Landscape picture from Riverbend Park near Jupiter.
Photo by Shackleford Photography
Riverbend Park is a county park near Jupiter spanning more than 660 acres with activities including picnicking, canoeing, kayaking, bicycling, freshwater fishing, hiking and barbecuing. The park offers nearly 10 miles of hiking trails, 7 miles of equestrian trails and 5 miles of canoeing trails alone the Loxahatchee River.
Naturalist walks take participants of all ages along a guided, one-hour walk through Riverbend trails to learn about the nature and history of the park. The walks are held at 9 a.m. on each Thursday of the month: July 7, 14, 21 and 28.
Battlefield tours take history buffs on a journey into the Second Seminole War with a Loxahatchee River Battlefield Park preservationist docent. The tours take place at 10 a.m. every Saturday: July 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.
“Reptiles and Amphibians” teaches about the two classes of animals, including their differences, local vs. invasive species and venomous vs. nonvenomous. This program occurs July 2 at 9:30 a.m. Participants are asked to wear close-toed shoes.
“Archery 101” teaches beginners 8 and older all the basics of archery, including safety. The instructors are certified by USA Archery and the National Field Archery Association. The class takes place July 16 at noon.
Experienced archers can partake in “Open Range Archery.” Like “Archery 101,” this class uses USA Archery- and NFAA-certified staff as archers shoot at targets from varying distances. The class is July 16 at noon, concurrent with “Archery 101.” Equipment is provided for both archery courses.
“Fishing Fun” teaches basic fishing techniques to participants 8 and older. Proper fishing attire is recommended. This event is July 23 at 9:30 a.m., and fishing gear is provided.
Rounding out July is “Survival School Series — How to Track.” Participants learn identification skills they can apply for successful, safe tracking. The class takes place July 30 at 10 a.m.
The price for each event ranges from $3 to $10 per person. Reservations are required, and spots are limited. Go here to register.
Riverbend Park is at 9060 Indiantown Road near Jupiter. It is recommended that participants bring water, sunscreen and insect repellent. Children must be accompanied by adults. Each program is estimated to last 90 minutes.