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Oxbow's 2013 Winter & 2014 Spring Calendar

October 2013 – No Bones About It Month

Tai Chi Classes -- Tai Chi for Health: Beginner & Intermediate classes: Tuesdays at 10:30am, Fridays at 9:15am & Saturdays at 3pm; Tai Chi Yang Form: Fridays at 10:30am at the Oxbow Eco-Center. RSVP- $10 per class or $32 for 4 classes, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Tai Chi instructors Hilde and Hector Ruiz-Puyana will lead classes in Tai Chi for Health and Tai Chi Yang Form, designed for everyone, including those who suffer from arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, and balance issues. Appropriate for ages 16 and up. RSVP a must. Please note there will be NO tai chi classes October 19th.

St. Lucie Audubon meetingOctober 3rd at 7:00pm at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Join the local Audubon society to enjoy a fantastic bird related presentation and network with some of St. Lucie County’s most experienced birders. The lecture is FREE and open to the general public.

Home School Day at the Oxbow “The Mysterious and Illuminating Firefly Program ”October 3rd; All grades 10am-12pm; at the Oxbow Eco-Center; RSVP-$3/participant, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Many people do not know that fireflies have amazing abilities and behaviors aside from just their blinking tushies. Guest instructor Wren Underwood will be teaching students about this beetle’s lifecycle, how it uses bioluminescence to attract a mate, and why it is considered one of nature’s “thermometers”. Space is limited, RSVP a must!

Sunrise Guided Hike- October 5th at 6am at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. What a better way to start your day then by listening to the birds sing as you hike through the natural beauty of the Oxbow forest. Join a Naturalist to enjoy a peaceful guided hike and have the chance to see the world wake-up around you. This FREE hike is appropriate for ages 5 and up. Please dress appropriately for hiking.

Brown Bag Lecture “Critters and Culture: Animals in the Archaeological Record”October 5th at 12pm at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Archaeologists rely on more than just evidence from humans when seeking to learn about past cultures. Human interaction with animals can tell an archaeologist a great deal about diet, health, beliefs, customs, taboos -- things that would otherwise not be apparent in the archaeological record. Join FPAN Outreach Coordinator Kevin Gidusko as he discusses how and why archaeologists look for animal remains in the archaeological record, what we learn from them, and how inextricably linked humans and the animal world are. No RSVP required for this FREE lunchtime lecture.

Swamp Tales October 10th at 3:45pm at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Join us for a “novel” adventure with Miss Kitty, our fabulous storyteller. Each month the story changes but the fun never stops! This free story and activity program is appropriate for ages 3 to 6.

Jr. Oxbow Explorers “The Inside Scoop on Bones”October 12th at 10:30am at the Oxbow Eco-Center, $3 per participant, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Young “Biologists” will get to explore the world of bones and skeletons. During this program participants will get a chance to handle and examine different types of bone as we discover their unique adaptations, and learn to distinguish and identify a variety of skulls. Appropriate for ages 5 and up; $3 per participant. RSVP a must.

Bee Keepers Lecture/ Meeting October 16th at 7:00pm at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. The Treasure Coast Beekeeper Association (TCBA) is a nonprofit organization that provides education about bees and beekeeping for people of the Treasure Coast. Every month there is a new bee related learning opportunity. These lectures are FREE and open to the general public.

Butterfly Garden CommitteeOctober 17th at 2:00pm at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. This month, we will be visiting the garden of Norman Jacques. Norman has been a horticultural enthusiast for many years, starting many of his butterfly plants from seeds and creating a lush garden in an urban landscape. Meet at the Oxbow at 1:40 to caravan over, or call for directions to Norm’s garden. Can’t make it this day? You can still join like-minded garden enthusiasts by helping to plant and tend the garden every Thursday morning at 8:30 a.m.

