January 2017
Recreation. Preservation. Education.


Listen, Lunch, Learn
You’ve heard of dinner and a movie. Why not lunch and a lecture? For years the Anne Kolb Nature Center in Hollywood has hosted its Lunch-and-Learn Nature Series for Adults, in installments of three consecutive monthly presentations on diverse topics, with lunch provided. The program is on Fridays from noon to 2 p.m. in the park’s Mangrove Hall. Preregistration is required a week in advance, and a $10-per-person donation is requested for each event, to benefit the park’s very active volunteer group, the Friends of Anne Kolb.

  • January 13 – “The Effect of Climate Change and Sea-Level Rise on South Florida Wildlife” (Doug Young, Parks Naturalist at Quiet Waters Park, COO of South Florida Audubon Society)
  • February 10 – “Edible and Medicinal Plants in Florida” (Dr. Bradley Bennett, Florida International University, Department of Biological Sciences)
  • March 10 – “Nature and Your Well-Being” (Dr. Ruth McCaffrey, Florida Atlantic University, School of Nursing)
Call the park at 954-357-5161 for reservations. Anne Kolb is accessible via Broward County Transit Routes #4 and #12.
A Musical Sunday
Whether you’re in northern, central, or southern Broward County on Sunday, January 22, there will be free music in a park setting accessible to you at three of our nature centers. From 1 to 4 p.m., Secret Woods Nature Center in Dania Beach will host its regular monthly Jamming in the Park acoustic music session, for listeners and participants alike. Farther south, the Anne Kolb Nature Center in Hollywood, in conjunction with the Music Club of Hollywood, will present another Music at the Mangrove concert, featuring vocalist Katherine Alexander performing opera, jazz, and pop selections, from 2 to 4 p.m. Finally, Fern Forest Nature Center in Coconut Creek will present one of its occasional Twilight Jammin’ acoustic sessions, from 5 to 7 p.m.; it, too, is an audience-participation event. (Fern Forest also hosts the Dan Barrow Memorial Bluegrass Jam every second Sunday of the month from 2 to 4 p.m.)

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Anne Kolb (954-357-5161) is accessible via Broward County Transit Routes #4 and #12; Fern Forest (954-357-5198) via Route #31 and #42; and Secret Woods (954-357-8884) via Route #6.
Holiday Hours
All regional parks, nature centers, natural areas, and neighborhood parks will be open on New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1, as well as on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 16 (except for Deerfield Island Park, which will be closed). The holiday gate fee of $1.50/person (children 5 and under free) will be in effect.


Don’t Forget – Chip-a-Tree Still Going On
A post-holiday reminder: Our free Chip-a-Tree program for Broward County residents is now well under way and continues through January 16 at 13 of our parks. Remove all decorations from your Christmas tree, then drop it off at a participating location, where it will be recycled and used for landscaping throughout our park system.

There’s a limit of two trees per vehicle, artificial trees are not accepted, and no commercial vehicles or garbage trucks are allowed. As additional motivation, the regular weekend and holiday gate fee is never in effect for recyclers who are dropping off their trees during the designated period. Hours vary; call the park of your choice for details.


You’re on Your Own (Sort of)
Inspired by TV’s Survivor (2000-present), last year Deerfield Island Park in Deerfield Beach introduced Survivor Island, which immerses participants (ages 8 and up) in survival skills in a concentrated half-day format. This month the naturalist-led island adventure poses its challenges from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, January 28. You can sign up on your own and be assigned to a tribe, or you can put together your own tribe. The $8-per-person fee includes “Taste of the Island” edibles and a free buff. Closed-toe shoes are required, and you must register at least four days in advance by calling 954-357-5100.

…And Everything Else
Other nature-related programming at Broward County parks in January. Many program require fees and/or preregistration; contact the relevant park for details.

