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  1. Jan

    1. Help Give Everglades a New Look for the New Year @ Everglades National Park
      9:00 am – 6:00 pm

      On Saturday, January 19, 2013, Everglades National Park will host a public volunteer event in the housing and maintenance areas in the Royal Palm District of the Park in recognition of the National Day of Service. The Day of Service is the nationwide celebration of the president’s inauguration as well as a commemoration of Martin Luther King’s vision of community service.

      South Florida experiences a year-round growing season, which is beneficial for gardening and farming, but also means that trees and other vegetation around Everglades’ facilities require continuous trimming. Volunteer groups will remove fallen branches and use loppers, handsaws, and hand clippers to trim overgrown vegetation around the various administrative offices, maintenance buildings, and housing units, ensuring that they are safe and accessible for park staff. Vegetation removal, trimming and redefining paved areas are vital for the continued use of park facilities and will be the majority of Saturday’s work.

      Participating volunteers will receive a free entry pass, enabling each volunteer to visit the Everglades again and share this unique National Park with their family and friends.

      All are invited. To volunteer, show up or RSVP with John Souva at (305) 242-7040

      Volunteers will meet at 9:00am in the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center parking lot. Be prepared for hot and humid weather. Participants are required to wear long-sleeved shirts, sneakers, and long pants to protect against exposure to sun, biting insects, poisonwood, and ivy. Please bring a lunch, refillable water bottle, hat, and sunglasses.

  2. Feb

    1. Eyes on the Earth at the DuMond Conservancy @ Monkey Jungle
      1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

      The Lesula’s irresistible face!

      Portrait of Lesula The Everglades Hostel has a deep connection to the Congo through the owner’s fathers work with the Smithsonian Institute and as a fellow in the National Geographic’s Explorers Club. His philanthropic work to protect Tribal Art goes as far back as the 1960′s.

      We are proud to be apart of this fund raiser and will have 3 great offerings at the Auction!


      Check out what all the excitement is about below:

      One of the most exciting discoveries in biodiversity occurred this past year when the elusive “Lesula” monkey was discovered in the Democratic Republic of Congo.


      Lesula (Cercopithecus lomamiensis)

      The historic find of the Lesula monkey was made possible with the help of local people.

      They need help in developing sustainable logging practices to keep the home of this forest-dwelling monkey from being irrevocably destroyed.

      Watch this informative video

      A new approach of helping local peoples find value in protecting the lands rather than seeing their protection as an intrusion of their way of life has been successful beyond anyone’s imagination throughout the African continent!

      The DuMond Conservancy will host a festival to celebrate the Earth and all the exciting discoveries it has to offer on Saturday, February 23, 2013 in a unique lush outdoor environment at Monkey Jungle.  Dr. Kate Detwiler, one of the members of the team that discovered the Lesula monkey, will be delivering the keynote address at the festival.

      This youth led event on Feb 23rd, will feature exciting performances and activities by:

      • Momentum Dance Company
      • Brazilian dancers and drummers which will invite audience participation, music inspired by the environmental wonders of South Florida,
      • “Eyes on the Earth” written by drama student, Kaithleen Conoepan from the  New World School of the Arts-will perform her piece depicting Citizen Science and the impact volunteers make in conservation
      • Eco Fashion Show will showcase the fashionable side of living sustainably
      • Family activities will include ways in which our community can participate in science directly and contribute directly to conservation
      • Ecological displays featuring sustainable lifestyle choices.

      The picture that started it all: Georgette with her monkey friend. From the website Bonobo in the Congo- a great resource for the Lesula and those working to protect their home and many other monkeys
      CREDIT: John HartGirl and monkey

      Purchase Tickets Here

      Check out DuMond Conservancy’s  Facebook Group Page


  3. Feb

    1. Biscayne National Park Hosts First-Ever Science Symposium (all-day) @ Palmetto Bay Village Center
      Feb 27 – Feb 28

      On February 27 and 28, Biscayne National Park will host a two-day Science Symposium in the Palm Room of the Palmetto Bay Village Center, 18001 Old Cutler Road in Palmetto Bay, Florida. The symposium will feature 60 oral presentations, 15-minutes each, on a wide variety of scientific research and resource management topics pertaining to the natural and cultural resources of Biscayne National Park. Presenters include National Park Service staff, students, interns, agency staff, university researchers, and other partners and cooperators. The symposium will be held from 8-5 each day, and is open to the public. The event will also be livecast via Webinar. Participation is free, but does require advance registration at the symposium website: That site also includes a full program and logistical details for attendees.

      “A broad range of scientific projects are conducted within the boundary of this special place, but never before have we gathered for a dedicated event to share our projects and results with each other and with the public”  said Acting Park Superintendent Sula Jacobs. “We look forward to hearing from staff and colleagues about their exciting work on park resources. The program promises something for everyone, with presentations on butterflies, fish, corals, seagrasses, mangroves, shipwrecks, birds, exotic and endangered species, ecosystem restoration, and more.”

