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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.
 
April

 

Tuesday 2

Audubon Society Everglades Chapter — Florida Scrub-Jays, 7 p.m. FAU-Pine Jog Environmental Center 6301 Summit Blvd. West Palm Beach. “Insights gained from 50 years of study: the socially complex lives of Florida Scrub-Jays” by Reed Bowman, Ph.D., Director, Avian Ecology Program, Archbold Biological Station. Free and open to the public. Click for more info.

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.

Friday 5

River Center Lecture Series: Prescribed Fire — The Spark of Life, Noon, Loxahatchee River Center, 805 N US Highway 1, Jupiter. The importance of fire in maintaining health ecosystems, presented by Harper Carroll, Fire Manager for Palm Beach County’s Environmental Resources Management. Free program; light lunch served. Registration required.

Saturday 6

Swamp Tromp, 10 a.m., Grassy Waters Preserve, 8264 Northlake Blvd, West Palm Beach. Take a walk on the wild side during this hike through cypress swamps, cabbage palm hammocks, and saw grass marshes. Be prepared to get wet and muddy! This hike is on a rugged trail that requires stepping over and ducking under vegetation and other obstacles. Bring closed-toed shoes that can get wet, water, hat, sunscreen, towel, and change of clothes. Age 8 plus; Cost $10 adults, $5 child with adult.

Sunday 7

Kayaking Quick Start, 9 a.m., Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72 Avenue Miami. Discover how easy and fun kayaking can be on the scenic waters of Biscayne Bay. This course will introduce you to the basic skills necessary to begin safely paddling on small, calm bodies of water. Learn how to hold a paddle and how blade placement affects the craft. Find out how your body and paddling style contributes to stability on the water and more. Cost $40. Click for more info.

Kayaking Key Biscayne Oceanside, 9:30 a.m., Crandon Park, Key Biscayne. Let our naturalists take you on a journey along the shores of a land that has witnessed the comings and goings of man for over 2000 years, from the Tequesta tribes to the pirates that shipwrecked off shore. Paddle over sea-grass beds and sand flats as you make your way past an ancient fossilized reef and into the serene mangrove forests. This trip meets at the Crandon Park Nature Center, please bring plenty of drinking water (at least one quart), closed-toe shoes, and protection from the sun.
Cost: $30 per person and includes equipment. Click for more info

 

 

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.

Wednesday 10

Night Hike and Camp Fire, 7 p.m., Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72nd Avenue, Miami. Explore the woods and it’s wildlife as it comes to life at night! After the hike, gather around a campfire and enjoy complementary s’mores. Cost: $15 for nonmembers. Click for more info.

Friday 12

Wetlands and Wildlife, 8:30 a.m., Wakodahatchee Wetlands, 13026 Jog Road, Delray Beach. Presented by Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. Bring your binoculars and join us for a FREE ¾ 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.

Creatures of the Night at Greynolds Park, 7:30 p.m., Greynolds Park 17530 West Dixie Highway Miami. Come learn about the mysteries of the night and see what lurks around our park when the lights go out! Our naturalists will guide you through the park’s nature trails in search of its nocturnal residents including eastern screech owls, raccoons, night spiders, and more. This program meets at the Greynolds Park at 22nd Ave & Miami Gardens Drive Entrance; please bring comfortable closed-toe shoes, insect repellent, and a flashlight. All ages welcomed, must be at least 5 years of age. Cost: $6 per person. Click for more info.

 

Saturday 13

Free Boardwak Hike: Everglades Wetlands 9:30 a.m. Grassy Waters Preserve, 8264 Northlake Blvd., West Palm Beach. Learn about thle 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.

Butterfly Walk, Atala Chapter of North American Butterfly Association 9:30 a.m., Cypress Creek Natural Area — South. 9424 W. Indiantown Road (south side of Indiantown Road).  This butterfly walk is an Adopt A Natural Area program in partnership with Palm Beach County Environmental Resources Management (ERM).  Cypress Creek is 2,000 acres of diverse plant communities, such as pine flatwoods, wet prairie, hydric hammock, and wetlands. Wear closed toe walking shoes and bring water, sunscreen and bug spray. There are no facilities on site. Butterfly walks are free and open to the public. Click to Register.

