Apprentice Naturalist Program
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Do you love the outdoors? Do you love to explore the plants and animals of Florida? Are you 13 to 17 years of age? Well, the Broward County Parks and Recreation Division has a unique opportunity for you to realize your passion for nature.

The Apprentice Naturalist Program will begin on Monday, August 3 and run through Friday, August 7, 2015. Participants will explore four of Florida's ecosystems, two modules for each ecosystem, for a total of eight modules to complete the full program. You are welcome to attend ones that interest you or attend all. Prospective Apprentice Naturalists will learn about the fields of biology, ecology, meteorology, environmental science, habitat restoration and many others. The program schedule is as follows:

August 3 at Crystal Lake Sand Pine Scrub

Module 1: Intro to Scrub Ecosystem - 9 a.m. to noon


Module 2: Discovery of Scrub Area - 1 to 4 p.m.

August 4 at Deerfield Island Park

Module 3: Intro to Coastal Ecosystems - 9 a.m. to noon


Module 4: Discovery of Coastal Ecosystems 1 to 4 p.m.

August 5 at Hillsboro Pineland Natural Area

Module 5: Intro to Wetlands - 9 a.m. to noon


Module 6: Discovery of Wetlands Ecosystem - 1 to 4 p.m.

August 6 at Saw Palmetto Natural Area

Module 7: Intro to Pine Flatwoods - 9 a.m. to noon


Module 8: Discovery of Pine Flatwoods - 1 to 4 p.m.

August 7 at Deerfield Island Park

Graduation Ceremony - 9 to 11 a.m.

For ages 13-17. Cost of the program is $25 per class or $120 for program pass, which includes admission to all parks.

What to Bring:

Students should bring a lunch, snack and water bottle (cold water will be supplied). Closed toed shoes and long pants are required. A notebook and writing implement are also required. Recommended items include: sunscreen, hat, insect repellent, gloves and a camera (cell phone cameras accepted).

Students will dive into to each ecosystem with a mixture of hands on experiences, experiments and research both in class and at home. All students will be given activities that they can also do at home, that reinforce what they have learned in class.

Preregistration and prepayment are required by calling Quiet Waters Park at 954-357-5100, or by registering online. Reserve Online

For more information, contact Peter White or Katie Hendrickson at Quiet Waters Park by calling 954-357-5113.