Sea Turtles and Their Babies
One of our most popular programs, Sea Turtles and Their Babies
, returns to Anne Kolb Nature Center
in July. Program participants learn about a variety of topics related to sea turtles via a video presentation and an educational lecture. Pending hatchling availability, participants will also see baby sea turtles hatch and make their way to the ocean. This year’s program runs on Wednesdays and Fridays, from July 5 through September 1. Preregister online
early to reserve your spot before the program sells out. Space is limited and no walk-ins are accepted. The fee is $10 per person, prepaid, and parking at the release site is metered. The program is subject to rescheduling or cancellation if weather conditions are not favorable. For more information, call the nature center at 954-357-5161. Anne Kolb is accessible via Broward County Transit
Routes #4 and #12.
Beginning on Friday, June 9, it’ll be easier to beat the heat when our water parks open daily through August 20: Paradise Cove at C.B. Smith Park (954-357-5170) in Pembroke Pines; Tropical Splash at Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium (954-357-5400) in Lauderhill; Splash Adventure at Quiet Waters Park (954-357-5100) in Deerfield Beach; and Castaway Island at T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park (954-357-8811) in Hollywood. From Thursday, June 1 through Sunday, June 4, plus Thursday, June 8, hours will remain 10 a.m. to 5:20 p.m. at all four water parks. Then, starting on June 9, sessions will be in effect at Tropical Splash and Splash Adventure, 10 a.m. to 1:35 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. to 5:20 p.m. (Paradise Cove and Castaway Island do not have sessions.) The Water Parks Web page has the complete schedule and additional information.
There are also family-oriented special events this summer at Splash Adventure and Castaway Island:
Superhero Splash Bashes
include games, water park play time, and a movie. These events take place at Splash Adventure on Fridays, June 9 and 23, from 6 to 10 p.m. The cost is $6/person (children 12 months and under free). Preregistration is required online at Webtrac.Broward.org
or in person at the main office. Future dates in this series are July 7, July 21, and August 4. For more information, contact the park at 954-357-5100.Splashtacular Family Fridays
at Castaway Island will have a different theme for each event, which will include splash time in the water park, games, prizes, and fitness activities. This month’s events are Opening Night on June 9 and Olympics Night on June 23. Future dates in the series will be July 7, July 21, August 4, and August 11. All events are from 6 to 8 p.m. and cost $7/person for 13 months of age and older, plus sales tax. For more information, contact the park at 954-357-8811.
C.B. Smith is accessible via Broward County Transit Routes #5, #7, #16, #23, and 95 EXPRESS; Central Broward Regional via Routes #18, #19, #36, #40, #81, and 441 Breeze; Quiet Waters via Route #14; and T.Y. via Route #12.
Save and take advantage of two-for-one summer savings offers at our parks with friends and family.
Two free group photos at Everglades Holiday Park
21940 Griffin Rd., Fort Lauderdale 33332 - 954-434-8111
Maximum two free group photos per group with purchase of at least one adult airboat ticket ($20 value). Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Adults: $30.99 + tax, children: $18.99 + tax. Tickets include a 60-minute narrated airboat tour and a 15-minute gator show performed by the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue Team. Two-for-one farm tour at Tradewinds Park & Stables - North
3600 W. Sample Rd., Coconut Creek 33073 - 954-357-8870
Tour the park's farm to see cows, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, horses, ponies, peacocks, and a miniature donkey. The museum provides a glimpse of the park's history. $3 (plus sales tax), plus the park's regular weekend gate fee of $1.50/person (children 5 and under free). Sat.-Sun., 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.Two-for-one admission at Butterfly World
At Tradewinds Park - South
3600 W. Sample Rd., Coconut Creek 33073 - 954-977-4400
Two-for-one admission equal or lesser value. Experience the wonder of six free-flight aviaries with live butterflies and birds. Mon.-Sat., 9.am.-5 p.m., Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (admission closes at 4 p.m.). Adults: $29.95; children 3-12: $21.95; under 2: free.Two-for-one boat rental at West Lake Park
1200 Sheridan St., Hollywood 33019 - 954-357-5161
Explore the unique ecosystem of West Lake by kayak, canoe, or stand-up paddleboard, and either bring a friend for a free rental the same day, OR get an additional two-hour rental to use by October 15, 2017.Offers are valid through Sunday, October 15. There are three ways to redeem offers: print the two-for-one deals, receive the two-for-one summer savings card through the mail, or present the two-for-one deals on your phone. Visit Sunny.org/Ways-to-Play/Summer for more information.
Tradewinds is accessible via Broward County Transit Route #34, Coconut Creek North, and Coconut Creek South; and West Lake via Routes #4 and #12.
Summer Camps for Kids & Teens
Keep your children entertained this summer with fun and educational summer camps:
Mon.-Thurs., June 12-15, June 19-22, and June 26-29, sessions 8:30 a.m.-noon and 12:30-4 p.m. – Junior Farmers’ Camps
at Tradewinds Park & Stables
– Children will learn basic farming techniques and interact with barnyard animals. For ages 5 to 8. Fee: $40 per child per session. Preregistration is required by phone at 954-357-8870 or in person at the park office.