Oxbow and the Natives “Bull Sharks”October 17th at 3:45pm at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Bull sharks are found along our beaches and even have been spotted off the Oxbow dock on the St. Lucie River. During this program participants will learn how this cartilaginous fish uses its flexible skeleton to survive and dominate our waters. This is a free program for children ages 5 and up.

Treehouse Time “The Little Monster Bash”October 18th at 9:30am at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Entertainer extraordinaire Miss Kathy will lead little costumed “goblins and ghouls” and their favorite adults on a not-so spooky melodic Halloween adventure. This is a free program appropriate for ages 2 to 6 with an adult.

“Carving Artistic Pumpkins” Art Class October 19th at 10am at the Oxbow Eco-Center, RSVP-$20/participant (includes all supplies), 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Treasure Coast Art Association teams up with Oxbow to present this fun and spooky nature-inspired art class. Bring out your inner child at our 2nd annual pumpkin sculpting class with woodcarving masters. Cost includes ALL supplies. Appropriate for ages 10 and up. RSVP a must.

Jewelry Repair Course with BobbieOctober 24th at 1:30pm – 3:30pm & October 25th at 6pm-8pm at the Oxbow Eco-Center, RSVP - $20/participant, 772-785-5833 or oxboweco@stlucieco.org. Do you have a broken but fabulous necklace, earring and/or bracelet hidden away, never to see the light of day again? A piece of jewelry that you used to wear all of the time or that reminds you of something special? Ms. Bobbie Richards will work her magic during this short course to teach you how to repair your very special pieces of jewelry so you can bring them back into your fashion routine. Cost of the class is $10 per person which includes all materials and tools needed to make the repairs. Appropriate for ages 12 and up. Class size is very limited, so RSVP early!

November 2013 – CSI Oxbow: The Evidence Left Behind

Tai Chi Classes -- Tai Chi for Health: Beginner & Intermediate classes: Tuesdays at 10:30am, Fridays at 9:15am & Saturdays at 3pm; Tai Chi Yang Form: Fridays at 10:30am at the Oxbow Eco-Center. RSVP- $10 per class or $32 for 4 classes, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Tai Chi instructors Hilde and Hector Ruiz-Puyana will lead classes in Tai Chi for Health and Tai Chi Yang Form, designed for everyone, including those who suffer from arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, and balance issues. Appropriate for ages 16 and up. RSVP a must. Please note there will be NO tai chi classes November 29th.

Guided Hikes Every Saturday at 9am at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Enjoy a guided hike through the wilds of the Oxbow and be enriched with the biodiversity this preserve has to offer. No RSVP required just show up at 9am ready to hike!

Brown Bag Hands-on Lecture “Seven Rules to Survival” November 2nd at 12pm at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Getting lost in the woods can be a scary and sometimes dangerous situation. That is unless you have the skills to find your way out or to survive if it takes a while before you are rescued. Join Hank Fannin, of Green Earth Survival School, as he demonstrates tools you can use to survive in the wild. No RSVP required for this FREE lunchtime lecture.

Home School Day at the Oxbow “Signs of Life” November 7th; Grades K-4th 10am-12pm; Grades 5th-12th 1:30-3:30pm; at the Oxbow Eco-Center; RSVP-$3/participant, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org . Students will be stepping into the tracks of an animal to discover their whereabouts and what they are doing when people are not around. We will be looking at different types of animal clues that are left behind on the Oxbow trails. RSVP a must!

St. Lucie Audubon Meeting “The Big Year with Sandy Komito” November 7th at 7pm at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. If you’ve watched the movie The Big Year, you’ll want to join the St. Lucie Audubon Society for a lecture by one of the subjects of the movie – Sandy Komito. Based on the book by the same name, three birders were competing in 1998 to break the record, already held by Komito, of finding the greatest number of birds in a single year. Komito kept the record, in fact increasing it by another 17 birds. He still holds the record, now at 847 species. The lecture is FREE and open to the general public.

