Everglades National Park Activities

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and Everglades National Park have partnered to share the beauty of these two local natural resources that bring so much history and culture to our community. The institutions share educational and research missions focused on preserving natural resources and establishing education programs; additionally, both encourage and promote the public use of and benefits from outdoor activities. Through Fairchild, our urban community can get a closer look into the Everglades. Fairchild’s winter season will offer lectures and classes that focus on the unique habitat of the Everglades. We are delighted to offer access to this amazing natural resource comprised of approximately 1.5 million acres of subtropical flora and fauna that is in our own backyard: Everglades National Park.

BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY AT SUNSET IN EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK
Pedro Lastra

Experienced photographers won’t want to miss this opportunity to photograph birds during the enchanting hour of sunset at Anhinga Trail in the Everglades. Join photography instructor, Pedro Lastra, as he takes you on a very special photo shoot of egrets, herons, ibis and raptors as they actively forage for their last meal of the day and roost for the night. Weather permitting, you will see the sunset illuminate the Everglades ecosystem at the Anhinga Trail (Royal Palm). This class is not for beginners and will involve a good deal of walking. Cameras and lenses with telephoto capabilities, as well as a sturdy tripod, are required. Please bring water and wear appropriate, comfortable clothing and walking shoes. The Park’s entrance fee will be waived with registration and a map will be provided.

3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Section A:
Saturday, January 12 (one session)
Registration deadline: Friday, January 4
Section B: Saturday, March 2 (one session)
Registration deadline: Friday, February 22
Fee per section: Member, $40; Non-member, $60

MORNING BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY AT SHARK VALLEY (EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK)
Pedro Lastra

Experienced photographers will not want to miss the opportunity to photograph the Everglades in the morning. Join photography instructor, Pedro Lastra, as he takes you on a very special photo shoot of egrets, herons, ibis and raptors as they actively seek out their first meal of the day. This class takes place at Shark Valley, about 20 minutes west of the Miccosukee Indian Gaming Casino on Tamiami Trail.

8:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, February 2 (one session)
Registration deadline: Friday, January 25
Fee: Member, $40; Non-member, $60

SLOUGH SLOG IN EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK 
ENP Ranger-led

One of the best ways to experience the Everglades landscape is to get wet! Explore your adventurous side and take this opportunity to enjoy Everglades National Park with an expert. Venture off-trail into the glades with a park ranger and visit the mysterious and beautiful world of a cypress dome or ‘gator hole along the way. Walking in the slough is the best way to see and understand the River of Grass. This exciting tour will last 2½ hours, while actual walking time is about 60 minutes. The terrain is uneven and the water level may be knee-deep. This interactive walk will provide you with excellent photo opportunities. This program is moderately strenuous. Wear old lace-up tennis shoes, socks, and long pants that can get wet or muddy. The tour includes the use of a slough slog (walking) stick and a souvenir water bottle.

1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Section A:
Saturday, February 2 (one session) SECTION A IS SOLD OUT!
Registration deadline: Friday, January 25
Section B: Saturday, March 16 (one session)
Registration deadline: Friday, March 8
Fee per section: Member, $25; Non-member, $35

GUIDED CANOE TRIP THROUGH NINE MILE POND IN EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK
ENP Ranger-led  -SOLD OUT

Join a ranger for a guided canoe trip on Nine Mile Pond canoe trail through freshwater marsh and dense mangrove canopy. Nine Mile Pond canoe trail is actually a five mile trail, but we’ll take the shortcut for a 2 ½ mile canoe trip. Scan the water and edges of the pond for anhingas, cormorants, herons, great egrets and other feathered feeders. Look for floating “logs” with eyes; often, shy alligators are spotted amongst the cattails. This four-hour program is limited on space availability and registered participants must sign a “Liability Waiver.”

1:00 to 5:00 p.m.-SOLD OUT
Saturday, February 23 (one session)
Registration deadline: Wednesday, February 13
Fee: Member, $25; Non-member, $35

STARLIGHT WALK IN EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK - SOLD OUT
ENP Ranger-led

This experience on the Anhinga Trail is one that you will not want to miss! Night herons, pig frogs, fireflies and gator eyes create a completely different atmosphere on the trail at night. Registered participants will meet at the Royal Palm benches. Flashlights and insect repellent are recommended. This nighttime walk is appropriate for families and is ADA accessible. Directions and an Everglades National Park entrance waiver will be provided upon registration.

7:00 to 9:00 p.m. - SOLD OUT
Saturday, March 23 (one session)
Registration deadline: Thursday, March 14
Fee: Member, $25; Non-member, $35

BIKE RIDE/HIKE IN EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK - SOLD OUT
ENP Ranger-led

Explore the Everglades on bicycle. Ride along the Old Ingraham Highway through Paradise Key Hammock, explore the remains of historic Royal Palm Lodge, discover the most diverse habitat in the Everglades, and explore the exciting Hole in the Donut restoration project. Be one of the last to enjoy the fabulous views and birding from “Mt. Schinus” while it’s still standing. A park ranger will lead you on this interesting bike ride/hike while interpreting the areas. Participants need to provide their own bike and helmet (required). This bike/hike is moderately demanding and all participants must sign a Liability Waiver. Amount of time on bike/hike is 2½ hours. Registration is required. Park entrance fee will be waived.

1:00 to 4:00 p.m. - SOLD OUT
Saturday, April 6 (one session)
Registration deadline: Wednesday, March 27
Fee: Member, $25; Non-member, $35