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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.
 
January 2019

Saturday 5

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.

Sunday 6

Marsh Critters — Dipnetting, 2 p.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.

Tuesday 8

Nature Walk, Jupiter Ridge Natural Area, 9 a.m. Join the Loxahatchee River Center for a guided hike through Jupiter Ridge. Free event but registration is required. Click for more info.

Friday 11

Science for Seniors: Little Green Heron's Escape from Death, 1 p.m., Green Cay Nature Center, 12500 Hagen Ranch Road, Boynton Beach. Phil Rather presents a photo story detailing the lifecycle of the little green heron and its harrowing escape from death. For adutls 50 and up. Cost: $5 Reservation required. Phone 561 966-7000.

Loxahatchee River Cruise, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Jonathan Dickinson State Park, 16450 SE Federal Highway Hobe Sound. A 90-minute cruise on the Loxahatchee Queen III that includes a stop at the Trapper Nelson Interpretive Site. Cost:
$6 park entry and additional boat tour fee. Contact the park concession for more details about boat tours, 561-746-1466.

Saturday 12

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.

Beach Cleanup, 11 a.m. Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, 1200 Crandon Blvd. Key Biscayne. Participants should wear closed toe shoes, bring a refillable water bottle, hat, sunscreen and bug spray. Snacks and Ice water will be provided during the cleanup. The Park provides trash bags and buckets, trash pickup sticks, and nitrile gloves. If participants wish to wear gardening gloves, they should bring them. We also provide Volunteer service hour acknowledgement letters for anyone requesting them for school. Click for more info.

Beach Cleanup, 11 a.m., John D. MacArthur State Park, 10900 Jack Nichlaus Drive, North Palm Beach. Join us for a few hours of sun and surf and help keep MacArthur Beach State Park clean. Beach cleanups help remove trash which might otherwise end up endangering sea turtles or shorebirds. Participants will receive gloves and trash bags. Please bring a reusable water bottle, hat, sunscreen. Community service hours will be given upon request to students. Free entry into the park if assisting with the cleanup. For more information contact 561-776-7449, ext. 109.

 

Sunday 13

Feathered Friends Boardwalk Hike and Craft, 2 p.m., Grassy Waters Preserve, 8264 Northlake Blvd. West Palm Beach. A free family-friendly guided boardwalk hike to search for our unique wetland birds. Learn more about their amazing adaptations and how their feathers were used by humans throughout history. Create and decorate your very own craft binoculars to take on the hike! Wear closed-toe shoes, hat and sunscreen and bring a refillable water bottle. For ages 5 and up. Free but registration is required. Call 561 804-4985.

Thursday 17

Swamp Tromp Through the Hungryland Slough, 9 a.m., Hungryland Slough Natural Area, 12385 Seminole Pratt Whitney Road West Palm Beach. Hike the back ways of the Slough with Palm Beach County ERM staff. Water may be knee deep in places. Free program. Click for more info.

Saturday 19

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.

Come learn about and see the manatees with Force-E!, 10:15 a.m., Manatee Lagoon, 6000 N. Flagler Avenue West Palm Beach. A tour of the manatee center, plus a presentation on manatees, with a viewing on the deck of any manatees in the lagoon. Free event but registration required. Click for details.

Sunday 20


Moonlight Canoe Tour, 7 p.m., Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72 Avenue Miami. Enjoy a moonlight canoe tour on Biscayne Bay! These tours depart from the boat basin and stop at Chicken Key, a seven-acre mangrove island and bird rookery approx. one mile off-shore. $40. Purchase tickets online or call 305-235-1668 ext. 233

Lunar Eclipse Photography, 9 p.m. Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72 Avenue Miami. Watch and photograph the Total Lunar Eclipse, a rare and beautiful phenomenon, from the Deering Estate. $30. Purchase tickets online or call 305-235-1668 ext. 233Register online

 

 

Monday 21

Supermoon Viewing, 6-8 p.m. Deering Estate,16701 SW 72 Ave. Miami. Enjoy an evening with friends and family as you watch the full super moon rise over Biscayne Bay! The Southern Cross Astronomical Society (SCAS) will have telescopes to view the moon up close.  Cost: $10 for ages 4 & over. Click for more info.

 

Wednesday 23

Sunset Photography Workshop, 4 p.m., Cypress Creek Natural Area, 10035 Indiantown Road, Jupiter. A 2-4 mile guided hike through the natural area, including to some off-trail sites. Free program. Limited number of participants. Click for more info.

Thursday 24

Learning at Loxahatchee Lecture Series: Ethnobotany of a Cypress Swamp, 1:30 p.m., Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, 10216 Lee Road, Boynton Beach. Speaker: Bruce Rosenberg, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service volunteer.
Ethnobotany is the study of how people make use of native plants for food and medicine. There will be a short tour of the Cypress Swamp Boardwalk following the lecture. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Friday 25

Science for Seniors: Protecting Endangered Plants and Animals, 1 p.m., Green Cay Nature Center, 12500 Hagen Ranch Road, Boynton Beach. Retired EPA employee Richard W. Emory Jr. discusses protecting endangered species, exploring man-made problems of wildlife facing exttinction and steps we can take to reverse the process. For adutls 50 and up. Cost: $5 Reservation required. Phone 561 966-7000.

Saturday 26

Lecture: Saving Nature, Healing Humans, 9:45 a.m. Grassy Waters Preserve, 8264 Northlake Blvd., West Palm Beach. Join Benji Studt of Palm Beach County's Department of Environmental Resource Management on a virtual journey through Palm Beach County's natural areas. Experience their beauty and importance. Studt will talk about the positive impacts that spending time in nature can have on mental health. Free program but reservations required. Call 561 804-4985.

A Hunt for Ladiestresses, 11:45 a.m., Pine Glades Natural Area,14122 West Indiantown Road, Jupiter. A leisurely four-hour hike through the Pine Glades Natural Area in search of ground orchids and other plants starting to bloom. Click for more info.

 

Sunday 27

Feathered Friends Boardwalk Hike and Craft, 2 p.m., Grassy Waters Preserve, 8264 Northlake Blvd. West Palm Beach. A free family-friendly guided boardwalk hike to search for our unique wetland birds. Learn more about their amazing adaptations and how their feathers were used by humans throughout history. Create and decorate your very own craft binoculars to take on the hike! Wear closed-toe shoes, hat and sunscreen and bring a refillable water bottle. For ages 5 and up. Free but registration is required. Call 561 804-4985.

Thursday 31

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.


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

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.

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.

Wednesday 6

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.

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

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.

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 understandingof 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.

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

 

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

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

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.

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.

 

 

Thursday 28

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

March
 

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.