751 Sheridan Street
, FL 33019
Web Address: http://www.broward.org/parks/westlakepark/pages/annekolbnaturecenter.aspx
When the Anne Kolb Nature Center opened on February 10, 1996, it was the culmination of a lengthy process that involved many years of planning and development. Today, the nature center complex is a 1,500-acre coastal mangrove wetland that's home to a wide variety of plants and animals, including some threatened and endangered species. Three extensive paddling trails offer access to this wilderness area for sightseeing and fishing. Fossil fuel boats are not permitted in the open waters and on the paddling trails of West Lake. Trail maps are available at the visitor center. The nature center is part of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail.
The nature center’s exhibit hall includes a site map of the park’s three-mile mangrove preserve; a miniature theater, which features Living Crossroads, a 10-minute closed-caption video presentation; and a series of interactive and static displays that vividly portray and explain West Lake Park’s mangrove ecosystem and its significance. The exhibit hall's Eco-Room offers hands-on nature experiences for children and adults alike.
A highlight of the exhibit hall is the 3,500-gallon saltwater aquarium. Join staff every Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. for "Aquarium: Behind the Scenes," a free 30-minute program for all ages about the inhabitants of the aquarium, which you can observe feeding. Exhibit hall admission is $2 per person.
The exhibit hall also provides a rotating display of nature-themed works by local artists and photographers. Many artists offer gallery receptions during their monthly exhibitions. Call the park for current gallery artist(s) and reception information. Artists interested in displaying their work can contact the park at 954-357-5161.