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A Child's Day in the Sun

Children come here to laugh and play.
And learn new things every day.

They come with concern and fears f unknowns.
But soon they'll walk through the night all alone.

A slough slog adveniurc and inspection of lcnIs,
And Ilts of infrrmalion that will soon make sinee.

They see a whole world they've never known.
But now have a connection and will treat it as their own.

Their vyes get big as they see new things.
And all remain st ill tI hear the Everglades sing.

Did "we know ihey would notice and he so aware,
Of all there is here. and how much they would care?

We listen to the ha k. barred owl. and a limpkin,
All letting us know the day is to begin.

Please be inspired by this magical place.
Because our children will someday be its hope and grace.

-Rebecca Seeves

Table of


A C hild's D ay in the Sun ....... ..... ...... ....... ... .... ...................... I
Table of C contents ................................................................................ 2
Welcome ................................................ 3
Journal Excerpts .......................................................................... .. 4-5
Program G oals .................................... .......... ........................... 6
Getting A Camp Date ...................................................... 7
Key Players ... ...... .......................... ......... ........................ .. ....... 8-9
Loop Road Education Center .......... .... ..... ........................... 10
Hidden Lake Education Center .................... .. .. ........... ....... ..... I1
Cam p Schedule ........................................................................ I2
A ctivitics ......................................................................................... 13
C am p R ules ................................................................................. 14-15
Activity G guidelines ............................................................. ...... 16
Em ergency Procedures. ............................................................. . 17
M eal Planning ........................................................................... 18-19
Sam ple D uty Roster .................. ............... ............... ................ 20
G ro u p G ear ....................................................................................... 2 1
Perso nal G ear ............................................. ....... ....................... 22-23
Chaperon Guidelines .,................................................. 24-25
6 W eek Count Dow n ............ ........ .......................................... 26-27
How Did We Do? .......... ............................ 28
How D id You Do ............................................ 29- 0
Resourcs .... ........................ .............. 31
Everglades A ss nation ................................................................ 32


This guide ii dcdicaced It all the sludents,
icachers. school adminJisariuioru and park ran. ,
cr,. who nake the Evergladxk Education Pro-
granfla at it. is.

Special ih:anks to: Sandy Dayhot'. Hlelene
Nemeth, G'wen Nelson, Cindy Barnett,
Kenned'y Bigsb;c., Joyce Weern., [.ynn Seichcll,
I.vnnc C'ons, and Jeffrey Sch rcibr tfr rc% iew-
ing the drafl.

[I you have any con mcrns or rquescons. please
call hde fLiL 's Educatin Office .t 0(.051242-

The printing or his guide book was made
possible Ihrough the gpnemlrus support lnt
the Blank family Foundation and the South
Florida National Parks Trust.

Printed on recyckd piper, 19}98. Revised 2005

The students sit patiently, in the dew-laden darkness of early morning, waiting for the sun m W elcOm e
to rise. All eyes arc focused on the eastern sky as light begins to form. The sun rises as it
has for generations and with it comes hope for what is to be. Students come from all over
South Florida to Everglades National Park to learn about, and rall in love with. their Ever-

Experiencing a sunrise is just one activity during a three day camp-out in Everglades Na-
tional Park, Each year 5th and 6th grade students participate in this school-sponsored, in-
terdisciplinary, cuniculum-based program begun in 1973.

Why bring children to camp in the Everglades? During the camping experience you will see
dhe necessity for the park's existence re leced in the faces of the students They become filled
with the magic and wonder of whale South Florida used to be. Park biologist William B.
Robertson may have said it best:

The park might he wRtkh having ,irnply as an exhibit ofthe raw m terialfrom
which Suth Florida was buiht, a .otnt qfmu.eum where people who liLv in tnea
ho Crs un high pineland lots or swvfrfrvnm loIs could come to see a pine ree
or observe what a natural shore loot like. (Bur) That is not the sole purpose,

... fa wa not simple to eVplain, American livse are richer because there is stiHl
room in the land for crocodiles to build their .sandfiie nestt on the lonely
Florida Bay beaches, andfor deer to browse in their grace along e willow
heads with perhaps a panther to .talk them.

Everglads National Park was created in 1947, set aside to forever project its plants and
animals for futtture generations. The Everglades is the last remnant of a vast wilderness that
once extended from the Kissimmee River Basin to Florida Bay, Today it is a threatened wil-
derness, biologically changed by humans.

The future of the Everglades lies in the hands of the next generation. The camping program
at Everglades National Park helps students become environmentally aware stewards, pro-
tecling and peserving their park tor ithir children and their children's children. Like the sun-
rise, they are ils future, Thank you forjoining us.

Sandy Dayhoff
Everglades Education Coordinator


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Park History
The Everglades drew national attention early in
this century. Around 1900, Congress and the
country could no longer ignore nor condone the
mass slaughter of wading birds in the Everglades,
The hunting of birds to obtain fathers to attach to
women's hats and clothing almost exterminated
several wading bird species. The Federal govern-
ment evernually passed laws lo protect these birds.

Everglades National Park, created in 1947, is the
last remnant of a unique ecosystem which once
extended from the Kissimmee River Basin to
Florida Bay, It has been designated a Wetland of
International Significance, an Internalional Bio.
sphere Reserve and a World Heritage Site. Its
proximity to an urban population ofalmost live
million creates numerous pressures on natural re-
source use. [I is vital to the survival of the un-
touched character of Everglades National Park
that today's students be tomorrow's informed and
concerned citizens, a part of and not apart from
the Everglades.

1Th park sponsors two different types of educa-
tion programs. One is for day-visit trips for 4th -
6th grade students. The second is our camping

Goals and Curriculum Based Competencies (CBC's)

The goals of the Everglades Education Progam are to:
1. Acquaint the students of South Florida with the hammock, slough, sawgrass marsh, and
pineland habitats of Everglades National Park.
2. Develop an appreciation in students for their total environment, natural and human-made.
3. Develop an understanding of Everglades National Park's value to the web of life in Souh 1.
4. Motivate students to participate actively in solving South Florida's environmental problems. 1

Dade County Curriculum Based Competencies
5 th Grade: Component V, Interaction of Society and the Environment, Competency A.
Objective I.
6th Grade: Component V, Interaction of Society and the EnviTonmenl, Competency A.
(Ojectives 2, 3, 4,

program, geared for 5th 6th graders. The camp.
ing program uses three-day time blocks during the
school week (Monday -Wednesday and Wednes-
day-Friday) at two different sites in the park. In or-
der to participate in this program, interested teach.
ers must attend a mandatory two-day weekend

The workshop provides teachers with ihe hands-
on experience and knowledge to prepare and par-
ticipate in the camping experience. Any school
new to the program is required to send its desig-
nated camp leader to the workshop. Any other
teachers or chaperons thowill camp with the stu-
dents are also encouraged to attend.

