Student Essay Contest
What is special about Everglades National Park?
Read the essays selected as winners of the 2010-2011 Everglades Essay Contest to find out.
Fourth grade students that attend the Shark Valley Day Program have the opportunity to submit one-page essays on the topic of what is special about their national park. Each month a winner is selected from the entries and receives a $50 US Savings Bond. One of the monthly winners is chosen to receive the grand prize of a $500 US Savings Bond. These bonds are graciously provided by Shark Valley Tram Tours.
Please click on the months below to read the winning essays.
May 2011 essay winner (PDF file)
April 2011 essay winner (PDF file)
March 2011 essay winner (PDF file)
February 2011 essay winner (PDF file)
January 2011 essay winner (PDF file)
December 2010 essay winner (PDF file)
November 2010 essay winner (PDF file)
October 2010 essay winner (PDF file)
Did You Know?
Soft-shell turtles may not have the protective hard covering seen on other turtles, but they make up for that with relatively greater speeds in the water. Also, their long noses are well adapted for snorkeling. These amazing animals seem perfectly built for a life in the Everglades!