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May 2013 Nearby Nature
Broward County > Parks > The Latest > May 2013 Nearby Nature
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May Is Water Safety Awareness Month
Think Greenery
Holiday Fun
Find Nature’s Paradise
Double, Double Toil and Trouble…
BYOK (Bring Your Own Kayak)
Saddle Up
More Summer Camps
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

May Is Water Safety Awareness Month

It’s also the month SWIM Central marks a significant milestone – 2.5 million water-safety lessons taught since the program was established in 1999. More than 400,000 children have participated in this nationally recognized water-safety program, which has long been identified as “Broward County Commission’s Primary Resource and Referral Service for Available Swim Programs in Cooperation With Various Cities and Nonprofit Organizations.”

Drowning is the number-one killer of children under the age of 4 throughout the United States. Since its inception, SWIM Central has aimed to reduce the number of drowning incidents in Broward County. The solution has been to provide up to 10 water-safety education lessons per year to children who are enrolled in public schools, day-care centers, and preschools throughout Broward County.

As it has grown, SWIM Central has evolved into more than water-safety education classes for schoolchildren. With the introduction of program mascot Sandy Pelican, SWIM Central has become more active in community events that promote drowning prevention, sending representatives to provide on-site water-safety presentations at schools and day-care centers. This expands the program’s reach beyond those 30,000 children who annually receive in-water instruction.

This summer, with support from its partner the S.W.I.M.S. Foundation – other funding partners include the Children’s Services Council of Broward County and the School Board of Broward County – SWIM Central will launch the SWIMS Summer Program in several pools throughout the county, providing additional water-safety, CPR, first aid, and swimming instruction for children ages 7 to 13.

For more information, call SWIM Central at 954-357-7946.

Think Greenery

Looking for some plants to spruce up your home landscape? Look no further than the Broward County Plant Affair. The popular event – co-sponsored by the Plantation Historical Society and the GFWC Plantation Woman’s Club – takes place the weekend of May 4 and 5 at Plantation Heritage Park, where you’ll find a plant show and sale with up to 30 vendors. Among the offerings: native plants, bonsai, orchids, cyclamens, bougainvillea, and bromeliads, as well as gardening supplies and porch and patio items. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. For more information, call Betty Cobb at 954-797-2722 or 954-581-6464, or the park at 954-357-5135, ext. 0. Plantation Heritage is accessible via Broward County Transit Route #30.

For a greater emphasis on indigenous plants, there’s the Go Native in Broward County Plant Sale, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at Secret Woods Nature Center. Native plant nurseries and vendors will display and sell plants native to South Florida, as well as plants conducive to butterfly and wildlife gardening. For more information, call the nature center at 954-357-8884. Secret Woods is accessible via Broward County Transit Route #6.

Holiday Fun

Two major holidays this month provide opportunities for a fun outing in a park: Mother’s Day, on Sunday, May 12, and Memorial Day, on Monday, May 27. All Broward County Parks will be open their regularly scheduled hours (except Deerfield Island Park and the Markham Target Range, both of which are normally closed on Mondays).

Shelters and indoor facilities of all sizes are offered for rent. Reservations are required, however, so call now to check availability. All shelters have picnic tables, most have grills, and many also have water, electricity, and restrooms. Amenities at indoor facilities vary. Freestanding picnic tables are also available on a first-come, first-served basis throughout most of our parks. For more information, visit our Website. Enjoy your holiday in the park!

Find Nature’s Paradise

Learn how to navigate Broward County’s remaining pockets of nature – many of them located in our parks – when the Anne Kolb Nature Center offers a new program called Become an Expert Explorer. Participants in the program, which runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, will learn tools and tips for discovering nature’s treasures. The fee is $2/person. For more information, call the park at 954-357-5161. Anne Kolb is accessible via Broward County Transit Route #12.

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, May 5, 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.

BYOK (Bring Your Own Kayak)

Wanted: Kayakers to help clean up the shoreline of Deerfield Island Park, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 4. To make things interesting, pretend you’re on a Kayak “Treasure” Hunt, complete with “treasure-hunting supplies” you’ll retrieve when you arrive at the park’s marina. Prizes will be awarded for the most unusual finds. Treasure hunters ages 18 and up are encouraged to bring a hat, gloves, and plenty of drinking water. Preregistration is required by calling Quiet Waters Park at 954-357-5100. Deerfield Island is accessible via Broward County Transit Routes #48 and #50.

Saddle Up

Put your horse sense to good use when Tradewinds Park offers its popular annual Equestrian Summer Camps. The program, for ages 9 through 16, runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting on June 10 and ending on August 15. (There is no camp July 1-4.)

This year the program introduces four levels of camp. The Buckaroos Day Camp consists of one-day sessions, each including riding instruction, riding time, grooming, and saddling. The fee is $75 per day plus sales tax, and the camp is limited to 12 campers per session. This camp is offered on June 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, and 20.

The Trotters Mini-Camp is offered by two-day session, on June 24-25 and 26-27, and July 8-9 and 10-11. Activities include the above, plus games and horse care/maintenance. The fee is $150 plus sales tax for each two-day session, and camps are limited to 12 campers.

Trailblazers Week Camp adds intermediate riding instruction and tack/equipment to the list of activities and costs $300 plus sales tax per four-day sessions. Sessions run July 15-18, July 22-25, and July 29-August 1. There is a limit of 10 campers/session.

English riding and advanced riding instruction are added to the above-listed activities for Horsemasters Advanced Camp, which takes place in four-day sessions August 5-8 and August 12-15. The fee is $400 plus sales tax per session; sessions are limited to eight campers; and the Trailblazers Week Camp is a prerequisite.

Class size is limited and early registration is recommended. Fees must be paid and a release and waiver of liability signed at registration. Children must provide their own lunches and refreshments. Long pants and closed-toe shoes are required. Participants should also bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a towel.

For more information, call the stables at 954-357-8720. Tradewinds is accessible via Broward County Transit Route #34.

More Summer Camps

These camps don’t begin until June, but space is limited and preregistration is required, so check on available spots now.

· Fern Forest Nature Detectives – Fern Forest Nature Center – Weekdays, June 24-28; July 15-19 – 9 a.m.-noon – For ages 8-11 – $75/child – 954-357-5198

· Science Eye Safari Camp – Long Key Nature Center – Weekdays, June 17-21, 24-28; July 8-12; July 29-Aug. 2 – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. – For ages 7-12 – $300/child – 954-680-7977

· Summer Sports Camp – Tennis Center at C.B. Smith Park – Weekdays, June 10-14, 17-21, 24-28; July 1-5, 8-12, 15-19, 22-26; July 29-Aug. 2; Aug. 5-9, 12-16 – Full days (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) or mornings only (8:30 a.m.-noon), on both a daily and weekly basis – For ages 6-14 – $35-$140 depending on option – 954-868-6100

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.

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

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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