The purpose of this meetup group is to communicate exciting events, outings, classes, volunteer opportunities, and community programs. We welcome you to join us at the Anne Kolb Nature Center for events you may be interested in sharing with like minded friends.
The Friends of the Anne Kolb Nature Center is a non-profit organization whose dedicated volunteers work to assist park staff in educating and enhancing the visitor experience at Anne Kolb Nature Center/ West Lake Park and Hollywood North Beach.
The nature center was named for the late County Commissioner Anne Kolb, a former award-winning journalist who in 1974 had become the first woman elected to the Broward County Commission. Before her death in July 1981, Kolb had been an active environmentalist with major accomplishments: leading the fight for the 1977 Land Use Plan; helping pass a platting ordinance that tightened government control over future development; directing a successful campaign to place a building moratorium on 61,000 acres in southeast Broward; and persuading the Commission to approve an Urban Wilderness Park System to preserve endangered lands for future generations. She was also instrumental in saving her namesake park's coastal mangrove wetland from development. Kolb's efforts paid off, and in 1990 the acquisition and plans for the preservation, enhancement, and public accessibility of West Lake received the prestigious Take Pride in America Award, which was presented in a ceremony at the White House Rose Garden.
When the Anne Kolb Nature Center opened on February 10, 1996, it was the culmination of a lengthy process that involved many years of planning and development. Today, the nature center complex is a 1,501-acre coastal mangrove wetland that's home to a wide variety of plants and animals, including some threatened and endangered species. Five extensive boat trails offer access to this wilderness area for sightseeing and fishing (no boats that use fossil fuels are allowed). Trail maps are available at the visitor center. The nature center is part of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail.