Long Pine Key Campground Closed
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 will reopen mid-December. Those desiring to camp will be able to utilize the Flamingo Campground instead. More »
Volunteer day at Gulf Coast District of Everglades National Park
Contact: Linda Friar, 305-242-7714
Contact: Jackie Doustourian, 305-242-7752
Everglades National Park invites you to help increase butterfly species diversity in the park on Saturday, October 18, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. at the Gulf Coast, Everglades City Visitor Center. This is a great opportunity to come out and experience the park and contribute to improving the natural resources in the Everglades City district of the park.
Nation-wide, butterfly species have become rare, threatened or endangered due to a decrease in habitat and plant species diversity. Many people and organizations, including homeowners, businesses and state and federal agencies, are working towards increasing the size of the butterfly population by planting butterfly gardens; gardens filled with native plants known to attract butterflies.
Everglades National Park has recently established a butterfly garden at the Gulf Coast, Everglades City Visitor Center. Come on out on Saturday, October 18 and help enhance the health, beauty and productivity of the garden by planting, pruning and mulching. Be sure to revisit the site from time to time, to see how your efforts will attract butterflies seeking habitat to feed and propagate.
Please contact Jackie Dostourian, Volunteer Coordinator, at 305-242-7752 or
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.