FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 3, 2006
Contact: Don Finefrock,
Everglades National Park unveils new bilingual Wayside Exhibits
South Florida National Parks Trust provides funding for project
Visitors to Everglades National Park can learn about the fabled River of Grass and the wildlife that thrives within it by visiting nine new bilingual exhibits installed along the 38-mile drive between the park’s main entrance and Flamingo.
The porcelain panels tell the story of the vast river that cuts through the heart of South Florida, nourishing the landscape and supporting a complex cycle of life, with eye-catching graphics and descriptive text in both English and Spanish.
Park Superintendent Dan Kimball and representatives of the South Florida National Parks Trust dedicated the new wayside exhibits on Sunday December 3 during a ceremony at Taylor Slough inside the park. The Trust provided $32,600 in grant funding for the project.
“These new exhibits tell the story of the Everglades in way that will enrich the experience of thousands of park visitors every year,” Superintendent Dan Kimball said. “By supporting this project, the Trust is helping the park to fulfill its mission.”
“This project shows how private donors can make a difference in our national parks,” said Trust Chairman Carlos Arazoza. “These exhibits will help people understand and appreciate the Everglades and the national park that protects a portion of this unique ecosystem.”
The South Florida National Parks Trust was established in 2002 by the National Park Foundation to improve the quality of life in South Florida by supporting the region’s national parks – Everglades, Biscayne and Dry Tortugas National Parks and Big Cypress National Preserve.
The Trust supports its four partner parks by raising money for environmental education programs and other park projects and through community outreach.