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Wednesday, January 21
General Membership Meeting
At the January Sierra Club Loxahatchee Group meeting, Alana Edwards, an environmental educator for FAU's Center for Environmental Studies, will speak about imperiled butterflies and their habitat in South Florida. Alana is the Chair of the Palm Beach County Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association (NABA) and was the lead coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sponsored survey of rare and endangered South Florida butterflies conducted by NABA. Alana is also a Ph.D. student. This meeting is free and open to the public. Please join us.
Location: Lantana Branch Library, 4020 Lantana Rd., Lake Worth, FL 33462
Date: January 21, 2015
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 24
St. Lucie River Paddle
Put in at River Park Marina off of Prima Vista Blvd., Port St Lucie, FL. We will go downstream and explore a mangrove trail that parallels the river and then return to the put-in. For canoe or kayak rental make your own arrangements with the outfitter: Jackie, 772-340-3993. Canoes are $25 for 3 hours, $40 all day and single kayaks $20 for 3 hours, $35 all day. Pack drinks and snacks. Three to four hour paddle with at least one rest stop. Meet at 9 a.m. Leisure. $3 members, $5 non-members suggested donation. Email or call Ron Haines for more info and reservations, 561 315-0528
Saturday, February 7
Biking in Riverbend Park in Jupiter
Leisurely bicycling on hard-packed bike trails in the new Riverbend Park though Cypress stands and around watery sloughs. Bicycle helmets are REQUIRED on all Sierra Club bicycle outings. $3 members, $5 non-members plus bike rental, if necessary. Moderate. Limit 20. Contact Ron Haines, 561-315-0528.
Family Camping and Safari Adventure
This outing to Lion Country Safari KOA is geared toward family campers with children of all ages. A special camping discount is available for $135 for a family of up to four people for two nights and includes admission to Lion Country Safari for two days. Cabins are available for an additional charge. You must make your own reservations (see below). Food: Bring items to barbecue and something to share for two dinners. Breakfast (pancakes and sausage) will be provided Saturday and Sunday. Lunch is available at Lion Country Safari for $5-10 per person. Rating: Leisure. Cost: Suggested donation: $10 per adult to cover cost of breakfast and smores. Bring your camping equipment, eating utensils, chairs, and flashlights for a night walk. You will need sleeping bags if you reserve a cabin. Phone number for Lion Country Safari KOA is 561-793-9797. Remember, you must make your own reservations. Ask for the special camping discount with tickets to Lion Country Safari. Reserve your spot soon for this three day weekend. If you have any questions, please contact outing leader Kathy Teas. You must register with the outing leader before February 1, 2015.
Saturday, February 28, 9:30 AM
Day Kayaking/Canoeing at St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park
http://www.floridastateparks.org/stlucieinlet/. This classic Florida barrier island is accessible only by boat, but it is worth the ride. A 3300 foot boardwalk takes visitors across mangrove forests and hammocks of live oaks, cabbage palms, paradise trees, and wild limes to a neatly preserved Atlantic beach. During the summer months, the island is an important nesting area for loggerhead, leatherback, and green turtles. We will paddle across the Intracoastal and then explore the tidal creeks. After we've worked up an appetite, we'll have lunch and go for an ocean swim on a pristine secluded beach. $3 members, $5 non-members if you bring your own kayak or canoe. Rentals are available. Bring a lunch to share. Moderate. A video from a prior outing can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mr2Bh-EG2Is. Chas Hunt, 561-967-4770.
Saturday, March 21, 9:00 AM
Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge Paddle in Western Boynton Beach
Experience the Everglades as we paddle along the canoe trail in the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. Bring your own kayak or canoe or rent a kayak or canoe from the outfitter, Loxahatchee Canoeing, 561-733-0192, $33 canoe, $28 single kayak, $40 double kayak. Bring insect repellent and dress for the weather. Limit 20. Moderate. Suggested donation to support the Outings Program of $3 members/$5 non-members. A video can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BW49VXaOvGU. Ron Haines, 561-315-0528.
The executive committee
of the Sierra Club Loxahatchee Group meets the first Wednesday
of every month at Total Wine in Boynton Beach. Any member is welcomed
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Beach County Inspiring Connections Outdoors (formerly known as Inner
City Outings) is a program of the Sierra Club dedicated to exposing
urban South Florida youth to the wonders of nature. Our group includes
participants from Palm Beach County and surrounding areas. We are
led completely by volunteer leaders who dedicate some of their time
to take children who would not otherwise have the opportunity on
safe and fun outdoor trips.
Some of our great
trips have been to Myakka River State Park, Johnathan Dickinson
State Park, Big Cypress National Preserve, Everglades National
Park, and Loggerhead Marinelife Center! We love to camp, hike,
canoe, learn about Florida’s flora and fauna, have fun and
make friends while we are exploring!
are interested in becoming a volunteer for the Inspiring Connections
Outdoors Program, please contact Sheila
Check out the Inspiring
Connections Outdoors Website!