Fulfill a Dream, Join the Everglades Volunteer Team
Contact: General Park Information, 305-242-7700
Contact: Program Contact Kevin Bowles Mohr, 305-242-7752
Contact: Media Contact Linda Friar, 305-242-7714
Everglades National Park will host a volunteer event to maintain viewing areas around Paurotis Pond in the Flamingo District on Saturday January 14, 2012. In commemoration of the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, fulfill a dream and join the volunteer team in celebrating this special weekend by helping to preserve one of America's special places.
Volunteer Project: Volunteers will clip back native vegetation along the shoreline, pull cattails, and remove invasive plant species such as the Brazilian Pepper. Since vegetation in the Everglades grows constantly throughout the year, the viewing areas are somewhat overgrown and need to be trimmed back. Paurotis Pond provides excellent opportunities for bird watching during the winter season.
Volunteers will meet at 8:00am in the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center parking lot. We will leave at 8:15 to caravan to Paurotis Pond 24 miles away. Participants are required to wear long-sleeved shirts, sneakers, and long pants to protect against exposure to sun, biting insects, poisonwood, and poison ivy. Please bring a lunch, water bottle, hat, and sunglasses. Participating volunteers will receive a free entry pass, enabling each volunteer to visit the Everglades for free again and share this unique National Park with their family and friends.
Volunteers coming from the Miami area and northern destinations 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.The Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center will be on the right.
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.