April 2013 Nearby Nature
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Of Music and Mangroves
Positively Reptilian
Things That Glow
Wings and Things
Fine Feathered Friends
Explore the Great Outdoors
Double, Double Toil and Trouble…
YouTube Spotlight – Butterfly Island at Secret Woods Nature Center
Follow Us – On Twitter
Nature To Go
Your Opinion Counts!
Nature Centers of the Broward County Parks and Recreation Division
Special Attractions
Mission Statement
Broward County Board of County Commissioners

Of Music and Mangroves

The Anne Kolb Nature Center, known for its mangrove wetlands and its Mangrove Hall event facility, joins forces with the Music Club of Hollywood this month for two tuneful programs. On Saturday, April 13, Music at the Mangrove will feature scholarship auditions open to the public from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., followed by a professional piano recital by Kwan Yi from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Then, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 28, there will be a Harp Concert. Both programs are free. For more information, call the nature center at 954-357-5161. Anne Kolb is accessible via Broward County Transit Route #12.

Positively Reptilian

Reptiles get a bad rap sometimes, but not at Broward County Parks, where we’re committed to educating the public about these strange, fascinating creatures. This month Secret Woods Nature Center offers Turtle Time, from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 14. The family-oriented free program includes a presentation and activities such as crafts. Secret Woods is also the site for a regularly scheduled Wonderful Reptiles program, from 10 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 20. It’s also free and for all ages. Call Secret Woods (accessible via Broward County Transit Route #6) at 954-357-8884.

The next day, Sunday, April 21, Fern Forest Nature Center hosts a Nature Lecture: Snakes, from noon to 1 p.m. A $5 donation to the Fern Allies volunteer group is requested for the lecture, which is followed by a question-and-answer session. There will be live animals used for the presentation, although the public will not be expected or allowed to handle them. (Another lecture, “Spiders,” will be offered on Saturday, April 27, also from noon to 1 p.m.) Call Fern Forest (Routes #31 and #42) at 954-357-5198.

Things That Glow

The disc golf course at Easterlin Park will again be aglow on Saturday, April 6, from 7 to 9 p.m. That’s when the park will host the final installment of its Disc “Glow” Golf Series, a tournament in which the participants guide themselves through the course using flashlights. (Bring your own flashlights and discs – the park will not provide them.) The program is designed for ages 13 and up, and ages 13 to 17 must have a parent/guardian with them to participate. Fees are $5 per person if you preregister, $8 per person if you wait until the night of the program, plus Florida sales tax.

Also on April 6, the park will also offer a Lichen Love Affair program, for ages 6 and up, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Participants will meet at the office, then process to the Woodland Trail to take a look at lichens under the glow of a black light. Preregistration is required for this program, which is $5 per person plus Florida sales tax. The park’s regular weekend and holiday gate entrance fee of $1.50/person (children 5 and under free) will be in effect.

For more info on the disc golf event, call Easterlin (accessible via Broward County Transit Route #14) at 954-357-5190. For details on the lichen event, call Quiet Waters Park at 954-357-5100.

Wings and Things

Whether you’re in northern or central Broward County, we’ve got you covered this month as far as butterflies are concerned with Butterfly Gardening Workshops at two parks. The first is at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, at Butterfly World at Tradewinds Park South. The workshop is free with paid admission to the world-famous attraction. The park’s regular weekend and holiday gate entrance fee of $1.50/person (children 5 and under free) will be in effect. For more information, call Butterfly World at 954-977-4400.

Then, on Sunday, April 28, Secret Woods Nature Center will host its own workshop, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is $10 plus Florida sales tax, and preregistration is required for the program, which is for ages 16 and up. For more information, call Secret Woods (accessible via Broward County Transit Route #6) at 954-357-8884.

Fine Feathered Friends

Check out the avian life at Fern Forest Nature Center on Sunday, April 14, when the park hosts The Early Bird Catches…The Bird! This guided bird walk will be led by wildlife biologist and ornithologist John Hutchison and starts at the early-bird hour of 7 a.m. The program will be repeated on Wednesday, April 17, also at 7 a.m. The fee is $3 plus Florida sales tax. For more information, call the nature center at 954-357-5198. Fern Forest is accessible via Broward County Transit Routes #31 and #42.

Explore the Great Outdoors

Broward County offers residents and visitors beautiful and tranquil surroundings that have become part of our community’s identity. Still, there are some areas of the County that are just as they were decades ago. Explore some of these natural oases by taking part in the Natural Area Exploration Series. This month’s explorations will take place at Deerfield Island Park on Sunday, April 14, and at Easterlin Park on Sunday, April 28. Both hour long naturalist-led nature hikes are from 2 to 3 p.m. and are open to participants ages 3 and up. The cost of this program is $5 per person (plus applicable Florida sales tax). Participants are advised to bring drinking water and binoculars to wear, closed-toed shoes, and long sleeves/pants. Preregistration is required.

To preregister or for more information, call Quiet Waters Park at 954-357-5100. Deerfield Island is accessible via Broward County Transit Routes #48 and #50, Easterlin via Route #14.

