Group Tours

Checklist for a Successful Visit

General Items:

  • Reserve your scheduled visit
  • Send in your deposit and pay the balance on the date of the field trip
  • Arrange transportation; coordinate your arrival and departure times with the bus driver and the park naturalist
  • Recruit chaperones
  • Contact the park naturalist with your final group number seven days prior to your visit
  • Review behavior expectations with students and chaperones
  • Give your bus driver directions
  • Arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled program
  • Programs and activities are subject to modification at the discretion of park staff and/or group leaders

A group discusses the large display inside the lobby of the nature centerReservations
Dates fill up quickly so schedule field trips well in advance of your visit. Please call the park office between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. to make a reservation. The phone number is 954-357-8797.

Confirmation
A deposit is required in order to confirm your reservation and must be received no later than 14 days prior to your program. The amount of the deposit is based on the size of your group and the deposit will be applied to the final cost of the program. A letter of confirmation, program reservation form, and park/nature information will be sent to your group for documentation, cost, and demographic data collection. The balance of the cost for the program is payable on the date of the field trip.

Cancellations
Please telephone immediately to cancel a field trip. Division guidelines require a person authorized to initiate the environmental education program reservation to provide Broward County Parks and Recreation Division with a written letter of cancellation no later than 14 days prior to the date of the field trip reservation, either to request a refund of the reservation deposit or to reschedule the field trip. This will enable us to offer a field trip to another group on our waiting list. Please allow six to eight weeks to receive a refund.

Group Size and Chaperones
There is a minimum of 15 participants. The maximum is stated for each program. We require that there be at least one adult for every 10 students ages six and over. One chaperone for every 10 students, ages six and up, receives complimentary admission. For children ages five and younger, one adult for every four students is required. The chaperones, not the instructors, are responsible for the conduct, discipline, and safety of their group.

Tour Length and Fee
Fees and lengths vary due to type of program. Please call for more information. To ensure that your students receive a full tour, please arrive on time. Please notify us immediately if there will be a delay in arrival time.

Dress
Participants will be outside, so have them dress appropriately for the weather. Closed-toe shoes are required. Shorts, pants, old shoes, and play clothes are recommended because the students will be hiking and may get dirty during some of the activities. Make sure students have sun protection, water, hats, and insect repellent if necessary. We also request that each participant have a securely attached name tag to increase interaction between instructors and participants.

Individuals with Special Needs
Our park staff will make every effort to meet your group's program needs. When making a reservation for your program, please inform park staff of any special needs or considerations. Requests for auxiliary aids for communication must be made at the time of your reservation.

Picnics
Bring your own lunches and drinks. No vending machines are located within the park. There will be a specified location for students to eat lunch. Restrooms and drinking fountains are located in the main building. Bottles of water are for sale in the main office. Note that all feeding of animals is prohibited. Please keep our parks clean and litter-free for other visitors and park wildlife.