Oxbow Eco-Center Closes Out the Year with Outdoor Activities for All
Escape the rush of the holidays by unwinding at one of many family events at the Oxbow Eco-Center. Additionally, the Oxbow’s trails are open daily during daylight hours and the education center is open Tuesdays through Fridays from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Programs planned for December include:
- Visit the Oxbow’s animal ambassadors every Saturday (Dec. 2, 9, 16, 30) at 3 p.m. with Critter Crunch and Munch. Watch the Oxbow’s inhabitants enjoy their favorite time of day: Meal-time. This interactive opportunity is free and appropriate for all ages.
- St. Lucie Audubon Society presents “The Beauty and Benefits of Hiking in St. Lucie County” on Thursday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. Join Amanda Thompson with St Lucie County’s Environmental Resources Department for an overview of the amazing preserves and natural landscapes that exist in your own backyard.
- The Recycled Wind Chimes class blows into the Oxbow on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 9 a.m. to noon. Recycling is one of the best ways that individuals can help protect their environment in their daily lives. But, with a little creativity and some guidance recycling can be so much more. This workshop is designed to encourage looking at everyday discardable objects in a different way. Make decorative wind chimes for your home from recycled materials. Appropriate for ages 12 and older, the cost is $20 and includes all supplies. Space is limited, so reservations are required: 772-785-5833 or email@example.com.
- The Junior Oxbow Explorers (J.O.E.) returns with a Habitat Hike at Spruce Bluff Preserve on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to noon. Strap on your boots or tennis shoes and come explore the habitats of Spruce Bluff Preserve in Port St. Lucie. Like the Oxbow, Spruce Bluff is one of many nature preserves managed by St. Lucie County’s Environmental Resources Department. This preserve is the perfect place to see a variety of habitats including the endangered Florida Scrub, Pine Flatwoods, Bay-Gall Swamp and Depression Marsh. Learn about the animals and plants that make their home in each and explore an ancient burial mound built by the Ais Indians. This program is designed for children ages 8-12. The cost is $5 per participant. Reservations are required: 772-785-5833 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants will be at the preserve: 611 Dar Lane, Port St. Lucie, 34984.
- Join Ms. Phyllis for Tales and Trails on Thursday, Dec. 14 at 3:30 p.m. Appropriate for ages 2-6, this free storytime adventure is followed by a hike in the butterfly garden or down the boardwalk to see what kinds of animals you can spot.
- The holidays are coming, so why not give the gift of jewelry? The Art of Jewelry Making returns on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. This class teaches all the techniques of beading and jewelry making to create earrings, necklaces, bracelets or decorative fan/light pulls. Start from scratch with all the supplies provided, or reclaim that cherished piece of jewelry, broken string of beads, or single earring. Instructor Bobbie Richards will guide you through the process of designing that perfect piece of hand-made jewelry that will impress and delight friends and loved ones. It will certainly be a unique gift that will be treasured for a lifetime. Materials, tools and instruction will be provided. Appropriate for ages 13 and older, the cost is $25 and includes all supplies. Space is limited, so reservations are required: 772-785-5833 or email@example.com.
- The Oxbow’s Dirty Hands Day continues on Saturday, Dec. 16 at 9:30 a.m. Plant a tree, pull some weeds, clear a trail and get your hands dirty at the Oxbow Eco-Center. This volunteer opportunity is designed for community groups or individuals who are looking to make a difference through environmental stewardship. Open to all ages, but participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult unless they are a current Oxbow volunteer.
- Explore Archery hits the mark on Saturday, Dec. 16 at 9 a.m. Instruction will include a classroom session and outdoor range time. Please bring a bagged lunch, water bottle, closed-toe shoes and appropriate clothing for Florida weather. These programs are for adults and children ages 10 and older. All participants under 15 years of age must have a guardian present. The cost is $10 per person for anyone planning to participate in the range. Registration is required: 772-785-5833 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Discover “The Unique Ecology of Oxbow” with a free guided hike on Saturday, Dec. 30 at 9 a.m. Join staff member Erin Cartmill as you take an in-depth look at Oxbow’s unique ecology. Come prepared to spend an hour or more outside and learn something new! All ages welcome, but hikes will be suited to older children and adults.
Note the Oxbow’s Education Center will be closed Friday, Dec. 22 and Saturday, Dec. 23 for the holidays.
Situated on a 225-acre preserve on the North Fork of the St. Lucie River, the Eco-Center, 5400 NE St. James Drive, Port St. Lucie, offers a rare glimpse of "the real Florida" with nature trails, boardwalks, observation towers and an interactive environmental learning center. For more information call the Oxbow staff at 772-785-5833 or visit: www.oxboweco.com.