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October 2013 Nearby Nature
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Focus on Thrills and Chills
Fun for the Little Ones
Family Affair
The Birds and the Bugs
Learn by Listening
From Macro to Micro
Nature at Night
YouTube Spotlight – Airboat Rides at Everglades Holiday Park
Follow Us – On Twitter
Nature To Go
Your Opinion Counts!
Nature Centers of the Broward County Parks and Recreation Division
Special Attractions
Mission Statement
Broward County Board of County Commissioners

Focus on Thrills and Chills

Celebrate Halloween early at a Broward County Park – first, at a Hallo-Green Special Event, at the Anne Kolb Nature Center. The event, which charges $2 per person, includes environmentally friendly activities, games, and arts and crafts. It’s from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 12. For more information, call Anne Kolb (accessible via Broward County Transit Route #12) at 954-357-5161.

Then on Friday, October 25, from 6 to 8 p.m., Fern Forest Nature Center hosts its Ghosts and Goblins Family Fun Night. The popular annual event, for ages 2 to 11 accompanied by an adult, includes a costume parade, games and prizes, arts and crafts, photos in the Pumpkin Patch, and an age-appropriate storytime. Refreshments will also be available for purchase. The overall event is free, although there are nominal fees for arts and crafts and photos in the Pumpkin Patch. For more information, call Fern Forest at 954-357-5198. The nature center is accessible via Broward County Transit Routes #31 and #42.

For a completely different take on pre-Halloween festivities, sign up for the Spooktacular 5K Road Race, a run and walk at T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park, presented by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Road Runners Club. It’s on Saturday, October 26 from 7 a.m. to noon. For more information, call the park at 954-357-8811, or visit www.gflrrc.org.

Fun for the Little Ones

It’s no secret that Nature Tots has been teaching tykes to appreciate the great outdoors for years. The program was the brainchild of a park naturalist in 2003.

The one-hour programs, for ages 2 to 4 accompanied by an adult, focus on a different theme each month, with each site’s naturalist free to embellish on it according to his/her style. A typical program might start with stories, songs, or arts and crafts and end with a short nature walk.        

The dates for this month will be October 10, at Fern Forest Nature Center in Coconut Creek, October 15, at West Lake Park in Hollywood, and October 24, at Secret Woods Nature Center in Dania Beach.

The monthly programs run from 10 to 11 a.m. The fee is $5 per child, and preregistration is required. Programs are on the second Thursday at Fern Forest Nature Center in Coconut Creek, the third Tuesday at West Lake Park, and the fourth Thursday at Secret Woods.

For more information on a program or to preregister, call Fern Forest at 954-357-5198 or Secret Woods at 954-357-8884. Fern Forest is accessible via Broward County Transit Routes #31 and #42. West Lake is accessible via Route #12. Secret Woods is accessible via Route #6.

Family Affair

For years Plantation Heritage Park has been hosting the Broward County Plant Affair, a weekend-long event for the whole family. This plant show and sale, with up to 30 vendors, will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 26 and 27, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase.

Admission to the plant sale is free, although the park’s regular weekend and holiday gate entrance fee of $1.50/person (children 5 and under free) will be in effect. For additional details or vendor information, call the Plantation Historical Museum at 954-797-2722, or the park at 954-357-5135. The park is accessible via Broward County Transit Route #30.

The Birds and the Bugs

If you’ve never outgrown that childlike fascination with insects and birds, you can indulge your passion for things that creep, crawl, and fly this month. From 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, October 2, for instance, Fern Forest Nature Center will offer a free Nature Lecture: Butterflies. The three-lecture series continues on October 9 with a presentation on Birds, and another on October 16 on Bugs. Each lecture is followed by a Q&A session. For more information, call the nature center at 954-357-5198.

On Saturday, October 5, there will also be a Bird Walk, for ages 8 and up, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Deerfield Island Park. Sturdy shoes are required and binoculars recommended for this program, which costs $3/person and requires preregistration and prepayment by calling Quiet Waters Park at 954-357-5100.

Fern Forest is accessible via Broward County Transit Routes #31 and #42, and Deerfield Island via Routes #48 and #50.

Learn by Listening

The Anne Kolb Nature Center aims to educate, enlighten, and entertain this month when it launches its Family Fun Nature Series lecture program. The first installment will be on Sunday, October 13. The presentation is called “A Whale of a Problem” and features a representative of the Marine Mammal Conservancy in Key Largo speaking on stranded whale and dolphin rescues. The program is from 3 to 4:30 p.m., and a $2 donation is requested to benefit the nature center’s Friends volunteer group. For more information, call Anne Kolb at 954-357-5161; the nature center is accessible via Broward County Transit Route #12.

From Macro to Micro

Discover all that South Florida’s natural wonders have to offer by taking part in the From Macro to Micro: Focusing on Nature Series. This nature hike and lecture series will focus on species of all sizes, and will alternate topics from the birds that call the Florida Scrub and Coastal Communities home, to the flowering plants throughout the Florida Scrub and Pineland habitats, and finally to the rarely viewed insects within various Florida Habitats.

This series features guided tours on various Saturdays through January 2014, and the tour at each location will include an in-depth discussion and a comparison of species between habitat types along the way. If you love the outdoors and are wishing to learn more, this is the series for you!

The first event will take place on Saturday, October 26, at Military Tail Natural Area from 9 to 10 a.m. and will consist of an in-depth look into the birds that call the Florida Scrub and Coastal Communities home.  Participation in this single event is $5 per person ages 10 and up, or you can purchase a series pass for all of the events for $25 per person ages 10 and up. Preregistration and prepayment are required.

