The Everglades is the largest remaining subtropical wilderness in North America, one of our country’s richest biological preserves and home to large numbers of endangered, rare and exotic species such as the spoonbill, the wood stork and the great blue heron.
Students can thrill to the sight of both crocodiles and alligators.
The Everglades National Park is open year-round and is on a site of more than 1.5 million acres of marshes, open sawgrass, mangrove forests and fresh and brackish water wetlands. What an incredible way for students to get to know more about the Everglades and the Seminole Indians!
Everglades National Park was created to preserve the slow-moving “River of Grass,” a freshwater river 50 miles wide but only 6 inches deep, flowing from Lake Okeechobee through marshy grassland into Florida Bay. Trees and flowers, including ferns, orchids, and bromeliads, share the brackish waters with otters, turtles, marsh rabbits, and occasionally, that gentle giant, the West Indian manatee.
The Everglades used to span from Lake Okeechobee in central Florida all the way down to Florida Bay. Now only 25% of the historic Everglades remains, which is being protected by the National Park.
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Billie Swamp Safari
Billie Swamp Safari is located on the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation. It consists of 2,200 acres of untamed Florida Everglades preserved in its pristine state by the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
Experience their award-winning Swamp Buggy Eco-Tour as you immerse yourself into Florida’s best land attraction.
Explore the “River of Grass” on their airboat ride trail and experience the wonders of the Florida Everglades like never before.
Students can relax in the shade in Fort Critter and discover some of the native creatures of the Everglades in this uncaged presentation.
Visitors are welcome to stroll the grounds and enjoy many of the displays and exhibits in our park, such as bird and reptile exhibits.