. 

Sunday 24

Breakfast with the Birds, 8 a.m., Grassy Waters Preserve, 8264 Northlake Blvd, West Palm Beach. Wake up with a hiking adventure in the Everglades! Search for birds in the Kowechobe Restoration Area, an area of the Preserve not typically accessible to the public, during this easy-paced guided walk. For children and adults 10 years and older. Cost: $5. Registration required: Call 561 804-4985.

Intracoastal Adventure — Kayaking, 9 a.m., Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton. Join us for a kayak tour as we learn about the fascinating wildlife that calls the intracoastal home.  Must have kayaking experience and be able to get in and out of a kayak without assistance.  1-2 people per double kayak. Ages 6-adult; children under 18 must sign-up and participate with an adult. Cost per person: Member $20, Non-member $30 Reservations required online or (561) 544-8615.

Canoe Cruise, 1:30 p.m., Grassy Waters Preserve, 8264 Northlake Blvd. West Palm Beach. Guide your canoe through the shallow waters of the Everglades as you learn about the history and ecology of Grassy Waters. Be sure to sign up with a partner: canoes require two paddlers. Bring closed-toe shoes, refillable water bottle, hat, and sunscreen. Check in at Nature Center 30 minutes before event. Ages 6 and up with participating adult. Cost: $10 adults, $5 children. Reservations required. Call 561 804-4965.

 

 

 

Monday 25

Reconciliation Ecology: No Garden is Too Small, 2 p.m., Pan's Garden and the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, 311 Peruvian Avenue, Palm Beach. Speaker Michael Rosenzweig. We have taken land and ecosystems from wildlife in order to build our home and communities. Reconciliation ecology encourages the addition of native plants to our gardens to establish new wildlife habitat. Free program but reservation is required.

 

Thursday 28

Early Birding with Al, 8 a.m., Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N. Ocean Blvd. Boca Raton. Pick up some new skills or sharpen the old ones!  Join us for a free early morning birding adventure at Gumbo Limbo.  Learn about our native and migratory birds from an experienced birder, as we walk the Ashley Trail and the boardwalk in search of warblers, gnatcatchers, woodpeckers, and other avian species.  Binoculars recommended.  Meet on the front porch of the Nature Center.  There is no charge for this program.  Reservations not required. Ages:  Ages 10 and up; children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. .

Loxahatchee River Boat Tour, 2:30 p.m., Loxahatchee River Center, Burt Reynolds Park, 805 N. US Highway 1, Jupiter. A three-hour tour up the scenic Loxahatchee River led by a River Center Naturalist. Cost: $40 per person. Registration required. Click for more info

Night Stalkers, 6 p.m., Green Cay Nature Center, 12800 Hagen Ranch Road, Boynton Beach. Join a naturalist on a night-time boardwalk tour looking at nature from the point of view of its nocturnal residents. $5 per person. Registration required. Call 561 804-4985.

 

March

 

Saturday 2

Sea Turtle Day — Plastic Free by the Sea, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton. Join us at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center for our annual Sea Turtle Day as we celebrate sea turtles!  This fun-filled family day of environmental education will be packed with exciting things to see and do, including live animal presentations, face painting, aquarium feedings, children’s theater, guided nature tours, kid’s activities, awesome booths, and more! Great fun for all ages. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Free parking and shuttle in Spanish River Park. Entrance to the festival is free; donations are appreciated.Some activities require additional fee. Click for more info.

Palm Beach County Natural Areas Day, Winding Waters Natural Area. Details to com


Free Boardwalk Hike: Everglades Wetlands 10 a.m. Grassy Waters Preserve, 8264 Northlake Blvd., West Palm Beach. Learn about the unique Everglades wetland habitats during a guided, hour-long hike on our Cypress Boardwalk trail. Discover the amazing plants and animals that call the Everglades home. Wear closed-toed shoes, hat, and sunscreen. Bring a refillable water bottle. Check-in 30 minutes before event at the Nature Center. All Ages. Cost: Free, but reservations required. Call 561 804-4985.

