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November 23, 2015
Fire Management Plan Complete
completion of a new Fire Management Plan (FMP) for Everglades National Park. The FMP has been updated in response to changes in fire management policy and guidance which have evolved since the last FMP was prepared in 1995.

November 17, 2015
SHARK VALLEY, Florida: Shark Valley is hosting a pre-Thanksgiving Bike Ride on Saturday November 21 starting at 4:15 p.m. The ranger-guided ride will last approximately 3 hours and will be limited to 25 participants; please call the visitor center to make a reservation at (305) 221-8776.

November 02, 2015
Deborah LaFogg Docherty November Coe Gallery Exhibit
You can meet and talk to Docherty at an Artist’s Reception open to the public on Saturday, November 7 (between 2-4 p.m.).

October 22, 2015
Homestead National Parks Trolley Partnership Receives National Award
Homestead National Parks Trolley has received the prestigious 2015 National Park Service (NPS) Director’s Partnership Award, given in recognition of the most significant accomplishments achieved by parks and outside groups working together on projects that provide lasting benefits for parks and communities.

October 20, 2015
Enjoy a Healthy Halloween Cycling at Shark Valley
Enjoy a Healthy Halloween Cycling at Shark Valley

October 13, 2015
Volunteers Needed for Historic Nike Missile Program
Calling all Nike veterans and Cold War and military enthusiasts! We need your help! Everglades National Park (Park) houses one of the best preserved relics of the Cold War, a Nike Hercules Missile Base (HM-69).

October 01, 2015
Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks Will Increase Entrance & Camping Fees Beginning October 1
Starting on October 1, Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks will increase entrance fees for visitors in order to fund important maintenance and improvement projects within the park. Everglades and Dry Tortugas have not increased park-wide fees since 1997.

September 18, 2015
Free Park Entrance and Volunteer Opportunities on
In honor of National Public Lands Day on September 26, there will be no entrance fees for all visitors to Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks. Opportunities are being provided to volunteer at Everglades National Park, in the largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands in the United States.

September 08, 2015
Gulf Coast Visitor Center Ranger-Led Canoe Trips
Experienced paddlers are invited to join “Ranger–led Canoe Explorations in the Ten Thousand Islands,” every Sunday through October. The 4 hour trips will begin at 9 a.m. at the Gulf Coast Visitor Center, located at 815 Oyster Bar Lane in Everglades City, Florida 34139. (These Ranger-led canoe trips had previously been offered every Tuesday.)

September 02, 2015
Everglades National Park Hosts Photographer Alan Seelye-James in September
Everglades National Park invites the public to enjoy an exhibit by Alan Seelye-James, who will showcase his photography at the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center Gallery at Everglades National Park during the month of September. An Artist’s Reception is being held on Saturday, September 19 (between 2-4 p.m.).

August 31, 2015
Everglades National Park Finalizes General Management Plan
Everglades National Park announces the release of its final General Management Plan/East Everglades Wilderness Study/Environmental Impact Statement (Final GMP), which provides broad guidance for the next several decades on natural and cultural resource protection, appropriate types of visitor activities, and facility development within the park.

August 30, 2015
Park anounces plans to Reopen August 31
HOMESTEAD, KEY WEST: Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks are preparing to open to visitation following the passage of Tropical Storm Erika. On Monday, August 31, Everglades National Park’s entrance gates and visitor centers will be open to the public at 10 a.m., and concessions will be operational at 10:00 a.m. or shortly after. Concessions at Dry Tortugas National Park will be operational at the start of business on Tuesday, September 1.

August 28, 2015
Everglades announces closures in preparation for Tropical Storm Eria
In the interest of public safety, due to the approach of Tropical Storm Erika, Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks will be closing to visitors at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 29.

August 20, 2015
The National Park Service is turning 99 years old on August 25 and Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks want to give you a present – free admission! The usual entrance fee will be waived for all visitors on August 25. Come experience the beauty of the Everglades, or a very special living history event at Dry Tortugas, depicting what life was like at Fort Jefferson back in the 1860’s. Re-enactors will be at the park from August 25 through 28 and will recreate the experiences of Battery “C” stationed at Fort Jefferson during the Civil War.