Attendance is mandatory for returning schools if
they change camping areas or camp leaders, or if
they had problems with their previous camp. The
workshops introduce new ideas and techniques,
make teachers more comfonrable with the Ever-
glades environment, and reinforce good relations
between school and park staff

Field trip reservations are accepted only via our
website. Workshop qualified teachers may reserve
their trip by visiting www.nps.gov/cvcr/cd, and
clicking on the "School Visits With a Rangr" link.
Trip reservations are filled on a first-come, first-
served-basis, and are finalized in early Ociober,
You do not have to be workshop qualified to se-
cure a dale, but you must attend the camping
workshop prior to your class visit. Reply Leters arc
sent to all teachers who submitted reservation re-
quests, Since there are usually more requests sub-
mitted than there are available dates, it is impor-
iani to request your reservation early. Teachers
who are flexible about dales or sites increase their
chances for success. A wailing list of those who
did not receive a reservation is maintained in case
ofcanccllations. We cncourag teachers who think
they may be interested in the camping program to
attend a workshop- They will Icam more about the
camp and will then be qualified for the next year.

Each school must arrange and pay for its own
transporalion to the park. It is best to transport slu-
dents to and from the park in a bus; insurance is
not an issue, and loads of camp gear can easily be
stowed, Some schools have transported students
and gear in private cars. Whatever method you use,
it must meet school board regulations (i.e. no stu-
dents riding in pickup truck beds, etc..,) Remenm-
ber, one on-ste vehicle (no exceptions will be
made) is required for all camps for emergency
purposes. Students are not permitted to ride in
park service vehicles. Also keep in mind, when
planning your camp schedule, that some activities
at Loop Road and at I lidden Lake are only feasible
if you have the additional transportation for them,

Trip Reservation and Confirmation
I fa dare has been reserved for you. a confirmation
letter will be mailed to you. This letter must he
signed by your principal and Faxed to the num-

i N A Ia R Getting

A Camp

_-- --_-_ Date
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her indkated a soon as possible. When you re-
ceive your camp notification letter, you will get a
sample schedule and questions to fill out about
your expectations for your camp. Please return
this to the park, so that the ranger assigned to your
camp can read through ii and call you to iron out
details, or finalize lesson plan. Rangers can as-
sisi you with realistic lime schedules and expec-
talions. Of course, just like teachers, rangers will
differ in their expertise and interests. l's impor-
tant to discuss the camp schedule and activities
with the ranger assigned to your camp beforc-
hand, so that your objecives, as well as the park's
are metl It's also helpful to let the ranger know
about your class' dynamics, any disabilities, or
special health concerns,

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The School Principal
The school principal often teams of the program
through a teacher who has participated in the day
visits program, or park staffmay contact the prin.
cipal directly, In either case, it is the school prin-
cipal who decides if the school will participate in
the program. A fer examining the school's cur-
riculum and assessing its goals and objectives, the
principal may decide to commit the school to the

The principal then designates a camp leader.
Sometimes. Ihc principal decides to be the Ilader
themselves; other times Ihey appoint an inlcrcstcd
teacher. The principal/camp leader selecis a staff
of teachers to prepare and instruct the students
and panicipate in the camp,

The principal and school camp leader decide who
will be responsible for certain details, but the
principal isnonnally conccrned with proper goal-
and objective-seting, camp program develop-
mcnl, and adherence to school system regula-
tions; such as parental permission slips, out-of-
county travel authorization, and field trip regula-
tions. The principal assists wilh student selcc-
tions-a maximum of26 and a minimum of 15 stu-
dents ar al lowed at camp making sure there are
opportunities for inclusion of exceptional slu-
dents. T he principal also provides any needed
support for the camp Leader.

The Camp Leader
The camp leader is a jack-of-all trades who at-
tends to large and small details. They work
closely with the principal and assigned park
ranger to orchestrate the overall program for the
school. The camp leader is in charge ofrhe camp,
but also delegates responsibilities to the other
teachers and chaperons. Chapeons arc chosen by
the camp leader, who will make sure that at leasi
one adult with the group is first aid trained.
Above all the camp leader must be thoroughly
committed to the camping program- sharing their
enthusiasm with the other teachers, chaperons
and students,
The camp leader will work with the school prin-
cipal and with the park to arrange a dale for the
camp. They will also prepare an agenda for camp,

and talk to the park ranger at least four weeks
in advance to resolve any conflicts- In some
cases, they may want to set up a "Parent
Night" with a park ranger, to answer ques-
tions and address any concerns families may
have. Be fore the group comes out to camp, the
leader will coordinate pre-site programs at the
school. When the group returns to school,
they will implement post-site activilies. 11 is
up to the camp leader to set up a menu and ar-
range for buying the food. They are also in
charge of making sure they have transporta-
tion to and from the park. The camp leader
should gather the necessary group equipment,
and ensure that all students have the neces-
sary clothes and personal gear.

Although this may all seem daunting at first, once
you have a system set up, iI becomes very routine.
'o assist with many of the camp leader ss dues, we
ha w included in this guide: checklists for group and
student gear in English and in Spanish (pp. 21-23);
a "6 week countdown'' list of duies to be accom-
plished before camp (pp. 26-27); meal planning
and scheduling ideas (pp. 18-20); and a "Chap-

eron Guidelines" handout in English and in Span.
ish (pp. 24-25).

The Park Ranger
Park Rangers are the liaisonsbetween Everglades
National Park and the schools in the program. It's
important that the camp leader and park ranger
maintain close and frequent communication, The
park ranger assists the schools in becoming profi-
cient in conducting a camping program,

Workshops are conducted by park rangers in order
to assist leaders in preparing the camp agenda and
in dealing with logistics. The camp ranger pro-
vides seven hours of programming for each day
the group is at camp, and participates in parent and
student meetings for schools that request it.

The Parents
Some parents may be uncomfortable about letting
their children participate, Parents can attend a
"Parent Night" to ask questions and discuss con-
cerns about the camp. Parents can help by povid-
ing encouragement to their children for what may
be the child's first night away from horne. In some
cases, parents may be called upon to provide trans-
portation or to assist as chaperons. Parents of all
children must sign permission forms and personal
gear lists to ensure that students have the appropri-

ate gear Parents need to impress upon their chil-
dren the importance of appropriate behavior on
this outing,

The Chaperons
Chaperons ar an integral part of the park visiL A
minimum of one adult chaperon or teacher for
every five children is required, with a maximum
oF eight chaperons allowed at camp. Children
look at adults as role models-they will watch and
model the adults' actions and reactions. Teachers
should review the chaperon responsibilities on
pages 24-25 with all adult participants. These
guidelines, printed in English and Spanish, are
provided in a form that can easily be copied as a
handout, Chaperons must follow the same rules
as the students. They should be prepared to par-
ticipate in all the activities and to be responsible
for the safety and discipline of their lent group.
We ask that they smoke only in designated areas.

