Win a Trip of a Lifetime Call for Applicants for the Everglades Wilderness Writing Expedition

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Date: August 21, 2014
Contact: General Park Information:, 305-242-7700
Contact: Program Contact: Sabrina Diaz, 305-242-7700
Contact: Media Contact Linda Friar, 305-242-7714

Homestead, Florida: Have you ever imagined yourself exploring exotic places in search of the perfect story? Do you dream of travelling and changing the world through your writing? For over a century, the Everglades has been immortalized through the writings of people like Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Carl Hiaasen, Zora Neale Hurston and Michael Grunwald.


Join Everglades National Park in conjunction with North Carolina Outward Bound School on a trip of a lifetime to discover the largest wilderness area east of the Rocky Mountains. If you are a college student, age 18-25, and enrolled in a journalism, communications or creative writing program in South Florida then apply today!  


Travel deep into the wilderness of the Everglades, paddle through a maze of mangrove tunnels, and sleep on a canoe platform island surrounded by water. Document your adventure, and hone your writing skills with Everglades poet, naturalist, writer and teacher, Anne McCrary Sullivan, and park ranger naturalist Sabrina Diaz. After your experience have your written work exhibited in a gallery and have your story published in the newspaper!


This program has been made possible through generous donation of the National Park Foundation, and The South Florida National Parks Trust, and through in kind support from North Carolina Outward Bound School, University of Miami, Florida International University, Florida Atlantic University, South Dade News Leader and Fairchild Tropical Gardens.


Applications for the Everglades Wilderness Writing Expedition may be submitted through from August 24 - September 13, 2014. For more information, please call 305-242-7700.


Who: College students, ages 18-25, enrolled in journalism, communications, or creative writing.

What: Everglades National Park Wilderness Writing Expedition.

Where/When:   Selected students will participate in the following activities:

October 2nd: “Meet the Selected Participants” Public Reception at Fairchild Tropical Gardens.

October 11thEverglades National Park Day Trip: Understanding Wilderness

October 18thEverglades National Park Day Trip: Paddling through the Wilderness

October 24thEverglades National Park Day Trip: Wet Walk through the Wilderness

October 31st to November 3rdMulti-night backcountry expedition into Everglades National Park in conjunction with NC Outward Bound School.

November 13th: Post Expedition Panel Discussion at Florida International University

How to apply: Applications must be submitted between August 24th-September 13th, 2014 at


Last updated: April 14, 2015

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