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GRASSY WATERS PRESERVE OFFERS UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES FOR OCTOBER
Consider joining us for a private hiking, canoeing, or dip-netting adventure.
Grassy Waters Preserve offers unique guided environmental learning opportunities on the edge of a 23-square-mile wetlands resource. This vast watershed was historically the headwaters of the Loxahatchee River system and the gateway to the Northern Everglades.
 
The Public Utilities Department manages, protects and enhances this remnant Everglades ecosystem that supplies the fresh drinking water to more than 130,000 people in West Palm Beach, the Town of Palm Beach, and the Town of South Palm Beach. The Preserve includes a nature center, an accessible boardwalk trail, hiking, biking, guided canoe and kayak programs, and more!
 
PRESERVE HOURS OF OPERATION
 
 
South Campus
Monday through Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday: 8:30 a.m. –  5:00 p.m.
 
Xx South Side CLOSED: October 9: Columbus Day xX
 
North Campus:    7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
 
Apoxee Park:       7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Visit Our Website: wpb.org/grassywaters
 
 
To register for a guided outing, call the Nature Center at 561-804-4985
 
Staff
Environmental Education Supervisor:          Sam Dorfman          
Environmental Education Coordinator:         Sarah Cravens
Environmental Education Coordinator:         Mary Crider
Environmental Education Assistant:             Ginger Carmack
Environmental Education Assistant:             Nandi Boliek
Environmental Education Assistant:             Charles Wilson
Volunteer Coordinator:                                  Cindy Bush
 

Grassy Waters Preserve Locations

South Campus – PROGRAMS CONDUCTED AT THE SOUTH CAMPUS UNLESS NOTED

Features:      Cypress Boardwalk, Nature Center
Address:        8264 Northlake Blvd.
West Palm Beach, Florida 33412
Phone:           (561) 804-4985
Directions:    South Campus is located on the south side of Northlake Blvd, approximately 4 miles west of I-95 and one mile west of Beeline Highway.
 

North Campus

Features:      Hog Hammock Trail, Eagle Trail, Gator Lake
Address:       8537 Northlake Blvd
West Palm Beach, Florida 33412
Directions:    North Campus is located 4 1/8-miles west of I-95 on the north side of Northlake Blvd. It is across the street and 1/8 mile west of our main South Campus location.
 

Apoxee Urban Wilderness Park

Features:      Apoxee Trail, Owahee Trail
Address:       3125 Jog Rd
West Palm Beach, Florida 33411
Directions:    Apoxee Park is located on the west side of Jog Road approximately 1 mile north of Okeechobee Blvd.
 

Other Ways to Enjoy Grassy Waters

 

PRIVATE PROGRAMS

Looking for an outdoor activity for your scout troop, neighborhood club, or other group of 10 or more? Consider joining us for a private hiking, canoeing, or dip-netting adventure. Please see the “Private Programs” section of our website, or call the nature center for date availability and pricing.
 

WE ARE ONLINE AND ON FACEBOOK!

Visit our website: wpb.org/grassywaters
Click the “Featured News” link to visit our Facebook page
 

GWP NEEDS VOLUNTEERS!

We love our volunteers and could not offer our programs without them! If you are interested in becoming a committed volunteer who wants to make a difference, please contact Cindy Bush, Volunteer Coordinator, at grassywaters@comcast.net
 
 
 
 
 
 
October 2017 Programs
Canoe Cruise
Guide your canoe through the shallow waters of the Everglades as you learn about the history and ecology of Grassy Waters. Be sure to bring a friend as canoes require two paddlers.  
Wear closed-toe shoes and a hat and bring water and sunscreen. 
Date:  Sun, October 1st  
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.,
Check-in at 9:00 a.m.
Ages: 6 and over (with participating adult)
Fee:    $10/adult, $5/child
 
Swamp Tromp
Take a walk on the wild side during this hike through cypress swamps, cabbage palm hammocks, and saw grass marshes.  Be prepared to get wet and muddy! This hike is on a rugged trail that requires stepping over and ducking under vegetation and other obstacles. Bring closed-toed shoes that can get wet, water, hat, sunscreen, towel, and change of clothes.
Date: Sat, October 7th
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.,
            Check-in at 9AM
Ages: 8 and over (with participating adult)
Fee:   $10/adult, $5/child
 
Kayak Cruise
Guide your kayak through the shallow waters of the Everglades as you learn about the history and ecology of Grassy Waters Preserve. This tour uses sit-on-top kayaks, so participants will get wet and mucky.  Wear closed-toe shoes and a hat and bring water and sunscreen. 
Date: Sun, October 8th
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.,
Check-in at 9:00 a.m.  
Ages: Must be 15 for solo kayak, or
            10yrs old in tandem with adult
Fee:    Single: $10.00; Tandem: $20.00
 
 
Kayak Expedition
Paddle off the beaten path on this 3-hour excursion to explore the more remote areas of the Preserve not seen on our shorter trips.  Experience the secluded beauty of the Everglades as you learn about the history and ecology of this unique environment.        
Bring water, hat and sunscreen.
Date:  Sat, October 14th
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.,
            Check-in begins at 9:00 a.m.
Ages: Must be 15 for solo kayak, or
            12yrs old in tandem with adult
Fee:     Single: $20; Tandem: $40
 
