Everglades National Park

There are no other Everglades in the world. They are, they always have been, one of the unique regions of the earth; remote, never wholly known. Nothing anywhere else is like them

—Marjory Stoneman Douglas


The largest tract of wilderness east of the Rocky Mountains is located in south Florida within Everglades National Park. Simply put, it protects more subtropical land and water than anywhere else in the United States, but such a basic description doesn't offer justice to the poignant significance it offers our nation.

From a biological perspective, it is home to some of the most rare and endangered species in the U.S.: the West Indian manatee, the American crocodile, and more than a dozen others. It is one of the most significant corridors and stopovers for migrating species. And it is home to the largest mangrove ecosystem in the Western hemisphere.

But from a human perspective, this place offers educational, recreational, and inspirational opportunities found nowhere else in the world. NPCA encourages you to visit this place and experience the Everglades in the way that best suits you—whether on a multi-day backcountry trek through the Wilderness Waterway or a casual visit to the park’s many rich wildlife viewing sites. Regardless, we invite you to learn more about this unique American resource, and the threats that face it, so that this "river of grass" flows strong for generations.

—Jeff Bransford, NPCA

NPCA at Work in the Parks

NPCA is working to protect and restore the vast, wild areas of the Everglades by being a leading voice in restoration projects such as the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) authorized by Congress in 2000. NPCA's Sun Coast Regional Office is actively engaged in six key projects to help restore Everglades National Park and fund those restoration projects throughout the region. NPCA’s Sun Coast Region also works on outreach, funding, and conservation projects to protect Florida Bay, an estuary on the southern tip of the park that serves as a marine wilderness and a haven for diverse wildlife.

If You Go

Birds are one of the park's key attractions, and with 366 species to observe, including the stunning roseate spoonbill. Other attractions include boating, snorkeling, camping, and hiking.

Read More in NPCA's Park Advocate Blog

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Threats

Like the "rivers of grass" that dominate the Everglades landscape, hurricanes are a recurring and natural part of the ecosystem in South Florida. Recently, hurricanes Katrina and Wilma devastated the area known as Flamingo in Everglades National Park. All existing structures, including the visitor center, lodge, restaurant, and cabins, were severely damaged or destroyed. NPCA is working to ensure that the redevelopment will enhance the visitor experience, include "green" technologies, and restore the natural habitats of America's Everglades.

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rd

December 26, 2013

just returned - visited on Christmas day - beware of the black vultures at Anhinga trail - they really can cause damage to your car. Saw the Anhinga courting and nesting, cormorants, a couple of alligators, a turtle, garfish, a very large bass, cormorants, willows blooming, pond lily (spatterdock), and of course the black vultures. the rest of the park was pretty much a bust on Christmas day. Did see the Mahogany pods, the Nicker Beans, and a few coconut trees that were loaded. the Bay tour was dull (perhaps because of low tide) we did see one crocodile in the bay and the very large one at the marina. I really wanted to see the white phase Great Blue Heron - but the only one I thought for sure was just too far away. It was windy and not too hot - kept the mosquitoes at bay. I should add that the park rangers at Flamingo were super and friendly. PS: the food at the restaurant was edible - over priced and the wait long for the food to get to the table and the service questionable. Bring a picnic - it will be better and much more fun.

TubaGirl

November 8, 2013

How are conservation efforts going, and what are some of the things being done today to help save the everglades?

delaniehook

September 12, 2013

i love the everglades and this site but i wish they would give more information

Laurette

July 14, 2013

The Everglades are most unique and precious. We need to keep it as such but also improve the lodging so more people can enjoy and see for themselves the wonder of it all. It is discrete and forces us to heighten our awareness of the beauty within an unusual and vast region on this planet. The way the government has decided to plan lodging besides the campground and RV park is really not acceptable for such a remote area of the state. Prior to Wilma is was very nice. We had the restaurant and decent lodging. Rustic albeit decent. We can't ignore this park any longer.

zahen zamora

July 8, 2013

it is beautiful the everglades

Adog

July 2, 2013

I live in the everglades. I am 7th generation to the area. You want the birds to retain their valuable grasslands? Look to the mangroves my friends. They are taking over the grasslands. From everglades city to naples in 100 years there will be no grasslands left. Don't believe me drive along us 41 and look at the mangroves encroaching on and taking over the grasslands.....!

ejr

May 3, 2013

This is a great website. I used it for my project and will get an A+!

heartbreak

May 1, 2013

I thik we sould all help save the national parks

Shells

April 25, 2013

Just went to Death Valley in California...beautiful park, well taken care of area..glad to see that. Wonderful experience for me and glad that all can experience this park for themselves

Anonymous

April 25, 2013

I was there in 1955, when the first visitor center opened in a trailer. I was there after Hurricane Andrew came through and destroyed it all, and we were back to a trailer. I am an old lady now, but for God's sake, save this most remarkable place.

Emilia

April 25, 2013

The best things are the simpliest to do. Just open your eyes, mind and hearts. The nature is something we cannot loose. If so, we are lost, too.

Mizcaliflower

April 25, 2013

The Everglades is definitely on my "bucket list". God's creation in the wild is a beautiful thing. Thanks Kimbi, for the tips.

queenforaday

April 25, 2013

Florida has the only everglades in the world and Alaska has the only temped rain forest in the world. The United States has so many unique places to visit. We need to preserve them for future generations.

