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Preserving Nature by Design
Preserving Nature by Design
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Learn the nesting patterns of sea turtles, navigate the freshwater reaches of the Loxahatchee, discover the variety of wildlife that make our community their home. Our area is home to a number of great environmental attractions where you can get up close and personal with nature. Here is just a samplings complete with phone numbers and/or web-sites. Not only can you have a wonderful time exploring nature, but you just might learn something, too!

The River Center

The River Center, located at 805 N. U.S. Highway One, Jupiter (where the Historical Center use to be), traces the Loxahatchee River from its headwaters in Palm Beach County, through the cypress dominated floodplain in the Wild & Scenic segment, into the central embayment, and finally out through Jupiter Inlet into the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf Stream.

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Call (561) 743-7123

Blowing Rocks

The Loxahatchee River Environmental Center traces the Loxahatchee River from its headwaters in Palm Beach County, through the cypress dominated floodplain in the Wild & Scenic segment, into the central embayment, and finally out through Jupiter Inlet into the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf Stream.

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Call (561) 744-6668

Busch Wildlife Sanctuary

Busch Wildlife Sanctuary offers a unique opportunity to learn about Florida's freshwater and upland ecosystems and includes nature trails, indoor and outdoor wildlife exhibits, an interpretive education center, children's programs and a wildlife refuge for recuperating wildlife.

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Call (561) 575-3399

Canoe Outfitters

Canoe Outfitters sits along the shore of the Northwest Fork of the Loxahatchee River. The facility rents canoe and kayaks for visitors to take a trip along Florida's first Wild and Scenic Loxahatchee River. Aided with literature about the River, visitors start their trip along the banks of the River and travel through the natural cypress overhangs that encompass this wonderful resource.

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Call (561) 746-7053

Dupuis Preserve

A remnant of the northern tip of Florida Everglades, there are four loop trails for hiking and backpacking developed by the Florida trail association. Preserved as a habitat for wildlife and native vegetation, Dubuis Preserve offers a variety of recreational uses including hunting, fishing, biking and equestrian trails.

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Call (561) 924-5310

Florida Oceanographic Society Coastal Center

Aquariums, touch tanks, stingray tank, children's activity pavilion with interactive exhibits. Daily stingray feeding programs and guided nature walks on a nature trail to the Indian River Lagoon and a trail designed just for kids.

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Call (561) 744-6668

Grassy Waters Preserve

The Loxahatchee Preserve includes twenty square miles of public wetlands and represents the largest remaining remnant of the Loxahatchee Slough. The preserve gives visitors an opportunity to pine flatwoods, cypress wetlands and other habitats. Here, presentations on topics of environmental interest are offered, along with guided nature walks, canoe trips, hiking, as well as catch-and-release fishing.

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Call (561) 627-8831

Hobe Sound Nature Center

The Hobe Sound Nature on-site facilities include indoor classrooms, an interpretive center with exhibits, live native wildlife and hands-on displays. There are also nature trails for hiking and guided tours, snorkeling, children's programs, special events, and turtle walks in the summer.

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Call (561) 546-2067

Jonathan Dickinson State Park

The Loxahatchee River winds its way through this state park, which spans close to 11,500 acres. There are four scenic nature trails where visitors may observe endangered species such as the bald eagle, Florida scrub-jay, Florida sandhill crane and gopher tortoises. There are also two campgrounds, hiking trails and nature walks, equestrian trails, fishing, biking, picnic facilities, children's programs, and a concession for canoe rentals and river tours.

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Call (561) 546-2771

Jupiter Outdoor Center

This recreation facility offers canoe, kayak, and bike rentals. The Center offers guided 'eco-tours' around the Loxahatchee River. The avid recreational users will enjoy biking and hiking throughout the beautiful Jonathan Dickinson State Park.

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Call (561) 747-0063

J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area

Here, visitors can observe the virtually undisturbed slash pine flatwoods, a sawgrass marsh, oak/cabbage palm hammock and cypress wetlands. The property includes a 14-mile spur of the Florida Trail. In addition, there is fishing, hunting, and camping.

Call (561) 625-5122

MacArthur State Beach Park

A 1,600-foot boardwalk over Lake Worth Cove leads visitors to a beach that includes an offshore reef ideal for snorkeling. The beach is a prime nesting area of sea turtles and turtle walks are conducted in the summer. There also is a 4,000 square-foot Nature Center that includes exhibits, displays and a video interpreting the barrier island's plant and animal species.

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Call (561) 624-6950

Marinelife Center of Juno Beach

The Marine Center houses a variety of exhibits such as live sea turtles and other coastal creatures, as well as educational displays about South Florida's marine environment. Outdoor exhibits lead visitors along a trail through undisturbed coastal vegetation and to the beach where sea turtles nest during the summer.

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Call (561) 627-8280

NENA (Northeast Everglades Natural Area)

NENA stretches from Southern Boulevard in Palm Beach County, north to Bridge Road in Martin County, and from the Atlantic Ocean west to Lake Okeechobee. NENA includes over 165,000 acres of natural Florida lands and more than a dozen different activity & education centers that provide information about the area's natural and human history.

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Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation Department

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St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park

This recreation facility is located on the northern 928 acres of Jupiter Island with 2.5 miles of Atlantic beach. There is a dock if you come by boat. It has a 3,300-foot boardwalk that meanders from the dock to the beach. A reef formation, inhabited by a wide variety of marine life lies offshore of the park. This protected reef runs south from the inlet for 4.7 miles. Reef depths range from about 5 feet to 35 feet.

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Call (561) 744-7603

Bahamas Bonefish

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The River Center's Jr, Angler Tournament
Latest photos added: The River Center's Jr, Angler Tournament.
What's New
Friends of the Loxahatchee Lecture Series - “Snorkeling, Secchi Disks and Shell Bagging: Citizen Science Programs at the Florida Oceanographic Society”
Join us for an informative presentation about the many volunteer opportunities that Florida Oceanographic has to offer as part of their Citizen Science Programs, encouraging community involvement in environmental stewardship.
Night on the Loxahatchee River Has Ripple Effect on River Center Education Programs
The River Center recently hosted its fifth annual fundraiser, Night on the Loxahatchee, a benefit for the River Center's environmental education programs.
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Check out the latest story about the Loxahatchee River District as featured on CNN.
Events Calendar
April 24, 2014
Starfish and Coffee Story Time
April 26, 2014
Girl Scouts Make the World a Better Place
April 26, 2014
Fish Feeding
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