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''Read & Explore'' kids' event debuts at Bill Sadowski Park & Nature Center

MIAMI (February 23, 2017)

The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, in its efforts to engage children and families in fun, educational, outdoor experiences that enhance their appreciation for nature and the environment, has launched the new Miami EcoAdventures™ kids’ program “Read and Explore,” a collaboration with Miami-Dade Public Library System.

The free monthly program debuts with a reading of Eric Carle’s award-winning children’s book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” on Monday, March 13, 2017, from 11 a.m.-12 p.m., at the Bill Sadowski Park & Nature Center, 17555 SW 79 Ave., Miami. Kids will enjoy story-themed crafts, a caterpillar and butterfly hunt and butterfly garden exploration.

Each month, the park will feature a reading of a specially selected nature-themed children’s book, courtesy of the Palmetto Bay Branch Library; as well as various arts, science and nature activities.

For more information, contact Heather Tedlow at 305-255-4767 or Heather.Tedlow@miamidade.gov and visit www.miamiecoadventures.com.

About Bill Sadowski Park
Bill Sadowski Park and Nature Center offers three distinct habitats within thirty acres; pineland, tropical hardwood hammock, and a drained Everglades slough. The main building houses a live animal exhibit of freshwater fish, arthropods, reptiles and mollusks, including a newly dedicated 822-gallon freshwater aquarium. A nature trail leads visitors through various plant communities to a canal where canoeing and fishing are available. Solution holes and Karst limestone formations are visible along the way. Encompassed within the park grounds are also a native tree arboretum, and a bird watching area. The park is also an observatory site for the Southern Cross Astronomical Society, which conducts free star-gazing programs with telescopes.

About Miami-Dade Parks
Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 270 parks and 13,573 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world. The non-profit Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade supports Miami-Dade Parks’ efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County’s world-class parks system for residents and visitors.