Monday, June 27, 2011 - July Is Fire In The Flatwoods Month At The OxbowJuly is “fire in the flatwoods” month at the Oxbow Eco-Center. Visit the center for some free fun activities, and check out the glass display highlighting the creative role of fire in Florida’s landscapes. Stop in Tuesday through Friday from noon - 5 p.m. or Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and participate in different activities, games and coloring pages. These self-guided activities are free and fun for the whole family.
Other programs planned for the month of July include:
- The Treasure Coast Art Association teams up with the Oxbow to present a Spirit of Nature Art Class: “Funky Memory Booklets” on Saturday, July 2 from 10 a.m. – noon. This nature-inspired class for adults explores the art of making funky booklets from recycled file folders and envelopes. Booklets can be used for organizing recipes, birthdays, memories and more. The cost is $20 per participant, including supplies. Reservations are required.
- The Oxbow's Nature for Families presents "Mr. Golly’s Underground Party” on Saturday, July 9 from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. Join us as we adventure into the world of Mr. Golly and learn how a gopher tortoise acts as the host at wildfire parties (and hurricane parties), keeping all his friends safe. Appropriate for ages 5 and up. The cost is $3 per participant and reservations are required: 772-785-5833 or email@example.com.
- The Oxbow's ''Swamp Tales'' on Wednesday, July 13 from 3:45 - 4:15 p.m. is a free story time appropriate for ages 3 - 6. Join us for a “novel” adventure with Miss Kitty, our fabulous storyteller. Each month the story changes but the fun never stops.
- "Oxbow and the Natives" will be cancelled this month due to summer camp activities.
- Move like an animal, get engaged in our exhibits, and, each month experience a different side of nature with your little one at "Oxbow Treehouse Time" happening Friday, July 15 at 9:30 a.m. This program is energetic, free, and fun for ages 3 - 5 with an adult.
- Join the Oxbow Eco-Center as Dr. David Black presents "Florida’s Fires – a prehistoric and modern perspective" at the Brown Bag Lecture on Saturday, July 16 from noon - 2 p.m. Whether manmade or natural, fire has been a part of Florida’s ecology for thousands of years. Take a journey through time with Dr. Black and discover how fire has shaped the Florida peninsula from the days of the mastodons, to the arrival of Florida’s first people, to today. This event is free and open to the public.
- Spirit of Nature Art Camp runs July 18 – 22 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. There are still a few spots left for 11-16 year olds to set their creative spirit free and learn the art of creating beautiful paper, journals, memory books, zentangles, and artist trading cards. They will even do a group project and leave a piece of themselves behind to be displayed at the Oxbow Eco-Center. Bring your own snacks. Visit www.oxboweco.com for more information and registration forms. The cost of the camp is $120 per student.
- Archaeology in the Classroom is a new program being offered at the Oxbow on Wednesday, July 27 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. This free event joins the Florida Public Archaeology Network and Oxbow Eco-Center for a day of archaeology-themed lesson plans and hands-on learning. CEU’s are available for teachers.
In addition to the various scheduled events, the Oxbow's trails are open every day from dawn until dusk. Situated on a 225-acre preserve on the North Fork of the St. Lucie River, the Oxbow offers a rare glimpse of "the real Florida" with nature trails, boardwalks, observation towers and an interactive environmental learning center.
The Oxbow Eco-Center is located at 5400 N.E. St. James Drive, Port St. Lucie (across from the Publix Shopping Center). For more information call the staff at 772-785-5833 or visit www.oxboweco.com.