Long Pine Key Campground Closed
Due to improvements to park roads and parking lots, the reopening of the Long Pine Key Campground will be delayed due to paving work. It will reopen mid-December. Those desiring to camp will be able to utilize the Flamingo Campground instead. More »
Annual Chekika Bicycle Rodeo and Safety Fair February 23
Contact: Samantha Towery, 305-233-2336
Contact: General Park Information, 305-242-7700
Contact: Mary Plumb, 305-242-7714
HOMESTEAD, Florida:Everglades National Park is pleased to host a "Bicycle Rodeo and Safety Fair." The bike rodeo is a one-day training event for young bicycle riders designed to prevent bicycle-related accidents and injuries.
WHAT IS A BICYCLE RODEO?
RIDE THE BICYCLE SAFETY COURSE
HERE ARE THE DETAILS!!!
· What?Bicycle Rodeo and Safety Fair
A "Bicycle Rodeo" provides an opportunity for young bicyclists to practice and develop bicycle safety skills that will help them to become better bicyclists and avoid typical crashes. Youngsters are able to demonstrate their bicycle skills in a safe, fun, and noncompetitive atmosphere.
In addition to the Bike Rodeo, Everglades firefighters will be on hand to sign children up as Junior Firefighters. Youngsters will have the opportunity to complete a task book with fire crews and find out what it takes to be a wildland firefighter. Items in the task book include turning on a fire hose, carrying a fire pack, and trying on wildland firefighting uniforms. Upon completion of the Junior Firefighter program, each student receives a special patch for their participation.
Other agencies will be in attendance and will be staffing various safety stations throughout the day.
Chekika Picnic Area has four large, covered picnic pads and five grills so families are encouraged to bring a lunch and enjoy the park for the afternoon. There are two nature trails in the area that provide excellent viewing opportunities for Everglades wildlife.
Fees and Directions: This is a fee free event.
Physical Address: 24200 SW 160th Street, Miami, FL
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Did You Know?
The “high and dry” tree islands of the Everglades are called tropical hardwood hammocks. The park marks a significant edge of the northern limits of many subtropical plants and the southern limits of many temperate plants. This provides quite a unique and beautiful landscape.