​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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 before each program.

Activities promote environmental awareness, conservation, recreation, and educate on health and wellness in the community​.

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​!

ANIMAL FEEDINGS
Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 3:30 p.m. 
Families/all ages, FREE (No reservations required)

ALLIGATOR FEEDINGS
Saturdays, 1:00 p.m. 
Families/all ages, FREE (No reservations required)

MAY

​​CANOEING 101

Wednesday, May 1, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Ages 10+, $10/participant (Reservations required)
Join ACA certified instructors on a guided paddle excursion while we explore the waters of Okeeheelee South. Learn the basics of canoeing from safety to paddle strokes, and develop a great new skill! All equipment is provided. Participants must know how to swim and children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited, so register before it fills up!

CITIZEN SCIENCE SATURDAY
Saturday, May 4, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Families/all ages, $5/participant (Reservations required) 
Have you ever wondered how you can make a difference in your own backyard? From using iNaturalist to learning how to help local species such as Purple Martins, we will explore and discuss current conservation and research efforts in our community and train you to be a citizen scientist!

ONC VISITS THE LIBRARY: TOTALLY TURTLES
Tuesday, May 7, 3:30-4:15 p.m.
Families/all ages, FREE (Pre-registration required**)
Get ready for World Turtle Day with ONC Naturalists and a variety of animal ambassadors as we discuss what makes these creatures so “turtley” awesome! **Call the Greenacres Library at 561-641-9100, or visit www.pbclibrary.org for more details.** 

PACK & PADDLE PRESENT: CORAL CONSERVATION
Saturday, May 11, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Families/all ages, FREE (No reservations required)
Join Palm Beach Pack & Paddle Club for their monthly meeting and program featuring Leneita Fix, the Executive Director for the Reef Institute in West Palm Beach. Come learn about the Institute and its mission of coral conservation and how to be part of the solution to save our ocean!

ARCHERY FOR BEGINNERS
Friday, May 24, 10:00-11:30 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, so sign up before it fills up!

ADVANCED ARCHERY***
Saturday, May 25, 10:00-11:30 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 USA Archery certified instructors teach advanced techniques and practice aim and precision. All equipment is provided. Space is limited, so sign up before it fills up!

JUNE

ONC VISITS THE LIBRARY: ZEUS’ BIRDS OF PREY
Tuesday, June 4, 3:00-3:45 p.m.
Ages 2+, FREE (Pre-registration required**)
Come join us as we learn about birds of prey that fly high in the sky, with Okeeheelee Nature Center and some of their feathered friends. **Call the Main Library at 561-233-2600 or visit www.pbclibrary.org for more details.
 
ONC VISITS THE LIBRARY: ALLIGATORS & CROCODILES
Tuesday, June 11, 3:00-3:45 p.m.
Ages 2+, FREE (Pre-registration required**)
Join staff and animal ambassadors from Okeeheelee Nature Center to learn all about the importance of alligators and crocodiles in the ecosystem and interact with a live baby gator! **Call the Royal Palm Beach Library at 561-790-6030 or visit www.pbclibrary.org for more details.

CATERPILLAR CRAWL & CRAFT
Saturday, June 22, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Families/all ages, $5/participant (Reservations required)
Join ONC’s team of naturalists as we search for caterpillars in our pollinator garden and learn the foods they eat before they turn into butterflies. After this slow-paced “crawl” to find these baby butterflies, participants will create a unique caterpillar craft to take home!

FAMILY OWL PROWL
Tuesday, June 25, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Families/all ages, $5/participant (Reservations required) 
Join our team of naturalists as the sun sets and observe the natural transition from diurnal to nocturnal critters. Participants will meet some of our nocturnal animal ambassadors up-close and learn about other animals that prowl our forest after dark. Then we’ll go outside to explore the Pine Flatwoods as we look and listen for wildlife, with a waning full moon to light our way!