Natural Features & Ecosystems

Wading birds

Everglades National Park was designated to protect the extraordinary biodiversity of life supported by its ecosystems.

NPS photo by Rodney Cammauf

With the dedication of Everglades National Park in 1947, a new precedent was set in the growing conservation movement. For the first time in American history, a large tract of wilderness was permanently protected not for its scenic value, but for the benefit of the unique diversity of life it sustained.

The mosaic of habitats found within the Greater Everglades Ecosystem supports an assemblage of plant and animal species not found elsewhere on the planet. While nine distinct habitats have been identified, the landscape remains dynamic. Ecosystems remain in a constant state of flux, subject to the elements of south Florida.

Learn more about Everglades ecosystems through the links below.

Hardwood Hammock
Coastal Lowlands
Freshwater Slough
Freshwater Marl Prairie
Marine and Estuarine

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