Please impress upon them that this is a learning
experience. Although we want the students to
have fun, it is not the lime or place for fisbees or
footballs, etc...We want all of the activities at
camp to be geared toward learning aboul the Ev-

Everglades National Park staff recognize that
teachers, principals, chapters and parents are cs-
sential to the educational efforts of the Park Ser-
vice, To help us do our job well, and meet the
goals and objectives of the program, your class
ranger will provide you with an evaluation form
to complete at the end of your camp (see p. 28).
Specific suggestions and honest comments, both
on what worked and what didn't, am welcome.
Likewise, after your field trip, the park will mail
you a short evaluation completed by your ranger
(see p. 29-30). If at any timr you'd like to discuss
a concern about the field trip program with a su-
pervisor, please contact the Everglades Education
Office at (305) 242-7753.





Everglades Education Camps
Two campsites ar used in our program: Hidden Lake in the southern panr of Everglades National Park.
and Loop Road in Big Cypress National Prserve, just off the Tamiami Trail. Both represent native
South Florida environnments We offer similar programs a each site, with only a few exceptions. Groups
camping at Hidden Lake can canoe, while those at Loop Road go slough slogging and can choose
between a habitat hike or a tram ride. A request to camp at a particular site will be honored when
possible. However, since Le., Collier and Broward Counlies are closer to Loop Rod, schools in these
areas that are new to the program recei ve first priority to camp there. Schools are advised to alternate
campsites alcr sone experincn is gained, to keep the program fresh for the teachers involved. Re-
member, no matter where hbc students camp it will be a new and exciting experience for them.

Loop Road Education Center
This campsite is located 12 miles west of Shark
Valley on Loop Road and is in Monroe Connly. It
is located in Big Cypress National Preserv but is
administered by Everglades National Park. The
campsite is on five acres of land and includes a
small pond and three nature trails. At this facility
the park provides program participants with the
following: two Chickees (open-air. thatched roof
shelters food storage areas, trash and recycling
containers (garbage bags provided), picnic tables,
solar-powered dish washing area and dish wash-
ing tubs. two barbecue grills, campfire ring with
benches, clothesline, water fountain, movie pro-
jector and screen, bathrooms (no showers), and
five elevated canvas leat platforms (Ihree are
wheelchair accessible). Study areas within walk-
ing distance include: a tropical hardwood ham-
mock, pincland sawgrass marsh. cypress slough,
and areas impacted byall-lerrain vehicles. A visit
to Shark Valley is also an option but schools must
provide their own transportation,




Hidden Lake Education Center
The campsite at Hidden Lake is located in Dade c
County, four miles from the main cntrance of Ev-
erglades National Park on Route 9336, southwest
of olkeslead. The sile is on the shore ofa three
acre lake, hidden from the main road by a large
hammock. The facility is within walking distance
of two park attractions: the Anhinga trail and the
Gumbo Limbo trail, The park provides program
panicipants with the following: an open-air, cov-
cred shelter with picnic tables and cabinets for
food storage, two barbecue grills, bathrooms (no r
showers), campfire circle with benches, clothes-
line, water spigots, trash and recycling containers -
(gabage bags provided), dish washing tubs, and
five elevated platforms with canvas tents (two are
wheelchair accessiblee. Study habitats within
walking disancce include: freshwater slough, tropi-
cal hardwood hammock, sawgrass marsh and
former farmlands,



Day 1

Whether you camp al Loop Road or I hidden
Lake, the camp schedule is very similar.
The Rangers at both sites will spend seven
hours with you for each day at camp. At
both sites, you will have a choice on which
activity you want the ranger to lead in the
aflemoons. Sometimes, this wil I depend on
whether you have Ianisprwtrion to the ac-
tivity site (stough slogging away from the
Hidden Lake site, or taking the trna ride at
Shark Valley frno the Ioop Road site).

Insects arc generally not a problem during
the winter camping season. However, ifyou
experience an outbreak ofmosquitoes, put
on some liquid repellent and proceed with
the schedule, Remember, insects are an im-
portant part of the food chain in South
Florida. Iran outbreak occurs during your
camp, seize the initiative and include them
in your program.

Day 2
7:30 a.m. ......... Breakfast and clean-up
8:30 a.mr ......... Teacher-led activities
12:00 p.m. ....... Lunch
1:00 p.m.......... Tent inspection (ranger)
1:30 p. m........ Ranger-led activities
5;00 p,m........ Dinner and clean-up
(expect ranger to allend)
6:30 p.m .......... Ranger-led
evening activities
9:30 pm.n... Hit the
10:00 p.m... Lights

Day 3
6:00 a.m ......... Sunrise Activity r
7:30 a.m. ......... Breakfast and clcan-up
8:30 a.m .......... Clean-up camp, prepare bag
9:30 a.m ......... Ranger's final inspection
10:00 a.m........ Concluding activity (by
10:30 a.m. ...... Hidden Lake.loop Road
(Wed. only): Finsh con-
cluding activities and load
vehicles. Time may vary,
11:30 p.m. ...... Loop Road (& Hidden
Lake on Fridays): Lunch
and load vehicles,

S10-11 a.m ....... Arrivalilnroduclion,
Unload at camp, coopera-
tive activity
11 ]:00 am. ...... Camp tour, rules and
regulations, move into
assigned tents
12:00 pm....... Lunch (bag lunches)
12:30 p,m....... Ranger-led activities
5:00 p.m........ Dinner and clean-up
6:30 p.m ......... Teacher-led evening activi-
ties, campfire
9:30 p.m.......... Hit the sackr
10:00 p.m-....... rights out!

Planning activities
Teachers are responsible for activities on the first
evening and on the morning of the second day.
The ideas listed at right have been gathered from
past workshop agendas, camp schedules, and
from participating schools, At the workshop, you
will be shown the teacher activity kits, which are
kept at camp and ar available for you to use dur-
ing your teaching time. Pick and choose from
thcse suggestions or develop your own. Camps
that are most successful have prepared an agenda
thal includes periods of activity, mcal preparation,
clean-up, and rest. A careful balance of active,
fun, quiet, and educational activities should be
maintained. Of course, the schedule can be altered
when a raccoon family walks into camp during a
quLet time! When everyone knows what is to be
done and when, both teachers and students ben-
efit. As a rule, it's also wise to have back-up ac-
tivities for inclement weather.

in addition to planning activities for on-site, it is
essential to prepare the students for camp with
pre-sile activities, and then to extend their expe-
rience after camp with post-site activities. Prc-site
activities can be as simple as viewing fiLms on the
Everglades, creating an Everglades vocabulary
list, or making a bulletin board of wildlife and
plants found in the Everglades. A map study of
South Florida is a great pre-site activity. You may
have some studinLis who want to create Everglades
songs, or write poetry. These ari excellent post-
site activities (more ideas are listed at right). As
the teacher, you are the expert at creating lesson
pLans that integrate Everglades rnalrials with your
overall curriculum. We encourage you to lei your
imagination and enthusiasm 0G WILD!

