Thursday, March 22, 2012 - Oxbow Eco-Center Celebrates Nature's Colors This AprilJoin the Oxbow Eco-Center in April to be awed by the colors of nature through magnificent art and artists. The Center will showcase pieces by local artists from mosaics, colleges, multi-media sculptures and oil paintings. Visit the Center Tuesday through Friday from noon - 5 p.m. or Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. to experience nature-inspired artwork and bring the children to create some of their own creative masterpieces. The trails are open daily from dawn until dusk.
Programs planned for the month of April include:
- Guided hikes return every Saturday at 9 a.m. Enjoy a free guided hike through the wilds of the Oxbow and be enriched with the biodiversity this preserve has to offer. No reservations are required; just show up at 9 a.m. ready to hike.
- Home School Day at the Oxbow takes place Thursday, April 5 with “Survival 101.” Get lost in the woods with Oxbow staff. Using basic survival skills, such as the “Rule of 3” and using a compass, participants will find their way back to the center. Students need be dressed appropriately with a hat and closed-toe shoes. Be sure to bring plenty of water. The cost is $3 per student and the event runs from 10 a.m. – noon for grades kindergarten through 4th and 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. for grades 5th through 12th. Reservations are a must: 772-785-5833 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The St. Lucie Audubon Society presents “Endangered Species” on Thursday, April 5 at 7 p.m. Join the Audubon Society for an informative lecture as Julie Wraithmell discusses endangered species in Florida. This lecture is free and open to the public.
- Don’t miss the Oxbow’s Brown Bag Lecture on Saturday, April 7 at noon with local, homegrown artist Charles Walker. Walker will be joined by his wife, Gertrude, sharing stories of early Fort Pierce and the beauty that Charles captures in his oil paintings. Gertrude, an artist in her own right, is the sister of one of the original nine Highwaymen artists from Fort Pierce. This lecture is free and open to everyone.
- The Oxbow's Swamp Tales returns on Thursday, April 12 from 3:45 - 4:15 p.m. This free storytime is appropriate for ages 3 - 6. Join us for a “novel” adventure with Miss Kitty as she reads an environmentally-themed story.
- The Oxbow's Nature for Families presents "How Animals Use Their Colors” on Saturday, April 14 starting at 10:30 a.m. Can you find me? Explore how animals use color to hide or camouflage in their habitats, warn other animals to stay away, find food, or even use their beautiful colors to get a boyfriend or girlfriend. Then make a craft to take home. Participants need to wear solid colored t-shirts for the program. Appropriate for ages 5 and older. The cost is $4 per participant. Space is limited, so reservations are required: 772-785-5833 or email@example.com.
- Experience art in nature on Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. as the Oxbow hosts “Artists in Action.” Take a hike in the morning and meet artists at work in the great outdoors. The Plein Air Painters of the Treasure Coast will be setting up their easels along the trails, and creating art before your very eyes. In the afternoon (1:30 - 4 p.m.), come inside the Center to meet local artists working in a variety of media including fresco mosaics, multi-media pieces, garden art, and more. The event is free and you may even be inspired to purchase a piece of art to take home.
- Oxbow and the Natives presents “King Snake vs. Coral Snake” on Thursday, April 19 at 3:45 p.m.
Red on yellow - kill a fellow; red on black friend of Jack. Can you tell the difference between the venomous coral snake and the non-venomous scarlet king snake? This is a free program appropriate for ages 5 and older.
- Toddlers will try out their artistic skills using fruit to create beautiful works of art at the Oxbow’s Treehouse Time happening Friday, April 20 at 9:30 a.m. This program is energetic, free and fun for ages 3 - 5 with an adult.
- The Treasure Coast Art Association teams up with the Oxbow staff to present Soap and Woodcarving Art Class on Saturday, April 21 at 10 a.m. – noon for adults (ages 16 and older) and from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. for youth (ages 8-15). Participants will learn the art of carving. Adults will be carving wood; while children will be carving soap. The cost is $28 per participant, including all supplies – even your own carving glove. Reservations are required: 772-785-5833 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Experience the beauty of oil painting as Charles Walker hosts “Painting in Oils Workshop and Demonstration” on Saturday, April 28 from 1 – 3 p.m. Walker’s oil paintings highlight Florida native wildlife and landscapes with bold paint strokes and deep colors that bring the scene to life. The workshop is designed as a demonstration for those who want to just listen, watch and learn. Participants who want to practice along with Mr. Walker are encouraged to bring their easels and supplies. The cost is $20 per participant and pre-registration/pre-payment is required at 772-785-5833 or email@example.com.
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 NE 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.