Swamp TalesNovember 14th at 3:45pm at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Join us for a “novel” adventure with Miss Kitty, our fabulous storyteller. Each month the story changes but the fun never stops! This free story and activity program is appropriate for ages 3 to 6.

Bee Keepers Association Lecture/ Meeting – November 20th at 7:00pm at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. The Treasure Coast Beekeeper Association (TCBA) is a nonprofit organization that provides education about bees and beekeeping for people of the Treasure Coast. Every month there is a new bee related learning opportunity. These meeting are FREE and open to the general public.

Butterfly Garden CommitteeNovember 21st at 2:00pm at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Join like-minded garden enthusiasts as they plan and design the Oxbow’s butterfly gardens. Can’t make it this day? You can still be part of this fun group by helping to plant and tend the garden every Thursday morning at 8:30am. Please RSVP.

Oxbow and the Natives “Crime Scene Clean-Up Crew”November 21st at 3:45pm at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Dung Beetles may have the stinkiest job around, but just imagine walking the Oxbow trails if they left their work unfinished! These beetles are amazing and all you have to do is see one in action to discover some of its odor-ific abilities. Join us as we talk about this very unique insect. This is a free program children ages 5 and up.

Treehouse Time “Footprints- Mr. Shoe’s Clues”– November 22nd at 9:30am at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Entertainer extraordinaire Miss Kathy will be leading children out into the woods to look for different footprints as we sing some fun songs about feet. This is a free program appropriate for ages 2 to 6 with an adult.

Art Class “Holiday Collage Cards”November 23rd at 10am at the Oxbow Eco-Center, RSVP-$20/participant (includes all supplies), 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Treasure Coast Art Association teams up with Oxbow to present this fun, nature-inspired art class. Learn to make beautiful collage cards that can be given as gifts or framed for you wall. Use nature’s own designs to get inspired! Cost includes ALL supplies. RSVP a must!

Please note the Oxbow Eco-Center will be closed November 28 & 29 for Thanksgiving but the trails will remain open daily.

December 2013 – Fuzzy Coats and Cold Snouts

Tai Chi Classes -- Tai Chi for Health: Beginner & Intermediate classes: Tuesdays at 10:30am, Fridays at 9:15am & Saturdays at 3pm; Tai Chi Yang Form: Fridays at 10:30am at the Oxbow Eco-Center. RSVP- $10 per class or $32 for 4 classes, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Tai Chi instructors Hilde and Hector Ruiz-Puyana will lead classes in Tai Chi for Health and Tai Chi Yang Form, designed for everyone, including those who suffer from arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, and balance issues. Appropriate for ages 16 and up. RSVP a must. Please note there will be NO tai chi classes December 24th & 31st.

Guided Hikes Every Saturday at 9am at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Enjoy a guided hike through the wilds of the Oxbow and be enriched with the biodiversity this preserve has to offer. No RSVP required just show up at 9am ready to hike!

Home School Day at the Oxbow “Decorative Ornaments” December 5th; Grades K-4th 10am-12pm; Grades 5th-12th 1:30-3:30pm; at the Oxbow Eco-Center; RSVP-$10/participant, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org . Bring your creative spirit and make one-of-a-kind ornaments and artwork using recycled materials. The cost is $10 per student which includes all supplies. RSVP a must!

St. Lucie Audubon Society lecture “Natives Vs Exotics” December 5th at 7:00pm at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Dan Martinelli, Executive Director of Treasure Coast Wildlife Center will be focusing his presentation on natives vs. exotics – Plants and Animals, Why and how did people change the natural systems? Where we are now: Triumph or Tradeoffs? The lecture is FREE and open to the general public.

Jewelry-Making with Bobbie Dec. 6th at 5pm- 7pm & Dec. 14th 12:30pm- 2:30pm at the Oxbow Eco-Center, RSVP - $20/participant, 772-785-5833 or oxboweco@stlucieco.org. We all know that home-made gifts are the most meaningful. Now here’s your chance to wow a loved one by creating one-of-a-kind jewelry designed just for them. Have a sentimental piece of jewelry that you would like to revive again? Oxbow volunteer Bobbie Richards will help you create a one of a kind jewelry masterpiece from something new or even from something old. Cost of the class is $20 and includes all materials. Appropriate for ages 12 and up. Class size is very limited, so RSVP early!