Participants are encouraged to wear sunscreen, sturdy closed-toe shoes, long sleeves/pants, and bring drinking water and binoculars. For more information, call Quiet Waters Park at 954-357-5100. To preregister or prepay, call the park at 954-357-5100 or visit WebTrac.Broward.org.

Nature at Night

Explore two of our parks in Davie by moonlight this month on Full Moon Hikes. The first is from 7 to 8 p.m. on Friday, October 18, at Long Key Natural Area & Nature Center. The second, also from 7 to 8 p.m., is the following night at Pine Island Ridge Natural Area. Preregistration is required for both by calling Long Key at 954-357-8797. The fee is $5 per person.

YouTube Spotlight – Airboat Rides at Everglades Holiday Park

Broward County Parks has its own YouTube Channel at www.YouTube.com/BrowardCountyParks. Ride through the river of grass at Everglades Holiday ParkWatch our video and see what could be waiting for you next time you visit.

Follow Us – On Twitter

Broward County Parks is now on Twitter! Follow us at @BrowardParks and keep up to date with important information, events, programs, and other happenings. Twitter accounts have also been created for several of our parks. Visit the Broward County Government Stay Connected Web page to follow your favorite park.

Nature To Go

You can now take a little bit of Broward County nature home with you – thanks to a series of nature posters produced and sold by Broward County Parks. The six posters, all photographed in the county’s parks, nature centers, and natural areas, feature American white waterlilies, burrowing owls, a gray fox, live oak trees, a prairie iris, and a queen butterfly. The posters look great either framed or unframed, and they’re a distinctive way to bring a taste of nature into your home or office. They also make excellent gifts.

The offices at seven facilities have the posters available for purchase: the Anne Kolb Nature Center at West Lake Park in Hollywood, Fern Forest Nature Center in Coconut Creek, Long Key Natural Area & Nature Center in Davie, Markham Park in Sunrise, Plantation Heritage Park in Plantation, Tree Tops Park in Davie, and T.Y. Park in Hollywood.

The high-quality posters, which measure 18 inches by 24 inches, retail for $10, including Florida sales tax. You can also purchase posters by mail from Broward County Parks and Recreation, 950 N.W. 38th St., Oakland Park, FL 33309. Mail-order posters are $15 (includes Florida sales tax, shipping, and handling), with checks/money orders payable to Broward County Parks and Recreation. For more information, e-mail ParksMarketing@broward.org.

Your Opinion Counts!

We’d like to know what you think about our programs and facilities. Please take a moment to tell us how we’re doing by filling out this survey.

Nature Centers of the Broward County Parks and Recreation Division

Anne Kolb Nature Center

751 Sheridan St., Hollywood

954-357-5161

Deerfield Island Park

1720 Deerfield Island Park

Deerfield Beach

954-357-5100

Fern Forest Nature Center

201 Lyons Rd. South Coconut Creek

954-357-5198

Long Key Natural Area & Nature Center

3501 S.W. 130th Ave.

Davie

954-357-8797

Secret Woods Nature Center

2701 W. State Rd. 84 Dania Beach

954-357-8884

 

For more nature activities, please go to broward.org/parks.

Special Attractions

Airboat Rides (Everglades Holiday Park) – Batting Cages (AllGolf at C.B. Smith Park) – Bike America (Quiet Waters Park) Butterfly World (Tradewinds Park & Stables) – Cable Water-Skiing (Ski Rixen USA at Quiet Waters Park) – Campgrounds (C.B. Smith Park, Easterlin Park, Markham Park & Target Range, Quiet Waters Park, T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park) – Dog Park (Barkham at Markham Park & Target Range) – Educational Farm (Tradewinds Park & Stables) – Exhibit Halls (Anne Kolb Nature Center at West Lake Park, Fern Forest Nature Center, Long Key Natural Area & Nature Center, Secret Woods Nature Center) – Golf Facilities (AllGolf at C.B. Smith Park) – Softball/Baseball Fields (Brian Piccolo Park & Velodrome, Sunview Park, Tradewinds Park & Stables) – Observatory (Markham Park & Target Range) – Riding Stables (Tradewinds Park & Stables, Tree Tops Park) – Skate Park/Track (Brian Piccolo Park & Velodrome) – Target Range (Markham Park & Target Range) – Tennis Centers (Brian Piccolo Park & Velodrome, C.B. Smith Park) – Velodrome (Brian Piccolo Park & Velodrome) – Water Playgrounds/ Waterslides/Swimming (C.B. Smith Park, Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium, Quiet Waters Park, T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park)

Mission Statement

The Parks and Recreation Division is dedicated to providing a countywide park system with diverse facilities and recreation opportunities, along with natural area conservation and research-based educational outreach, to enhance the well-being of residents, businesses, and visitors.

Founded in February 1956 and accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies, Broward County Parks and Recreation Division manages almost 6,500 acres, encompassing nearly 50 regional parks and nature centers, neighborhood parks, and natural areas at various stages of development. Facilities include water parks, campgrounds, a target range, a stadium, a skate park, an observatory, mountain bike trails, an educational farm with stables, and a velodrome and other sports facilities. Hours and fees vary by location. For more information, visit broward.org/parks.

 

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations in order to participate in programs, services, and activities must contact the Special Populations Section at 954-357-8170 or TTY 954-537-2844 at least five (5) business days prior to the scheduled meeting or event.

Broward County Board of County Commissioners

Sue Gunzburger
Dale V.C. Holness
Kristin Jacobs
Martin David Kiar
Chip LaMarca
Stacy Ritter
Tim Ryan
Barbara Sharief
Lois Wexler

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