August 13, 2015
Temporary Closure of East Everglades Area to Improve Visitor Safety and Curb Vandalism
To ensure visitor safety, the East Everglades Area of Everglades National Park will be temporarily closed to all access from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily, effective immediately. The closure encompasses all East Everglades land and facilities administered by Everglades National Park that are accessible by SW 168 Street and/or SW 237 Avenue in Miami, Florida. This closure is being enacted to ensure visitor safety following recent acts of vandalism, illegal dumping and environmental damage, rendering National Park Service facilities unsafe for visitors.

August 10, 2015
West Side of Palm Key, Frank Key Channel and Carl Ross Key Reopened
Areas managed to maximize nesting success and minimize disturbance to nesting wading birds have been reopened to public access, including the west side of Palm Key, Frank Key Channel and Carl Ross Key. Wildlife biologists have determined that herons, egrets and Roseate Spoonbills have finished nesting in these areas for the season.

July 30, 2015
Paurotis Pond Opened
Paurotis Pond (and the zone beyond the parking area adjacent to the pond), has been reopened after the seasonal closure to protect nesting birds. Visitors may now enjoy open access for fishing, canoeing, and wildlife viewing. Paurotis Pond is located 24 miles from the main park entrance in Homestead.

July 24, 2015
Everglades National Park Hosts Photographer Lloyd Goradesky in August
Everglades National Park invites the public to enjoy an art exhibit of “Gator in the Bay: the World's Largest Gator,” by artist Lloyd Goradesky at the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center Gallery during the month of August. An Artist’s Reception and Art Party is being held on Saturday, August 1 (between 4 - 7 p.m.). Free photography and video workshops are being held each Saturday (between 1 – 3 p.m.). The Florida Everglades 99th Anniversary Event is being held Tuesday, August 25, beginning at 11 a.m., where the artist will provide a presentation about the “Power of Art.” All events are free and family friendly and anyone interested is encouraged to attend.

June 18, 2015
Warden from Democratic Republic of the Congo
Biscayne and Everglades National Parks are hosting Ghislain Somba, a Warden at Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. National Park Service employees are providing Warden Somba with extensive training in natural resources management, visitor and resource protection, wildlife management and interpretation. He is training in the United States for one month.

June 08, 2015
Canoe Explorations – Ten Thousand Islands Gulf Coast Visitor Center Hosts Ranger-Led Canoe Trips Through August
Experienced paddlers are invited to join “Ranger–led Canoe Explorations in the Ten Thousand Islands,” every Tuesday through August, starting June 9. The 4 hour trips will begin at 9 a.m. at the Gulf Coast Visitor Center, located at 815 Oyster Bar Lane in Everglades City, Florida 34139.

June 02, 2015
Park Calling for Flamingo Visitor Services Business Proposals
On Tuesday June 2, 2015, the National Park Service (NPS) released a prospectus calling for business proposals to provide commercial visitor services in the extremely popular Flamingo District and Long Pine Key areas of Everglades National Park.

May 29, 2015
Become an Artist in Residence in the Everglades Applications Due June 15!
Spanning the southern tip of the Florida peninsula and most of Florida Bay, Everglades National Park is the only subtropical wilderness in North America. It is known for its rich wildlife, particularly large wading birds, and it is one of the only place in the world where both alligators and crocodiles coexist. We are pleased to receive applications which may consider the 2016 National Park Service Centennial in some way. AIRIE anticipates connecting the selected 2016 artists with the general public through dynamic outreach events in the Everglades throughout the year.

March 12, 2015
Calusa Days Celebrated at Everglades National Park
Have you ever wondered what life was like in prehistoric south Florida, before window screens, air-conditioning, and bug spray? Come to Calusa Days to find out how the Calusa Indians survived this harsh environment! The event is being held the weekend of March 28 and 29, at the Gulf Coast Visitor Center in Everglades City, Florida. There are many activities for both kids and adults, and all are invited.

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