Mon.-Thurs., June 12-15, June 19-22, and June 26-29, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. – Summer Horse Camps
at Tradewinds – Participants will get experience caring for horses, including grooming, saddling, tack and equipment, and more. Riding instruction will also be included (weather permitting). For ages 9 to 16. Fee: $75 per child per day. All participants must wear long pants and closed-toe shoes, and should bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a towel. Students must provide their own snacks and lunch. Space is limited and preregistration is required by phone at 954-357-8720 or 954-357-8870 or online at WebTrac.Broward.org
- Mon.-Fri., June 12-Aug. 18, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; before-camp care offered from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and after-camp care from 4:30 to 6 p.m. – Camp Adventure Summer Camp at Tree Tops Park – Campers can enjoy a variety of activities, including sports and athletics, nature hikes, arts and crafts, barbecues, and field trips. For students in kindergarten through ninth grade. Fees: one week for $165; three weeks for $495; six weeks for $990; nine weeks for $1,485. There is an additional registration fee of $35 per child. Family discounts are also available. Visit CampAdventureTreeTopsPark.com to register online or learn more.
- Mon.-Fri., June 19-23 and July 31-Aug. 4, 9 a.m.-noon – Nature Detectives at Fern Forest Nature Center – Children will explore a different topic each day. The program includes investigating several habitats and learning about the animals that live there. For ages 8 to 11. Fee: $75 per child per week. Space is limited and preregistration and prepayment are required by phone at 954-357-5198 or in person.
- Mon.-Fri., June 19-Aug. 11, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; early dropoff 8-9 a.m. and late pickup 5-6 p.m. – Summer Recreation Program at Boulevard Gardens Community Center (954-357-6867), Franklin Park (954-357-7080), Lafayette Hart Park (954-357-7970), Reverend Samuel Delevoe Park (954-357-8801), Roosevelt Gardens Park (954-357-8700), and Sunview Park (954-357-6520) – Participants can enjoy a variety of activities, including sports, arts and crafts, field trips, and special events. For ages 6 to 17 (6 to 10 at Boulevard Gardens, 13 to 17 at Sunview). No program on July 4. This is a free program that includes lunch. Space is limited and preregistration is required at the park of your choice.
Boulevard Gardens is accessible via Broward County Transit
Routes #9, #22, #40, #81, and Sun Trolley (FTL Neighborhood Link); Delevoe via Route #40 and Sun Trolley (FTL Neighborhood Link); Fern Forest via Routes #31 and #42; Lafayette Hart via Routes #11 and #40; Roosevelt Gardens Park via Routes #11, #36, #40, and Sun Trolley (FTL Neighborhood Link); Sunview via Routes #18, #30, and 441 Breeze; and Tradewinds via Route #34, Coconut Creek North, and Coconut Creek South.
New Camping Promotions
Get immersed in the outdoors with two summer camping specials
that start this month at Quiet Waters Park
The Escape Special
is available Sundays through Thursdays and offers a campsite for $25 per night. The Family Fun Package
is available on Fridays and Saturdays and includes a two-night stay for $50 per site. Both specials are for up to four campers, with up to two additional campers for $3 each per night. (Sales tax applies to all fees.) All campers are also eligible for $7 all-day Splash Adventure
admissions (until the water park closes for the season), 20 percent off Ski Rixen USA
passes or group lessons (excluding season passes), and 20 percent off bike rentals and 10 percent off all merchandise (excluding food) at Bike America
For more information, call the park at 954-357-5100. Quiet Waters is accessible via Broward County Transit
Visit our Summer Camping Specials
Web page for offers at other parks.Say "I Do" to the Venue
Consider a Broward County park when you're making plans for a wedding, birthday party, baby shower, or other special event. Whether you want to be outdoors, surrounded by nature’s beauty, or indoors in an air-conditioned space, there are plenty of options,including pavilions, amphitheaters, meeting rooms, and event halls. Choose from our list of registered vendors
to take care of your catering, entertainment, decor, and other event-planning needs. The park
of your choice can provide more information, arrange a site visit, or take a reservation. Reservations can also be made online at WebTrac.Broward.org
Under the Stars
Enjoy our parks after dark this month with these nighttime activities:
Many programs require fees and/or preregistration; contact the relevant park for details.
Fern Forest is accessible via Broward County Transit
Routes #31 and #42; Plantation Heritage via Route #30; Quiet Waters via Route #14 and Deerfield Beach 1 East-West; Tradewinds via Route #34, Coconut Creek North, and Coconut Creek South; and West Lake via Routes #4 and #12.Check out our other newsletter, Nearby Nature, for more nature-related updates.
The Music Club of Hollywood has showcased many musical performances at the Mangrove Hall at Anne Kolb Nature Center. This month’s free Music at the Mangrove concert features solo, duo, and ensemble harp performances, on Sunday, June 4, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact the nature center at 954-357-5161. Anne Kolb is accessible from Broward County Transit Routes #4 and #12.
Friday Night Social
Our Special Populations Section plans and implements programs and events year round for children, teens, and adults with disabilities. Friday Night Socials
, co-sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Broward County
, are for adults living with mental illness, who get the opportunity to dance to deejay music, enjoy refreshments, and get to know each other. The next event
will be June 16 at Tree Tops Park
, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Space is limited and preregistration is required by calling 954-357-8170 or emailing SpecialPopulations@Broward.org
. Note: Direct supervision of participants is not
provided. Visit the Special Populations Section
page to learn about other programs and events for people with disabilities. Tree Tops is accessible via Broward County Transit
Davie Green CB.
Parks Foundation of Broward County
The Parks Foundation of Broward County
is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2014 in support of Broward County Parks and Recreation. The foundation welcomes individual memberships and corporate partnerships at all levels to help promote our parks and programs, preserve our natural areas, and provide more green space for our community.