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Innovative programming to promote education in parks

Broward County Parks and Recreation's STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) in Parks program utilizes a student's natural curiosity to help address county environmental issues. By combining dedicated teachers, engaged students, and knowledgeable park naturalists, Broward County Parks are able to create experiences that allow students to place a higher value on their local parks and environmental education initiatives. 

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Broward County Parks and Recreation STEAM program is committed to providing research-based, experiential programming to patrons of all ages to enhance public understanding of the need for long-term, resilient stewardship of our collective natural heritage.


To provide innovative programming to encourage investments in renewable energy, sustainable practices, and environmental protection, and cultivating community culture, arts, recreation, and life-long learning.

The partnership with the Broward County Public School Board allows the STEAM in Parks program to share in the school board's mission of educating all students to reach their highest potential. Students and teachers can do this through two programs: Parks in Schools and Schools in Parks.

Parks in Schools Programs written by our parks' environmental educators have been preapproved by Broward County Public Schools' STEM department for use by teachers and include coverage of appropriate Florida Department of Education Standards for Science, Social Studies, English Language Arts, among others.

Schools in Parks Schools visit parks for STEAM field trips. Through this experiential approach, students learn how to detect environmental challenges facing natural resource managers. STEAM field trips focus on a variety of skill sets, including problem-solving, circumscription of a perceived problem, observation and quantitative measurement, formulation of a hypothesis, and more research-based proficiencies. 

For more information about programs, contact John Pipoly at