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The Circle of Life Experience in Snyder Park

The Circle of Life is a natural destination designed for connection and empowerment. Experience a diversity of ways to live sustainably and embody wellness while building community with nature and neighbors. 

Located in the city of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Snyder Park invites city dwellers to get to know the ecosystem and wild plants native to the area. Heal the Planet leads monthly free, guided nature tours through the tropical hardwood hammocks of the park, as well as workshops and classes for students of all ages in the park’s Butterfly Garden, Edible Landscape Garden, and Tropical Food Forest. 

Snyder Park also has playgrounds shaded by live oak trees, sand volleyball courts, disc golf, bike trails, and is most famous for it’s bark park and big, blue lake for dogs to swim in. Visit Heal the Planet in Snyder Park to learn more about our programs and how you can get the most out of your Experience!

The Circle of Life Experience in Snyder Park got it’s name because of it’s emphasis on connecting humans with the cycles of nature that provide the blueprint to live a more regenerative life. When you’re in the park, look around to see all the ways the system was designed and created using previously discarded items that are now utilized as something beautiful and new.

From learning how to transform household waste into energy through composting to gaining useful skills in how to grow food sustainably in the urban environment to live a healthier, more vibrant and connected life, Heal the Planet is a resource to you in Snyder Park to start living a sustainable, natural life.

Heal the Planet’s Edible Landscape Garden

Upon entering Snyder Park, look to your right to see Heal the Planet’s satellite office and edible landscape garden. The garden is a demonstration site to tell a new story of how we design urban landscapes, from front yards to city parks. Stroll through the edible landscape garden and gain inspiration on how to transform your home environment into a beautiful, productive, and sustainable urban oasis. Be sure to take note of the abundant edible and medicinal perennial plants perfectly suited for our home in the tropics. Join us for one of our educational programs in the park to learn how to take cuttings from our garden to plant and grow in yours!

Education in Nature – Objective

Demonstrate ideal conditions for growing food to residents and visitors of Broward County.
Convey the abundance of yields gained from a food forest system – local food and medicine, sustainable soil building, habitat for biodiversity, wide-spread resource management, carbon fixation, environmental stewardship.
Bring the permaculture principles to life through skill-building workshops and visual tools.
Teach sustainable soil building and waste reduction by utilizing resources in the local environment – sargassum seaweed, food waste, local mulch & biomass.
Educate and empower visitors to utilize waste as a resource – teach how to catch and store energy and repurpose waste through various composting methods.
Build community in the commons to connect humans with habitat and engage residents with hands-on environmental steward practices.
Inspire visitors to create productive, sustainable, affordable and resilient backyard systems.  

Education in Nature – Programs

Check our up-to-date schedule for which programs are featured this month in Snyder Park.  If you are interested in a certain program listed below, please contact our team.  We offer private classes for groups.

Fall in Snyder Park Dates:

Harvest Moon Tree Giveaway – 9/14  10am
Heal the Planet Service Learning – 10/5  10am-12pm
Family Nature Tour – 10/12  10am-11am
Tropical Tree Care Workshop – 10/13  10am-12pm
SEED at Snyder – 10/19  10am-1pm
Heal the Planet Service Learning – 11/2  10am-12pm
Family Nature Tour – 11/9  10am-11am
Sustainable Soil Workshop – 11/10  10am-12pm
SEED at Snyder – 11/16   10am-1pm
Family Nature Tour – 12/14  10am-11am
Permaculture Workshop – 12/15  10am-12pm
Winter Solstice SEED at Snyder – 12/21  10am-1pm

Registration & Inquires: (954) 565-2950

Nature-Based Learning for Kids:

Bioregional Explorations – “Embrace Your Place”
Permaculture 101
Life in the Soil
Beneficial Bugs
Patterns in Nature
Plant-Based Nutrition
Sustainable Solutions
Propagation Imagination
The Food Forest Garden
The Tropical Backyard Garden

Skill-Building Workshops for Adults:

Sustainable Soil Building
Simple Plant Propagation
Tropical Tree Care
Composting / Transforming Waste into Energy
Permaculture Design & Principles
Whole Systems Pest and Disease Management
Creating and Caring for your Tropical, Edible, Medicinal Backyard Garden

Which event is for me?