Special Presentation: Brown Bag Lecture “Helping Florida’s Mammals”— December 7th at 12pm at the Oxbow Eco-Center, $5/person, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. From panthers to skunks, Busch Wildlife is home to many Florida mammals, sometimes temporarily before being released back into the wild, and other times Busch Wildlife becomes a permanent home. During this presentation participants will meet some of the sanctuary’s permanent residents. Learn about what you can do to help protect and keep Florida’s mammals wild. The cost is $5 per person. No RSVP but please arrive early as seating is VERY limited.

Swamp Tales December 12th at 3:45pm at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Join us for a “novel” adventure with Miss Kitty, our fabulous storyteller. Each month the story changes but the fun never stops! This free story and activity program is appropriate for ages 3 to 6.

“Gingerbread Trains” Art Class SPECIAL TIME & DATE--December 14th at 10am at the Oxbow Eco-Center, RSVP- $20/ participant, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org . Treasure Coast Art Association teams up with Oxbow to present this fun, nature-inspired art class. Jazz up your holiday decorations with a one of a kind gingerbread train that you create. Cost includes all supplies. Appropriate for ages 8 and up. RSVP a must.

Bee Keepers Lecture/ Meeting  December 18th at 7:00pm at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. The Treasure Coast Beekeeper Association (TCBA) is a nonprofit organization that provides education about bees and beekeeping for people of the Treasure Coast. Every month there is a new bee related learning opportunity. These meeting are FREE and open to the general public.

Butterfly Garden Committee – December 19th at 2:00pm at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Join like-minded garden enthusiasts as they plan and design the Oxbow’s butterfly gardens. Can’t make it this day? You can still be part of this fun group by helping to plant and tend the garden every Thursday morning at 8:30am. Please RSVP.

Oxbow and the Natives “The Vanishing Florida Panther” December 19th at 3:45pm at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Have you ever heard tales from one of your friends or neighbors who have seen a panther in their backyard? They may not be wrong. Historically the enigmatic panthers roamed all over St. Lucie County. Come and learn about this critically endangered animal at this free presentation designed for children ages 5 and up.

Treehouse Time “Holiday Sing-along”December 20th at 9:30am at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Warm up your vocal pipes and join us for a quaint holiday sing-along with the always entertaining Miss Kathy as she plays some of the most popular holiday carols and other in-the-spirit songs. This is a free program appropriate for ages 2 to 6 with an adult.

Please note the Oxbow Eco-Center will be closed December 24-26 & January 1 for the holidays but the trails will remain open daily.

January 2014 – Who Lives in the Dark

Tai Chi Classes -- Tai Chi for Health: Beginner & Intermediate classes: Tuesdays at 10:30am, Fridays at 9:15am & Saturdays at 3pm; Tai Chi Yang Form: Fridays at 10:30am at the Oxbow Eco-Center. RSVP- $10 per class or $32 for 4 classes, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Tai Chi instructors Hilde and Hector Ruiz-Puyana will lead classes in Tai Chi for Health and Tai Chi Yang Form, designed for everyone, including those who suffer from arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, and balance issues. Appropriate for ages 16 and up. RSVP a must.

 Guided Hikes Every Saturday at 9am at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Enjoy a guided hike through the wilds of the Oxbow and be enriched with the biodiversity this preserve has to offer. No RSVP required just show up at 9am ready to hike!

St. Lucie Audubon Society lecture “Ecuador’s Galapagos and Peru’s Machu Picchu” January 2nd at 7:00pm at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Sam Fried from Flights of Fancy Adventures will talk with about the birds and animals in Ecuador’s Cotopaxi National Park, plus the natural beauty and laboratory of evolution in the Galapagos Islands, and a journey to Peru showcasing the Inca civilization at world-renowned Machu Picchu. The lecture is FREE and open to the general public.

