November 2013 Nearby Nature
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Parks Observe Veterans Day
Fun for the Little Ones
What’s Your Angle?
From Macro to Micro
Nature at Night
Advisory Board Notice
YouTube Spotlight – Airboat Rides at Everglades Holiday Park
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

Parks Observe Veterans Day

Not only will county parks remain open this Veterans Day (Monday, November 11), the five parks with campgrounds – C.B. Smith Park, Easterlin Park, Markham Park & Target Range, Quiet Waters Park, and T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park – will also offer Salute the Troops specials, applicable for all active-duty and honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. armed forces, National Guard, and reserve units. Written documentation will be required to establish eligibility, along with current personal identification. Rates are for up to four campers, with additional per-camper fees in effect (up to six campers total). Pet registration fees also apply.

At Easterlin and Quiet Waters, two specials run from Friday, November 1, through Sunday, December 1. The “Family Fun Package” is good for a two-night stay (Friday and Saturday) for $50 per site. The “Escape Special” is good for one or more nights (Sunday through Thursday) for $20 per site per night. At Quiet Waters, the fee also includes discounts on various other attractions throughout the park. At C.B. Smith, Markham, and T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee), the special runs from Friday, November 8, through Monday, November 11. This special offers veterans 25 percent off their total stay, up to a maximum of four nights.

For additional information, call the park of your choice: C.B. Smith at 954-357-5170, Easterlin at 954-357-5190, Markham at 954-357-8868, Quiet Waters at 954-357-5100, or T.Y. at 954-357-8811.

The following activities are also scheduled at Broward County Parks in connection with Veterans Day:

· Nature Crafts for Families: Cards for Veterans – Sat., Sun., & Mon., Nov. 9, 10, & 11, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. - Long Key Natural Area & Nature Center (954-357-8797)

· Military Appreciation Hike – Sun., Nov. 10, 10-11 a.m. – Hillsboro Pineland Natural Area (954-357-5100)

· Mayor’s Veterans Barbecue – Sun., Nov. 10, noon-4 p.m. – T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park (954-357-8811)

· Veterans Concert and Sing-Along – Sun., Nov. 10, 3-4 p.m. – Secret Woods Nature Center (954-357-8884)

· Celebrate Our Veterans Guided Nature Walk – Mon., Nov. 11, 10 a.m. – Fern Forest Nature Center (954-357-5198)

· Flag Retirement Ceremony – Mon., Nov. 11, 10 a.m. – Vista View Park (954-357-8898)

· Military Appreciation Hike – Mon., Nov. 11, 10-11 a.m. – Tall Cypress Natural Area (954-357-5100)

As of October 1 of this year, veterans with service-related disabilities are also granted free admission when the weekend and holiday gate entrance fee of $1.50/person (children 5 and under free) is in effect at most regional parks. Veterans must establish eligibility by calling 954-357-6622 to schedule an appointment at one of the seven Broward County Veterans Service locations to complete an application. The Elderly and Veterans Services Division will contact veterans once eligibility is confirmed, and the eligible veteran can pick up a credit card-style pass at the regional park office of their choice or request that the pass be mailed; passes are good for five years from date of activation – a savings of more than $125 – and may be renewed. (The passes do not provide prepaid parking at Hollywood North Beach Park or admittance into special park amenities or events.)

For further information, call or visit the park of your choice. All Broward County Parks (with the exception of Deerfield Island Park) will be open their regular operating hours on Veterans Day.

Fun for the Little Ones

It’s no secret that Nature Tots has been teaching tykes to appreciate the great outdoors for years. The program was the brainchild of a park naturalist in 2003.

The one-hour programs, for ages 2 to 4 accompanied by an adult, focus on a different theme each month, with each site’s naturalist free to embellish on it according to his/her style. A typical program might start with stories, songs, or arts and crafts and end with a short nature walk.        

This month’s event will be November 19, at West Lake Park in Hollywood.

The monthly program runs from 10 to 11 a.m. The fee is $5 per child, and preregistration is required. Programs are on the third Tuesday at West Lake Park.

For more information on a  program or to preregister, call West Lake at 954-357-5161. West Lake is accessible via Broward County Transit Route #12.

What’s Your Angle?

If you’ve always wanted to fish but have lacked the confidence to try, the Family Fun Nature Series has just the program for you: “Be a Good Angler!” The hands-on event, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 3, at the Anne Kolb Nature Center, features information on fish and what they eat, as well as instruction in how to use a fishing rod, tie a hook, and catch and release fish. After the education stations, participants will fish from the park's Intracoastal pier. Bring your own gear or borrow some on site. Preregistration is required, and a $2/person donation to the Friends of Anne Kolb volunteer group is requested. For more information, call 954-357-5161.

Registration is also now open for the 16th annual Junior Bass Tournament Trail, which invites ages 12 to 17 to compete for the title of Junior Angler of the Year and win the accompanying prize package. The program, which is similar to pro bass tournaments, includes tournaments once a month for fourth months, on Sunday mornings from “first light” until 1 p.m.: January 19, at Quiet Waters Park; February 23, at Tradewinds Park & Stables; March 23, again at Tradewinds; and April 27, back at Quiet Waters.

Points are awarded (along with trophies) at each tournament, and the angler with the most cumulative points at the end wins. Participants must be accompanied by an adult, and space is limited, so early registration is recommended. The fee is $80 for each participant and covers all four tournaments; there is no fee for the adult in the boat. For more information, contact Bob Newland at 954-357-8816 or

From Macro to Micro

Discover all that South Florida’s natural wonders have to offer by taking part in the From Macro to Micro: Focusing on Nature Series. This nature hike and lecture series will focus on species of all sizes, and will alternate topics from the birds that call the Florida Scrub and Coastal Communities home, to the flowering plants throughout the Florida Scrub and Pineland habitats, and finally to the rarely viewed insects within various Florida Habitats.

This series features guided tours on various Saturdays through January 2014, and the tour at each location will include an in-depth discussion and a comparison of species between habitat types along the way. If you love the outdoors and are wishing to learn more, this is the series for you!

This month’s first event will take place on Saturday, November 9, at Deerfield Island Park from 9 to 10 a.m. and will consist of an in-depth look into the birds that call the Florida Scrub and Coastal Communities home.  This month’s second event will take place on Saturday November 23, at Highlands Scrub Natural Area from 9 to 10 a.m. and will consist of an in-depth look into the flowering plants throughout the Florida Scrub and Pineland habitats.  Participation in each single event is $5 per person ages 10 and up, or you can purchase a series pass for all of the events in the series for $25 per person ages 10 and up. Preregistration and prepayment are required for all events.

Participants are encouraged to wear sunscreen, sturdy closed-toe shoes, long sleeves/pants, and bring drinking water and binoculars. For more information, call Quiet Waters Park at 954-357-5100. To preregister or prepay, call the park at 954-357-5100 or visit

Nature at Night

Explore two of our parks by moonlight this month on Nature at Night Hikes. The first is from 7 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, November 9, at Deerfield Island Park. Preregistration and prepayment is required by calling Quiet Waters Park at 954-357-5100. The second hike is from 6 to 7 p.m. on Friday, November 15 at Long Key Natural Area and Nature Center. Preregistration is required by calling Long Key at 954-357-8797. The fee for both hikes is $5 per person.

Advisory Board Notice

The next meeting of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. on Friday, November 1. The meeting will take place at Long Key Natural Area and Nature Center, 3501 S.W. 130th Ave., Davie, FL 33330; 954-357-8797. While the public is invited to attend, participation in the meeting is limited to the advisory board and staff.

YouTube Spotlight – Airboat Rides at Everglades Holiday Park

Broward County Parks has its own YouTube Channel at Ride through the river of grass at Everglades Holiday ParkWatch our video and see what could be waiting for you next time you visit.

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

Your Opinion Counts!

We’d like to know what you think about our programs and facilities. Please take a moment to tell us how we’re doing by filling out this survey.

Nature Centers of the Broward County Parks and Recreation Division

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.



Secret Woods Nature Center

2701 W. State Rd. 84 Dania Beach



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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

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations in order to participate in programs, services, and activities must contact the Special Populations Section at 954-357-8170 or TTY 954-537-2844 at least five (5) business days prior to the scheduled meeting or event.

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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