Exploration: Everglades

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Join us and Blue Backyard as we explore the incredible biodiversity of Everglades National Park!

We’ll hike through the Everglades and learn about its native and invasive species from actual women in science who work there, before we head to the Everglades Outpost Wildlife Refuge Center to learn about wildlife conservation and rehabilitation and get hands-on with rescued Everglades animals!

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On Sunday, April 28th, we’ll spend the day exploring the endangered wetland ecoregion that is the Everglades alongside female wildlife conservationists from Miami-based Field School. We’ll learn about the ecological importance of the Everglades to Florida, and how climate change will impact this region. Next, we’ll get hands-on with snakes, lizards and more at the Everglades Outpost Wildlife Refuge Center, learning about invasive species and wildlife rehabilitation from specialists who train crocodiles and alligators.

We’ll also meet 4 women with careers in wildlife conservation and talk about their different nature-based STEM careers and the educational paths they took to get there.

This Exploration: Everglades day program is offered in partnership with Miami-based non-profit Blue Backyard, and is intended to give girls an opportunity to learn about wildlife conservation in a fun and hands-on way at one of the country’s most spectacular National Parks. Who better to learn from than our crew of exclusively female Instructors and Volunteers who hold advanced degrees in science and have extensive experience in wildlife conservation and education? (We can’t think of anyone!)


General Information

  • Sunday, April 28th, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
  • For girls aged 10 – 14
  • Bring Your Own Lunch
  • Drop-off at Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center
  • Pick-up at Everglades Outpost

Cost

  • $65/participant or
  • $80/participant including transportation to and from program from Dadeland Mall in Miami
  • $65 program cost includes:
    • Admission to Everglades National Park
    • Admission to Everglades Outpost Wildlife Refuge Center
    • Transportation between Everglades Park and Outpost Wildlife Refuge Center
    • 6.5 hours of instruction from female scientists and naturalists with advanced degrees in science (Masters & PhDs) and experience doing research in the Everglades
    • Programming supplies
    • “Follow-up pack” mailed to your home with 3 printed photos, stickers, and original program-specific art print

Activities

  • We’ll do a guided naturalist hike, exploring the Everglades trails with Instructors Dylann, Julia, and Dr. Catherine
  • We’ll tour the Everglades Outpost Wildlife Refuge Center and meet the animal trainers and rehabilitation specialists who work with crocodiles and alligators
  • We’ll meet and get hands-on with select rescued Everglades Outpost animals
  • We’ll learn about the threat of invasive species in the Everglades Park, and talk to a female Everglades scientist involved in invasive Burmese python hunting and other Park research
  • We’ll learn about the ecological importance of the Everglades and do an activity about how climate change will affect Florida
  • We’ll talk about different nature and wildlife-based STEM careers, and the educational paths that can be taken to get there
    • Our lead Instructor Dylann specializes in reptile and amphibian conservation, and our co-Instructor Dr. Catherine is a marine biologist who works with sharks!


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