Mission: The mission of the Friends is to promote a better understanding and appreciation of the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge and the entire Everglades system. Members and volunteers of the Friends provide environmental education and public outreach.
Results: The Friends helped raise the funds to build and maintain the interactive exhibits in the Visitor Center, to create the signs on the Cypress Swamp Boardwalk, and to build the Lee Road fishing pier. The Friends help sponsor and organize the annual Everglades Day Family Festival in February. The Friends are currently raising funds for a self-guided tour that will allow visitors to learn more about the Refuge and the Everglades using their cell phones or smart phones.
Target demographics: the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
Geographic areas served: Palm Beach County, FL
Programs: Everglades Day and other events to raise awareness and appreciation of the Refuge and the greater Everglades ecosystem. We are currently raising funds for a self-guided tour of the Refuge that you will be able to experience using your cell phone or smart phone.
I visited Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge for years before learning about the volunteer program. I immediately volunteered and soon found myself on the Board. The Refuge provides so many opportunities to enjoy nature and wildlife. The bird walks and canoe trail were always my favorite things to do but now there is so much more. Education is a big part, with information provided by the Refuge and the Friends group. It's a wonderful environment for children to learn to love nature.
Shortly after becoming a resident of Palm Beach County in 1998, I learned of the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge by attending an art exhibit there by artist Clyde Butcher. That led me to become a member of the Friends of the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. There was so much to learn about the Everglades from this membership and its programs. After drifting away from being active while maintaining membership, I am again active and surprise!! I am not only back, but on the Board whose members sincerely do try to make a difference at this wonderful place the Refuge.
I started as a volunteer canoe guide and gift shop worker. Before I knew it I was on the BOD. The Refuge is a beautiful place and the money we raise helps enhance the programs that are offered to the general public.