Brown Bag Lecture “Illuminating Lightning Bugs”January 4th at 12pm at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. As children we all loved watching the blinking bottoms on the fireflies on those warm summer night but did you know that fireflight use their “blinking” or bioluminescence to find a date or even to engage in the act of cannibalism? Join biologist and Master Naturalist Instructor Wren Underwood as she delves into the mysterious world of these glowing insects during this FREE lunchtime lecture. No RSVP.

Special Presentation: Homeschool Farm Day Tuesday January 7th, 10am -12:30pm for grades K through 12th at the 4-H ZEP Farm in Fort Pierce, RSVP-$3/ child, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Students will have an exciting hands-on experience visiting with some of our farm animals while learning about where their food comes from, different forms of gardening, and how the water cycle plays a key role for life. Fifth through 12th grade students will also be learning about the natural history and physiological systems of the animals. Space is limited so RSVP a must!

Swamp Tales January 9th at 3:45pm at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Join us for a “novel” adventure with Miss Kitty, our fabulous storyteller. Each month the story changes but the fun never stops! This free story and activity program is appropriate for ages 3 to 6.

Jr. Oxbow Explorers “Outstanding Owls”January 11th at 10:30am at the Oxbow Eco-Center, $3 per participant, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Swoop and soar silently through the night just like an owl. Participants will get the opportunity to do fun hands-on activities that demonstrate all of the amazing adaptations owls have that make them one of the stealthiest hunters in the dark. Appropriate for children ages 5 and up; $3 per participant. RSVP a must.

Bee Keepers Lecture/ Meeting – January 15th at 7:00pm at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. The Treasure Coast Beekeeper Association (TCBA) is a nonprofit organization that provides education about bees and beekeeping for people of the Treasure Coast. Every month there is a new bee related learning opportunity. These lectures are FREE and open to the general public.

Butterfly Garden CommitteeJanuary 16th at 2:00pm at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Join like-minded garden enthusiasts as they plan and design the Oxbow’s butterfly gardens. Can’t make it this day? You can still be part of this fun group by helping to plant and tend the garden every Thursday morning at 8:30am.

Oxbow and the Natives “Free-tailed Bats” January 16th at 3:45pm at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Female free-tailed bats can be very warm and snuggly… with other bats of course. Explore the world of these little but very important mammals during this fun and free program appropriate for children ages 5 and up.

Treehouse Time “Party Animals of the Night” January 17th at 9:30am at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Youngsters and their parents will learn to sneak and speak like some animals of the night through fun songs and activities with Miss Kathy. This is a free program appropriate for ages 3 to 5 with an adult.

Art Class “Glow in the Dark”January 18th at 10am at the Oxbow Eco-Center, RSVP-$20/participant (includes all supplies), 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Treasure Coast Art Association teams up with Oxbow to present this fun and illuminating art class. During this class participants will get creative with glow-in the dark paints as they design their masterpieces. Appropriate for ages 12 and up. RSVP is a must.

February 2014 – Indian River Lagoon Monsters

Tai Chi Classes -- Tai Chi for Health: Beginner & Intermediate classes: Tuesdays at 10:30am, Fridays at 9:15am & Saturdays at 3pm; Tai Chi Yang Form: Fridays at 10:30am at the Oxbow Eco-Center. RSVP- $10 per class or $32 for 4 classes, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Tai Chi instructors Hilde and Hector Ruiz-Puyana will lead classes in Tai Chi for Health and Tai Chi Yang Form, designed for everyone, including those who suffer from arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, and balance issues. Appropriate for ages 16 and up. RSVP a must.

Guided Hikes Every Saturday at 9am at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Enjoy a guided hike through the wilds of the Oxbow and be enriched with the biodiversity this preserve has to offer. No RSVP required just show up at 9am ready to hike!

