Nature

A dark bird with bright yellow legs, eyes, and a beak crouches low over water.

Wildlife

An important haven for migratory birds and endangered animals, the Everglades is also a significant nursery for wading birds and fish.

Two orchid flowers with five yellow petals and pink and white centers.

Plants

Found at the transition of tropical and temperate climates, the Everglades supports a unique assemblage of plants found nowhere else.

Fire burning in remote wilderness area of Everglades National Park.

Fire

Fire is important to a healthy Everglades because it regulates this fire-adapted ecosystem. Some plant communities are even fire-dependent.

A mottled black, tan, and brown snake coiled on itself.

Invasive Species

Nonnative, exotic, and invasive species affect the park and Everglades ecosystem in many ways, some obvious and others obscure.

A flooded campground showing a picnic table and fire ring in several inches of water.

Climate Change

Climate change and sea level rise are affecting the park and the Everglades. Learn about what's happening and what we can do about it.

A grassy prairie with 1 slender, deep green pine in the foreground and a forest in the background.

Habitats

In the Everglades, elevation is everything. Even a few inches can influence which ecosystems develop. Along the coast, salt plays a role.

From above, a river snakes through dense vegetation

Water

Water is the lifeblood of the Everglades. Without it, this ecosystem would cease to exist. Everglades restoration will restore water flow.

Holes in the limestone bedrock have trees growing out of them.

Geology

The Everglades formed 5,000 years ago atop a bedrock of porous limestone. Learn how the geology of the region influences the Everglades.

A bright white lightning bolt turns the night sky purple. A cypress tree is in silhouette.

Light And Sound

Sunsets, starry skies, rolling thunder, alligator bellows, and singing songbirds: the Everglades treats your senses.

a tan feline sits on grass

Threatened and Endangered Species

Learn about federally-listed species presently or formerly known to occur in the park.

A copse of trees can be seen in the hazy distance with tan grasses and a tree in the foreground.

Air Quality

As a Class I area, the park is afforded the highest level of air quality protection by the stringent requirements of the Clean Air Act.

Last updated: March 26, 2021

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40001 State Road 9336
Homestead, FL 33034

Phone:

(305) 242-7700

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