Our Backyard Wilderness Mural Dedication Ceremony

The installation of “Our Backyard Wilderness”, the ceramic relief tile wall, has been completed! This artwork is not only be a statement piece of all that we do at the SNC, but also educational. Fifty different animals are depicted in the mural and visitors young and old can have fun seeing if they can find them all. 
The dedication ceremony is to be held on Tuesday, September 30th at 10 am. The Center will be closed for the morning and this event is by invitation only. All of our current members and donors to the project will be invited.  If you are unsure if your membership is current, please call Rebecca at 954-752-9453 to confirm. 
Parking for the event will be at the Dog Park parking lot across the street. Parking on site is for individuals who are handicapped. 
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(not to scale)

From A Child’s Perspective

Most of us remember spending our lazy childhood days of summer playing outside all day returning only to grab a bite for lunch or a popsicle to cool off. We were relatively free to experience our natural world through exploration in a vacant lot, playground, field or stream. We were not afraid to reach out and touch creatures that we found and really observe them up close.  Our only concern was running home before the street lights came on and before dinner was on the table.

Unfortunately, that is not the case for most children these days. It is widely accepted in the medical community that unstructured outdoor play has many physical, cognitive and social benefits. Reduced obesity and stress, higher IQ’s and creativity, less aggressiveness and increased happiness are just a few of the benefits children and adults derive from submersion and immersion in nature. However, most parents are hesitant to let their kids experience this kind of freedom. Concerns over safety, busy schedules and lack of natural areas to explore contribute to this “nature deficient.”

 But, we can still experience our natural world without fear.  Florida still has many areas in which to immerse ourselves. Take some time this summer to get out and enjoy a walk around your neighborhood, visit a local or national park or come and experience what the Sawgrass Nature Center has to offer. You may be surprised what is in your own backyard wilderness.

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