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Oxbow Launches the Newly Revised J.O.E. Program and Club

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Oxbow Launches the Newly Revised J.O.E. Program and Club

PORT ST. LUCIE – Join the Oxbow Eco-Center for the 2017-2018 Junior Oxbow Explorer (J.O.E.) series where participants learn about habitats, wildlife and the environment through hiking expeditions, hands-on activities, games and more.

And, new for this year is the J.O.E Club. Become a J.O.E Club member by participating in any four J.O.E programs this season and filling out the appropriate page in your J.O.E Journal (provided). Membership benefits include:

  • An official J.O.E Membership Card
  • J.O.E Club t-shirt
  • 10 percent discount in the Oxbow gift store
  • 10 percent discount on Oxbow summer camps
  • Access to exclusive J.O.E Club events

This year’s J.O.E program offerings include:

  • The Wonderful World of Bugs on Saturday, Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. – noon. Get up close and personal with Florida’s bugs as we investigate the diversity of insect life in our own backyards. Meet the World’s Most Influential Insects and catch your own to discover and explore.
  • 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. 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.

The Science and Art of Leaves on Saturday

  • Jan. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon. Leaves keep plants alive, which in turn keep animal life alive on our planet. Talk about important little structures. Come learn more about nature’s perfect solar panels.  This program includes a leaf scavenger hunt, leaf science lab and a leafy craft.
  • Trails at Twilight on Friday, Feb. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. Many wildlife species are most active during dusk, that magical time when day transitions to night.  Join us for an evening walkabout on one of St. Lucie County’s many nature preserves and explore the sights and sounds of nature after-dark. Location TBA.

Environmental Action Day on Saturday

  • March 10 from 10 a.m. to noon. Where does all our trash go? How can we protect endangered species? How do we keep our rivers clean? Come learn the answers in an activity-filled day of learning and play as we tackle some of the environmental issues facing our community…and world.
  • Hunters of the Sky with Treasure Coast Wildlife Center onSaturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to noon. Join us as we welcome special guest Treasure Coast Wildlife Center (TCWC) and its animal ambassadors. Tim Brown, director of education for TCWC, will present the program featuring a variety of birds of prey, including hawks, owls, vultures, falcons and eagles. Learn about the unique adaptations these birds have developed for hearing, sight, hunting and flight. Don’t miss this opportunity to view these magnificent birds up close, and learn about the important roles they play in nature.

The J.O.E. programs are designed for ages 8-12. The cost is $5 per participant. Reservations are required. Programs take place at the Oxbow Eco-Center and run from 10 a.m. to noon unless otherwise noted.

For more information, contact April Frederick at 772-785-5833 or send an e-mail to

Located at 5400 NE St. James Drive in Port St. Lucie. The Oxbow Eco-Center is a St. Lucie County Environmental Learning Center encompassing roughly 225 acres along the St. Lucie River. For more information visit

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