About Palm Beach Pack and Paddle Club

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That's exactly what the members of Palm Beach Pack and Paddle Club do. We're a group of all ages and occupations who share a love of the outdoors and all it has to offer. We sponsor a very active schedule of activities all year round and welcome newcomers at all our meetings and events: day and overnight canoeing and backpacking trips, picnics, workshops, field days, bicycle rides, snorkeling trips, etc.

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. Interest and willingness to learn are all that's required. Our experienced members are always willing to offer advice and help.

The club has two canoes and two backpacks available for members to use for club trips as well as for individual outings. Other equipment may be available for rent through local outfitters. Beginners will find that many items they already have can be adapted to backpacking and canoeing purposes.


PALM BEACH PACK AND PADDLE CLUB was established with four purposes: to build and maintain nature trails and non-motorized waterways and use them for recreational purposes; to encourage and promote the preservation of land and waterways; to encourage and promote the conservation of nature and the interdependence of natural resources; and to cooperate with other organizations sharing our goals.

The club was founded in September 1975 as a result of the enthusiastic response given to Wilderness Weekend Workshops offered by Pine Jog Environmental Sciences Center. At first we met in Husky's Bicycle Shop in West Palm Beach. Two years later, as we grew in size and scope, arrangements were made to meet at Pine Jog, and in March 1984 a move was made to the West Palm Beach Garden Club. In July 1992, we relocated to the Okeeheelee Nature Center.

Meeting programs include guest speakers, workshops, films and tales of our adventures. A backpacking trail was established in Jonathan Dickinson State Park through the efforts of our members, and is now maintained by the Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association.

If you'd like to become involved, to share our experiences and to broaden your horizons call Judy at (561)586-1205 or contact us at P.O. Box 16041, West Palm Beach FL 33416, or come to our meetings on the second Monday of each month, 7:00 P.M., at the Okeeheelee Nature Center, Okeeheelee Park, Forest Hill Boulevard one mile west of Jog Road, West Palm Beach.