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April 21, 2014
2014 Everglades National Park Reopens Frank Key Channel in Florida Bay
Everglades National Park has reopened areas closed to protect the Frank Key Roseate Spoonbill colony during nesting season. The channel running along the west end of Frank Key, and the Carl Ross Key campsite, have been reopened to public access.

April 21, 2014
Waterways Program Highlights Wading Birds and Benthic Studies
The educational television series, “Waterways,” continues to showcase the south Florida ecosystem in an exciting new two-part episode. The unique wading birds of Everglades National Park are featured, as well as benthic studies that explore the make-up of the seafloor in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

April 16, 2014
Celebrate National Parks Week at Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks! FEE FREE WEEKEND APRIL 19 -20
Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks will have free admission April 19 and 20, opening weekend of National Park Week.

April 14, 2014
Everglades National Park Hosts Volunteers-in-Parks Day
Get Outdoors and create a new kind of national park memory by volunteering in your national park, just minutes away from Miami.

April 07, 2014
"Beginning to End?” Florida International University Honors College Exhibit
Everglades National Park is proud to present a Florida International University (FIU) Honors College Exhibit, “Beginning to End?” at the Coe Visitor Center Gallery, April 4 - April 25, 2014. The Honors College at FIU offers a four-year program for their most talented and outstanding students. These courses emphasize a broad liberal arts focus and an interdisciplinary approach to learning. Since September 2013, a group of students chose to meet all day every other Friday in various habitats and locations in Everglades National Park. Classes involved discussing literature on location, identification of flora and fauna, as well as hiking, biking, canoeing, and slough slogging, while accompanied by their professors, park rangers, artists, and scientists. Students also participated in a service activity to benefit the park, visited the historic Nike Missile Base, and restoration sites located in the park.

April 04, 2014
Everglades National Park Conducts Hole-in-the-Donut Central Prescribed Burn
Everglades National Park will be conducting the Hole-in-the-Donut (HID) Central and Block AA Prescribed Burn on Monday, April 7, 2014 (weather permitting). The 1,007 acre prescribed burn is scheduled to begin at 7:00 a.m.

March 28, 2014
Shawn Benge Appointed Acting Superintendent
Shawn Benge has been appointed the acting Superintendent for both Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks effective March 31 2014. Shawn will be on a 90 day assignment to fill the position held by retiring Superintendent Dan Kimball for the past ten years.

March 25, 2014
National Poetry Month celebrated in Everglades
To commemorate UNESCO’s World Poetry Day and National Poetry month, visitors will encounter Everglades-inspired poetry throughout Everglades National Park starting through April 30, 2014. Visitors will enjoy vibrant banners featuring voices of the Everglades through words and rhythms from former Artist-in-Residence-in-Everglades (AIRIE) poets.

March 12, 2014
Nile Crocodile Removed from Everglades National Park
HOMESTEAD, Florida – Everglades National Park, and partners including the University of Florida (UF), Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), and the Swamp Apes (a volunteer organization), worked together over the weekend to capture a Nile crocodile that was reported in Everglades National Park, in the Chekika area of the park, which is currently closed to the public.

March 12, 2014
Art Exhibit Promotes Literacy and Art at Everglades National Park
HOMESTEAD, FL: Everglades National Park is pleased to invite the community on Sunday, March 30th at 1:00pm, to a park sponsored art exhibit by the March Artist-in-Residence-in-Everglades (AIRIE) volunteer Nathaniel Sandler. Mr. Sandler will exhibit books and reading materials as a means for visitors to experience something fun and interesting at the park. The exhibit promotes literacy, art, and the tangible, timeless beauty of books by disseminating the printed word. The books and reading materials will be available for free to visitors. Mr. Sandler will set up at the Royal Palm, near the Anhinga Trail.

March 11, 2014
Pack up the Kids and Get Outdoors for Junior Ranger Day
Pack up the Kids and Get Outdoors for Junior Ranger Day March 22!

March 07, 2014
New Deputy Superintendent selected for Everglades and Dry Tortugas
Everglades National Park Superintendent Dan Kimball announces the selection of Justin Unger as Deputy Superintendent for both Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks effective March 3 2014. Unger was formerly the Chief of Administration for the National Mall and Memorial Parks. “Justin brings a unique blend of park experience, academic study, and work in municipal governments that make him an ideal partner for our local communities and leader of our diverse team of talented park professionals,” says Kimball.

March 03, 2014
Tourism to Everglades National Park Creates $103 Million in Economic Benefit Report shows visitor spending supports 1,402 jobs in local economy
HOMESTEAD, Florida – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1,141, 906 visitors to Everglades National Park in 2012 spent approximately $103 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 1,402 jobs in the local area.

