Celebrate Armed Forces Day
Contact: General Information, 305-242-7700
Contact: Project Mngr Kevin Bolwes Mohr, 305-242-7752
Contact: Media Contact Linda Friar, 305-242-7714
HOMESTEAD, FL: In recognition of Armed Forces Day, Everglades National Park will host a volunteer event at the park's Nike Missile Site. On Saturday, May 19, 2012, support the staff at Everglades in their efforts to preserve one of the best relics of the Cold War era.
The Nike Missile Site was built in 1964 and official military use was terminated in 1979. It is now listed on the U.S. Department of the Interior's National Register of Historic Places. Due to the rapid growth of vegetation in Everglades National Park, regular maintenance is required to prevent damage to the infrastructure.
Volunteer Project: Volunteers will redefine the edges of the concrete launch pads and roads that have slowly been encroached upon by grasses and dirt accumulation. We will be using shovels and grass rakes to remove the debris. Attending volunteers will enjoy a tour of the Nike Missile Site.
Volunteers will meet in the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center parking lot at 8:00am. Be prepared for hot and humid weather. Participants are required to wear long-sleeved shirts, sneakers, and long pants to protect against exposure to sun, stinging insects, poisonwood, and ivy. Please bring a lunch, water, a hat, and sunglasses.
Volunteers coming from the Miami area and northern destinations should take the Florida Turnpike (Route 821) south until it ends merging with U.S.1 at Florida City. Turn right at the first traffic light onto Palm Drive (State Road 9336/SW 344th St.) and follow the signs to the park. The Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center will be on the right.
Did You Know?
Many of the orchids found within the Everglades are "epiphytic," growing on host trees that are used for support. This adaptation allows a variety of plants to grow in an otherwise harsh environment.