  • Sun., Jan. 1, 7:30-10:30 a.m. – Bird Walk Tall Cypress Natural Area (954-357-5100)
  • Tues., Jan. 3, 10-11 a.m. – Nature Tots Miramar Pineland (954-357-8776)
  • Tues., Jan. 3, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. – Paddling EcoTour West Lake Park (954-357-5161)
  • Thurs., Jan. 5, 7-9 p.m. – Friends of the Anne Kolb Nature Center Meeting Anne Kolb Nature Center (954-357-5161)
  • Sat., Jan. 7, 8:30-10:30 a.m. – Bird Walk Deerfield Island Park (954-357-5100)
  • Sat., Jan. 7, 9 a.m.-noon – EcoAction Volunteer Workdays Fern Forest Nature Center (954-357-5198), Long Key Natural Area & Nature Center (954-357-8797), Miramar Pineland
  • Sun., Jan. 8, 11-11:45 a.m. – Trail Stroll – Anne Kolb
  • Mon., Jan. 9, 10-11 a.m. – Tot Walk Secret Woods Nature Center (954-357-8884)
  • Tues., Jan. 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m. – Moonlight Paddle – West Lake
  • Wed., Jan. 11, 7-9 p.m. – Florida Native Plant Society Meeting – Secret Woods
  • Thurs., Jan. 12, 10-11 a.m. – Nature Tots – Fern Forest
  • Thurs., Jan. 12, 10-11 a.m. – Preschool Play ‘n’ Learn – Long Key
  • Thurs., Jan. 12, 6:30-9:30 p.m. – North American Butterfly Association Meeting Extension Education (954-357-5270)
  • Thurs., Jan. 12, 7:30-9:30 p.m. – Florida Trail Association Meeting – Fern Forest
  • Sat., Jan. 14, 9 a.m.-noon – EcoAction Volunteer Workdays – Secret Woods, Snake Warrior’s Island Natural Area (954-357-8776)
  • Sat., Jan. 14, 9:30-11:30 a.m. – Photo Walk – Long Key
  • Sat., Jan. 14, 10-11 a.m. – Intro to Birding Walk – Fern Forest
  • Sun., Jan. 15, 2:30-4:30 p.m. – Team/Family Shutterbug Photo Hunt – Fern Forest
  • Tues., Jan. 17, 10-11 a.m. – Nature Tots – West Lake
  • Wed., Jan. 18, 6-7:30 p.m. – Pineland at Night Hike – Miramar Pineland
  • Sat., Jan. 21, 8:30-11 a.m. – Science Eye Nature Program Everglades Holiday Park (954-680-7977
  • Sat., Jan. 21, 9 a.m.-noon – EcoAction Volunteer Workdays – Anne Kolb, Deerfield Island
  • Sat., Jan. 21, 10-11 a.m. – Mangrove Adventure Hike – Anne Kolb
  • Sat., Jan. 21, 10-11 a.m. – Saturday Stroll & Learn: Prairie – Fern Forest
  • Wed., Jan. 25, 10-11 a.m. – Knee-High Naturalist – Long Key
  • Wed., Jan. 25, 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Sunset Nature Hike – Miramar Pineland
  • Thurs., Jan. 26, 10-11 a.m. – Nature Tots – Secret Woods
  • Sat., Jan. 28, 9-11:30 a.m. – Basic Kayak Class – West Lake
  • Sun., Jan. 29, 10-11 a.m. – Guided Nature Hike – Long Key
  • Sun., Jan. 29, 2-4 p.m. – Manatees, Oh My! – Secret Woods


Parks Foundation
The Parks Foundation of Broward County is a 501 (c) (3) organization founded in 2014 in support of the Broward County Parks and Recreation Division. 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. Donations are accepted at BrowardParksFoundation.org


Quick Links

Nature Centers

  • Anne Kolb Nature Center
    751 Sheridan St., Hollywood
  • Deerfield Island Park
    1720 Deerfield Island Park
    Deerfield Beach
  • Fern Forest Nature Center
    201 Lyons Rd. South
    Coconut Creek
  • Long Key Natural Area &
    Nature Center

    3501 S.W. 130th Ave. Davie
  • Secret Woods Nature Center
    2701 W. State Rd. 84
    Dania Beach

For more nature activities, please go to broward.org/parks.

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