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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 22, 2011
Contact: Don Finefrock,
Executive Director
305.665.4769
Wells Fargo Awards Earth Day Grant for Everglades Education Program

Miami (April 22, 2011) – Wells Fargo awarded a $10,000 grant today to the South Florida National Parks Trust to support environmental education programs in Everglades National Park. The grant was part of the more than $250,000 Wells Fargo awarded in environmental grants across Florida in celebration of Earth Day 2011.

The Wells Fargo grant will bring 2,225 additional public school students and teachers from Title I schools in South Florida to Everglades National Park during the 2011-2012 school year to participate in day programs and overnight camping trips in the park.

“Wells Fargo is proud to support an environmental education program that introduces so many young students from minority communities in South Florida to one of the world’s greatest ecosystems – the Everglades,” said Kathryn Dinkin, Regional President for Southeast Florida.

“This is a great day for South Florida students,” Everglades National Park Superintendent Dan Kimball said. “The Everglades Education Program allows our kids to learn first-hand lessons about nature while making memories that last a lifetime.”

The Everglades Education Program has been introducing South Florida school students to the Everglades through hands-on learning for nearly 40 years. More than 10,000 students visit the park each year to participate in quality education programs offered by the National Park Service. The curriculum-based programs were developed in partnership with teachers and are offered free of charge to participating schools.

“Wells Fargo’s contribution will sustain an education program where the park provides an outdoor classroom and nature itself teaches the most compelling lesson,” said Carlos Arazoza, chairman of the South Florida National Parks Trust.

About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.3 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, the Internet (wellsfargo.com and wachovia.com), and other distribution channels across North America and internationally. Wells Fargo seeks to help all of its customers succeed financially and create long-term economic growth and quality of life for everyone in our communities. In 2010, the Company invested a record $219 million in grants in 19,000 nonprofits, and team members contributed more than 1.3 million volunteer hours around the country.  For more information, please visit: www.wellsfargo.com/about/csr

About the South Florida National Parks Trust
The South Florida National Parks Trust is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization established in 2002 to support South Florida’s four national parks – Everglades, Biscayne and Dry Tortugas National Parks and Big Cypress National Preserve. Since its inception the Trust has successfully funded more than three dozen projects representing an investment of more than $3 million in these parks. By working with the National Park Service to identify and fund projects that benefit South Florida's national parks, their visitors and the South Florida community, the Trust seeks to promote, protect and enhance the region's national parks while building a legacy of stewardship in South Florida. For more information about the Trust, visit www.southfloridaparks.org.