On Site
Journal writing
*Story Arading like The Givin Tree or Activities

+Wildlife Observation
+Energy education and conservation in the
+Skctching, poetry writing about the Ever-
*Evening skits at camp
+Environmental games
+Nature hike
*Skins and skulls (touch table)
*Teacher activity kits
*Orienteering activities with compass
*Star gazing
*Environmental an
*Solitude sit
*Sing-a-shdo using environmental awareness
and Everglades songs
* Weather charting
*Animal tracks
*Group building activities

Post Site
SPoster displays
* Presentation to PTA meetings or other
teachers and students about trip
+Write songs and poetry about Everglades
+Student essays, "To me, the Everglades
Students edit teacher slides and write script
for slide show of camp
+Draw and display pictures of Everglades
animals, plans, and scenery
# Communicate with national environmental/
conservation organizations
*Use the power of the written word to en-
courage others to promote a better South
Florida environment
*Create a mural of the Everglades
organize an environmental action club



General Camp Rules
1. All camps must have one chaperon for each fve
students, A maximum of 26 students and a maxi-
mum ofeight chaperons are allowed. A minimum
of 15 students is required.
2. Each camp must have at least one vehicle {that
remains at camp at all times) for emergencies,
At Hidden Lake, only one vehicle is allowed
backed in to the designated parking area,
3. Student cameras and binoculars are not al-
lowed. Picture lacking by students often distracts
from teaching activilics. However, rcacherichap-
erons are encouraged to bring cameras to record
the trip,
4. Campers will be required to keep the tents.
chicken. bathroom and grounds clean.
5. In keeping with the wilderess philosophy, no
radios, tape players, electronic games, balls,
frisbes, or blow dryers are allowed at camp. One
cell phone is allowed per camp to be used only In
6, Each school must bring its own standard firs
aid kit {see the school nurse). This kit should be
stored under the shcllcr and be easily accessible.
7. No fishing or swimming is allowed during
8. Visitors to camp arc strongly discouraged and
must be approved by the Everglades Educaiion

Campground Area:
1. Walk in the campground area. It's very easy to
trip on the limestone if you're running.
2. Students and adults must wear shoes (no san-
dals), socks and long pants at all times.
3. Stay within camp boundaries. Students may
wander to far reaches of camp--or go on the dock
at Hidden Lake--only when accompanied by a
4. Students should walk with flashlights at night
(unless instructed otherwise by a ranger.teacher
doing a program).
5. "Leave only footprints and take only memo-
ries." No littering and no collecting or picking of
any leaves, plants, or animals in the National Park.

6, If the bell rings, stop what you're doing, and
come to the shelter im mediately.

Shelter Rules
1, Kaccoons, mice, and crows love messy food ar-
cas. so afier each meal, wash off the tables and
rake up any liner.
2. Opossums have been found roofing around in,
and Irapped inside, the garbage cans. Remember
to close garbage can lids lightly. Crows will get
into any garbage left out in bags.
3. Make sure to put the correct items in the recy-
cling bins; hard plastics, glass bottles and alumi-
num cans.
4, Store all food in wooden or metal cabinets.
Here is no refrigeration at either site. Schools
must bring ice chests with an adequate supply of
5. Cooking: At Hidden Lake, stoves work best on
the green table, but can be used under the shelter
if it's raining. At Loop Road, the chicken is a
highly flammable structure. No sioves. lanterns or
fires are allowed under il. All cooking must be
done outside the chicken. (The ranger will decide
if weather conditions call for an exception to this
6. Store propane or any other fuick at least 15 feet
from ithe sove!cooking area,
7. Remove charcoal From grills after it has cooled
overnight, and clean grills thoroughly before leav-
ing reall brush provided).
8. To conserve energy, remember to turn off the
lights when not in use,

Tent Area
1. Tent assign-
ments should be
made before ar-
rival atcamp. '- ;
2. Absolutely no
food, drink, gum or candy is allowed inside the
tents at any time.
3. To help keep the floors clean, take off your
shoes before entering the ients. Then bring shoes
inside hde teni for storage.
4. Students are not allowed in lents other than the
one to which they are assigned.
5. Use only the front doors of tens to minimize
wear and ear on zipper and always use Iwo hands
to zip and unzip the tent zipper. Remember to re-
tie the doors whencvcr you leave,
6. Do not lean anything against the lent netting as
it can tcar easily.
7. Insect repellent should only be applied ougsid
the lent.
.8 The lent chaperon should sleep lengthwise in
front of tent door and must accompany any stu-
dent who needs to go to lhe bathroom after lights
9. Tents are for sleeping in no horseplay in or
around the tennis.
10. Only ballery-operaied lanters are allowed in-
side tents.


The park environment is a novel and exciting one
for ludeals. Providing a firm framework of rules
during a pre-vi:i discussion will make
enforcement during the field nip much easier.
This discusion should include the following:

*Resp-e the wildlife. Making loud noises,
throwing objects a, or father harassment of the
animals in the park is illegal.

"Rcspecl the plants. Do not pick flower, or break
leaves and branches offplants. The collecting of
pine cons, fathers, or other nturaL object s ns ot
allowed in Evergrades, or any national park.

Campfire Ring
I. No students are allowed in this area without a
2. Only adults may add wood to the fire!
3. Do not use lighter fluid to start the campfire.
4. Walk outside the benches, away from the
5. Use the sticks provided by the park for roast-
ing marshmallows and balance yourselfby knel-
ing on one knee.
6. Only five people at a time may roast marshmal-
7. A lire extinguisher and bucket of waler are kept
next to the fire ring. Douse (he fire with the wa-
ier (the campfire must be completely extin-
guished) before going to bed.

I. Students and chaperons are responsible for
keeping bathrooms clean daily. Bathrooms will be
inspected. Caning supplies are in the back of
the bathroom building,
2. No horseplay inside bathrooms.
3. Conserve energy and shut lights off if no one
is using the bathroom,

*Respect the right oforhn to enjoy Everglades
National Park. Loud noises and ditsuptive
behavior interfere with other visitor,

Respect each oler, Running and pushing can
lead to injuries When the ranger o teacher is
Talking, or a student is answering a question.
everyone should listen.

