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    Everglades

    National Park Florida

Help Us Make America’s Best Idea Even Better!

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Date: September 24, 2009
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?

Did You Know?

Over the course of thousands of years, the natural communities of South Florida have become well adapted to the devastating effects of seasonal hurricanes. In fact, such storms are considered an important element in the long-term health of the Everglades.