Everglades National Park maintains two education centers that offer 3 day / 2 night group camping programs. These programs are available to 5th and 6th grade students of the local community and are offered free of charge to teachers who complete the appropriate teacher workshop.
The Loop Road Environmental Education Center is located 12 miles west of Shark Valley on the Old Loop Road, inside Big Cypress National Preserve. This center's facilities consist of an Indian chickee (shelter) with picnic tables and food storage box, five platform tents, barbecue grills, restrooms, campfire circle, pond, nature trails, and a butterfly garden.
Study habitats within walking distance include: pinelands, sawgrass marsh, cypress slough, hardwood hammock, and freshwater pond.
Activities agreed upon by the teacher and rangers might include: dry / wet hikes, sunrise walks, night walks, campfire programs, Shark Valley tram ride, living history / cultural demonstrations, archeology dig, art / language.
Teachers are responsible for arranging transportation to and from the site. Teachers and chaperones are also responsible for bringing and preparing all meals. Students are responsible for bringing their own bedding and camping supplies. Teachers will work alongside a ranger to plan and lead the group activities.