Outdoors notebook


The Broward County Parks & Recreation Division

will hold a public participation forum at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Mangrove Hall at Anne Kolb Nature Center, 751 Sheridan St., Hollywood. Park users are invited to provide suggestions, voice concerns and ask questions about recreational needs at all Broward County parks. Call 954-357-8117.


The Florida Park Service will celebrate

International Literacy Day at two South Florida parks Sunday. Visitors will receive free admission at Bahia Honda State Park in the Lower Keys and the Barnacle HIstoric State Park in Miami if they bring a library card, library book, or make a donation of a lightly-used, family-friendly book. Call Bahia Honda at 305-872-9807 or the Barnacle at 305-442-6866.


Compete in the “Land Your Lure” casting competition

Sept. 13 in West Palm Beach for a chance to win $10,000. The contest will be held at the Feast of the Sea seafood festival on the West Palm Beach waterfront from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. The field is limited to 100 competitors. Register at




The South Florida section of the nonprofit group Diveheart

will conduct a scuba adventure program from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 14 at A.D. Barnes swimming pool, 3401 SW 72 Ave., Miami. The event is open to children, adults and military veterans ages 10 and up with disabilities. Preregistration is required by Friday. Call Terri or Hector at 305-598-9688 or email info@orthoproassociates.com.


Make plans to catch fish

in the Mako Owners/Bass Pro Shops Fishing Funament, Sept. 18-21 in Islamorada. Television personality

George Poveromo

will host. Entry fee is $100 per boat. A kickoff party will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at Worldwide Sportsman. Visit www.funaments.com.


The Tracy K Events first annual Charity Dolphin Tournament

has been rescheduled for Sept. 20 at Shake-A-Leg Miami, 2620 S. Bayshore Dr., Coconut Grove. Entry fee is $500 per boat with up to four anglers. Visit


Tournament.com or call 786-429-3193.


Catch and release bass, bonefish, pertmit, redfish, shark, snapper, snook, tarpon and trout

in the “Day on the Bay” Fishing Tournament, to be held Sept. 20 in the waters of Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. Proceeds benefit scholarships for students of horticultural sciences. Entry fee is $70 for adults; $30 for juniors. Call

Anita Fernandez

at 305-248-1117.


Make plans to attend the Florida Keys Birding & Wildlife Festival

, to be held Sept. 23-28. Events will be held in Everglades and Dry Tortugas national parks, including birding field trips, lectures and workshops. Headquarters is Curry Hammock State Park, mile-marker 56.2, U.S. 1 in the middle Keys. Preregistration is strongly recommended. Go to keysbirdingfest.org.


The Hollywood Hills Saltwater Fishing, Science and Social Club

will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 1 at Shenanigan’s East Side Pub, 1300 S. Federal Highway, Dania Beach. Scientists from Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center will discuss the “Seascape of the Northern Florida Reef Tract.” Email professorarthurmariano@gmail.com.


The Monica Burguera Foundation and U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

will conduct a free boating safety course Oct. 4 at the Key Biscayne Community Center. For more information, email mbfBoatingSafety.org. The group will also hold a banquet to honor local citizens involved with promoting boating safety on Oct. 18 at Key Biscayne Yacht Club. Admission is $150. Call 305-398-4609.


The Florida Department of Environmental Protection

will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserve with “Paddle Out Biscayne Bay” beginning at 7 a.m. Oct. 25 out of Pelican Harbor Marina on Miami’s 79th Street Causeway. Participants will paddle 3 miles to Helkers Island for a special event, followed by an after-party from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fee is $35 for a boat ride; $40 for kayaks. Go to www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/sites/Biscayne/40thanniversary.

To our readers

This page is a regular weekly feature focusing on Florida outdoors adventures. Email scocking@MiamiHerald.com.