*Remind the students to always stay with their
group. Each group should be Led by a teacher,
ranger or chaperon.



Slogging (wet hike) is truly a fun learning expe-
rience, (Transportation is required for this activ-
ity at Hidden Lake.) At Loop Road, slogging ar-
eas are approximately L/2 mile From the camp.

If you plan on slogging please review the follow-

*Chaperons will be spaced every five students
(or between lent groups),

* Always stay behind the ranger unless instructed
to do otherwise.

* When walking to the slog site, everyone will
move to one side ofthe road to allow vehicles to

* Walking sticks should be pointed toward the
ground at all times. They are not weapons, point-
ers or swords.

*A fier slogging, rinse off with the hose (adults
must supervise),

Thcse activities are excellent group
and confidence builders. They
continue to be favorites at camp, as
long as they are done in a sale and
responsible manner.



Canoeing is possible only at Iidden Lake and is
always conducted by a park ranger. This activity
requires two to three hours, a large block of your
limited camp time, so please weigh carefully the
safety considerations and the recreational benefits
against lost study time, Schools that decide to ca-
noe with a ranger a I hidden lake must follow the
guidelines below.

* All chaperons, teachers and students must prac-
tih canoeing procedures before camp including
paddling, steering and how to enter and sit in a

* Onc adult chaperon must be scared. cross-legged
in the middle ofeach canoe.

+ All participants (adults as well as students) must
wear a life vest of the correct size during the en-
lirc activity. (This includes the rangers!)

SGroups should, if possible, have one experi-
enced canoeist in each canoe.

SAnyone caught horseplaying during this activity
will be given "-ime-out."

*Only half Ihe camp group wi Ll be out in canoes
at one lime, The ranger will be supervising the ca-
neeing. The teacher will be -leading an activity on
shore for those who am waiting their turn to canoe.

Night Hikes
Exploring the Everglades at night is an experience
your students will never forget. When hiking after
dark, an adult should always be in the lead, and
students should be in lent groups with their chap-
crons. The adult at the font of the line should have
their flashlight on and keep a close eye out for
hazards. Students are required to use their flash-
lights at night while in camp, but on the night hike
a lit fashlight is only required for the adult lead-
ing he line, This will allow students to experience
"night vision" without the distraction of lights.

Emergency Procedures
1. Perform rescue, administer first aid if neces-
sary, prevent further injury. Notify park dispatch
if additional assistance in needed (see below).
2. Notify parents immediately. Parent phone
numbers are hanging near the phone at Loop
Road. At Hidden Lake, parent phone numbers are
kept in the first aid kit.
3. When necessary, a sick or injured camper
should be transported by an adult chaperon. The
camp leader should remain in camp.
4. In case of sever weather at either site, take rel-
uge in the bathroom building, (At Loop Road,
you can also lake refuge in the office building.)

After hours emergency at
Loop Road Center:
Use the office phone to call 305-242-7740.
This is the 24 hour dispatch center. They
will get help and be able to give you advice.
The closes well-equipped hospital to Loop
Road is Baptist Hospital in Miami. Direc-
tions are next to the phone. There is also a
park rngbe in residence on the Loop Road
Center grounds.

If a child must go home at night, have the
parents meet the chaperon and child, at the
Miccosukec Police Station on US 41. The
station phone number is 305-223-1600. Di-
rections to the police station are posted next
to the phone. Lost parents can call the police
station number. The next day, make sure
that your camp ranger knows that a child
had to leave camp.

After hours emergency at
Hidden Lake Center:
Follow the instructions on the radio in the
rangerileacher shed to call park dispatch (or
you can call them on a cell phone at 305-
242.7740). They will be able to call out
emergency medical technicians or what-
ever other park staffyou need. The closest
hospital to Hidden Lake Camp is IHome-
stead Hospital, in Homestead. Maps to
Homestead Ilospilal are posted above the
radio. Do not leave the park in response to
an emergency without notifying the en-
trance station.

If a child must go home al night, have the
parents meet the chaperon and chi Id, at the
Shell Gas Station at the end of the Florida
Turnpike. on the corer of Palm Drive and
US I in Homestead. The next day, make
sure that your camp ranger knows that a
child had to leave camp.

EMERGENCY PHONE: (305) 242-7740
Staffed 24 Hours





Meal preparation
Meals at camp are a time for everyone to work
together to satisfy their hungers after an exciting
day. It's important to involve the students in meal
preparation and clean-up. Ifcamp leaders prepare
a duty schedule before camp, each lent group can
rotate cooking, dish washing and clean-up with
the other duties at camp. Being in charge of feed-
ing the whole group provides a sense of parlici-
palion and confidence for the campers.

Since the students will be involved, and since the
camp schedule is booked solid with activities, it
is essential to plan meals that are filling and nu-
tritious, as well as quick and easy to prepare and
clean-up, School cafeteria managers can suggest
serving amounts for various dishes you plan to
serve. Remember to plan for a few extras, since
campers tend to eat more than they normally
would at home (especially since they are not al-
lowed to bring any candy or extra food to camp).
Students can be involved in menu planning;
choosing foods they may already know how to
prepare (i.e. cereal for breakfast, sandwiches for
lunch). Many teachers have found cafeteria man-
agers willing to pre-cook dishes for them such as
lasagna or baked chicken (which can be frozen at
school) so that it only requires re-heating at camp.
Ofcourse, camper favorites are still hot dogs and
hamburgers on the grill. Remember, the only way
to keep things cool at camp is by storing them in
an ice chest. Freezing water in a gallon jug ahead

of time can serve as an ice block. Any perishable
foods that you bring will need to be eaten the first
night. After thai, rely on dishes that use canned
products. These ar easy to store, raccoon-proof,
and simple to prepare. Ready-made meals, such as
canned spaghelli, can be doctored up with a few
spices to make a ncal the students really enjoy,

Finally, don't forget to bring drinks (lemonade or
instantjuice drinks), snacks (already cut up carrots
and celery), and/or desserts (many camps Like to
make s'mores al the campfire). For the finicky
eater or bottomless pit, having peanut butler and
jelly on hand is a life saver.

Dade County has provided Irays and cups at camp
for serving food, but you may want students to
bring their own mess kits: an unbreakable plate
bowl, a drinking cup and a fork.spoon. Do not
bring paper plates or cups. They are wasteful
and create too much garbage. For clean-up, three
tubs are filled with water; one has soap, one has
a small amount of bleach (chlorine) for disinfect-
ing, and one is clear for rising. Students can each
individually wash their cups and trays, or a tent
group may be assigned todo everyone's.

