Monthly Calendar

May 2017 Calendar of Events at Anne Kolb Nature Center/West Lake Park/Hollywood North Beach Park

Gallery Exhibit ​Changes monthly; open daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Aquarium: Behind the Scenes ​Saturdays & Sundays, 2-2:30 p.m.
Friends of Anne Kolb Meeting ​Thursday, May 4, 7-9 p.m.
​​Basic Kayak Class (at West Lake) ​Saturday, May 6, 9-11:30 a.m.
Springtime Nature Crafts ​Saturday, May 6, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Moonlight Paddle (at West Lake) ​Wednesday, May 10, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Trail Stroll Sunday, May 13, 10-10:45 a.m.
Nature Tots (at West Lake) ​Tuesday, May 16, 10-11 a.m.
EcoAction Volunteer Workday ​Saturday, May 20, 9 a.m.-noon
Paddling EcoTour (at West Lake) ​Sunday, May 21, 9-11:30 a.m.
Plankton-a-Plenty Hike ​Sunday, May 21, 10-11 a.m.
Most programs require preregistration and in some cases prepayment.
Contact the park at 954-357-5161 for additional information.

 aerial view of the Anne Kolb Nature Center

 aerial view of boardwalk at Anne Kolb Nature Center  gazebo on West Lake at Anne Kolb Nature Center

Gallery Exhibits - Every month the nature center's exhibit hall features a nature-related art exhibit featuring the work of an area artist or artists' group. Admission is free. Open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Zumba Classes - Thursdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m at West Lake Park. The dance-fitness program, created in the 1990s by the Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto "Beto" Perez, will be by Mariela Rico, a Plantation-based instructor with more than a decade of experience. For ages 16 and up. $10/class, $45/five classes, or $85/10 classes. Email the instructor at for more information.

Aquarium: Behind the Scenes - Saturdays & Sundays, 2-2:30 p.m. Get a closer look at the 3,500-gallon saltwater aquarium in the nature center's exhibit hall to learn more about the aquarium's inhabitants and observe them feeding. For all ages. $2/person.

Basic Kayak Class - At West Lake Park. Learn strokes, braces, and turning techniques necessary to paddle a single kayak. Preregistration and prepayment are required two days before the class. For ages 13 and up. $35/person.

Friends of the Anne Kolb Nature Center - First Thursday of the month, 7-9 p.m. The nature center's very active volunteer group has its monthly meetings in the exhibit hall.  

Moonlight Paddle - At West Lake Park. Explore the trails of West Lake under the stars. Suitable for experienced paddlers only, or those who have completed one of the park's paddling classes. Single/double kayaks and canoes will be available. Preregistration and prepayment are required two days before the event. For ages 13 and up. $35/person.

Nature Tots - At West Lake Park. Kids ages 2 to 4 and their parents can join a Broward County Parks naturalist and learn about nature with through stories, songs, arts and crafts, and more. $5/child.

Paddling EcoTour - At West Lake Park. Tour the trails of West Lake and learn about its history and inhabitants with one of the park's naturalists. Preregistration and prepayment are required two days before the event. For ages 13 and up. $35/person.

Trail Stroll - Treat yourself to a free, guided introductory boardwalk stroll through the mangrove swamp.

EcoAction Days
- Third Saturday of the month, October-May, 9 a.m.-noon. For ages 13 and up. Volunteers clean up trash, plant native plants, and/or remove non-native invasive plants. Students can earn community service hours for graduation and college scholarships, and others can help improve and preserve the environment. Participants should dress appropriately with long sleeves, long pants, and closed-toe shoes that can get dirty. Participants should also bring gloves, a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and drinking water. Extra tools such as shovels, rakes, and hand pruners are welcome. Volunteers must fill out an application before participating. 

Volunteers Needed! 
Learn about photography, painting, recycling, plants, and nature as you volunteer to help at our special events. Hike our trails and pick up litter, plant native trees, and/or remove exotic plants. Feeling crafty? Design and create signs, decorations, and games for our upcoming programs. Need community service hours to graduate? We'll customize a program tailored to your interests and schedule. Contact the Friends of the Anne Kolb Nature Center at or call Joanne at 954-357-5161.