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April 2014
Recreation. Preservation. Education.
Earth Day 2014

With Earth Day being recognized on April 22, there are a number of ways people can learn about South Florida’s ecosystem, help clean up the environment, and celebrate the earth at a Broward County park.

There are numerous free or low-cost classes and nature walks offered in our nature centers where one can learn about South Florida’s ecosystem, native plants, landscaping options, and more. In addition, the Extension Education Urban Horticulture section opened six Master Gardener Public Service Centers where the public can get advice on weeds, native plants, and pest identification. Operating days and hours vary. The centers are located at:

The public can also participate in organizations that provide education about nature such as the Broward County Audubon Society, Florida Trail Association, Broward Native Plant Society, and the Broward Sierra Group. Many of these groups host regular meetings in our nature centers. There are other Broward County resources, too, such as NatureScape Broward.

For more information on environmental events and programs, visit our Website at

How Does Your Garden Grow?
Broward County Parks has a long history of both educating people on the importance of native plants in their home landscapes, and making the right kinds of plants available for purchase. This month there are two Native Plant Sales, one at Secret Woods Nature Center on Saturday, April 5, and another at Fern Forest Nature Center on Saturday, April 26. Both are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vendors will be on site, and there will be gardening information available and other activities going on. Admission is free.

Secret Woods Class

You can also learn another way to grow plants at the SecretWoods Nature Center's ongoing series of Propagation Classes, which continues from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, with "Tissue Culture.” Participants will learn to germinate seeds and reproduce plant tissue under simple sterile conditions that are easily reproduced at home by any garden enthusiast. Secret Woods also hosts a meeting of the Florida Native Plant Society, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9.

For more information, call Fern Forest (accessible via Broward County Transit Routes #31 and #42) at 954-357-5198 or Secret Woods (Route #6) at 954-357-8884.

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