Mike

April 25, 2013

As a photographer and photojournalist I have done many assignments in the Florida Everglades and have found the Seminole Indians and the fauna to be awesome!

oldtimer

April 24, 2013

Years ago way back at the end of shark river there was a area called the rookery.. it was a bird sanctuary, the park but a cable across the river and closed it for a few months to any boating.. this not only gave the birds a chance to reproduce it gave the fish and other wildlife to do the same ... at some time someone stopped closing the rookery branch.. and it was very obvious that it hurt... this closure should go back into effect...

dave g

April 24, 2013

I have been told that the Everglades is a filter and store for water, that is one of the best in the World.

MILee

April 24, 2013

One of the biggest threats to the Everglades has been agricultural encroachment, which diminishes the territory for wildlife, particularly the panther, now on the endangered list. Also, the rapid proliferation of anaconda snakes that are eating wildlife and posing a threat to humans as well. These beasts can grow as long as 18 ft. and kill through suffocation.

sweet

April 8, 2013

i have nerver been their but it sounds sweet!!!!!

History

February 14, 2013

i got into a debate with my friends saying that bamboo grows anywhere does anyone know, or have proof that i can show them that bamboo is growing in the everglades.

mad ox

January 22, 2013

I think that the everglades should be protected not ruened by humans we need to help the animals and wildlife and stop cutting down the trees and killing animals

jj

November 14, 2012

i love it

donut

November 14, 2012

this place stunk

tashi

November 5, 2012

i love the everglades

jellybean

November 3, 2012

the everglades need to be protected! sure the recrreation is nice but it is home to sooooooo many species and people are being carless and screwing it up! who cares about the stupid structures! we need to improve the water flow, restrict construction, and enforce anti littering laws!

awesomer

October 26, 2012

i love that place i went last summer it was so peaceful and quiet <3

pikapika

June 9, 2012

want to go so bad wish i lived in florida my friend is lucky because he has a house in florida

doodle

April 27, 2012

i really want to come to this park. I've been to places in Florida but i'm adding this one to my list!!!

scadayja

April 25, 2012

the everglades is nice i went thier for a day it was nice i wish it was near wear i live i would go every day

ER

April 20, 2012

This website really helped with my research project. It gave me info that I couldn't find anywhere else.

jules

April 18, 2012

this info is really helpful, where can I find more info on wildlife?

Conservative view

April 5, 2012

Let nature take its course

Kara

February 28, 2012

I am doing a research report on the Everglades in school. This website really helped. Now i know the Everglades is a really interesting place! I would really like to visit there someday.

Wilminha

February 25, 2012

JUst visited a part of the Everglades today. Question: what iS BPCA Doing to protect the Everglades in reference to the snakes python that are eating everything they find and is never enough? We were told that they are almost an infestation and are interfering with the ecosystem.

Karen

February 15, 2012

Coming for a week in late March. Looking forward to it.

Anonymous

February 12, 2012

You should really worry about the animals and the ecosystem rather than the visiting centers. People go to see the plants and animals not for the visiting centers!

kathy

February 1, 2012

visiting soon

Anonymous

January 29, 2012

Instead of worrying about the visiting centers you should be working to help the ecosystem.

vikki32506

January 25, 2012

the Everglades are important to me because they have my favorite animals. but the land is getting smaller, and smaller, and smaller.

Eragon

January 24, 2012

on January 20 i went on a field trip with my class and it was awesome!!!i saw crocs and gators and birds. i saw the shuffle bird shuffle. i saw a gator right next to our tram in Shark Valley, and i was at least 13 feet long!my favorite bird was the Great Blue Heron.i saw a gator in action,it was so cool!i love the everglades it was so peaceful and relaxing!i want to go back so much.and i got to feel saw grass.Our guides ranger evete and ranger ellen were great.now instead of being hyper im calm, and when i get mad i just think of that day

CET

January 19, 2012

MY 2ND GRADE CLASSES WENT TO THE EVERGLADES ON A FIELD TRIP SPONSERED BY THE KIWANIS CLUB OF MIAMI. MY STUDENTS THOUGHT THE TRIP WAS AWESOME, EXCITING AND THRILLING. THEY GOT TO SEE A BIRD SWALLOW A SMALL CATFISH WHOLE, THEY ALSO WAS "A FAMILY OF ALLIGATORS", THAT'S WHAT THEY CALLED THEM. iT WAS A GREAT FIELD TRIP. WE THANK THE KIWANIS CLUB FOR INVITING US.

Anon

January 5, 2012

I want to visit the Everglades, but I don't see how on this website. :( I'm going to be in Florida, and I was hoping for exact location, ways in, directions, hours, cost? bleh

maranda cosgrove

December 16, 2011

best website ever!!!!!!

dargondude

December 11, 2011

does anyone know what the park rangers badge means

Kimbi

November 10, 2011

I take a yearly visit to check on the bird populations - I go in November and primarily look for Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills - they are steadily increasing!!! Despite the constant efforts by the people of Florida to build on every acre of land, nature is prevailing. BUT, the Everglades Restoration needs funding from Congress and it needs serious backing by the population. If you haven't ever visited the everglades, I highly recommend you do...stay in Everglades City, FLA and drive the Tamiami Trail - it's breath taking...and go in November - December , for the best weather and prices.

Mayberry

November 10, 2011

We went here for the first time this past December. We took the Shark Valley tram tour, and it was amazing. Our tour guide Anthony was really terrific. We also walked the Anhinga and Gumbo limbo trails which were both really good. And don't worry, you will see plenty of alligators!

Anonymous

November 10, 2011

I went to the park for first time and it was great I saw a bird that dived under water. I saw an alligator close up in its natural habitat it was awesome. it also had a beautiful quiet serenity to it.It was beautiful and awe inspiring

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