​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Upcoming Public Programs

 

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Reservations are required for ALL programs (unless otherwise noted). All participants are required to sign a Program Participation Form and COVID-19 Waiver before each program.

TO REGISTER and MAKE PAYMENT for PROGRAMS:
Online - Select the “Online Services” tab at the top of this page and click on Register/Pay for Program; Login with your username and password. (New users must create a household account online-please follow online instructions)

In Person - Visit the nature center during operating hours.

Recently participated in a program at Okeeheelee Nature Center? Take our program survey​!

JULY


BIRTH-DEER BASH
Saturday, July 2, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Families/all ages, $3/participant (Reservations required)
Are you fawned of our deer at ONC? Doe are we! You’re invited to come celebrate the deer herd’s birthdays with a fun educational program featuring a deer-related craft and a chance to see and feed them some birthday treats!

BIRDING 101
Saturday, July 9, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Ages 15+, $3/participant (Reservations required)
Learn to identify south Florida’s birds. We’ll discuss characteristics such as foot and beak shape, flight silhouettes, coloration, diet, and habitats. Then you’ll apply your new-found knowledge during a walk. Please bring  binoculars, otherwise, loaners will be available. 

ARCHERY FOR BEGINNERS
Saturday, July 15, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Ages 8+, $10/participant (Reservations required)
Join USA Archery certified instructors and learn the basics of archery, from safety to shooting, and develop a great new skill! All equipment is provided. Space is limited.

REMARKABLE REPTILES
Saturday, July 16, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Families/all ages, $3/participant (Reservations required)
Celebrate World Snake Day on July 16th by uncovering the truth about some of the world’s most misunderstood animals—reptiles. You’ll meet some of ONC’s reptile ambassadors and even get to watch a snake eat a meal!

ONC BEHIND THE SCENES
Saturday, July 23, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Families/all ages, $3/participant (Reservations required)
The most relaxing part of our day is spent taking care of our animals. Come join us and our nonhuman “co-workers” by taking a tour of where the outdoor animals live when they are off the clock. 

ADVANCED ARCHERY**
Wednesday, July 27, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Ages 8+, $10/participant (Reservations required)
**Prerequisite: Must have completed Archery for Beginners**
This program is for those already familiar with the basics of archery. Develop your archery skills further as we teach advanced techniques and practice aim and precision. All equipment is provided. Space is limited.

AUGUST


TURTLEY TUESDAY
Tuesday, August 2, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Families/all ages, $3/participant (Reservations required)
Turtles or tortoises…are they different? If so, how? During this program, you will learn about native turtles from the land and sea. Meet our fan favorites- the Gopher Tortoise and the Diamondback Terrapin, and watch some of our shelled friends eat a meal. This program is going to be turtley awesome! 
 
ALLIGATORS IN AUGUST
Saturday, August 6, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Families/all ages, $3/participant (Reservations required)
It’s hatching season for baby alligators in Florida! Come out to ONC for a program all about alligators, starring our very own baby gators, who will be turning a year old this month. You will get to watch these gators eat their meal and participate in a gator-themed craft. 

TALES & TAILS: OPOSSUMS
Saturday, August 13, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Ages 3-8, $3/child (Reservations required)
Bring your little ones and join an Okeeheelee volunteer and Naturalist for story time with puppets! You will even get a close-up animal encounter with our Virginia opossum!

ONC BEHIND THE SCENES
Saturday, August 20, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Families/all ages, $3/participant (Reservations required)
The most relaxing part of our day is spent taking care of our animals. Come join us and our nonhuman “co-workers” by taking a tour of where the outdoor animals live when they are off the clock. 

CREEPY CRAWLIES
Saturday, August 27, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Families/all ages, $3/participant (Reservations required)
Some of the most overlooked, yet extremely important, critters in our ecosystem are those without a backbone- the invertebrates! In this program, we will talk about the benefits of these so called “pests”. You will get to meet a few spineless friends and go on a walk to look for butterflies, bees, and more!