Heal the Planet Service Learning in Snyder
Like to get your hands dirty? Meet us in Snyder Park’s gardens on the 1st Saturday of the month for service learning where you’ll earn service hours while gaining hands-on experience in creating, caring for, and harvesting food from our edible landscape garden and tropical food forest.

Nature Tours
Looking for more of a leisurely, educational stroll through the new Circle of Life Experience in Snyder Park? Our guided nature tours will take you through the butterfly garden, edible landscape garden, food forest, and wild spaces of the Snyder Park. Meet under the front office pavilion at 10AM on the 2nd Saturday of each month. They are family friendly, engaging, and an excellent opportunity to experience nature thriving in the urban environment.

Skill-Building Workshops
Want to learn how to live sustainably and grow food organically in the urban environment? Join us for our skill-building workshops on the 2nd Sunday of each month.

This fall’s line-up includes:
OCTOBER 13 – Tropical Tree Care – how to plant, place, care, and harvest
NOVEMBER 10 – Life in the Soil – how to build soil and grow your own fertilizer!
DECEMBER 15 – Permaculture 101 – how to work with nature rather than against it, an introduction to the whole systems approach to living and growing

SEED at Snyder

8-17 years old? SEED in the park on the 3rd Saturday of the month is for you! Heal the Planet’s Sustainable Energy Education program taught to over 9,000 students in Broward County Schools has now arrived for the first time in our park system! Kids will enjoy gardening, food demos, yoga, and mindfulness in nature.

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE! SEE FORM BELOW TO SIGN UP.
Supported by the city of Fort Lauderdale Parks & Recreation Department, Snyder Park, and Heal the Planet.

MEET UNDER THE FRONT OFFICE PAVILION IN SNYDER PARK AT 10AM FOR ALL EVENTS
Snyder Park is located at:
3299 SW 4th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315

Any questions? Reach out to us here or at sadiqa@healtheplanet.com

See you this fall in Snyder Park!

The Food Forest Garden

“To forget how to dig the Earth and tend the soil is to forget ourselves”

– Mahatma Gandhi

Why Food Forests?

  • Most efficient way to grow food in a tropical climate- least amount of energy for greatest amount of yield
  • Maximizes limited space in the urban environment through stacking, layering, and succession
  • Provides a living classroom to empower residents with valuable skills in self-sufficiency and sustainability
  • Demonstrates how to transform waste into energy
  • Promotes biodiversity and improves whole system stability
  • Creates food security and community resilience
  • Long-term food solution with little upkeep

Benefits of Urban Food Forest Gardens

  • Under-utilized city lots provide living classrooms and learning spaces to promote health, wellness, and community well-being in the commons
  • Resource sharing: knowledge, skills, trees, seeds, cuttings, fruits, vegetables
  • Local, organic food and medicine accessible to underserved populations
  • Inclusive meeting area where people of all backgrounds and ages can learn where food comes from and engage with their local food system
  • Habitat for biodiversity, urban wildlife, and local pollinators
  • Demonstration site to empower local residents with valuable skills for community resilience and food security – especially during hurricane season and as a coastal community facing a changing climate
  • Reduces pollution and improves local air quality by sequestering carbon
  • Improves neighborhood aesthetics and creates deepened sense of belonging
  • Communicates the importance of environmental connection and conservation by telling the story of our local bioregion and magnificent ecological system

Elements of a Food Forest

  • Resilient, regenerative system that works with nature rather than against it to obtain multiple yields
  • Closed loop system provides primary nutrition needs
  • Mainly perennial plants, self seed year after year
  • Self-renewing soils with fungi, microbes, and well developed life in the soil
  • Stable, diverse ecosystem with beneficial connections
  • Nitrogen fixing trees & ground covers
  • Whole systems pest and disease management
  • Abundant plant communities and healthy guilds

The Giving Garden

The Giving Garden is a program for children run at Snyder Parkin Fort Lauderdale, FL to encourage self-reliance and showcase best practices for growing, composting, seeding, and maintaining a healthy food garden and surrounding pollinator garden in a home or school environment. The program includes six modules on sustainable agriculture taking the students from seeding, through various growing methods, and finishing with composting.

Snyder Park is a Broward county run park with nature trails that take you through a tropical hardwood hammock ecosystem, native to the area. The park also has playgrounds, sand volley ball courts, disc golf, a dog swimming area, and much more. The Heal the Planet Giving Garden has 5 raised beds, a large butterfly garden, and shade house for propagating plants all located in the park.

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