Planet Earth is home to billions of humans, animals, insects, and more. And on April 22, many people across the globe celebrate our natural home as part of Earth Day. Earth Day is about respecting and appreciating our planet and all of its inhabitants, but we like to encourage these practices throughout April and the rest of the year. So, if you spend too much time in an office or looking down at your phone, take some time this month and connect with nature. You don't have to wait until Earth Day to do it, as we have a variety of programs in our parks to help you appreciate Mother Earth.
Get your little ones excited about nature at programs like Nature Tots at Secret Woods, Fern Forest Nature Center, Miramar Pineland, and West Lake Park and EcoSprouts and Knee-High Naturalist at Long Key Natural Area and Nature Center, designed for pre-school age children.
Older children and adults can volunteer to clean up our parks at our EcoAction Days, or explore the waterways at West Lake Park's Basic Kayak Class or Moonlight Paddle. Or stop by our natural areas like Tall Cypress and Hillsboro Pineland to get a glimpse of wildlife in their natural habitats.
Earth Month Events
This year, from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, Fern Forest Nature Center (954-357-5198) in Coconut Creek will present an Earth Day Program, free and for all ages. It will include hands-on family activities.
Then, from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday, April 22, Anne Kolb Nature Center (954-357-5161) in Hollywood will host an Earth Day Hike. This guided program will take participants out on one of the park's mangrove trails to learn about this unique ecosystem and its inhabitants. The cost is $3 per person, and no preregistration is required.
On Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to noon, Deerfield Island Park in Deerfield Beach will coordinate a belated Earth Day Waterway Cleanup. The event, now in its sixth year, attracts volunteers willing to work on and around the island to recover and dispose of the debris that inevitably accumulates on the busy Intracoastal Waterway and in the park's marina. Anyone over the age of 6 is welcome to take part, although preregistration is requested by the day before the cleanup by calling 954-357-5113 or emailing KHendrickson@Broward.org. Bring your own kayak or paddleboard, or rent one from an onsite vendor.
Earth Day itself will also mark the end of an ongoing initiative at Miramar Pineland called 100 Bags for the Earth, which challenges volunteers to collect a hundred bags of invasive (exotic, non-native) plants from throughout the park. Call the park at 954-357-8776 for details.