Forever is a project to introduce visitors
to the greater Everglades, Everglades National Park and Big
Cypress National Park in new, meaningful ways that will increase
their engagement with these parks
and support for preservation.
The project includes Everglades-themed
experiences throughout the Museum (including our new 34,000
square foot EcoDiscovery Center), a guest speaker series,
and activities that encourage the public
to visit the Everglades and share their thoughts and discoveries
with other Museum visitors and the wider
public. The Everglades Forever Celebration is made possible
by the American Express Charitable Fund.
People are encouraged to participate in the Everglades Forever “Treasure Hunt” for fun and the opportunity to win prizes.
Start your adventure by downloading the NPS Junior Ranger booklet in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole at this link.
Use the booklet as a guide while visiting a park, take photos of at least three examples of flora or fauna found in the Everglades and post it to Instagram. Then tag the Museum of Discovery and Science @m0ds (clarification: "0" is the number zero not the letter "O") with the hash tag #evergladeshunt.
Amateur Photography Contest
Amateur photographers are invited to participate in the American Express Everglades Forever Photography Contest taking place November 2, 2013, through January 1, 2014.
For contest instructions in PDF format, click HERE.
For contest instructions in MS Word 2010 format, click HERE.
What are the Everglades?
• America's Everglades once covered almost 11,000 square miles
of South Florida. Just a century ago, water flowed down the
Kissimmee River into Lake Okeechobee, then south through the Everglades marsh
to the flats of Florida Bay - the ultimate destination of
the pure sheet flow.
• Dubbed the River of Grass for the sawgrass that flourished
throughout the marsh,the Everglades is a mosaic of freshwater
ponds, prairies and forested uplands that
supports a rich plant and wildlife community. The river spans
as much as 60 miles in width, yet is only six inches deep
in some places.
• In 1947 the Everglades National Park was created and encompasses
nearly 1.5 million acres of South Florida wilderness and has
been designated a World
Heritage Site by UNESCO.
• To meet the needs of Florida's growing population, in 1948
the U.S. Congress authorized the Central and South Florida
Project, which created an extensive network of man-made canals, levees and water
control structures that now channels 1.7 billion gallons of water daily from the
Everglades out into the ocean. The loss of
water changed the natural characteristics of the marsh and
the Everglades today is half the size it was a century ago.
• In order to maintain the quality of life for South Floridians,
protect natural wildlife and plants, and provide flood control
ond water supply for a growing populotion,
the State has developed the largest environmental restoration
project of its kind in the history of the world. The 30-year,
$13.5 billion Comprehensive Everglades
Restoration Plan (CERP) is being funded, managed and implemented
through an unprecedented 50-50 partnership between the state
and federal governments to restore the famed River of Grass.
Everglades Forever Celebration made possible by the American
Express Charitable Fund.