When purchasing supplies, think about conserva-
lion, recycling and packaging. You should take
everything home with you that you brought,
Nothing should be left at camp. On the following
page is a sample menu and pages 21-23 have
group and personal gear lists to help you in your


Breakfast ........... At home

Lunch ........ Bag lunch from
home, orange drink

Dinner....... Pre-cooked chicken,
dinner rolls, mixed
vegetables, fruit
cocktail, Julce/milk

Snack ......... Granola bars, apple
slices, orange

Day 2

Breakfast.. Cereal, juice/milk,

Lunch ....... Cold cuts & cheese
sandwich, chips/
pickles, applesauce,

Dinner ....... Spaghetti, bread,
salad, brownies,

Snack ......... Peanut butter
crackers, fruit



Most schools require a small sum ormioney fnxn
cadc student to pay for food, pr-pane, gasoline,
and other incidentals. Schools are advised Io keep '
costS to a mnimrum in order Io give all students an
equ*l chance of participating in the camping pro-

Day 3

Breakfast ... Leftover cereal,
cream cheese, apple]
banana, juice/milk

*Lunch ...... Peanut butter &
jelly sandwich,
pretzels, carrots/
celery, cookies,

*Lunch on the last day of camp
should be a fairly quick
nourishing meal and should be
Prepared while cleaning up after




Everyone should pitch in to help during the camping program. When you gel to camp,
students and chaperons should already have been assigned to tent groups. Posting a chart
similar to the one below will make it clear who is responsible for certain duties. (This
is only a guide.) The camp leader and chaperons must assist the groups in completing
their chores. Remember: there will be camp/tent inspvciions while you are at camp to
ensure that it is clean for the next group,

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fent *3

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5tt up kitchen
Prepare dAner

Clean gks bathroomn psn

LKunch cean-ic

Lood 4 Lnoo4 bus34eep
Dminer c.iean-'.p

Load & unload busLeep
Ckeon boys bothroom pm


Breakfast clAan ap

Prepare lrbCnh

Clean 9tk bothroonm pme
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Prepare tunch
CtP-_ gint bathroorn

Breakf as cleon-L4

Prepare breokfCIt
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Cteon boys bothroom prn

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Load & nsoaod bswJeep
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Clean boys bathroom an

_ ___

Everglades National Park provides five 12x14 foot canvas tents, food storage cabinets, ,
picnic tables, bathrooms, drinking water, and a lighted shelter. Schools must bring cv-
cryihing clsc. The following "check-ofl' list ofequipment can serve as a guide to plan- J
ning. It is based on past camps. Compare this list to your particular needs. The most
commonly forgotten Items are: match, can opener, bleach (for disinfecting rinse
of dishes), serving spoons, and enough fuel,



Pr rhased Packed 8 Needd Eq upm eni
I cumplItc firsi aid kil
3-4 4,quarl inc chest
2 5-grlloR waier coolers
1-3 pVOfparkl uouking slovc(l) and fuel
6 inicct rcp*1]reni (liqiiJ)
2-4 camp flaihflighl.s and c art1 bialCrics
L roll of plastic [ape (for repairing leaks in proparte hoses)
6 ihoiL Ui' woouidef sur ly mAatches
3 largu sxou p4oLt
Slargc (rying pan
:2 sRucc pans
2 large sorl-in dlIsh
L each ladle, k.ife, lonug Farkorlnlg, ipaLul]
6 Iargi: Csrving sporLt
I colander
2 |can opcncri
4 plastic silrage conrtainrL'
2 extra mess kits 4pnhbrcaklek place. silverware & cup)
4 pil holders
4 Ca~c ;d dish ionwe6, sponges (one with scrubhing sidc)
bag of 'har'oal (LCr auccdIt. UL'c Lharcual stari'rs 4i camp
instead ut lilghtLc fluid.
1 package of aluminum roil
roLL r paper jlow el inapkinri 'Tfor wiping fo4dJ xLraps off
S battle o f dishwashing liquid
1 small hollIe Df ble ac
-4 i -ilolhespins Ifor haflngmr panto/ 'cb to dry after weC hike)
2-- pfLpanlc ur while gas lanLerxn 'wiLh extra niantlcs4 (otionafl)

Dear Campers and Parents:



Here is a checklist of items you witl need. Remember it can get very cold at night in the Everglades.
Warm clothing is strongly recommrrnded. Please check each item as it is packed in your duffel bag
or pillowcase. Parents, make sunr you have checked all the items and signed the bottom of this sheet.

Please keep in
mind that chil-
dren must be
able to carry all
their gear from
the bus to the

sleeping hag or two blankets
_pillowcase or duffel bag
face soap
mess kit: plastic drinking cup, plate, and
approved medication (with name on it-the
teacher will control all medications)

handkerchief or bandana
two plastic garbage bags (for wet items &
dirty laundry)
socks (4 pairs)
__pencils (2)
_ shoes (3 pair, sneakers are OK. 1 pair that
can gel wet)
underwear (3-4 changes)
long pants (3 pair, I pair that will gel vwt)
long sleeve shirts (2)
T-shirts (2-3)
j jacket (weatherproof type windbreaker)
raincoat or poncho
warm hat (stocking cap)
flashlight & extra balltries
_ liquid insect repellent (no aerosols)
sun hat
__bag lunch for the first day

Optional Items:
deodorant, canteen, facial tissues

Remember this Is a nature experience, please do not bring the following
items: candy, gum, extra food, radios, tape players, games, balls, cameras,
computer games, cell phones, beepers or money.



Queridos excursionistas y padres:

A continuaci6n les ofrecemos una lista de articulos que necesiiar., Recuerde que las noches en los
Eerglades pueden set extremadamne frias. Se recomiinda taer ropa adecuada para Icmpcratuta
bajas. For favor, marque cada uno de los ariculos a media que los empaqueta en su bolsa d ona o
funda. Padres, asegArense de haber marcad todos los articulos y firmar a] pie de la lisla.

saco de donnir o dos frazadas
fund o bolsa de ]oui
cepillo de dicnica
pasta de dicntes
vaso pLdstico, plato y tenedor'cuchara
medicines permitidas (dcbcn tcncr la
etiqueta con el nombre el maestro
esrtri a cargo decontrol ar todos los
paiuelo o bada para la cabeza
__ os bolsas plasicas de baura (para Los
articulos mroados y la ropa sucia)
__ medias (4 pares)
Ipiccs (2)
__ spona o loallita par lavarsc
Szapatos (3 pares, puedcn ser zapatos
deportivos <.vtnakrs.>, 1 par que sc
pueda mojar)
topa interior (3 -4 mudas)
-_ pantalones ]argos (3 4 pass, I par quc
se va a mojar)



Por favor, recurde
que el nido/lfia
deberu transportar
todos los efecros
per.~onafes que
Iraiga desde el
autobus hasta el

_ camisa de rmang larga (2)
_ camisctas deporivas < T-shirt~ s (2 3)
_ suieer jersey
chaqula impermeable
_ capa de agua o poncho
_ gorro tej ido (para ei frio)
lintema de mano con balcrias de repuesto
_ repelente de insects liquid (no aerosol)
sombrcro par el sol
bolsa con almLuerzo para el primer dia

Articulos opcionales:
desodorante, cantimplora, paiuelos dcscchablcs

Recuerde que esta es una experiencia de contact con la naturaleza, por
favor no traiga ninguno de los articulos slgulentes: caramelos, goma de
mascar, comida extra, radios, grabadoras, juegos, pelotas, cimaras
fotogrificas, juegos de computadora, tel6fonos celulares, "beepers" o



idehnes Camping Program

Thank you for volunteering to chaperon Everglades National Park's Edu-
cation program. You are an important partner in our program. We need
your participation and cooperation for a successful trip to the Everglades!

