Natural Features & Ecosystems


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 environmental factors of south Florida. Learn more about the different Everglades ecosystems at the links below.

Pinelands Trail

NPS photo


Mangrove roots

NPS photo


Alligator swimming in a cypress dome

NPS photo



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