Give a book, take a book at West Jupiter Recreation Center’s “Little Free Library”

DSC_0007.jpgVisitors to Palm Beach County’s West Jupiter Recreation Center now have the opportunity to “give a book and take a book” from the newly-installed, vibrant and colorful Little Free Library located right outside the entrance of the Recreation Center.

Nicknamed “Mr. Scott’s Little Free Library” after maintenance worker Scott Lillian who’s undertaking the job of managing and upkeeping the Little Free Library, the former Palm Beach Post Newspaper box was transformed into a box that hosts a variety of books for all ages, from children to adults. The Little Free Library is currently stocked with titles that include “Where the Wild Things Are”,Toning the Sweep” and “Facts of Life”.

DSC_0004.jpg“If their children are playing on the playground or in a program and they’re waiting for their children, they can sit and read and entertain themselves,” said Mr. Scott.

Kids and adults can take a book for free, and either bring it back for others to read, or leave a book of their own, to keep it stocked with a constant supply of books. The Little Library has two goals – to encourage literacy and reading, and to introduce parents and children to the recreation center.

There’s also a convenience factor in utilizing a Little Free Library. As Mr. Scott explained, “I find it to be great for children who can’t go to libraries, that it’s not local for them.”

There are also Little Free Libraries located at four additional Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation facilities – Westgate Recreation Center in West Palm Beach, West Boynton Recreation Center in Boynton Beach, the Therapeutic Recreation Complex located in John Prince Park in Lake Worth, and more recently, Lake Worth West Park.

This project is a result of a partnership with the Children’s Services Council and Leadership Palm Beach County, and is sponsored by The Palm Beach Post, Jupiter Signarama, ideabar, and W.M. Behn & Sons Boatbuilders.

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Okeeheelee Nature Center Welcomes Specialty Camps, Field Trips

Did you know that our Nature Centers are the perfect field trip and camp destinations?  Okeeheelee Nature Center recently hosted a week-long specialty camp, where kids canoed, built bird houses, interacted with birds and deer that live at the Nature Center, and more. During a field trip to Okeeheelee, Green Cay or Daggerwing Nature Centers, kids can enjoy some of the same interactive and educational activities, like owl pellet dissection and animal encounters.

Okeeheelee Nature Center is operated by the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department. We operate more than 80 regional, district, community, beach, and neighborhood parks, spanning several thousand acres. Our mission is to make the quality of life for Palm Beach County residents and visitors better by providing diverse, safe and affordable recreation services, welcoming parks, and enriching social and cultural experiences. This is achieved by promoting wellness, fostering environmental stewardship, contributing economic value, and by improving our community every day for this and future generations.

Visit pbcParks.com for more information.

After School kids help plant garden at West Jupiter Recreation Center

Since February, kids in West Jupiter Recreation Center’s after school program have helped revive and maintain a garden filled with tomatoes, herbs, onions, peppers, strawberries, and more delicious and nutritious fruits and vegetables!

The project was made possible using grant funds from the Walmart Foundation and National Recreation and Park Association. It teaches principles of the Florida Department of Health’s “5-2-1-0 Let’s Go!” initiative, which includes five or more fruits and vegetables a day, and one of more hour of physical activity.

West Jupiter Recreation Center is operated by the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department. We operate more than 80 regional, district, community, beach, and neighborhood parks, spanning several thousand acres. Our mission is to make the quality of life for Palm Beach County residents and visitors better by providing diverse, safe and affordable recreation services, welcoming parks, and enriching social and cultural experiences. This is achieved by promoting wellness, fostering environmental stewardship, contributing economic value, and by improving our community every day for this and future generations.

For more about the garden project, watch this video.