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Contact: Linda Friar, 305-242-7714
Homestead, FL: The Everglades Association has received $115,000 from an anonymous charitable Foundation to support the 2006-2007 schedule of environmental education activities to be conducted at Everglades National Park. This program will bring an estimated 18,000 4th, 5th & 6th grade students from South Florida to two special field camps and related park locations for intensive, curriculum based learning about the Everglades ecosystem.
Over more than 35 years, the park’s environmental education program has reached several generations of young Floridians with information about the significance of the Everglades environment and the need for diligence in assuring its preservation for future generations. It has been nationally recognized as a significant model for promoting effective understanding of the regional environment and fostering long term environmental stewardship.
However, the program faces an uncertain future. The Everglades Association continues its efforts to identify and secure long term funding support to assure the survival of this award winning educational program in future years.
The Everglades Association operates under Congressional authorities as the official private, non-profit partner supporting educational, interpretive, and historical and scientific research responsibilities of Biscayne, Dry Tortugas and Everglades National Parks and Big Cypress National Preserve. These areas comprise more than 2.5 million acres and form a vital network in preserving the South Florida ecosystem. By supporting increased public understanding of these world renowned natural and cultural areas, the Everglades Association also tangibly assists in raising public support for their long term preservation and care.
Further information about Everglades National Park’s environmental education program is available at www.nps.gov/ever and the Association’s activities on behalf of Big Cypress National Preserve and Biscayne, Dry Tortugas, and Everglades National Parks may be followed at www.evergladesassociation.org