Bird Walk, 7:30 a.m., Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72nd Avenue Miami. The Deering Estate is part of the Biscayne Bay IBA (Important Bird Area) recognized as a globally important habitat for the conservation of bird populations. Search for some of the Deering Estate’s estimated 170 resident and migratory bird species. Watch for ibises, herons, egrets and other shorebirds in and around the shallow coastal waters. Bird Walks are held seasonally on the 2nd Saturday of the month, Oct-May, 7: 30 AM–10:30 AM. Cost: $15; Free for Deering Estate Foundation Members. Tickets can be purchased upon entry to the event. For more details call 305-235-1668 ext. 233.

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.

Seining the Lagoon, 12:30 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.

Evening Bay Cruise, 5:30 p.m., Biscayne National Park, 9700 SE 328th Street, Homestead. Join us for an evening cruise into Biscayne Bay. Enjoy an hour on the bay learning about your National Park. Afterwards, stay at Convoy Point for the Park After Dark activities, s’mores, and star gazing, grounds and Visitor Center will be open until 9:00 PM. Cost: $15. Activities include ranger-led canoe tours at 6 and 7:30. Click for details.

Sunday 14

Canoe Cruise, 9:30 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.

Pedal the Preserve, 3 p.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.

Moonlight Canoe Tour, 7:30 p.m., Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72nd Avenue Miami. ake a Canoe Tour across Biscayne Bay! These tours will depart from Charles’ Deering’s boat basin and stop over at Chicken Key, a seven-acre mangrove island and bird rookery approximately one mile off-shore. Enjoy a campfire and s’mores at the end of event. Please bring closed-toe shoes that can get wet, comfortable clothing, snacks, and water. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted. For ages 18 & older. Recommended for intermediate paddlers. Space is limited; reservations are required.For more information call 305-235-1668 ext. 233 or Click for more info.

 

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.

Eco Watch Lecture Series: The Mysterious Creatures of the Sea When Dinosaurs Ruled the Land, 7 p.m., Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N. Ocean Blvd. Boca Raton. The world and its ecosystems are ever-changing, and a glimpse into the past can reveal wondrous creatures from our dreams, and beasts from our nightmares. Paleontologist Robert DePalma will reveal the exotic and mysterious creatures that existed beneath the waves while the dinosaurs ruled the land over 65 million years ago. The lecture will also be accompanied by a selection of rare, never-before-exhibited fossils during the Q&A period. Meet in Gumbo Limbo's Classroom.  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. Click for More Info.

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.

Loxahatchee River Center Natrualist Series Nature Walk: Jupiter Inlet Outstanding Natural Area, 9 a.m., 805 US 1, Jupiter,Join the River Center for a nature walk through Jupiter Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area. Walk along the guided paths and immerse yourself in this local natural area. Interested participants should wear closed toed shoes, comfortable clothing and bring plenty of water. Make sure to RSVP to this event! Space is limited. Click for more info.

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. For all ages, but those under 18 must accompanied by an adult. Click for more info.

Friday 19

Night Walk and Campfire at Arch Creek Park, 7:30 p.m., Arch Creek Park, 1855 NE 135th Street North Miami. Take a night-time stroll into some of the various natural ecosystems of South Florida alongside a naturalist guide to discover the marvelous nocturnal life of the park at dusk. Experience the sights and sounds of eastern screech owls, raccoons, night spiders, and many more nocturnal natives. This program meets at the park Nature Center; please bring comfortable closed-toe shoes, insect repellent, and a flashlight. Feel free to bring your own marshmallows to roast on our campfire following the walk. All ages welcome. Cost: $6 per person, Click for more info.

Seabirds on the Bay, 7 p.m., Pelican Harbor Seabird Station 1279 NE 79 Street Causeway, Miami. A special 2-hour full moon cruise as we tour Biscayne Bay & scan the mangrove shoreline of the Bird Key rookery for more than 31 species of birds and other wildlife. Cost $50 per person. Click for more info.

Saturday 20

Birding at Lakeside, 8 a.m., Lakeside Ranch Storm Water Treatment Area, 9400 SE 126th Blvd, Okeechobee. Sponsored by the Martin County Audubon Society. Take a guided tour of the 2600 acre Lakeside Ranch STA (Stormwater Treatment Area). 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. It's a great opportunity to learn how to identify birds from our expert birding guides. Click for More Info.

Earth Day Project: Restoring a Cypress Ecosystem, 8:15 a.m., Jonathan Dickenson State Park 16450 SE Federal Highway 1 Hobe Sound. Jake Muese, as his Eagle Scout project, is raising $900 to buy 200 3-gallon cypress trees and is recruiting his scout troop to assist with planting them. The general public, other scout troops, park service volunteers, and visitors to the park are encouraged to join us at 8:15 am at the Jonathan Dickinson State Park Ranger Station to assist in restoring bald cypress to a portion of the park where they were once prevalent but were nearly killed off by saltwater intrusion. A short interpretive program on how improved water quality and salinity along portions of the Loxahatchee River will promote ecosystem restoration will be given on location prior to the project. Entry fee waived for volunteers. Click for more info.

