The town’s annual citizens’ academy program kicks off next month with coffee, pastries and a tour of local parks and conservation areas.
Jupiter U, now in its fifth year, provides residents with an overview of the town’s government and support services and information on its history and heritage.
Through tours and information sessions, participants experience and learn about the town’s departments, programs and services.
“It’s designed to give participants an overview of life in Jupiter and what their local government and its partner agencies offer in terms of services and quality of life,” said Kate Moretto, the town’s community relations manager. “We’ve done classes in the past, but this year we’re doing eight different tours. All of them will be narrated.”
The program is free to participants, who can register for one tour or multiple tours. Registration is available online at www.jupiter.fl.us.
Tours begin April 3 at 9 a.m. with a breakfast with Mayor Karen Golonka and town officials, followed by an overview of the town and a tour of Jupiter’s Open Space lands, protected conservation areas and local parks. The tour wraps up at noon.
Additional tours include Riverwalk and Inlet Village (April 5, 10 a.m. to noon), the Loxahatchee River District Wastewater Treatment Plant (April 16, 1-3 p.m.), Jupiter History (April 17, 9 a.m. to noon), the Jupiter Police Department (April 23, 1-3 p.m.), the Jupiter Water Treatment Plant (April 25, 10 a.m. to noon), the Solid Waste Authority’s Jupiter facility (date to be announced) and Max Planck Florida Institute (April 30, 2-4 p.m.).
The tours are conducted by town leaders, staff and partner agencies. They typically draw between 50 and 100 participants per session, Moretto said.
“Our tours tend to be very popular,” Moretto said. “We incorporate classroom learning into these tours to make them more experiential.”
For information, call (561) 741-2575.