One of the perks of living in Palm Beach County is the natural beauty that surrounds us.
It can be difficult to fully appreciate, however, without a guide. An expert will show you the way around and teach you about the critters that share our home through the Adventure Awaits series offered by the Palm Beach County Department of Environmental Resources Management.
The department announced 15 new events Thursday that are aimed at getting people to explore the natural areas. The programs are free, but registration is required. You can see the full list of offerings and register here.
Here are four in northern Palm Beach County to check out. The details are from Palm Beach County ERM.
Meet South Florida’s Butterflies: 8 a.m. Sept. 10 at the Delaware Scrub Natural Area, Northeast corner of Indiantown Road and Delaware Boulevard in Jupiter
Experts from the local chapter of the North American Butterfly Association during a leisurely hike along well-maintained trails will explain native butterflies and the habitats they depend on for survival.
Sunset Paddle to the Jupiter Lighthouse: 5 p.m. Sept. 28 at Coral Cove Park, Tequesta
Kayak about three miles with ERM staff from the park to the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Natural Area to see the sun setting over the restored maritime hammock island with a newly created seagrass and mangrove habitat. The Loxahatchee River District River Center will provide 15 kayaks for free. Five other spots are available for people who bring their own canoes or kayaks.
Meet Our Snowbirds: 8 a.m. Oct. 9 in Frenchman’s Forest Natural Area, 3/4 mile north of PGA Boulevard on Prosperity Farms Road in Palm Beach Gardens
Experts from the Audubon Society of the Everglades will explain native birds and the habitats they depend on for survival during this leisurely hike along well-maintained trails.
Loxahatchee Slough Bike and Hike: 8 a.m. Oct. 22, Karen T. Marcus Sandhill Crane Access Park on west end PGA Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens
Discover the trails of the slough with help from ERM staff. It will start with a five-mile bike ride along the Bluegill Trail, which will be followed by a one-hour, 1/3-mile hike. The program will end with a five-mile bike ride back to the park. The hiking could go through water that’s knee deep.