Marsh Critters
The marsh comes alive in the palm of your hand as we discover the amazing aquatic insects and small wonders that call the wetlands home.   You will be knee deep in the marsh during this dip-netting adventure for the whole family!  Wear closed-toe shoes that can get wet and a hat and bring water, sunscreen, a towel, and a change of clothes and shoes.   
Date: Sun, October 15th
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.,
Check-in at 9 a.m.
Ages: 5 and over (with participating adult)
Fee:    $10/child (accompanying adult free)
 
Feathered Friends Boardwalk Hike & Craft
Join us for a free family-friendly guided boardwalk hike to search for our unique wetland birds. Learn more about their amazing adaptations and how their feathers were used by humans throughout history. Create and decorate your very own craft binoculars to take on the hike! Wear closed-toe shoes, hat and sunscreen and bring a refillable water bottle.
Date: Sun, October 15th   
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.,
            Check-in at 1:30PM
Ages: 4 and over (with participating adult)
Fee:    FREE, but reservations required.
October 2017 Programs
 
 
Ride with the Ashley Gang: Free Lecture Join Historian Steve Carr on a journey back in time to the Prohibition Era, when the Ashley Gang spread mayhem across south Florida. The Ashleys’ exploits included bootlegging illegal liquor, bank robberies, jail breaks, and deadly shootouts. Discover the true story of the Ashley Gang- were they ruthless criminals or local heroes?
Date:  Sat, October 21st   
Time: 10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.,
Check-in at 9:30 a.m.
Ages: 9 and over (with participating adult)
Fee:    FREE, but reservations required
 
Swamp Tromp
Take a walk on the wild side during this hike through cypress swamps, cabbage palm hammocks, and saw grass marshes.  Be prepared to get wet and muddy! This hike is on a rugged trail that requires stepping over and ducking under vegetation and other obstacles. Bring closed-toed shoes that can get wet, water, hat, sunscreen, towel, and change of clothes.
Date: Sun, October 22nd 
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.,
            Check-in at 9AM
Ages: 8 and over (with participating adult)
Fee:   $10/adult, $5/child
 
Kayak Cruise
Guide your kayak through the shallow waters of the Everglades as you learn about the history and ecology of Grassy Waters Preserve. This tour uses sit-on-top kayaks, so participants will get wet and mucky.  Wear closed-toe shoes and a hat and bring water and sunscreen. 
Date: Sat, October 28th
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.,
Check-in at 9:00 a.m.  
Ages: Must be 15 for solo kayak, or
            10yrs old in tandem with adult
Fee:    Single: $10.00; Tandem: $20.00
 
Marsh Critters
The marsh comes alive in the palm of your hand as we discover the amazing aquatic insects and small wonders that call the wetlands home.   You will be knee deep in the marsh during this dip-netting adventure for the whole family!  Wear closed-toe shoes that can get wet and a hat and bring water, sunscreen, a towel, and a change of clothes and shoes.   
Date: Sun, October 29th
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Check-in at 9:00 a.m.
Ages: 5 and over (with participating adult)
Fee:    $10/child (accompanying adult free)
 
Kayak Cruise
Guide your kayak through the shallow waters of the Everglades as you learn about the history and ecology of Grassy Waters Preserve. This tour uses sit-on-top kayaks, so participants will get wet and mucky.  Wear closed-toe shoes and a hat and bring water and sunscreen. 
Date: Sat, November 4th
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.,
Check-in at 9:30 a.m.  
Ages: Must be 15 for solo kayak, or
            10yrs old in tandem with adult
Fee:    Single: $10.00; Tandem: $20.00
 
 
A Walk Through Time: Boardwalk Tour
Learn about Florida's first supermarket: our Everglades wetlands! Discover the food, tools, and shelters used by our area's original Native American tribes on this relaxing hike along our Cypress Boardwalk Trail. 
Wear comfortable shoes, sun protection, and bring water. 
Date: November 4th
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.,
            Check-in at 1:30 p.m.
Ages: 4 and over (with participating adult)
Fee: Free, but reservations required
 
 
October 2017 Programs
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
 1
 
Canoe Cruise
9:30 – 11 AM  
 2
 
 
 
 3
 
 4
 
 5 6
 
7
 
Swamp Tromp
9:30 – 11 AM
 
8
 
Kayak Cruise 9:30 – 11 AM
9
 
CLOSED:
Columbus Day 
10
 
 
11
 
 
12
 
13
 
14
 
Kayak Expedition
9:30 – 12:30 PM
15
Marsh Critters 9:30 – 11 AM
 
Boardwalk Hike & Craft
2 – 3:30 PM
 
16
 
 
17
 
18
 
19 20 21
Free Ashley Gang Lecture
10 – 11 AM
 
22
 
Swamp Tromp
9:30 – 11 AM
 
23
 
24
 
25
 
26
 
27
 
28
 
Kayak Cruise
9:30 – 11 AM
29
 
Marsh Critters
9:30 – 11 AM
 
30 31 November 1 November 2 November 3 November 4
 
Kayak Cruise
10 – 11:30 AM
 
Boardwalk
2 – 3:30 PM