Broward County Parks and Recreation Division has 21 designated natural areas, with some already open to the public and others at various stages of development. These natural areas are important for the indigenous flora and fauna they preserve, including rare and endangered species.
Volunteers are likewise important for the preservation of these historic plant and animal communities. On a regular basis, the Division turns to volunteers to help restore and protect our natural areas by, for instance, helping remove invasive plants that threaten to overrun native habitats.
The next such Natural Area Workday will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 15, at Highlands Scrub Natural Area in Pompano Beach. Participants are required to wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. Long sleeves, hats, and sunscreen are recommended. Gloves, eye protection, and drinking water will be provided.
This 34.27-acre site, formerly known as the Jungle, is located in unincorporated Broward County east of and adjacent to North Dixie Highway just north of East Sample Road. It is considered one of Broward’s last substantial remaining sand pine scrub communities. This rare type of community, unique to Florida, is one of the most imperiled in the state, and only two percent of such habitat remains in Broward County. The “scrub” is home to many rare and endangered species of plants and animals.
WHERE: Highlands Scrub Natural Area
4050 N. Dixie Hwy., Pompano Beach 33064
WHEN: Saturday, December 15, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
WHO: For all ages – volunteers under age 13 may participate when accompanied by a parent/guardian; ages 13 to 17 must have parent/guardian signature on the registration form. All participants must fill out a volunteer registration form prior to participating.
HOW: Preregistration is required by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.