Be an active participant! Joining in on the activities allows you to in-
teract with, and set a good example for, the students. Be prepared; this
may include slogging (wet hiking) or canoeing.

Students will need your guidance when preparing meals and clean-
ing up. By jumping right in to help and providing encouraging words,
you will bc teaching students how to be better helpers.

Students look to adults to set boundaries and provide leadership.
Chaperons are expected to comply with the same rules at camp as the stu-
dents. They are often called on to help enforce rules. This includes
wearing long pants, socks, and shoes at all times, respecting plants and
animals (no collecting) and showing respect for others.

Assisting with safety Is one of the prmnary chaperon duties. By watch-
ing over your group, you will help to insure that everyone has a safe

Guide the learning process! Please help keep the group's attention fo-
cused on what the ranger or teacher is saying, and encourage the students
to answer the questions.

Most importantly go with the flow, adapt, and have fun
in the Everglades! The students pick up on how you re-
act; if you are having fun, they will too.

Program de Campismo i LOSACOM-
Gracias por ofrecerse como acompafiante voluntario para cl Programa 1N
Educational del "Everglades National Park" (Parque Nacional Ever-
glades). Usted es una parte muy important de nuestro program.
Necesitamos de su ayuda y cooperaci6n para que la excursion a los Ever-
glades sea todo un kxito.
+Sea un participante active! El tomar panre en las actividades le permitiri
tcncr contact con los estudiantes y darles un buen ejemplo. Esti
preparado; entire las actividades a realizar pueden estar incluidos paseos
en canoa y caminatas por terrenos cubiertos de agua.
Los estudlantes precisarin su ayuda para preparar las comidas y
posteriormente para la limpieza del campamento. Al ofrecerse para
ayudar y darles palabras de aliento, used cstari ensefiando a los estudiantes
como ayudar mejor a los demAs,
Los esludiantes esperan que los adults impongan llmites y pautas a
seguir. Sc espera que los acompafiantcs cumplan las mismas reglas del
campamento quc se les exige seguir a los estudiantes. En ocasiones se
necesitari su ayuda para hacer que estas reglas se cumplan. Lo anterior
incluye el uso en todo memento de pantalones largos, medias y zapatos,
no dafiar las plants y animals (no se permit cortar plants ni sacar
animals del parque) y el rcspeto a las demis personas.
Ayudar con el cumplimiento de las reglas de seguridad es uno de los
principals deberes de os acompaiantes. A cuidar de su grupo, used
hara su part para que todos tcngan un paseo seguro y sin peligros.
;Gule el process de aprendizaje! Por favor, ayude a mantener ]a atenci6n
del grupo concentrada cn lo que el guardabosqucs o cl maestro cstan
dicicndo, y aliente a los estudiantes a contestar las preguntas.

iLo mis important es adaptarse, ir con la corriente,
y divertirse en los Everglades! Los estudiantes se fijan en
como usted reacciona; si usted se divierte, ellos tambi6n lo


Week 6

6 Week



We've included
extra space for
you to fill in
your own

__ Write memorandum to appropriate office
requesting permission for out-o-county
travel (if at Loop Road).

Select goals and standards for behavior.

Select staff, provide orientation and assign
responsibilities. Select five chaperons
(plus two alternates) for camp,

Select and rain staff members in firs-aid
and canoe Iraining (canoeing will be al-
lowtd onl if trained chaperons are

Week 5

Select 5-8 chaperons (if leachcrs arc not

SInitiate student scletion process.

SArrange for transportation carrier, if used
SArrange for private cars for travel within

Week 4

SFinalize student selections (15 minimum,
26 maximum.)

Initiate menu planning.

Order instructional supplies for on-site
activities. if needed.

SSend proposed schedule of activities to
Evcradcs Nalional Park's assigned camp

__Supervise selected staff as they carry out
their responsibi I ities.

__ Arrang for a car to carry equipment and
to remain at camp as your emergency

__ Begin canoe training (if this activity is
planned) with students; simulate canoes
and paddles with benches and brooms.

SArrange for 'Parent Nigh" (if needed)
with park ranger (optional}.

Week 3

__ Bcin pre-site activitics-

Train chaperons in day-by-day activities,
precautions for safety, and well-being.

Collect all money.

Obtain signalurcs on Assurances and Re-
lease of Liability forms ifprivale transpr-
lation is used.

Week 2

Hold pcre-ite camp-oul or cookoul for se-
lected students. teachers, and chaperons.
Practice canoeing techniques.

___._ lold "Patrnt Night" with students, par-
.ntis, and park ranger (optional).

__ Assur hat all permission forns are on file
by ihis wecek.

[nitiale student instruction of expected

__ Conduct joint sa. flchaperon final plan-
ning session, review emnerency proce-

Week 1

Assist assiped staff member in checking Get everyone excited about their
camping equipment and in repairing de- trip to the Everglades!!

Assign students to tenls and to a chaperon;
have each tent group pick a name and
make an appropriate sign for their ten (if
at Loop Road).

6 Week




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United States Department
of the Interior
Evergloue Nillmul PFrk
Dry Tortigas NatIoal Park
4mI Sat Foid 9336d
Homestead, Florida 33JMI-633



Dear Teacher:

Thank you for participating in the camping program at Everglades National Park- Your
hard work in preparing students for the camping experience is appreciated. Your input is
vital to the success of this program. To help us better prepare for your next visit please
take a few moments to rate us on a scale of one to five in the following categories;

5-Outslanding; 4-Above Average; 3-Average; 2-Below Average; i-Unsatisfactory

This experience changed student attitudes toward the Everglades
and other natural areas.
The ranger was on time for all activities.
The ranger's programs were presented in a clear and appealing
manner that was appropriate for the age of the students. He/she
was responsive to teachers, students, and chaperons.
The ranger showed concern for the safety of the participants._
The ranger was a good role model, consistently demonstrating
concern for the environment, and a genuine understanding and
care for the Evergtades.
The facilities (c.g. tents, shelter, bathrooms) were clean.
The camping workshop I attended prepared me for the actual
experience of leading a camp.

