Presidents Day Volunteer Event at the Nike Missile Site
Contact: Volunteer Coordinator Kevin Bowles Mohr , 305-242-7752
Contact: General Park Information, 305-242-7700
Contact: Media Contact Linda Friar, 305-242-7714
On Saturday, February 18, 2012, Everglades National Park will host a volunteer event at the park's historic Nike Missile Site, one of the Nation's best preserved sites from the Cold War Era. Built in response to the Cuban Missile Crisis, the South Florida sites were the last to have military presence cease. The Nike Missile Site reminds us of the pivotal role our presidents play in our national security. Due to the rapid growth of vegetation in Everglades National Park, regular maintenance is required to prevent damage to the infrastructure. Pay tribute to America's most famous leaders by volunteering to help restore and learn about the Nike Missile Site.
Volunteer Project: Volunteers will remove brush and weeds from the fence line, launch site, and berms surrounding the missile barns. Attending volunteers will also enjoy taking part in the 2:00 tour of the Nike Missile Site.
Volunteers will meet at 8:00am in the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center parking lot. Participants are required to wear long-sleeved shirts, sneakers, and long pants to protect against exposure to sun, biting insects, poisonwood, and 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.
Address of Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center: 40001 SR 9336, Homestead, FL 33034
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?
Many of the orchids found within the Everglades are "epiphytic," growing on host trees that are used for support. This adaptation allows a variety of plants to grow in an otherwise harsh environment.