February 26, 2014
Free Entrance to Everglades National Park for Vintage Day this Saturday
HOMESTEAD, Florida: The 4th annual Vintage Day celebration will be held in Everglades National Park this Saturday March 1, from 10:00 a.m.to 3:00 p.m. Visitors of all ages will have the opportunity to interact with the characters that helped create Everglades National Park—one of the most biologically and culturally diverse parks in the world.

February 20, 2014
Public Information Meeting to be held February 27 on F ederal Highway Administration Adoption of the National Park ServicesTamiami Trail Modifications
Homestead, Florida: Everglades National Park invites the public to participate in a Public Information Meeting on the Federal Highway Administration Adoption of the National Park Service's Tamiami Trail Modifications: Next Steps Final Environmental Impact Statement will be held Thursday, February 27, 2014.

February 20, 2014
Getting the Water Right Presentation February 23 by Photographer Adam Nadel
HOMESTEAD, FL: Everglades National Park is pleased to invite the community to a presentation on Sunday, February 23 by photographer Adam Nadel, who will discuss his project, “Getting the Water Right.” The free event will begin at 4:00 p.m., at the Audiotheque at ArtCenter/South Florida, located at 924 Lincoln Road #201, Miami Beach, Florida 33139. Mr. Nadel is the February Artist in Residence in the Everglades (AIRIE), and his project is a museum exhibition that documents the people and landscape of the greater Everglades watershed. Nadel has crisscrossed the Everglades to document how politics, culture, economy, and ecology have dynamically interacted, and often collided, to push the Everglades ecosystem to the edge of collapse. Nadel explains, “The Artist in Residence in the Everglades program allowed me to document the natural splendor of the Everglades landscape, the beauty of its native species, and the invasive exotic animals and plants that threaten the ecosystem.” For more information about Adam Nadel’s work, visit his website www.adamnadel.net For more information on the AIRIE program call 305-242-7752, or visit http://www.nps.gov/ever/supportyourpark/everartistinresidence.htm Applications for 2015 are currently being received; the deadline is June 1, 2014.

February 17, 2014
National park seeks public comment on draft environmental impact
Everglades National Park is seeking public comment on its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Acquisition of Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) Land in the East Everglades Expansion Area (EEEA). The Draft EIS was released January 17 for public review, and public comment is requested by Tuesday, March 18, 2014. The Draft EIS is available for review and comment at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/EVER (then go to the “Open for Comment” link). A limited number of paper copies and compact disks (CDs) of the plan are also available upon request by contacting Everglades National Park at 305-242-7700. A public meeting is scheduled to receive comments on the Draft EIS:

February 10, 2014
Everglades National Park Conducts Prescribed Burn in East Everglades
Everglades National Park will be conducting the Heck House Prescribed Burn (East Everglades Unit 5) on Tuesday, February 11 and continue through Wednesday, February 12 (weather permitting). The general location of the prescribed burn is along the eastern boundary of the park, west of Southwest 218 Avenue, and between Southwest 136 and 168 Streets. The planned burn area is about 2,475 acres in size. The Florida Forest Service and South Florida Water Management District will be assisting.

February 03, 2014
Gallery Exhibit at Everglades National Park Finding Connections by Andrea Huffman
Everglades National Park is proud to present, "Finding Connections" by Andrea Huffman at the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center Gallery during the month of February. An artist’s reception will be held Saturday, February 15, 2014, beginning at 12:00 noon. Admission is free.

January 30, 2014
Spawning aggregations and tropical connections
The latest episode of the educational television series Waterways delves into the importance of fish spawning aggregations in the Florida Keys and the new book Tropical Connections: South Florida’s Marine Environment.

January 17, 2014
Everglades National Park Seeks Public Comment on Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Acquisition of Florida Power and Light Company Land in East Everglades Expansion Area
Everglades National Park is seeking public comment on its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Acquisition of Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) Land in the East Everglades Expansion Area (EEEA). The Draft EIS was released today for public review, and public comment is requested by Monday, March 17, 2014.

January 13, 2014
Artists Reception January 18 for Gallery Exhibit, Eyes of Everglades by Cynthia L. Diaz
Everglades National Park is proud to present, "Eyes of Everglades" by Cynthia L. Diaz at the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center Gallery during the month of January. An artist’s reception will be held Saturday, January 18, 2014, from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. Admission is free.

January 07, 2014
Paurotis Pond Closed for Nesting Season 2014
Everglades National Park announces the seasonal closure of Paurotis Pond and the area beyond the parking area adjacent to the pond, in a continuing effort to protect the endangered Wood Stork and all nesting birds in this area from human disturbance.

January 07, 2014
Everglades National Park Hosts Big Day Birding Adventure
The public is invited to participate in the Big Day Birding Adventure, a “citizen science” activity to count birds within the varied habitats of Everglades National Park.

