March 8 and 9 Everglades National Park to celebrate Dade Heritage Days
Contact: Linda Friar, 305-242-7714
Dade Heritage days is a two month celebration of the architectural, environmental and cultural heritage of Miami-Dade County. Everglades National Park is an important part of this heritage and we are celebrating this event by highlighting the archeology and prehistory of the park at the following events.
March 8, Everglades National Park, Ernest Coe Visitor Center, Homestead, FL
11:00 am- Lecture: Digging Up Our Past
Have you always been interested in archaeology? Do you "dig" it? Learn about the prehistory of Florida in our own backyard with an emphasis on the wealth of archaeological resources in SE Florida. Underwater and underfoot – archaeology is everywhere and we will introduce you to our favorite local "archeo-tourist" destinations. Presented by Dr. Michele Williams, Director of the Southeastern Region of the Florida Public Archaeology Network
1:00pm-Lecture: Introduction to the Archaeology of the Everglades
While Everglades National Park is known around the world for its spectacular plant and animal life, it also has a long and fascinating human history that spans thousands of years. Join Park Archeologist Melissa Memory for an introduction to the Park’s interesting and ancient archeological and historic sites.
12:00 pm and 2:00 pm Kids’ Activity: Telling Stories with Trash
Join us for a fun activity learning the connection between prehistoric trash and modern archaeology. We will use artifacts from Florida to tell the story of Florida’s past and the people that lived here.
March 9, Flamingo
11:00 am-12:00 pm-Guided Hike: Bear Lake Trail
Explore the human history of the Everglades, including the Mud Lake Canal National Historic Landmark prehistoric canoe trail, during a hike along the Bear Lake Trail with Park Archeologist Melissa Memory and Dr. Michele Williams of the Florida Public Archaeology Network. Meet at 10:30 below the Visitor Center. Trailhead is accessed by a gravel road, so try and carpool if you can!
1:00pm Kids’ Activity: Telling Stories with Trash
Join us for a fun activity learning the connection between prehistoric trash and modern archaeology. We will use artifacts from Florida to tell the story of Florida’s past and the people that lived here. Look for us below the Flamingo Visitor Center.
Directions to each of these locations in the park can be found on our website at http://www.nps.gov/ever/planyourvisit/directions.htm or call the main phone number at 305-242-7700.
Did You Know?
Female alligators will vehemently protect their nests and their young until they reach one to two years of age. Keep your eyes out for baby alligators in the Everglades - they're about a foot long with yellow stripes.