Parks and Recreation manages nearly 3,500 acres of natural areas that provide nature preserves for indigenous flora and fauna, including rare and endangered species, allowing for the preservation of historic vegetative communities in Broward County. The natural areas help provide cleaner air and percolation of rainwater into the water supply. Restored wetlands also allow for the storage and cleansing of surface water.
The park system’s current management responsibilities include 21 natural area sites, 11 of which are currently open for full public access, and four regional parks that are also nature centers - Anne Kolb, Fern Forest, Long Key, and Secret Woods. Each one is unique and has its own particular management challenges. It is Broward County Parks responsibility to manage natural areas through best management practices by preserving ecological integrity while providing public access to natural areas via trails, boardwalks, and other amenities where appropriate. We strive to preserve the ecological balance of the system’s natural areas through Resource Management Plans and diligent management efforts. We also offer environmental education for all ages and abilities, including nature classes, trail walks and hikes, lecture programs, and special events.
Several of our other regional parks also offer nature trails: Central Broward Regional, Deerfield Island, Easterlin, Markham, Miramar Pineland, Plantation Heritage, Quiet Waters, Tradewinds, Tree Tops, and West Lake. Visit individual park pages or call the park of your choice for additional information.
Broward County Parks and Recreation is responsible for providing proper management and public appreciation of the environmentally significant lands within the county’s park system.
According to the agency’s Strategic Plan, the purpose of the Planning and Development Section (formerly the Environmental Section) is “to administer an ongoing comprehensive environmental management program focused on preserving, protecting, enhancing, and monitoring natural areas, and allowing appropriate public access for site appreciation and education.”