School Visits on Your Own
Everglades National Park is an exciting outdoor
laboratory for studying South Florida's natural
environment. As it is not always possible to
schedule ranger-assisted programs, this brochure
is intended to help teachers and other group
leaders plan their own guided trips.
Students will learn more and better enjoy their visit o Evergades National Park if they
take par in preparatory activities. Check your media center or local library for the video
"Kids Explore the Everglades and the "Everglades Activity Guide for Teachers". They
provide easy-to-use background materials and suggested activities.
If you have not been to the park recently, consider making a planning trip, First-hand
knowledge of the trail you will walk, or the tour you plan to take, will make your visit
more valuable and relaxing. Most group visits take place in March, April and May.
Heavily visited areas such as rhe Anhinga Trail become very crowded during this season,
reducing the opportunity for your students to enjoy their visit. i[ possible, consider
scheduling your trip for a fall or winter date.
Groups are crnourtged to bring one cdperone for
evcry ten students. Becane ame visitor are-a can
become very crowded, it Is eailer for sldents and
leade if ihey are divided inro groups of leein or
kle wthn wrakig the trails.
AU partidpanr will be safer and more comfortable
if they wear kw% pwnt, shows, and socks. Proper
clothing will hep protect sddents from insew bder .
but also coe prepared with repellanL Hlas,
tnscreen, water boales and rain gear are aso
Review the following ruks and safety precaitmou so
students and chaperones will know wham is expected
Respec dr widift~ Luad rtlies are disacorged.
Throwing obeets at, or other hrarsmient of park
animals L strictly r lhibieed.
Rep'cir tr horws and food swre of the wati e
Please Leae all plans rocks, rills, or other natural
object in the prtk. Plac litter where ii belong.
Vending machines and t4her food service are
extremely limited, so bring bvgcd lunches and
beverage. Picnicking is allowed only in deignlaed
Urea at the main visK o enter, Long Pine Key,
Pauro s Pond, Nine Mile Pnmd, and Flamingo
Campground. Royal Palm and Shark Vally do nor
hve pFnic oms. Alter cading, please have student
check area carefully for fI M scral arnd litter
Place all rash in marked revoptarle
Reitroor- arc loct[ed ai ilhe (3., Royal Plim,
Flamu n Shark Valley, nd Gulf Coas Visitor
Centers and a I.ong Pie Key ard Wesi take.
Rnpecw ke rih ofa Ars to ty rdi- maioaJ park:
Loud noises and other dis ruive beuhaior on the
[trdai an splil Ihe cxpcricnc for other Vloars.
Buses and ocher loud motor vehicles are mtked to
complexly turn off their engines when parked at
Respect az other- Running, plhusng, or yelling are
not allowed on the trais. Stay with your class;
always have adults lead and bring up the end of the
Comfort & Safety
Protecting the Park
Places to Vist with
Trams ur a c5-mile loop roed with jol ng short
trws. Aood and drink are ot allowed on trua nod
there is T pk rcking allblte at Shrk Valley. Call
(30) JI-55 ftxr raon tour rares and resrvaions.
Everglades City, n the west coast of Florid is the
access point for the coastal nmagrove area of the
Ten Thousand labrdl. Bnat tours are offered by
coneIwinn. Call( 49) 695-S9r for Teservtions.
Approximlely an hour's drive from tie niin
crannce statipo, Flamiugo offers boa cruises in
Florda Ba)y, trails, crnoeing cramping a rcsaiutntf
and a small store. Mosquiloas may make tails
and cmaping inalerable during lhe weartr trine
of ith yar, Call (439) 953a for concenlion ourt
rates and reser-viions.
Tliis i-mile trail leads vk ito up a wooden tower
hm aoverBoks the heart or tde River of Gras. The
tril bead lies Ji miles south of the main entrance on
The Royal Palm Wpa, four mlles sith of Ith main
entrance staton, ha two narfe nllr- die AnhingW
Trail ad the Gumbo Linbo TraiL The Ainr n
Trail ravcL along and over a bonwvw pit, offerin
lose looks at alligaors and b ids. Cumbo Limbo is
a narrow ail tduroth a hardwood hammock area.
South Florida pielndds have some plan species
found nowhere else on e-rtlh. "Thi is also a god
area for di.caverka how fire helps r inmiin R
ecosystem. The lilrf-rile nong P 'elands Trail is off
the mUn park road, 7 miles south oa the main
A oardwalk rail meters dhis dark and shaLy
hammock with mane of the rareF tees i the
Park Visitor Centers
Informa ior, chibihs and sale liens can be found as
the Coe Visitor Ccner, Rnpl Palm, Shark Valley,
Flamin. g. and the Gulf Coast Visitor Center.
Always supervise udents in sates areasP
For maps and addidonal information, viol our
webeite as wvwwnps.wov/eer.
After Your Visit
Don' let Lt he wmder of the Everglades end with
your ficd trip In theb asroom, be sure o review
the advennstes yur students had in the park.
Many of the concept to be learned in the
Everglades can be lcorporaed in other aspects of
education. Do art project, earth problems, aidve
games or other activities to reinforce cssons the
~dent Learned on their fled trip,
We hope you find your trip to the Everglades to be
botb emInyabbe and worthwhile. Come beKk agai
"There are no other Everglades in the World.
They are, they have always been, one of the
unique regions of the earth..."
-- Marjory 5tonemanr Douglas
from The Ever9gldes: River of Grass
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