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Free Seasonal Ranger Led Programs to Begin

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Ranger Leon Howell guiding tour at Ahinga Trail Everglades National Park
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News Release Date: December 18, 2013
Contact: General Park Information, 305-242-7700
Contact: Media Contact only:  Linda Friar, 305-242-7714
Contact: Mary Plumb, 305-242-7017

HOMESTEAD, Florida – Winter is the perfect time to visit Everglades National Park!  Spectacular opportunities abound to enjoy the great outdoors in your back yard.  During south Florida’s dry season there are few mosquitoes, afternoon storms are gone and temperatures are cooler. 

 

Everglades National Park is just minutes away from Miami, Homestead, Naples and Key Largo, and whether you have one hour or a full week, the dry winter season is the best time to enjoy the many cultural and natural resources that make the park so special. 

 

Starting the week of December 21, 2013 through March 22, 2014, the park will offer over 85 free ranger led programs for the public each week. These programs include guided walks, talks, bike rides, hikes, canoe trips, evening programs and more! In addition to these free programs, the park’s concessioners also offer daily tram tours in the Shark Valley area of the park, and boat tours in the Flamingo and Gulf Coast areas (prices and times vary).

 

“There is no better way to enjoy Everglades National Park than by getting out with the experts,” said Superintendent Dan Kimball. “Our diversity of ranger led programs offers something for everyone and we are excited to begin a new visitor season, and our 66th year of guided programs!"

 

Each year an average of 80,000 visitors participate in a ranger led program; over a half million people explore the park’s visitor centers, museum and art gallery; and many also enjoy the park in self-guided adventures, bringing the total to about one million visitors each year. 

 

Ranger led programs will be offered daily this winter throughout the various locations of the park, including Royal Palm, Flamingo, Shark Valley and Gulf Coast. The full slate of the park's seasonal programs will begin December 18 at Flamingo,December 21 at Gulf Coast, and December 22 at Shark Valley and Royal Palm. Schedules may change during the season so be sure to check the schedule before you come.  Many programs are available. See the park website for a complete list of programs:

http://www.nps.gov/ever/planyourvisit/rangerprograms.htm

 

Check in or call area visitor centers for current schedules and times. Some ranger-guided programs require reservations in advance. Required reservations are specified in program schedules.

 

In addition to ranger programs and concession tours there are a number of permitted guides who offer a variety of more personalized tours.  You can find a list of these on the park website as well.

http://www.nps.gov/ever/planyourvisit/permittedtours.htm

 

For your safety, visitors are encouraged to consider personal comfort needs and bring water, sunscreen, and appropriate footwear.

 

Hope to see you in Everglades National Park this season!

 

WHAT:        Seasonal ranger led programs beginning

 

WHEN:        The full slate of the park's seasonal programs will begin December

                   18 at Flamingo, December 21 at Gulf Coast, and December 22 at

                   Shark Valley and Royal Palm.

 

WHERE:      Royal Palm Visitor Center 305-242-7700

Shark Valley Visitor Center 305-221-8776

Flamingo Visitor Center 239-639-2945

Gulf Coast Visitor Center 239-695-3311

 

 

Did You Know?

Ibis in Flight

In the 1800s John James Audubon noted that the sky was often darkened by the flocks of numerous birds above. Since the early 20th century, around 93% of the wading bird population has vanished. Much of the wildlife left in south Florida depends on Everglades National Park for a home.