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JOC and Local Kids Team Up to Clean Up The Lox

Members of Kids Conservation Club cleans the the Lox River.

Members of Kids Conservation Club show off a few of the bags of trash they collected on The Lox River with the help of JUPITER OUTDOOR CENTER

Flip-flops, plastic containers, shirts, bait bags, candy wrappers, bottle tops — and a five-foot-long chunk of PVC pipe — were hauled from the Loxahatchee River on Wednesday by the Kids Conservation Club.
“Turtles, fish or other animals could have been injured eating this trash. It also teaches children to respect the river environment,” said Christie Nelson, who did the trash-collecting paddle to the second dam and back with her son Isaac.

Club members preparing for their adventure.

Club members preparing for their adventure 

Jupiter Outdoor Center donated the dozen kayaks for about 12 children and their parents for the adventure. JOC also donates one hour of free canoe time on Wednesday mornings to paddlers who bring a plastic bag with them to collect trash during their paddle on the river.

Check out JOC’s Summer Adventure Youth Program.

 

a man in a raft on the water

Children love the LOX!

“It’s a privilege and an honor for the Jupiter Outdoor Center to be a steward for The Wild and Scenic Loxahatchee River. We do our best to instill a sense of reverence for the river to all the children in our youth programs and to anyone we put out on the river. We live and love the Lox!,” said Rick Clegg, owner of JOC.

a group of people riding on the back of a boat

YES, you are still in Jupiter!

Plucking trash from behind fallen trees, on the surface and in bushes, the children were glad to help keep the river clean.
“It’s important to protect the fish and the other animals,” said Isaac.

Collecting trash during the paddling adventure.

Collecting trash during the paddling adventure

The children, many on their first paddling tour, were amazed to see turtles sunning themselves. They reached out to touch the cypress tree knees as they floated by. They asked questions about swamp lillies, pond apples and other colorful plants.

Shady cypress trees make a hot day a cool one on The Lox

Shady cypress trees make a hot day a cool one on The Lox

“We’re going to come back again. What a fantastic way to spend time with your children,” said another parent.

Spend time with your children at JOC.

Contact the local leader in Outdoor Adventure — Go to Jupiter Outdoor Center at jupiteroutdoorcenter.com or call 561-747-0063.
Check out Jupiter Outdoor Center’s previous blogs:Things To Do In Jupiter: JOC’s Summer Youth Program
Things To Do in Jupiter: 5 Outdoor Activities To Do With Dad on Fathers Day 
Things To Do In Jupiter: Day and Night Paddling & Bicycling Adventures
Things To Do in Jupiter: Paddling Fun Around the World
Things To Do in Jupiter on Memorial Day 
Things To Do in Jupiter:5 Plants to See While Paddling on Loxahatchee River 
Things To Do In Jupiter : 3 Outdoor Yoga Spots
Things To Do in Jupiter: 5 Fun Places To Go Fishing
Things To Do in Jupiter: Don’t Feed the Alligators!
Things To Do in Jupiter: 5 Ways to Get Out on the Water
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Things To Do in Jupiter: 5 Ways to Double Up Your Wildlife Fun
Things To Do in Jupiter: A 6-Pack of Water Adventure Tours 
Things To Do in Jupiter: Take a Tour with Capt. Art @ L0ve St. Outdoor Center
Things To Do in Jupiter: 5 Fun Family Adventures
Things To Do in Jupiter: 5 Essentials for Your Tour on Loxahatchee River
Things To Do In Jupiter: 5 Ways To Go Back in Time
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