Marsh Critters — Dipnetting, 10 a.m. Grassy Waters Preserve, 8264 Northlake Blvd. West Palm Beach. Discover the amazing aquatic insects and small wonders that call the wetlands home while knee-deep in the marsh. For kids 5 and up; must be accompanied by an adult. Bring closed-toe shoes that can get wet, hat, sunscreen, towel, a refillable water bottle and change of clothes. Cost: $10/child. Accompanying adult free. Registration required. Call 561 804-4985.

Wednesday 6

Scrub Jay Walk, 8:30 a.m., Jonathan Dickinson State Park, 16460 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound. Walk through the Florida scrub and explore this unique ecosystem and the wildlife that depend on it to survive. Meet at the Camp Murphy Bike Trailhead parking lot before Pine Grove Campground. 1st & 3rd Wednesdays October through May


Saturday 9

3nd annual Run for the Natural Areas 5K Trail Run at Winding Waters Natural Area 7:30 a.m., Winding Waters Natural Area, 6161 Haverhill Road, West Palm Beach. The Race for the Natural Areas aims to showcase the Palm Beach County Natural Areas that the citizens voted to purchase and preserve. The course itself will be along a trail ringing the restored wetlands of the natural area. Click for more info.

 

Saturday 16

Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park Non-Native Plant Removal, 8:30 am until noon, Jonathan Dickinson State Park, 16460 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound.The work consists of hand pulling non-native plants.  Water is provided. Please bring your own refillable water bottle and gloves. IMPORTANT:  The event is held ONLY if at least 3 people RSVP by Thursday noon 2 days prior to the work day.RSVP or get more information by emailing  robin.rossmanith@dep.state.fl.us  or call Rob @ 772-263-3749.

 

Monday 18

The Impact of Butterfly and Pollinator Gardens, 2 p.m., Pan's Garden and the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, 311 Peruvian Avenue, Palm Beach. Speaker Jaret Daniels examines the ecological effect of planting a landscape for these beneficial insects, verifying that native gardens are much more than a mass of pretty flowers. Free program but reservations are required.

Tuesday 19

Florida Native Plant Society, Palm Beach County Chapter Monthly Meeting, 7 p.m. Mounts Botantical Garden, 531 N. Military Trail West Palm Beach. Topic: Foraging Florida Natives. Speaker: Scott Davis, botantist/ranger, U.S. Department of the Interior. Meeting is free and open to the public.

Wednesday 20

Scrub Jay Walk, 8:30 a.m., Jonathan Dickinson State Park, 16460 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound. Walk through the Florida scrub and explore this unique ecosystem and the wildlife that depend on it to survive. Meet at the Camp Murphy Bike Trailhead parking lot before Pine Grove Campground. 1st & 3rd Wednesdays October through May

Saturday 23

Florida Native Plant Society, Palm Beach County Chapater Field Trip, 9 a.m.. Foraging Palm Beach County's Natural Areas with Scott Davis of the Department of the Interior. Check Chapter website for details.

 
April

 

Wednesday 3

Scrub Jay Walk, 8:30 a.m., Jonathan Dickinson State Park, 16460 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound. Walk through the Florida scrub and explore this unique ecosystem and the wildlife that depend on it to survive. Meet at the Camp Murphy Bike Trailhead parking lot before Pine Grove Campground. 1st & 3rd Wednesdays October through May

 

 

Monday 8

The Importance of Native Plants, 2 p.m., Pan's Garden and the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, 311 Peruvian Avenue, Palm Beach. Speaker Craig Huegel. Renew your landscape with Florida native plants that are best for your location and attract butterflies and songbirds. Free program but reservations are required.

 

 

Tuesday 16

Florida Native Plant Society, Palm Beach County Chapter Monthly Meeting, 7 p.m. Mounts Botantical Garden, 531 N. Military Trail West Palm Beach. Topic: Native Medicinial Plants. Speaker: Laura Olsen, native herbologist. Meeting is free and open to the public.

Wednesday 17

Scrub Jay Walk, 8:30 a.m., Jonathan Dickinson State Park, 16460 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound. Walk through the Florida scrub and explore this unique ecosystem and the wildlife that depend on it to survive. Meet at the Camp Murphy Bike Trailhead parking lot before Pine Grove Campground. 1st & 3rd Wednesdays October through May