Nature Tots Program on "Insects" at Parks
DATE: April 24, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Michael Mills
PHONE: 954-357-8115

WHAT: The popular Nature Tots program, now in its 10th year, has been teaching tykes to appreciate the great outdoors for years. The program was the brainchild of a park naturalist in 2003. This year West Lake Park joins Fern Forest Nature Center and Secret Woods Nature Center as a host site.

The one-hour programs, for ages 2 to 4 accompanied by an adult, focus on a different theme each month, with the naturalist in charge 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.

The theme for May is “Insects,” with a program on May 9 at Fern Forest, another on May 21 at West Lake, and one on May 23 at Secret Woods.

Programs run from 10 to 11 a.m. The fee is $5 per child (plus applicable Florida sales tax), and preregistration is required. Programs are on the second Thursday at Fern Forest, the third Tuesday at West Lake, and the fourth Thursday at Secret Woods.

WHERE: Fern Forest Nature Center, 201 Lyons Rd. South, Coconut Creek 33063; 954-357-5198

Secret Woods Nature Center, 2701 W. State Rd. 84, Dania Beach 33312; 954-357-8884

West Lake Park, 1200 Sheridan St., Hollywood 33019; 954-357-5161

WHEN: Thursdays, May 9 (Fern Forest) and May 23 (Secret Woods),
Tuesday, May 21 (West Lake)
10-11 a.m.

WHO: Ages 2-4 accompanied by an adult.

HOW: $5/child (plus applicable Florida sales tax). Preregistration is required.

For further information, call Fern Forest at 954-357-5198, Secret Woods at 954-357-8884, or West Lake at 954-357-5161. The nature centers are accessible via Broward County Transit Routes #31 and #42 (Fern Forest), #6 (Secret Woods), and #12 (West Lake). 

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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 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.

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