Snyder Park Programs
Heal the Planet’s Edible Landscape Garden
Upon entering Snyder Park, look to your right to see Heal the Planet’s satellite office and organic 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.
Snyder Park Dates:
Nature Tours – 10/10 10am
Service Learning – 10/17 10am
Nature Tours – 11/14 10am
Service Learning – 11/21 10am
Nature Tours – 12/12 10am
Service Learning – 12/19 10am
Nature-Based Learning for Kids:
Bioregional Explorations – “Embrace Your Place”
Life in the Soil
Patterns in Nature
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.
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.
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 volleyball 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 a shade house for propagating plants all located in the park.
If you wish to participate in our program, please complete the form below.