PBC Parks Provides Inclusive Recreation Opportunities and Experiences for People with Disabilities

International Day of People with Disabilities, celebrated on December 3, promotes and increases awareness and understanding of disability issues and mobilizes support for the rights, well-being, and acceptance of people with disabilities. This year’s overarching theme is “Transformative solutions for inclusive development” in the areas of employment, reducing inequity and sports.

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Parks Offer Ways to Prevent Diabetes through Physical Activity

November is National Diabetes Month. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, over 37 million people in the United States have diabetes and over a third have prediabetes. There are two types of diabetes. Type 1 is a chronic autoimmune disease that attacks the cells that make insulin. Type 2 is a metabolic disease, where the body does not respond to insulin properly, increasing blood sugar levels in the body. However, healthy changes and habits can help prevent diabetes, like spending time outdoors, exercising regularly and increasing physical activity.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Robert Ullom

Robert Ullom, Volunteer

Robert Ullom has been an animal care volunteer at Okeeheelee Nature Center (ONC) for the past four years. He assists with the nature center’s normal operating procedures by taking care of both the indoor and outdoor education animals. This includes all types of animal husbandry, such as feeding and enclosure maintenance. However, Robert goes above and beyond by providing animal enrichment for all of the education animals. This helps the animal’s wellbeing by stimulating their senses, improving their overall nutrition and enhancing their physical health. Robert also serves as an environmental education docent and helps with the programs by sharing his own expertise on reptiles and native Florida vegetation to our visitors. Currently, Robert is a mentor for our teen volunteers by helping them with their annual research projects that are required for the Okee-Teen program.

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More than 1,300 Observations and 600 Species Recorded During PBC Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz

During the month of September, the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department (PBC Parks) participated in the national Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz campaign, which is aimed at raising public awareness about the importance of pollinators and the role parks play in advancing pollinator health and native habitat.

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