Everglades Nocturnal Encounters
Contact: Linda Friar, 305-242-7714
Night owls, join park rangers and special guests for two nights of family-fun nocturnal encounters in Everglades National Park. Find out about ranger careers and embark on a ranger guided night-hike! Nocturnal Encounters in the Everglades will begin at 7:00 p.m in the Ernest Coe Visitor Center.
Friday, February 19, 7:00 – 7:45 PM, Dangerous Duties: Meet an Everglades National Park Law Enforcement Ranger and find out about the duties they carry out each and every day, from enforcing park regulations to protecting visitors, wildlife and park habitats. "It’s a dangerous job, but somebody’s gotta do it!"
Friday, March 19, 7:00 – 8:30 PM: Adventures, Into the Wild: View a half-hour reality show produced by WPBT2. Into the Wild: An Everglades National Park Adventure, features Miami’s own Roberts family as they embark, despite some reservations, on their first ever Everglades camping experience! After previewing Into the Wild, join Ranger Rudy for a 50-minute guided walk along the Anhinga Trail, a ½ mile board walk trail where you’ll seek out night active wildlife and identify the sounds of surrounding hoots and grunts.
Programs are free. Free popcorn and juice provided. Meet at the Ernest Coe Visitor Center off of State Road 9336, nine miles SW of Homestead. While there, check out the interactive exhibits, including a life-like alligator hole. For more information call Everglades National Park at 305-242-7700.
Directions: Visitors coming from the Miami area and points north 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. Visitors driving north from the Florida Keys should turn left on Palm Drive in Florida City and follow the signs to the park.
Did You Know?
A pair of endangered wood storks need about 440 pounds of fish during a breeding season to feed themselves and their young. Everglades National Park serves as an important nursery ground for raising their chicks.