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Tuesday, October 21
The Florida Earth Festival
A Networking Event on Climate Change.  Come join us for a chance to meet like minded activists, experts and leaders in Palm Beach County AND exchange ideas on the actions that need to be taken in  Palm Beach and Florida  Refreshments and Beverages will be served and no admission fee!
When: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 6pm
Where: EcoCentre-The Living Building
1005 Lake Avenue, Lake Worth, FL 33460
Location and Parking:
(Between S East Coast St and S H Street, east of the railroad tracks. Ample free parking is available on the street)
RSVP to Jerry Lind at jlindofa@gmail.com

Saturday & Sunday, October 25 & 26
Outings Leader Training
Do you love the outdoors? Would you like to share your love of it with others? We can teach you how and provide all the equipment you need to do it! Join us for Leader Training and become a certified leader for adults or youth and start sharing the outdoors with others. Lunch included on Saturday. Cost: $25, (to be refunded after you lead your first trip). Class size is limited; fee payment guarantees your spot. To register contact Mark Walters, mark.walters@sierraclub.org or Karen Kerr, karenkerr50@gmail.com.

Saturday, November 8
Full Moon Bike Ride Fundraiser at Shark Valley
If you have never experienced this 15 mile ride you are in for a treat because we'll experience the sunset and moon rise almost simultaneously. Learn about Everglades ecology as well as the benefits of the construction of elevated sections of the Tamiami Trail. You MUST have a bike in good repair, with a front and rear light (in case the moonlight is obstructed by clouds). A spare tire /inner-tube and helmets are strongly recommended. Wear clothing that is appropriate for the season. We'll have snacks at the observation tower. Rated moderate. Age limit 16. Yes, you will see alligators and other wildlife. Time 4 pm to approximately 8:30 pm. Directions will be provided. Suggested donation $20. Leader: Mark Walters, mark.walters@sierraclub.org

Saturday, November 8
Everglades Ecology 101
Join us and discover one of the National Parks in your own backyard! Explore the Anhinga and Gumbo Limbo trails and more. Lots of wildlife including birds and alligators while learning about Everglades ecology, and the things that make it unique. Pack a lunch and bring lots of water. Rating: Leisure - great for beginners or veterans, families with kids welcome. Limit: 12 Suggested Donation: $10; contact the outing leader for more information. Park entrance: $10/vehicle. Carpooling is encouraged. Contact the leader if you would like to carpool or can take someone in your vehicle and for details. Leader: Kaatje Bernabei, kaatjebernabei@bellsouth.net, 305-223-6551 Assistant: Alan Nowell, mrhitnmiss@aol.com.

Saturday & Sunday, November 15 & 16
Campground Camping and Kayaking/Canoeing on Fisheating Creek
http://myfwc.com/viewing/recreation/wmas/lead/fisheating-creek/, west of Lake Okeechobee. See www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cd8IsXIFVA, http://youtu.be/KhbpQvFU7Xs, and www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0xMtAwNjxE&feature=related for more info. Fisheating Creek is the only free-flowing tributary to Lake Okeechobee. Framed by bald cypress swamps and hardwood hammocks, Fisheating Creek has long been valued for its scenic quality unmarred by houses and other human intrusions. Fisheating Creek is critical to the long-term welfare of Florida panthers, Florida black bears, swallow-tailed kites, whooping and sandhill cranes, crested caracara, and a number of other species native to the area. We will camp in the campground and paddle along the creek enjoying the scenery and the abundant wildlife, including deer, feral hog, Osceola turkey, and plenty of gators. Our outfitter will be www.fisheatingcreekoutpost.com. We'll meet at the campground on Saturday morning and the outfitter will transport us and our kayaks/canoes to the Burnt Bridge put in point. After paddling downstream on the creek, we’ll set up camp in the campground. On Sunday, we can explore some of the trails along the creek. You may bring your own kayak/canoe or rent one. The outfitter’s price schedule for the transport is practically the same whether you bring your own vessel or rent from them. Suggested donation is $65 per person for members, $75 person for non-members if you will have two people in your boat. If you are bringing or renting a single kayak, the donation is $80 per person for members and $90 per person for non-members. This includes the campsite (both Friday and Saturday nights if you wish), three meals (Saturday lunch and dinner plus Sunday breakfast), upriver transport, and canoe/kayak rental, if applicable. Moderate. Limit 16. If you wish, you may camp at our main campground campsite on Friday evening on your own – just provide your own meals. Leaders: Chas Hunt, 561-967-4770, loxoutings@comcast.net; Judy Kuchta, judykuchta@yahoo.com, 305-308-8913; and Kaatje Bernabei, kaatjebernabei@bellsouth.net, 305-223-6551.

Saturday, November 22
Big Cypress hike on Florida trail
Hike in the splendor of Big Cypress National Preserve, from Oasis Visitor Center north on Tamiami Trail and back; 6 miles roundtrip with a leisurely lunch halfway. Hiking through sawgrass prairies with beautiful stretches of saw palmettos and pinelands trails that may be under water amidst cypress forests. Expect to see reptiles, birds, butterflies and wildflowers. Panther, bobcats and deer encounter are possible. Rating: moderate to strenuous. Pack a lunch and bring lots of water. Limit: 8. Suggested Donation: $10. Contact the outing leader for meeting times and location or more information. Carpooling is encouraged, contact the leader if you would like to carpool or can take someone in your vehicle. Leader: Kaatje Bernabei kaatjebernabei@bellsouth.net 305-223-6551 Assistant Leader: Alan Nowell mrhitnmiss@aol.com

Saturday, November 29
Urban Bicycling in Boca Raton
Leisurely bicycling on sidewalks, bike paths or quiet streets through Boca’s parks, commercial district and neighborhoods. Bicycle helmets are REQUIRED on all Sierra Club bicycle outings. Moderate. Limit 20. $3 members, $5 non-members. Ron Haines, 561-315-0528, RonaldHaines@bellsouth.net.

Sunday, December 14
Canoe/Kayak at John Prince Park in Lake Worth
Leisurely canoeing and kayaking in the backwaters of John Prince Park. See http://www.co.palm-beach.fl.us/parks/locations/johnprince.htm#.Uu-Hiv-PKM8 for park details. Boat rentals available. Limit 20. Leisure. $3 members, $5 non-members suggested donation. Ron Haines, ronaldhaines@bellsouth.net, 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 to attend.


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Inspiring Connections Outdoors

Palm 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!

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for the Inspiring Connections Outdoors Program, please contact Sheila Calderon.

Check out the Inspiring Connections Outdoors Website!

Sierra Club Loxahatchee Group
PO Box 6271
Lake Worth, FL 33466-6271

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