      For more details about the symposium, visit, or call at 305-230-1144, x555. For general information about Biscayne National Park, visit the park’s website at For regular updates from the park, “like” us on Facebook at , or follow us on Twitter at



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  4. Mar

    1. Everglades Vintage Day at Royal Palm @ Everglades National Park, Royal Palm Visitor Center
      10:00 am – 3:00 pm

      Everglades Vintage Day

      “The Fight to Preserve Paradise”





      March 2nd, 2013


      Where- Everglades National Park, Royal Palm Visitor Center

      Watch history come to life as we unfold the battle to preserve the Everglades Event Includes:

      Historical Re-enactors & Exhibits

      Guest Speakers & Special Tours

      Old Fashioned Ice-Cream Social

      Free Admission at the main entrance station for the day!

      For more information call (305) 242-7700

      Here is a link to the Flyer for Everglades vintage Day

      The Famous panther on the Gumbo Limbo Trail back in 2009!

  5. Mar

    1. Volunteer Event: Nike Missile Site Clean Up @ Ernest F Coe Visitor Center
      9:00 am – 2:00 pm

      HOMESTEAD, Florida: On Saturday, March 09, 2013, Everglades National Park will host a volunteer event at the park’s historic Nike Missile Site, one of the Nation’s best preserved sites from the Cold War Era. Join park staff to help restore the Nike Missile Site. The Nike Missile Site was built in 1964 and official military use was terminated in 1979.  It is now listed on the U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Register of Historic Places.

      Volunteer Project: Volunteers will remove brush and weeds from the fence line, launch sites, and berms surrounding the missile barns for the purpose of preservation and to continue the Park Service’s restoration.  There will also be a chance for a few volunteers to clean the old equipment that we have on display inside the barn and sweep inside.  Attending volunteers will also enjoy a tour of the Nike Missile Site if numbers allow.  This is a great project for those of you who are looking for earning service learning hours or for those who just want to step back in time and experience the site and environment that soldiers shared during a critical time of our Nation’s history.

      Volunteers will meet at 9:00am in the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center parking lot (see directions below). Volunteers will follow park staff through the entrance station in their personal vehicles and to the Nike site inside Everglades National Park.  The normal entry fee won’t apply to volunteers who are accompanied by park staff.  Park staff usually waits about 15 minutes for anybody who shows up a little late, but anybody later will unfortunately miss out as we don’t have the staff to make multiple trips, so PLEASE be on time.

      Be prepared for hot and humid weather.  Participants are required to wear long-sleeved shirts, sneakers, and long pants to protect against exposure to sun, biting insects, poisonwood, and ivy. Please bring a lunch, refillable water bottle, hat, and sunglasses. Storms are common this time of year so be equipped for rain.  There is no set end time… however most work projects last from 3 – 5 hours, where work continues until 2:00pm at the latest.  There is no bathroom on the Nike site, the closest facilities will require you to drive to them.

      ·         Anyone under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian fill out the approval section of the Volunteer Agreement before volunteering.

      ·         This volunteer activity is not handicap accessible.  If interested in volunteering for handicap accessible projects, please contact the Volunteer Office at 305-242-7752.

      To volunteer, you do not need to respond to this email, just show up!  If you are interested in getting community service or service learning hours for this event, please bring along any paperwork that needs signing.  Participating volunteers will receive a free entry pass, enabling each volunteer to visit the Everglades for free again and share this unique National Park with their family and friends.  All are invited. To volunteer, all you need to do is show up on time with proper clothing and a smile.


      Address of Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center: 40001 SR 9336, Homestead, FL 33034

      Volunteers coming from the Miami area and northern destinations should take the Florida Turnpike (Route 821) south until it ends merging with U.S.1 at Florida City.  Turn right at the first traffic light onto Palm Drive (State Road 9336/SW 344th St.) and follow signs to the park.

      Volunteers driving north from the Florida Keys should turn left on Palm Drive in Florida City and follow the signs to the park.

      Latitude, Longitude (Coordinates) for GPS: 25.394882, -80.583585


      John M. Souva III

      Assistant Volunteer Coordinator

      Everglades National Park

      (305) 242-7040




  6. Apr

    1. Last Overnight of the Year! (all-day) @ Everglades Hostel and Tours
      Apr 13 – Apr 15

      Join us April 13-15, 2013, for a 2 night overnight trip in the Everglades!

      Departure Day April 13th, 2013- exact departure time to be set

      Return day April 15th, 2013- exact estimated return time to be set

      Rate $550 per person

      What to expect on an Overnight Tour  in the Everglades:

    2. True Wilderness at your fingertips
    3. Mother Nature’s plan for your experience in the wild!
    4. Hopefully she will be kind and give you plenty of wildlife; great weather and no mosquitoes
    5. If Mother Nature has a different plan for your trip expect to be challenged!
    6. Our guides have many years of experience in the Everglades. They love everything the glades has to offer and ready to share all they know with you!
    7. Wildlife can include: Alligators, Crocodiles, Flamingos, Manatees, Dolphins, Otters, Osprey, Bald Eagles, Roseate Spoonbills; Red Mangrove snakes, Spiders and more!!!
      Shark Point Chickee! This is the most spectacular Chickee in the Everglades. Please read our info about the Parks Permitting system. We are going to try and get this Chickee! 


