We're looking for amateur photographers to participate in
our Everglades Photography Contest. All ages are welcome!
All you have to do is visit the Everglades, take photographs
of your trip, and post your favorite to the Museum's Facebook
fan page for a chance to win prizes.
It can be a beautiful
nature scene or a picture of you and your family enjoying
The contest will be judged by celebrated nature photographer,
Clyde Butcher. The contest runs through September 30, 2012,
and the winner will be notified by
October 31, 2012.
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.
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.
more about the Everglades by exploring any of the parks, preserves
and refuges listed below.
Everglades National Park
Big Cypress National Preserve
Collier-Seminole State Park
Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
Ten Thousand Island National Wildlife Refuge
Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge