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Join Everglades National Park in: “Rolling Towards Restoration, One Tire at a Time!’’ Volunteer Event

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Date: July 5, 2011
Contact: Linda Friar, 305-242-7714
Contact: Cerisa Swanberg, 305-242-7040

Join Everglades National Park in: “Rolling Towards Restoration, One Tire at a Time!’’ Volunteer Event

Homestead, FL: Over a hundred tires have been illegally dumped near the Chekika District, in the northeastern corner of the Everglades National Park. These abandoned tires are an unsightly feature in the Everglades River of Grass. Come help restore the Everglades in a continuation of the removal and staging of these tires into trailers to be hauled away.
 
Meet at the Chekika entrance gate at 8:00am on Saturday, July 9, 2011. The early morning will be the most ideal working conditions for removing the tires and any other associated trash. Be prepared for hot, buggy, and humid conditions. Bring plenty of water, snacks and food, and sun protection. We require volunteers to wear closed toe shoes, long pants, and long-sleeved shirts.
 
All are invited. To volunteer, show up or RSVP to Cerisa Swanberg at (305) 242-7040. Feel free to contact Cerisa if you have questions.
Directions: Physical Address - 24200 SW 160th Street, Miami, FL
Chekika is located about 36 miles from downtown Miami and 18 miles from Homestead, Florida. It is located on the far western end of SW 168 th St.
To get to Chekika from Miami, take the Dolphin Expressway (State Road 836) to the Palmetto Expressway (State Road 826) or the Homestead Extension of Florida's Turnpike or the US 1. Driving south, exit the Palmetto (or the Turnpike or US 1) onto Kendall Drive (SW 88th Street), and go west to Krome Avenue (SW 177th Avenue). Turn left onto Krome Ave, and drive south about five miles to SW 168th Street. Turn right and go west about six miles to 237th Avenue. When you reach the stop sign at the end of SW 168 th St, turn right and drive about a mile. Turn left onto the road when you see the sign for Chekika, and we’ll meet by the gate.

From the south, you can either drive north on Krome Ave and follow the directions above after reaching SW 168 th St, or take the Turnpike or US 1 to Eureka Drive (SW 184th Street), go west to Krome Avenue, and head north until you reach SW 168th Street, then turn left onto 168 th St and follow above directions into park. Or take Krome Avenue north from Homestead to SW 168th St and follow directions above.

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Did You Know?

Limestone

Limestone is the porous, sedimentary rock you see in the Everglades. These rocks are made of calcium and contain fossils of sea life, evidence of ancient seas that once covered the area. The limestone aquifer under the Everglades acts as the principal water recharge area for all of south Florida.