      All Overnight Tours Include:

      • Transportation To and From Base
      • Camping Permits
      • Insect Protection
      • Dry Bags
      • Canoes & Paddle(s)
      • P.F.D.’s / Life Vests
      • Tents
      • Sleeping Mat
      • Provisions (Food & Water)
      • Stove / Fuel
      • Lanterns
      • Ice Chests
      • Kitchen Supplies (Pots, Plates, Cups, etc.)
      • Safety Gear (First Aid, GPS, etc.)
      • Resourceful & Knowledgeable Guide


      Say good bye to soggy sandwiches and hot dogs on a stick. Tours in the Glades prides ourselves on creating delicious hearty meals as unique as the Everglades itself! Some of our menu highlights include our:

      1) Cast-iron breakfast skillet of dreams is a real southern-style breakfast of champions. The combination of bacon, potatoes, onions, eggs and cheese will make your taste buds explode with deliciousness!

      2) Alligator burritos give you the on-of-a-kind chance to be the true Top Predator of the Everglades. Farm raised gator meat along with homemade guacamole and mango salsa made from ingredients we grew in the hostel’s garden will give you a true “Taste of the Everglades”.

      3) S’mores are a must! No camping trip is complete without that gooey graham cracker, chocolate, marshmallow combo. If you have any dietary concerns we will be more than happy to accommodate.

      Fun Side Note: Since we burn so many calories paddling around, we get to eat whatever we want and never feel guilty!

      What to Bring:

      Lucky for us canoes give the option of bringing quite a bit of gear. Now you don’t want to bring your little black dress or dancing shoes, we have our dance parties barefoot on the beach!

      These are some of the things you will NEED to fully enjoy your time:

      • Your own sleeping bag and sleeping pads
        (the hostel has some but they are just like our wet walk shoes-awful but will work in a pinch!)
      • Bathing Suit (For catching some rays while you paddle) (2)
      • Long Pants (Preferably not jeans) (1)
      • Long Sleeve Shirt (1)
      • Short Sleeve Shirt (2)
      • Shorts (1)
      • Undergarments (2)
      • Rain Coat
      • Hat
      • Sunglasses
      • Bug Spray
      • Sun Screen (45 SPF & Above)
      • Water Bottle (2)
      • Favorite Snacks
      • Shoes (That will stay on feet)
      • Medications (2 sets – Guide will hold onto the second set)
      • Toothbrush & Tooth Paste

      Other things you may want to bring:

      • Wet Wipes (Shower in a box)
      • Camp Shoes (Dry shoes)
      • Journal
      • Camera (It’s hard to take a bad picture here)
      • Ziploc Bags
      • Batteries
      • Playing Cards
      • Your Favorite Novel

      Locations and Permits:

      The Everglades National Park Permitting system only allows permits to be pulled 24 hours before departure into the Back Country and Cape. Even though we are licensed to do business in the park, we get to stand in line with everyone else and experience the same feeling of joy when we get the sites we want and the same of feeling of “Oh well, at least we still get to be in the wild” as everyone else. What we do know is that either on the chickees or on the capes the Everglades is a magical place!

      Remember, we will wear our clothing for more than just 1 day. There is no need to bring a set for each. Also don’t worry about being dirty and looking like you have been paddling through the wilderness, we will all smelling funky fresh (without the fresh) together. Our sites have a very luxurious port-a-potty but no running water or electric so shampoo, bubble bath, blenders, lap tops and video games will just make your boat heavier to paddle.

      A Release of Liability must be signed to participate in everglades tours or rentals. You can download a copy Here.


      Next available Dates: April 13-15, 2013

      Call us at (800) 372 – 3874 | (305) 248 – 1122 for availability, departure and return times.


  7. May

    1. Everglades National Park Hosts, Armed Forces Day @ Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm

      Nike Missile Hanger

      Clearing brush around the site

      In recognition of Armed Forces Day, Everglades National Park will host a volunteer event at the park’s Nike Missile Site.  On Saturday, May 18, 2013, support the staff at Everglades in their efforts to preserve one of the best relics of the Cold War era.
      Volunteer Project: Volunteers will remove brush and weeds from the fence line, launch site, and berms surrounding the missile barns.  Volunteers may also redefine the edges of the concrete launch pads and roads that have slowly been encroached upon by grasses and dirt accumulation.  Attending volunteers will enjoy a tour of the Nike Missile Site.
      Volunteers will meet in the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center parking lot at 9:00am.  Be prepared for hot and humid weather. Participants are required to wear long-sleeved shirts, sneakers, and long pants to protect against exposure to sun, stinging insects, poisonwood, and ivy. Please bring a lunch, water, a hat, and sunglasses.
      Participating volunteers will receive a free entry pass, enabling each volunteer to visit the Everglades again and share this unique National Park with their family and friends.

      Bunker at the Missile Base