Ranger-Guided Camping Programs

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Ranger-Led Camping for Students

Everglades National Park maintains two education centers that offer 3-day / 2-night group camping programs. Programs and site descriptions can be found below.

 

Education Camping Program Details

Program registration for 2023-2024 Education Programs will open on Tuesday, August 15th at 8:00 EST. 

  • Program Availability: Programs are offered December through April to 5th and 6th grade students from the surrounding community.
  • Cost: Programs are free with an academic fee waiver. Schools provide transportation and meals.
  • Registration: Registration for the 2023-2024 school year takes place in mid-August each year at 8:00am. Programs fill quickly, so we suggest teachers request a date early! 
  • Workshops: First-time teachers will need to attend an in-park Teacher Workshop.
  • Group Size: 16-26 students
  • Teachers & Chaperones: 1 adult per 5 students (maximum 8)

Camping Facilities

There are 2 camping facilities to choose from.

  • Loop Road Education Site (approximately 30 miles west of Krome Avenue and US41).
  • Hidden Lake Education Site (approximately 40 miles southwest of Miami, Florida in Homestead, Florida). 

Each camping center includes:

  • A shelter with picnic tables
  • Food storage boxes
  • Five platforms with pre-set up canvas tents
  • Barbecue grill
  • Restrooms (No shower facilities)
  • Campfire circle with firewood

Ranger-led Camp Activities

All programs are curriculum-based and are flexible, depending on topics teachers would like to include in their camping experience. Typical camp activities include:

  • Habitat hikes

  • Wet walks / Canoe programs

  • Night walks

  • Campfire programs

  • Sunrise reflection

  • Various activities about park issues

For questions, please call 305-242-7753 or e-mail us.

 
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Students canoeing on Hidden Lake

NPS / Alanna Smith

Hidden Lake Environmental Education Center

Located 15 miles from Homestead and 4 miles from the park's main visitor center. The campsite is within a hardwood hammock, alongside a three-acre freshwater lake. Classes have the option to canoe on Hidden Lake and walk to the popular Anhinga Trail.

 
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Sunrise reflection at Loop Road

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Loop Road Environmental Education Center

Located 12 miles west of Shark Valley on Loop Road, inside Big Cypress National Preserve. The five-acre property is an open grassy area with a traditional Miccosukee Indian chickee (shelter) and a freshwater pond. Classes have the option to participate in a narrated tram tour at Shark Valley.

Last updated: May 20, 2023

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

40001 State Road 9336
Homestead, FL 33034-6733

Phone:

305 242-7700

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