March 2016 – When it comes to saving the Everglades, the women of Florida have often led the way. That was true 100 years ago when the Florida Federation of Women’s Clubs established Royal Palm State Park in November 1916 to protect Paradise Key from development. The 4,000-acre state park later became the nucleus for Everglades National Park, dedicated in 1947.
The park celebrates that history – and the contributions of other Everglades champions like Marjory Stoneman Douglas – on Saturday March 12 with a special Vintage Everglades Day event honoring “Women in Conservation.” Special tours, costumed actors and exhibits will highlight the role of women in Everglades conservation during the last century. Speakers include former NPS Director Fran Mainella, the first woman to lead the National Park Service.
Read more about Royal Palm State Park and early efforts to save the Everglades here: https://www.nps.gov/ever/learn/historyculture/royal-palm.htm
Read more about March 12 event in the park news release below:
News Release Date: March 3, 2016
General Park Information: 305-242-7700
Media Contact: 305-242-7714
March 4, 2016– UPDATE – Fees waived for Sixth Annual Vintage Everglades Day!
Come enjoy the Sixth Annual Vintage Everglades Day on Saturday, March 12, and receive free entrance into the park (at the main park entrance near Homestead only). The theme for this year’s event is “Women in Conservation.” An overview of special talks include:
10 a.m. – Meda Jensen, a representative of the Homestead Women’s Club followed by an introduction of Centurions from the Palace Gardens, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts
11 a.m. – Fran Mainella, former Director of the National Park Service, will speak with a panel discussing, “The National Parks: The 100th Birthday of America’s Best Idea.”
This panel will be followed by a series of engaging local academics and authors including:
Peter Machonis, Audrey Peterman, Carol Mitchell, Lori Oberhofer, Aerin Land, Michelle Collier and Anita McGruder.
Over 20 costumed characters will commemorate the local influential women and men who shaped how we view conservation today and celebrate the NPS Centennial.
Other special tours and presentations are included; please see attached for the complete program schedule.