Brown Bag Lecture “Goliath Groupers”February 1st at 12pm at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. As seen on the Animal Planet show “River Monsters” these monstrous fish call the waters of the Treasure Coast home. Goliath Groupers, who can live to be half a century old, are listed as a critically endangered species. Learn about these very large and curious fish before they vanish at this FREE lunchtime lecture. No RSVP.

Home School Day at the Oxbow “Forestry”February 6th; Grades K-4th 10am-12pm; Grades 5th-12th 1:30-3:30pm; at the Oxbow Eco-Center; RSVP-$3/participant, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org . Have you ever wondered how old that tree is that’s near your house? Attend this Oxbow program to learn the skills needed to identify types of trees, estimate the height of a tree, measure its girth and estimate its age. Students will search for the Oxbow’s champion tree. Most of the program will be in an outdoor setting -- hats and water are required. RSVP a must!

 St. Lucie Audubon Society lecture “Photographing Nature”February 6th at 7:00pm at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Amy Marques, an avid professional photographer, will provide a picture show of her best photos taken on various trips throughout her career. Photos include birds and animals seen in their wild habitats. This lecture is FREE and open to the general public.

Swamp Tales February 13th at 3:45pm at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Join us for a “novel” adventure with Miss Kitty, our fabulous storyteller. Each month the story changes but the fun never stops! This free story and activity program is appropriate for ages 3 to 6.

Art Class “Putting the ‘Zen’ in Zentangles”February 15th at 10am at the Oxbow Eco-Center, RSVP-$20/participant (includes all supplies), 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Treasure Coast Art Association teams up with Oxbow to present this fun Zentangle art class. Certified Zentangle Instructor Debbie Perdue will show you how take a moment to “Zen” and then learn some creative and relaxing patterns that are beautiful and easy to do whenever you get inspired. Appropriate for ages 12 and up. RSVP is a must.

Bee Keepers Lecture/ Meeting – February 19th at 7:00pm at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. The Treasure Coast Beekeeper Association (TCBA) is a nonprofit organization that provides education about bees and beekeeping for people of the Treasure Coast. Every month there is a new bee related learning opportunity. This Lecture is FREE and open to the general public.

Butterfly Garden Committee February 20th at 2:00pm at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Join like-minded garden enthusiasts as they plan and design the Oxbow’s butterfly gardens. Can’t make it this day? You can still be part of this fun group by helping to plant and tend the garden every Thursday morning at 8:30am. Please RSVP.

Oxbow and the Natives “Secretive Sawfish”February 20th at 3:45pm at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. This news-worthy and very bizarre fish swims secretively through the waters of the Indian River Lagoon. Although surprising to find them here, these prehistoric looking animals have made an impact on people throughout the world. Learn what makes sawfish so unique at this free program appropriate for children ages 5 and up.

Treehouse Time “Mythical Monsters”February 21st at 9:30am at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Miss Kathy will teach youngsters and their parents fun songs and activities about some of the most memorable and lovable monsters of our time. This is a free program appropriate for ages 3 to 5 with an adult.

March 2014 – Swinging 1940s Fort Pierce

Tai Chi Classes -- Tai Chi for Health: Beginner & Intermediate classes: Tuesdays at 10:30am, Fridays at 9:15am & Saturdays at 3pm; Tai Chi Yang Form: Fridays at 10:30am at the Oxbow Eco-Center. RSVP- $10 per class or $32 for 4 classes, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Tai Chi instructors Hilde and Hector Ruiz-Puyana will lead classes in Tai Chi for Health and Tai Chi Yang Form, designed for everyone, including those who suffer from arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, and balance issues. Appropriate for ages 16 and up. RSVP a must.

Guided Hikes Every Saturday at 9am at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Enjoy a guided hike through the wilds of the Oxbow and be enriched with the biodiversity this preserve has to offer. No RSVP required just show up at 9am ready to hike!

