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Contact: General Park Information, 305-242-7700
Contact: Media Contact, Linda Friar, 305-242-7714
Contact: Media Contact, Mary Plumb, 305-242-7017
Experienced paddlers are invited to join “Ranger–led Canoe Explorations in the Ten Thousand Islands,” every Tuesday through August, starting June 9. The 4 hour trips will begin at 9 am at the Gulf Coast Visitor Center, located at 815 Oyster Bar Lane in Everglades City, Florida 34139.
This activity is a great opportunity to paddle through the Ten Thousand Islands and learn about the park’s cultural and natural history. Participants will learn about the value of the mangroves along the coast, with the possibility of seeing many different animals in their natural environment. There will be opportunities to see wildlife such as dolphins, manatee, osprey, roseate spoonbills, and other wading and shore birds.
The trips are not for beginners, as they are 4 hour paddling trips in wind and tidally influenced water. Participants must be ages 10 and up (with parental approval for minors), and should be prepared with lots of water, lunch/snacks, sun and weather protection. If tide and weather allow, the trip may include a short walk on an island. Also, there is strong potential for rain and thunderstorms throughout the summer. Canoes are available free of charge; kayaks may be rented at the visitor center.
For more information or to make reservations please call the Gulf Coast Visitor Center at 239-695-3311.
WHAT: Ranger-led Canoe Explorations – Ten Thousand Islands (4 hour trips for experienced paddlers, aged 10 and up).
WHEN: Meet at every through August, starting June 9.
WHERE: Gulf Coast Visitor Center, located at 815 Oyster Bar Lane. Everglades City, Florida 34139 https://www.nps.gov/ever/
For information and directions to the park please visit the park website at https://www.nps.gov/ever or call (305) 242-7700 (during regular business hours, through , 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.).
This and other park news releases are available at https://www.nps.gov/ever/