Double, Double Toil and Trouble…

Fire burn, and caldron bubble. The witches in Shakespeare’s Macbeth conjured up a hellish mix that included “Eye of newt, and toe of frog / Wool of bat, and tongue of dog.” Don’t expect to come up with anything quite that exotic when Secret Woods Nature Center offers Concoctions, Potions, Blends, and Brews: Extractions, a combination lecture/workshop. But you will learn how to make a variety of herbal extractions. The program, for ages 18 and up, runs from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, and the fees are $10 Florida sales tax for the lecture and a separate $10 requested donation to the Friends of Secret Woods volunteer group to cover the cost of supplies. For more information, call Secret Woods (accessible via Broward County Transit Route #6) at 954-357-8884.

YouTube Spotlight – Butterfly Island at Secret Woods Nature Center

Broward County Parks now has its own YouTube Channel at www.YouTube.com/BrowardCountyParks. Stroll through a tranquil butterfly garden at Butterfly Island at Secret Woods Nature CenterWatch our video and see what could be waiting for you next time you visit.

Follow Us – On Twitter

Broward County Parks is now on Twitter! Follow us at @BrowardParks and keep up to date with important information, events, programs, and other happenings. Twitter accounts have also been created for five of our parks including Secret Woods Nature Center (@SecretWoodsNC) in Dania Beach. Visit the Broward County Government Stay Connected Web page to follow your favorite park.

Nature To Go

You can now take a little bit of Broward County nature home with you – thanks to a series of nature posters produced and sold by Broward County Parks. The six posters, all photographed in the county’s parks, nature centers, and natural areas, feature American white waterlilies, burrowing owls, a gray fox, live oak trees, a prairie iris, and a queen butterfly. The posters look great either framed or unframed, and they’re a distinctive way to bring a taste of nature into your home or office. They also make excellent gifts.

The offices at seven facilities have the posters available for purchase: the Anne Kolb Nature Center at West Lake Park in Hollywood, Fern Forest Nature Center in Coconut Creek, Long Key Natural Area & Nature Center in Davie, Markham Park in Sunrise, Plantation Heritage Park in Plantation, Tree Tops Park in Davie, and T.Y. Park in Hollywood.

The high-quality posters, which measure 18 inches by 24 inches, retail for $10, including Florida sales tax. You can also purchase posters by mail from Broward County Parks and Recreation, 950 N.W. 38th St., Oakland Park, FL 33309. Mail-order posters are $15 (includes Florida sales tax, shipping, and handling), with checks/money orders payable to Broward County Parks and Recreation. For more information, e-mail ParksMarketing@broward.org.

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Nature Centers of the Broward County Parks and Recreation Division

Anne Kolb Nature Center

751 Sheridan St., Hollywood

954-357-5161

Deerfield Island Park

1720 Deerfield Island Park

Deerfield Beach

954-357-5100

Fern Forest Nature Center

201 Lyons Rd. South Coconut Creek

954-357-5198

Long Key Natural Area & Nature Center

3501 S.W. 130th Ave.

Davie

954-357-8797

Secret Woods Nature Center

2701 W. State Rd. 84 Dania Beach

954-357-8884

 

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

Special Attractions

Airboat Rides (Everglades Holiday Park) – Batting Cages (AllGolf at C.B. Smith Park) – Bike America (Quiet Waters Park) Butterfly World (Tradewinds Park & Stables) – Cable Water-Skiing (Ski Rixen USA at Quiet Waters Park) – Campgrounds (C.B. Smith Park, Easterlin Park, Markham Park & Target Range, Quiet Waters Park, T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park) – Dog Park (Barkham at Markham Park & Target Range) – Educational Farm (Tradewinds Park & Stables) – Exhibit Halls (Anne Kolb Nature Center at West Lake Park, Fern Forest Nature Center, Long Key Natural Area & Nature Center, Secret Woods Nature Center) – Golf Facilities (AllGolf at C.B. Smith Park) – Softball/Baseball Fields (Brian Piccolo Park & Velodrome, Sunview Park, Tradewinds Park & Stables) – Observatory (Markham Park & Target Range) – Riding Stables (Tradewinds Park & Stables, Tree Tops Park) – Skate Park/Track (Brian Piccolo Park & Velodrome) – Target Range (Markham Park & Target Range) – Tennis Centers (Brian Piccolo Park & Velodrome, C.B. Smith Park) – Velodrome (Brian Piccolo Park & Velodrome) – Water Playgrounds/ Waterslides/Swimming (C.B. Smith Park, Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium, Quiet Waters Park, T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park)

Mission Statement

The Parks and Recreation Division is dedicated to providing a countywide park system with diverse facilities and recreation opportunities, along with natural area conservation and research-based educational outreach, to enhance the well-being of residents, businesses, and visitors.

Founded in February 1956 and accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies, Broward County Parks and Recreation Division manages almost 6,500 acres, encompassing nearly 50 regional parks and nature centers, neighborhood parks, and natural areas at various stages of development. Facilities include water parks, campgrounds, a target range, a stadium, a skate park, an observatory, mountain bike trails, an educational farm with stables, and a velodrome and other sports facilities. Hours and fees vary by location. For more information, visit broward.org/parks.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations in order to participate in County programs, services, and activities must contact the Special Populations Section at 954-357-8170 or TTY 954-537-2844 at least 10 business days prior to the scheduled meeting or event to request an accommodation.

Broward County Board of County Commissioners

Sue Gunzburger
Dale V.C. Holness
Kristin Jacobs
Martin David Kiar
Chip LaMarca
Stacy Ritter
Tim Ryan
Barbara Sharief
Lois Wexler

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