Brown Bag Lecture “The Invasion of the German U-Boats”March 1st at 12pm at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Just off the shores of the Treasure Coast in the warm evening ocean waters during the 1940’s lurked a dangerous and elusive enemy. Causing destruction and mayhem, the German U-boats stalked along our coast but in their wake they also created a unified front of American patriots. Local shipwreck historian Ronald Greenville Frazer will be enlightening us on how close these submarines actually got to our shore and the history behind them at this FREE lunchtime lecture. No RSVP.

Home School Day at the Oxbow “Sea Turtles”March 6th; Grades K-4th 10am-12pm; Grades 5th-12th 1:30-3:30pm; at the Oxbow Eco-Center; RSVP-$3/participant, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org . St. Lucie County beaches are a nesting spot for five species of sea turtle. At this presentation students will experience some of the struggles of these marine reptiles as we play a riveting round of “Turtle Hurdles”. While learning about their amazing adaptations, students will compare hatchlings to adults, discuss the lost years, and the unique features of each sea turtle species. RSVP a must!

St. Lucie Audubon Society LectureMarch 6th at 7:00pm at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Join the local Audubon society to enjoy a fantastic bird related presentation and network with some of St. Lucie County’s most experienced birders. The lecture is FREE and open to the general public.

Jr. Oxbow Explorers “Froggy Frenzy”March 8th at 10:30am at the Oxbow Eco-Center, $3 per participant, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. What has a long tongue, can breathe through its skin and is covered in mucous? That’s right an amphibian. Participants will hop into the world of frogs and toads as they play various games like “frog chorus”, “guess that frog part” and “frog and toad races”. This program is appropriate for children ages 5 and up; $3 per participant. RSVP a must.

Swamp Tales March 13th at 3:45pm at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Join us for a “novel” adventure with Miss Kitty, our fabulous storyteller. Each month the story changes but the fun never stops! This free story and activity program is appropriate for ages 3 to 6.

Art Class “Colored Mod Art”March 15th at 10am at the Oxbow Eco-Center, RSVP-$20/participant (includes all supplies), 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Treasure Coast Art Association teams up with Oxbow to present this fun art class. Using simple shapes like triangles, squares and circles and a few colored pencils you can make your dreamy artwork come to life. Learn some artistic techniques that will make you a modern art guru. Appropriate for ages 12 and up. RSVP is a must.

Full Moon Night Hike March 15th at 6:30pm to 8:30pm, RSVP-$5 per participant. Hike along our wild trails and have the chance to see how the nocturnal world comes to life as the full moon rises. Owls, frogs and mammals may be encountered on this hike. Appropriate for ages 8 and up. Space is VERY limited and RSVP is a must.

Bee Keepers Lecture/ Meeting – March 19th at 7:00pm at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. The Treasure Coast Beekeeper Association (TCBA) is a nonprofit organization that provides education about bees and beekeeping for people of the Treasure Coast. Every month there is a new bee related learning opportunity. This Lecture is FREE and open to the general public.

Butterfly Garden CommitteeMarch 20th at 2:00pm at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Join like-minded garden enthusiasts as they plan and design the Oxbow’s butterfly gardens. Can’t make it this day? You can still be part of this fun group by helping to plant and tend the garden every Thursday morning at 8:30am. Please RSVP.

Oxbow and the Natives “Salt Marsh Mosquitoes”March 20th at 3:45pm at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. At one time we were called the Mosquito Coast and the salt marsh mosquitos used to darken the evening skies. Learn about the natural history of this flying “menace”, how important they are to the survival of many of our native species and what people have done to keep their populations down at this free program appropriate for children ages 5 and up.

Treehouse Time “Big Bands Sing-along”March 21st at 9:30am at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Join Miss Kathy for swinging, rocking, and dancing good time as youngsters and their guardians sing some the most memorable songs from the 1940’s. This is a free program appropriate for ages 3 to 5 with an adult.

