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March 2017

Birds of the Everglades by Charlie Causey

March 1 - March 31
Ernest Coe Visitor Center, 40001 State Highway 9336
Homestead, 33034 United States
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Coe VC Feb 2016 Exhibit - Photo by Charlie Causey

Do you love Everglades National Park for its birdlife? If so, then this show is for you. Local photographer Charlie Causey is the featured artist this month at Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center Gallery inside the park's main entrance in Homestead. Here's how the park describes Causey and his new show: A Florida Keys resident since 1980, this artist's photographic adventures with large wading birds - a centerpiece of this exhibit - began 7 years ago.  Many of the photos featured were taken in four specific locales in Everglades…

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Members Outing: Big Cypress Orchid Walk

March 25 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center, 33000 Tamiami Trail East
Ochopee,, FL 34141 United States
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Join us for an easy hike in Big Cypress to look for orchids, one of two Experience Your Backyard programs for SFNPT members in March. We'll meet at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center at 9:00 AM and then carpool to the trailhead. Water may be ankle-deep in places along the trail. The program is free for members, but space is limited; reservations required. To reserve, send an email to info@southfloridaparks.org or call 305-665-4769. Activity level: Easy. Duration: 3-4 hours, including drive…

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Junior Ranger Day at Everglades National Park

March 25 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Shark Valley, 36000 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33194 United States
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EVER Junior Ranger

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Everglades National Park will host Junior Ranger Day on Saturday, March 25, 2017. Junior Ranger Day is an annual event that highlights youth in national parks and the Junior Ranger Program which engages kids and families while visiting National Park Service sites. Three of south Florida’s national parks—Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Park, and Big Cypress National Preserve—have a joint Junior Ranger program. Junior Ranger Activity Guides are available in English, Spanish, and Haitian-Creole and may be…

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Star Party at Big Cypress National Preserve

March 25 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center, 33000 Tamiami Trail East
Ochopee,, FL 34141 United States
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Explore the night sky with a ranger during the last Star Party of the season at Big Cypress National Preserve, an official International Dark Sky Place and one of the best places in South Florida to see the Milky Way. The program is free and open to the public. Presentations will include constellation tours and telescope viewing (weather permitting) of astronomical objects including stars, star clusters, planets, nebulae, and galaxies. Learn more: https://www.nps.gov/bicy/planyourvisit/astronomy-programs.htm    

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April 2017

Tamiami Trail Triathlon

April 2
Gulf Coast Visitor Center, 815 Oyster Bar Lane
Everglades City, Florida 34139 United States
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The final ranger-led Tamiami Trail Triathlon of the season takes place Sunday April 2 starting at the Gulf Coast Visitor Center at Everglades National Park with a round-trip paddle to Sandfly Island. The paddle trip is followed by a hike in Big Cypress and a bike ride in Shark Valley. Folks who finish all three legs receive a t-shirt, compliments of the South Florida National Parks Trust. The ranger-led event is free, but reservations are required (239-695-3311) and participants must…

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