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Polo is a game played between two teams on horseback who use mallets to drive a wooden ball down the field to score against the opposing team. Polo is the oldest equestrian sport and is played in Wellington. The sport came to the United States in the 1950’s and the first polo club opened in 1954 in Palm Beach, nearby where the airport is today.

Today, Wellington is known for all things equestrian and is known as the Equestrian Capital of the World. The Palm Beach County village is home to the Palm Beach International Polo Club and the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Visitors also flock to Wellington for the Palm Beach International Polo Season which is know until late April and the Winter Equestrian Festival which is also occurring now

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South Florida is known for its award-winning parks and some of the state’s best kept secrets. The parks can be very impressive and spacious, some even have campgrounds and rivers.

The Sun-Sentintel wrote an article recently featuring some of the Best 7 County Parks in South Florida and Riverbend Park in Jupiter is on the list. The park is 665.62 acres and several improvements have recently been made to the park. The new improvements include an observation area, outdoor picnic pavilion, restrooms, new kayak launching stations, and a parking lot.

Riverbend Park is a popular park located on Indiantown Road near Jupiter Farms. Riverbend is becoming the latest recreational hotspot. The park has several rivers running through the park including the

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Jupiter is home to one of the very few remaining dog- friendly beaches in the state and the only one in Palm Beach County.

The Jupiter Town Council adopted the policy to allow dogs on the beach back in 1989. Since then, the dog- friendly beach areas have been expanded to a 2.5 mile stretch of the beach starting at beach marker #25 at Marcinski Road to beach marker #59 at the south end of Carlin Park.

Dogs are free to roam in the designated section of the beach and enjoy the sand and water. Parking is also free, with a parking lot located on Marcinski Road as well as parking along A1A. Dogs are allowed on the beach from sunrise to sunset.

Dogs must be supervised at all times or on a leash while on the beach. Being able to bring your dog on the beach

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The Hobe Sound Nature Center is perfect for South Floridians looking to learn more about their local flora and fauna. The Center is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to bring environmental education and awareness to the local community. The Center is located at the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge, in south Martin County.

The Nature Center

The Nature Center was opened by a Jupiter Island couple in 1973 to help educate people of all ages about Florida's fragile ecosystems and environment. It has a 30+ year partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service which allows it to conduct educational programs on site, while the service provides and maintains the facility.

In the 80s the Center created the "Friends of the Nature

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The Palm Beach Zoo has announced their special events and promotions that they added to their January calendar.

January’s Schedule:

Early Explorers: Feathered Friends for children ages 3-4 years old: This Saturday, January 12th, the Palm Beach Zoo is hosting an early explorer workshop designed for preschool aged children. The workshop includes an interactive educational experience that features stories, games, crafts, visits to animal habitats, and up-close animal encounters throughout the Zoo or their nature area. One adult is required to attend with each child. Pre-registration is required, and each child will receive a snack. The event is from 10 am to 11:30 am. Click here for more details.

Cub Club: Animal Appetites for children 2 years old:

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Every year the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington hosts its Winter Equestrian Festival. The festival is the world’s premier equestrian event. The festival offers competitions for professional equestrians, adult, junior, and children amateur in 70 unique divisions.

The competition and festival runs for 12 weeks and participants range in age from 2 years to 70 years old with more than 6,000 horses and more than a half a billion dollars in prices. The festival is the longest and largest running horse show that only sees the best riders of their class from more than 42 countries.

The show’s week start on Wednesday and end on Sunday, with the major competitions featured on Saturday nights in the International Arena. The festival starts

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Hog Hammock Trail in West Palm Beach is a new trail composed of crushed concrete and with intermittent boardwalks. The area is a combination of restored and natural wetland communities including cabbage palm hammocks, mesic pine flatwoods, forested wetlands and cypress domes. Restrooms and water are available at the parking lot. The trail is perfect for a leisurely hike, especially while it’s nice and cool outside, or as a way to get some fresh air and spend part of your weekend outdoors.

After walking or jogging the Hammock Trail you may want to head over to the Cypress Boardwalk which is about one mile away. Cypress is a mile-long boardwalk extending through marsh and cypress swamp. The boardwalk has lots of opportunities for viewing Florida’s flora

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Located in Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park just west of Boca Raton, Daggerwing Nature Center is run by the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department. The nature center offers a wide variety of programs and events of adults and children of all ages. All programs are by reservation only, and reservations can be made by either calling 561-629-8760 or visiting the nature center. The following programs and events are currently taking place:

Animal Feedings

From 3:15-3:30pm every day you can have a chance to feed some of the animals that call the nature center home. All ages are welcome to feed the animals and no revervations are required. 

Animal Keeper For a Day

Have you ever wondered what it's like to be an animal keeper? Well,

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Check out The Manatee Lagoon this Thursday, December 13, in West Palm Beach where Manatee Masters will guide you on a walking tour of Manatee Lagoon’s exhibits and will provide insight on all things manatee as well as information about the area’s Lagoon ecosystem. The tour can last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.

Manatee Lagoon provides engaging opportunities to learn about the unique Florida manatee. The Lagoon’s exhibits offer insight into South Florida’s coastal ecosystem. On cold days, like the ones we’ve had recently, the Center is the ideal spot to view wild manatee herds basking in warm-water outflows from Florida Power & Light Company’s adjacent Riviera Beach Next Generation Clean Energy Center.

Admissions to the Manatee Lagoon are

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The Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach is releasing Gavin the sea turtle back into the ocean this week. 

The large sub-adult loggerhead turtle was found in the intracoastal near Dubois Park in Jupiter with a hook attached to his skin near his front right flipper. The initial tests showed that the turtle suffered from starvation and anemia. The Marinelife staff administered vitamins, fluids and antibiotics to the injured sea turtle and nursed Gavin backed to health. The turtle will be fitted for a satellite transmitter to follow his movements after his release back into the ocean, along with other turtles that were previously release.

The release will be this Thursday, December 13th starting at 10:30 am with pre-release procedures. The release

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