April 2014 – Shaped by Fire

Tai Chi Classes -- Tai Chi for Health: Beginner & Intermediate classes: Tuesdays at 10:30am, Fridays at 9:15am & Saturdays at 3pm; Tai Chi Yang Form: Fridays at 10:30am at the Oxbow Eco-Center. RSVP- $10 per class or $32 for 4 classes, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Tai Chi instructors Hilde and Hector Ruiz-Puyana will lead classes in Tai Chi for Health and Tai Chi Yang Form, designed for everyone, including those who suffer from arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, and balance issues. Appropriate for ages 16 and up. RSVP a must.

Guided Hikes Every Saturday at 9am at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Enjoy a guided hike through the wilds of the Oxbow and be enriched with the biodiversity this preserve has to offer. No RSVP required just show up at 9am ready to hike!

 Home School Day at the Oxbow “The Bountiful World of Bacteria”April 3rd; Grades K-4th 10am-12pm; Grades 5th-12th 1:30-3:30pm; at the Oxbow Eco-Center; RSVP-$3/participant, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org . Bacteria both good and bad make the world go ‘round. Students will get to look into the fascinating and ever changing world of bacteria. Found on every surface and even found on and in your body, we should have no problem finding a lot of fun information and activities to study these oh so important tiny friends and pests. RSVP a must!

St. Lucie Audubon Society lectureApril 3rd at 7:00pm at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Join the local Audubon society to enjoy a fantastic bird related presentation and network with some of St. Lucie County’s most experienced birders. The lecture is FREE and open to the general public.

Brown Bag Lecture “Managing the Land with Fire” April 5th at 12pm at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. When fires aren’t allowed to run their natural course, the fuel build-up that results from dead leaves, branches and trees, pose an even greater threat to the human and wildlife communities around them. During this FREE lunchtime lecture you can learn how land managers attempt to mimic the natural cycles of nature by using controlled burns which is their most significant and effective tool for helping to create a healthy environment. No RSVP.

Swamp Tales April 10th at 3:45pm at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Join us for a “novel” adventure with Miss Kitty, our fabulous storyteller. Each month the story changes but the fun never stops! This free story and activity program is appropriate for ages 3 to 6.

Bee Keepers Association Lecture/ Meeting April 16th at 7:00pm at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. The Treasure Coast Beekeeper Association (TCBA) is a nonprofit organization that provides education about bees and beekeeping for people of the Treasure Coast. Every month there is a new bee related learning opportunity. This lecture is FREE and open to the general public.

Butterfly Garden Committee April 17th at 2:00pm at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Join like-minded garden enthusiasts as they plan and design the Oxbow’s butterfly gardens. Can’t make it this day? You can still be part of this fun group by helping to plant and tend the garden every Thursday morning at 8:30am. Please RSVP.

Oxbow and the Natives “Florida Scrub Jay” - April 17th at 3:45pm at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Forever the family bird, Florida Scrub Jay juveniles stay and help their parents raise the next set of offspring. Join the Oxbow staff to learn about what makes this species so unique and such great family providers at this free program appropriate for children ages 5 and up.

Treehouse Time “Fun in the Sun Songs”April 18th at 9:30am at the Oxbow Eco-Center, FREE, 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Young “bathing beauties” and their caregivers will enjoy some fun outdoor songs as we soak up nature’s sunny rays and take an adventure outside. This is a free program appropriate for ages 3 to 5 with an adult.

Art Class “Patterned Easter Eggs”April 19th at 10am at the Oxbow Eco-Center, RSVP-$20/participant (includes all supplies and hardboiled eggs), 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org. Treasure Coast Art Association teams up with Oxbow to present this fun holiday art class. Prepare to make some “egg-cellent” patterned and colorful Easter eggs. You may not want to hide these beauties once you’re done. Participants will also be creating a unique basket made of paper. Appropriate for ages 10 and up. RSVP is a must.