EarthStravaganza , 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Crandon Park Visitor and Nature Center (North Beach Entrance) 6767 Crandon Park Beach Blvd, Key Biscayne. A fun-filled, family friendly day idedicated to helping protect and preserve the environment.  Participate in Youth Service Earth Fest volunteer project to clean the beach, restore the sand dunes, and enhance a butterfly garden.  Starting at noon, visit the Eco-Village for nature tours, plant sale, art exhibit, water-sports equipment rentals, arts & crafts, live music, and refreshments for sale.  The day culminates with the Mermaid Parade on Historic Crandon Park Beach Promenade, a 1.5 mile parade to raise awareness on the importance of protecting our oceans.  For more information, call 305-361-6767. 

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.

Intracoastal 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 by calling (561) 544-8615. 

Sunday 21

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.

Tales and Trails at Arch Creek Park — April Fools, 10:30 a.m., Arch Creek Park, 1855 NW 136th Avenue North Miami. Stories, a nature walk and basic photography. Learn about nature photography & photojournalism. Snap pictures throughout the park and share them with us. Click for more info.

 

 

Tuesday 23

Kayak Tour — the Lainhart Dam, 3 p.m., Loxahatichee River Center, 806 U.S. Highway 1, Jupiter. Paddle along through the fresh water swamp on our naturalist led tour for great views of local wildlife. All equipment will be provided but interested participants should bring water shoes, sunscreen, and plenty of water! The cost for this program is $20 per person . Make sure to reserve your spot today! Space is limited! Moderate to advanced kayaking skills required. Click for more info.

Thursday 25

Night Stalkers, 7:30 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.

Saturday 27

Florida Native Plant Society Palm Beach Chapter Workshop on Medicinal Plant,

Sunrise Photography, 5:30 a.m., Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72nd Avenue Miami. The Deering Estate offers an opportunity for you and several of your photography friends can take sunrise photos of Biscayne Bay! The price of the sunrise photography also includes admission to the Estate during regular hours (10:00 am to 4:00 pm) on the same day. Please note that you must register and pay in advance. Cost: $20 per person. Register online or call 305-235-1668 ext. 233. Click for more info.

Story Tme with Nature, 10 a.m., Green Cay Nature Center, 12800 Hagen Ranch Road, Boynton Beach. Kids will discover nature through crafts and stories about animals and other nature-related themes! For ages 4-10; Cost $2 per child. RSVP required. Call 561 804-4985.

Intracoastal Adventure — Kayaking, 1:30 p.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.

Party for the Planet, 10 a.m., Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152th Street, Miami. The Zoo's annual Earth Day celebration with conservation-themed activities for the entire family as well as fun enrichment for our animals!Free admission with cellphone donation to the park's ECO-CELL program. Through 3 p.m. Sunday. Click for more info.

Pelican Harbor Sunset Cruise, 6:30 p.m., Pelican Harbor Seabird Station 1279 NE 79 Street Causeway, Miami. Join us for our monthly beautiful 2-hour sunset birding cruise on the Biscayne Bay. Enjoy the mangrove shoreline of the Bird Key rookery and see the Miami skyline at night.  Cost: $40 per person. Click for more info.


 

 
May

 

Wednesday 1

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.

 

Wednesday 8

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.

 

Wednesday 15

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.

Thursday 16

Atala Chapter, North American Butterfly Association (Palm Beach County) 7 p.m., Pine Jog Environmental Education Center, 6301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach. The Program: Palm Beach County Butterflies.  Chapter members will share tips on how to identify our local butterflies that we see in natural areas and our yards. This program will prepare you for the upcoming counts as well as increase your enjoyment of butterfly watching. All Atala Chapter meetings are free and open to the public. www.nabapalmbeach.org

 

 

Tuesday 21

Native Plant Auction, Florida Native Plant Society, 7 p.m., Mounts Botanical Garden, 531 N. Military Trail West Palm Beach. Rare and unique native plants will be open for bidding, with plant descriptions by Craig N. Huegel, while the bidding process is conducted by auctioneer Andrew Burr. Click for more info.

Saturday 26

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.