Help Us Make America’s Best Idea Even Better!
Contact: Linda Friar, 305-242-7714
Homestead, Florida – Be part of an unprecedented event on September 26 when Everglades National Park and national parks across the country invite you to make America’s Best Idea – the national parks – even better. Presented by the National Park Service and National Park Foundation, it will be a special day of service and celebration for visitors and volunteers to experience their parks and catch a sneak preview of Ken Burns’s new documentary The National Parks: America’s Best Idea premiering on PBS on September 27.
"We are excited about the opportunity to greet old friends and welcome new visitors to explain how Everglades is part of America’s Best Idea," said Superintendent Dan Kimball. "Making that best idea even better is our goal and one we can only accomplish with the support of our visitors, volunteers, and partners."
Everglades National Park is looking for volunteers to participate in National Public Lands Day by volunteering to help remove invasive exotic plants. This project will enhance future visitors park experience in addition to protecting and maintaining park trails and habitats by removing vegetation from hiking, biking and tram tour trails and roads with loppers, bow saws and by hand
Where: Shark Valley in Everglades National Park
When: Saturday, September 26, 2009 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m..
Directions: Shark Valley is located on Tamiami Trail (US 41) West of Krome Avenue in Miami.
What to Wear and Bring: Long pants, closed, comfortable shoes, sun-hat, sunscreen, lunch and plenty of water.
After the work day, to thank volunteers, the park will offer a sneak peak of the new Ken Burns film The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.
This program will also be played over the entire weekend, September 26 – 27, at other visitor centers throughout the park:
Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center = 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM & 4:00 PM each day
Gulf Coast Visitor Center = 10:00 AM & 2:30 PM each day
Shark Valley Visitor Center = 10:00 AM, 11:15 AM, 12:00 AM, 1:15 PM, 3:15 PM & 4:00 PM each day
Directions to each of these locations can be found on the park website at
Did You Know?
Over fifty-nine color varieties of the Liguus Tree Snail have been seen in and around the Everglades ecosystem. They graze on the algae and lichen that grows on smooth-barked trees. During the dry winter months, they are usually sealed to these trees to conserve moisture.