DATE: July 15, 2014
MEDIA CONTACT: Michael Mills
WHAT: BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. – In early June the Parks and Recreation Division premiered its eNaturalist Program with an introduction to the program presented by an in-person naturalist at Tall Cypress Natural Area in Coral Springs. Since then, the self-guided, QR-code-based hikes have attracted visitors not just from the tricounty South Florida region, but also from areas as far-flung as Baltimore, Maryland; Phoenix, Arizona; Roswell, New Mexico; and Seattle, Washington, as well as Jacksonville and Orlando.
It works this way: Signs posted along trails through select natural areas feature QR (quick response) codes that provide enhanced information on the nature you’re experiencing, including relevant videos. Just use your cellphone or tablet (and a free application you can download) to scan the codes. The visually impaired can also participate, as Braille signs provide Web addresses that lead to audio descriptions of the natural area’s flora and fauna.
The next two natural areas that will participate are Hillsboro Pineland in Coconut Creek, which will have its kickoff event on Saturday, July 26 from 9 to 11 a.m., and then Woodmont in Tamarac, which will have its kickoff on Saturday, August 30, also from 9 to 11 a.m.
Hikes are just one component of the program, which also includes Web pages and other resources.
WHERE: Hillsboro Pineland Natural Area
5591 N.W. 74th Place, Coconut Creek, FL 33073
WHEN: Saturday, July 26, 9-11 a.m.
WHO: For all ages.
For further information, call North Broward Natural Areas at 954-357-5113.
Recreation. Preservation. Education.
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 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.