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    Everglades

    National Park Florida

Ranger Guided

Program registration for the 2014-15 school year begins Friday, August 15 at 8:00 AM.

Programs run from October 21, 2014 through April 2015.

Please look for a confirmation letter by October 1. Because the demand for programs generally exceeds available program dates, all requests may not be fulfilled.

 
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Ranger Greg passes out periphyton to 5th grade students at Long Pine Key.
NPS Photo by Katy Raits
 

Everglades Environmental Education Program

The National Park Service seeks to instill in all visitors an appreciation for South Florida's natural areas and to cultivate an awareness of the many challenges they face. Everglades National Park sponsors on-site, curriculum-based education programs for 4th, 5th, and 6th grade classes. As today's students become tomorrow's leaders, we hope that they will be motivated to help solve the problems we face today.

These programs are best suited for local schools within reasonable driving distance to the park. Participation in these programs is free of charge and only available by advance reservation.


Currently, the park offers four main programs:

4th Grade - Shark Valley Day Program

5th & 6th Grade - Royal Palm Day Program

5th & 6th Grade - Loop Road Camp Program

5th & 6th Grade - Hidden Lake Camp Program

All participating teachers are required to attend training workshops before bringing their classes to the park. Workshops give teachers valuable background information and resources for bringing the Everglades into the classroom. The ranger-led program serves as one component of a complete Everglades curriculum.

Download the "Camping Program Teacher's Guide" for 5th and 6th grades.

Download the "Royal Palm Teacher's Guide" for 5th and 6th grades.

Download the "Shark Valley Teacher's Guide" for 4th grade.


Ranger-led programs for other grades may be arranged as a Special Request Program (subject to staffing).

 
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For more information please call the Education Office at (239) 695-4796 or (305) 242-7753 or email us.

 
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This environmental education program is generously supported by grants from Peacock Foundation Inc. and the South Florida National Parks Trust.

Did You Know?

Roseate Spoonbill

The pink coloration of the Roseate Spoonbill comes from a red pigment, related to Vitamin A, found in some crustaceans that they eat. Look for them foraging among the shallows of Everglades National Park.