Ranger's Name Dale of Trip
How many years have you participated in the camping program?
What would you suggest to make this experience better for you and your students?
Additional Comments (Please continue on reverse side if you need more space.)


United States Department
of the Interior
EYvrgeldes Ntlional Park
Ag Dry Tcrtuu s Naltloal Park
4000 I Stat Rad 9336
Homirtead, Ftoride 3334.73


Thank you for participating in the environmental cduca ion camping program at
Evcrglades Nalional Park. We hope the experience provided your group with an
opportunity to better understand the issues facing their national park.

As a follow up, we are sending all camp coordinators an evaluallon form designed to
consider the many aspects ofa successful camping field trip, This evaluation which
recognizes strengths, as well as areas that might need additional attention, will hopefully
assist you in preparing for future trips.

You have been rated on a scale of one through five in each of the following areas:

5-Outstanding; 4-Above Average; 3-Average; 2-Below Average; 1-Unsatisfactory

Pre-Visit Planning

Logistical prcparalion for the trip, including pre-visit coordination
with camp ranger, student selection, completion of emergency phone
list, transportation arrangements, and tent assignments made prior
to arrival at camp.

Pre-visit rule review with students.

Pre-visit ecology and park issues preparation of students.

Selection and effective supervision of chaperons.

On-site Organization

Timeliness ftr all scheduled activities and meals.

Compliance with rules of campsite.



Did You


Use of environimcnally sensitive food service (no paper plates, cups,
How or disposable tableware).

Clean-up of bathrooms, campfire, grills, wcnts, and general camp

Use of park equipment, tents, activity kils, microscopes, etc.

Student behavior and responsiveness to rangers.

Yes No

In order to continue to participate in the camping program, you
are required to attend a refresher workshop.

Additional comments:

Please contact the camp supervisor if you have any questions. The phone numbers arc:
Hidden Lake (305) 242-7860; Loop Road (941) 695-4796.


Park Ranger

Revie ed by Hidden Lake Supervisor

Did You


Review-rd b y Loop Road Supwnisor

At the Teacher Workshop you will receive the Everglades Association,
Inc. (EA) Educator's List.

It is updated twice a year, and contains publications and related products
recommended as educational tools about the flora, fauna, and history
of South Florida's National Parks. All items on the list can be purchased
at the Everglades National Park Main Visitor Center, or by mail order
from the Everglades Association, Inc,, 10 Parachute Key, #51, Homestead,
FL 33034-6735. Call (305) 247-1216 or tax (305) 247-1225 for book inquiries
or orders. Purchase orders from schools are given a 10% discount

In Addition to the Resources on EA's Educator's LLst:
Andryszewski, Tricia. Marjorie Stoneman Dougla.: Friend of the Everglades. Brookfield, CT:
Millbrook Press, 1994.

('aduto. Michael. J., and Bruchac, Joseph. Keepert< fthr Earth. Golden, CO: Fulcrum, Inc., 1988.

icorge, Jean C. The Mtiscing Gaor of Gumbo Limbo. New York: Harper Trophy, 1992.

(G rberg, Eugene J. and Ross II. Arnen, Jr. Florida Butvrfties. Gainesvillc, FL: The Sandhill Crane
ress. 19R9. (Sold by EA)

Kessclhcim, Alan S,, and Britt Fkhardt Satty. WOQWf The Wmoners .ofWt R ulL d. St. Michaels, MD:
-nvironmrntal Concern inc., 1995,

National Wildlife Federation. All Titles of Ronger Rick.' Naure Sc'ope. Titles include: Birds, Birds,
Birdq, Wiiading inmo Ierlanftd Reptilte and Amphibians, Endangered Species. Washington DC.:
National Wildlife Federalion.

Page. Lawrence M. and Brooks M. Burr. A Field Guide to Ftfhrwrer Fridhe.. Boston: Houghton
Mifflin Company. 1991. (Sold by EA)

Ross, Sandc. The Nature of /'de Cwunry: A f.4 Hmero- Handbook. Miami: Environnwenal Infomia-
tion Service of Friends of the Everglades, 1990.

Seuss, Dr. The Lora,. New York: Random House, 1971.

Van dcr Mccr, Ron & Alic. Amazing Animal Serges. Boston: Lillle, Brown and Company, 190.

Get to know the Everglades
Everglades Souih Florida is fortunae to have four National
Park Service Areas: Everglades National Park,
Association Biscayne National Park, Big Cypress National
Preserve and Dry Tortugas National Park.

Who are we?
We are a private, non-profit organization, working
in cooperation with the National Park Service at
these areas to assist park visitors. Our goal is to
increase public understanding of the parks we

What we do:
Al the visitor centers of these parks, our bookstores provide high-quality publications and other
educational rmterials to the public. Need a book or field guide on birds, reptiles, insects, plants, or
marine life?,..Perhaps one on local history, parks, or camping? Over 165 publication titles arn available,
as well as videos, slides, local marine charts, and posters.

And the learning process doesn't stop there:
Sale proceeds are returned to the parks in support of educational, scientific, historical, and visitor
service proramms that would not otherwise be available through federally funded sources. We currently
fund the printing of free wildli e checklists and site bulletin, as well as the complimentary park visitor
newspaper- Natiwld Park and Prrexen~r ofSouth Florda. We also use the proceeds to publish books
and other products about the parks, such as Eergladcs The Park St,, T r-s of Ererglades National
Park & the Florida Keys, and MaotrLit Guide to Esvrglade- .%ational Park, as well as the Ewrsfades
Fragile as Glass poster and The Many Faces ofBiscaye National Park.

Gel to know your South Florida national parks better by getting to know the Everglades Association.
Slop by the visitor centers of these parks and browse our educational products or write for our mail
order catalog. Belter yet, support your South Florida national parks by becoming an association mem.
ber. You will receive a 15% discount on all purchases, our newsletter The Anhinga, the park news.
paper, the EA Annual Report, and you will become a member of our educational team!
YES! Enroll me as the newest member of the EVERGLADES ASSOCIATION,
Enclosed i my check for:
Membership Annual Dues:
Student $ 15.00 Mak check puub kt EA, 10 Parachue Key #51,
Student $1 5.00
Individual $20.00 Homeead, FI. J303o7
Family $35.00
Supporting $75.00 Name-:
Sustaining $150.00 Address:
Life $500.00 City:
Corporate $1,000.00 State & Zip:


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