December 31, 2013
Free Homestead National Parks Trolley to Launch at January 4 Celebration
Join us Saturday, January 4, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., to celebrate the launch of the first ever public transportation to Everglades and Biscayne National Parks! Free transportation, free parking, a guided tour, and waived entrance fees are all part of this exciting new public service. This innovative project, a partnership between the City of Homestead and Everglades and Biscayne National Parks, is the only public transportation available to these South Florida National Parks. Live music, free food and educational programs will be enjoyed by all at the Trolley grand opening including National Park Conservation Mascot Teddy Mather, National Park Superintendents, Local Girl and Boy Scout Troops, and City of Homestead officials.

December 18, 2013
Long Pine Key Campground Reopening December 19
The Long Pine Key Campground is reopening Thursday, December 19, when visitors can enjoy newly paved roads, campsites and parking. The campground, closed due to budget realities for the first time in 2013 during the slower summer season, will be open for the rest of the busy winter season and staffed by employees and volunteers until April 15, 2014.

December 18, 2013
Free Seasonal Ranger Led Programs to Begin
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.

December 11, 2013
Waterways Explores Big Cypress and Keys Canals
Waterways continues its exploration of the south Florida ecosystem in a new two-segment episode. This latest episode takes a look at Everglades National Park’s neighbor to the north—Big Cypress National Preserve—and a plan to clean-up the manmade canals in the Florida Keys.

December 11, 2013
Chekika Day Use Area Closed Indefinitely
Due to current budget realities, Everglades National Park will not be reopening the Chekika Day Use Area as previously announced, and it will remain closed indefinitely. This popular part of Everglades National Park is located in the northeast part of the park, off Krome Avenue at the west end of SW 168th Street in Miami. Chekika was previously only open seasonally (December 1 to April 30, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) due to a tendency to flood during the wet season. Though park facilities are closed, 237th Avenue and SW 168th Street in the park will remain open for visitor use (bird watching and wildlife viewing).

November 29, 2013
Carl Ross and Frank Key Channels Annual closure 2013
In a continuing effort to protect Roseate Spoonbills in Florida Bay, Everglades National Park will close Carl Ross Key and Frank Key Channel to public entry during the winter nesting season. These temporary closures are intended to provide added protection for two of Florida Bay's most significant spoonbill colonies.

November 20, 2013
Get Outdoors and Enjoy Thanksgiving Weekend at Everglades National Park
“Get Outdoors!” Enjoy Thanksgiving Weekend at Everglades National Park

November 14, 2013
Long Pine Key Campground Opening Delayed to December
Due to improvements to park roads and parking lots, the reopening of the Long Pine Key Campground will be delayed due to paving work. It was previously announced that it would reopen on November 15, however that is now being delayed until mid-December. In the interim, those desiring to camp will be able to utilize the Flamingo Campground instead.

November 06, 2013
Fresh AIRIE Exhibition Highlights Artists’ Experiences at a World Heritage Site
Everglades National Park will kick off Fresh AIRIE: Artists’ Experiences in a World Heritage Site, at the Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Homestead Campus. This traveling exhibition features works by more than 30 artists as part of the Everglades National Park’s AIRIE Collection, including painting, photography, video, audio composition and poetry. An opening reception and panel discussion will take place on Thursday, Nov 14. The art work will remain on display at the Homestead Art Space through Dec. 13.

November 06, 2013
Tropical Botanic Artists present Botanical Exploration in the Everglades
Tropical Botanic Artists is presenting an exciting new exhibit through November at Everglades National Park. “Botanical Exploration in the Everglades” features watercolor portraits, a documentary film, and informative panels by Everglades National Park Botanist Jimi Sadle.

October 31, 2013
Get Outdoors! It's Fee Free Weekend at Everglades National Park Weekend Concludes with Special Nike Missile Site Open House Monday – Veterans Day
Entrance fees to Everglades National Park will be waived during the entire Veterans’ Day weekend, (November 9th through the 11th). Visitors can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities in the nearly 1.5 million acres of this unique National Park, with an entrance to the park just minutes away from Homestead, Florida City, Miami, Naples, and Everglades City!

October 25, 2013
Everglades Artists participate in Everglades Forever Weekend at Museum of Discovery and Science
Everglades National Park and participants in the Artist in Residence (AIRIE) program will be part of the American Express Everglades Forever Celebration kickoff hosted by the Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale, Florida November 2 and 3. A special exhibit of select AIRIE artwork will be part of this great weekend of activities. Artists and Park Rangers will be on hand for parts of the program to answer questions and explain the exhibit.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

The Everglades are often described as having only two seasons- the wet and the dry. Most hot summer days are punctuated by quenching afternoon thunderstorms that bring life-giving water to the park.